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Old Town Waterfront, Alexandria

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At Old Town Waterfront, stroll scenic riverside paths, dine at waterside restaurants, visit museums, and take themed boat tours. Located along the Potomac River, the area often bustles with street performers and musicians, and features exhibits of arts, archeology, and boats. Have a meal at one of the fine-dining restaurants at the site, walk or cycle along the 29 km (18 mi) trail, or explore centuries-old artifact collections. Don't be surprised if you meet a pirate aboard one of the cruise ships. Take time to ride a hybrid bike or bring man's best friend aboard for a canine boat tour. You can board a water taxi here for direct access to the National Mall, Nationals Stadium, and National Harbor. Work out when and for how long to visit Old Town Waterfront and other Alexandria attractions using our handy Alexandria trip tool .
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  • I enjoyed the waterfront in both the day and night times and during winter. I had never heard the sound of lapping ice water and found it to be very beautiful even though it was cold out. During the n...  more »
  • Jazz music to magician to clowns that does balloon art. There is something for everyone to do. Stunning waterfront views.  more »
  • NIce combination of waterfront parks, restaurants and small shops and a few tourist attractions. Well maintained and safe in a historic old Virgina neighborhood along the Potomac river  more »

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Old Town boasts a number of high-end hotels that provide easy walking access to some of Alexandria's most popular restaurants, bars, and attractions. However, these are not typically budget-friendly; those looking to save a few dollars should consider a hotel or motel located on Jefferson Davis Highway. Though not technically within the city boundaries, these accommodations are considerably cheaper and often within walking distance of the metro. Alexandria is also home to a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are located inside historical buildings.
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