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River Farm, Alexandria

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#7 of 13 in Historic Sites in Alexandria
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  • Beautiful art shows, revolving around horticulture grace George Washington's former property. Besides an ancient Osage orange tree, River Farm boasts a splendid garden and view of the grand Potomac Ri...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place to relax on the porch and read a book or soak up the sun while having a picnic on the lawn. There is a nice flower garden which is a good spot to snap some photos of your kid...  more »
  • We stopped to check out River Farm - lovely! Early in the season but many buds and early bulbs. View was wonderful - enjoyed our visit!  more »
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  • River Farm is a secret treasure unknown to many. One of the few, no admission fee experiences available today. Today I was fortunate enough to be invited to a tree dedication ceremony to be held at this beautiful place. The views are endless and the serenity is priceless. A must see. It is actually part of George Washington's properties.
  • Attended a wedding & reception here in mid-June. My comments pertain to the location & building themselves. The grounds were beautiful, with an abundance of flowers overlooking the river. Upon arriving, it was easy to see why someone would select this as a wedding venue. However, I do think it would be useful for the location to create a flatter surface for chairs to be place on the sloping hill where I'm assuming many people get married. Terraced steps would work quite well. The building was historic and had quite a bit of character. However, the men's bathroom had a broken sink handle and didn't have soap the entire night (not sure who was responsible for that). There was a fair bit of confusion from our ride-share drivers upon arriving because the entrance gate was closed off with no signage about what to do.
  • Nice gardens and outdoor areas. Beware for big parties, this is a historic building on premises, so it does not have enough space/restrooms for a large party.
  • Excellent location for an event or just to wander and see the gardens. We have been using this place for automotive launch events to show journalists new cars. I bet it is amazing for a wedding.
  • Being a big fan of all the member gardens of the American Horticultural Society, I guess I thought that the gardens here would be more intensly curated, but while the displays are definitely deliberately planned, the feel of them is different from other Botanical gardens. The grounds invite wandering and interaction with them closer to a park like what someone could have at their home as opposed to the elaborate beds and bright colors at larger garden exhibits. Very nice location. The big Bodark tree (Osage Orange) was my favorite part.

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Where to stay in Alexandria

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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