10 Things to Do in Alexandria, VA, and Washington, D.C.

If you’re considering a move to Goodwin House Alexandria, we encourage you to come for a visit and discover in person all the exciting things to do in historic Alexandria. We’re minutes from a wealth of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. attractions. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or you call this area home, we think you’ll love our top 10 things to do.


Our Goodwin House team would love to help you make plans to experience all the fun things to do in Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. We’d love for you to visit us, chat with our residents and get a firsthand taste of all our community and local area have to offer. Schedule your personal visit today.


Wander Old Town Alexandria

Wander Old Town Alexandria

One of the nation’s most loved historic districts, Old Town Alexandria teems with charming cobblestone alleys and brick-lined streets. You’ll find excellent boutique shopping and locally sourced, chef-driven cuisine. If you’ve spent the morning walking and want a break, hop aboard the free King Street Trolley, which stops every two blocks.

River Farm

Visit River Farm for a Verdant Break

Located in the northernmost area of George Washington’s original property, River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. With 25 acres, you can spend the day wandering through lush gardens overlooking the Potomac River to the four-acre André Bluemel Meadow.

Potomac River

Book a Potomac Sightseeing Tour

Is there a more relaxing way to view the nation’s premier landmarks than by river boat? We think not! You can book a tour at the Old Town Marina and set out to see what interests you most, whether that’s monuments or Mount Vernon. Dining tours are also available, and some feature live music.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Explore Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Founded in 1792 by a Quaker family and operational until 1933, this historic apothecary museum once served George and Martha Washington. Today, small group tours of 10 offer insight into this unique collection and its 18th-century buildings.

Mount Vernon

Take a Day Trip to Mount Vernon

You won’t want to miss a visit to one of America’s most-loved historic homes. Here, learn about the life of George Washington through interactive theaters and galleries, and see heritage breeds on the estate’s working farm.

National Zoo

See the National Zoo’s Pandas

Washington, D.C. is home to the National Zoological Park, which is part of the Smithsonian Institute. Home to more than 390 species, you won’t want to miss the giant pandas, the lions or the naked mole rats, all of which have their own web cams.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Take to the Outdoors

Virginia is a gorgeous place to call home, and you can head outdoors year-round to get a dose of Vitamin D and enjoy our plant-filled parks and gardens. A local favorite, Green Spring Gardens comprises a number of hidden nooks and well-tended landscaping. Or take a day trip to Richmond to wander through Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where vibrant colors bloom all year.

Workhouse Arts Center

Immerse Yourself in Workhouse Arts Center

Located in the historic D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory in Lorton, the Workhouse Arts Center provides a home for dozens of emerging and established artists. You’ll discover cooperative studios, gallery spaces and theaters. There’s ample opportunity to take a tour, take a class or simply take your time exploring the center’s 55 acres.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

Interested in architecture? Alexandria doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of colonial treasures. Make time for a trip to the Pope-Leighey House, a Usonian-style home that’s been relocated…twice. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940, the house is open for visitors to tour.

fall festivals

Experience Seasonal Spectaculars

From fall festivals and scenic drives to summer concerts and cherry blossom events, the Alexandria area takes its cues from the seasons. When you live here, you’ll be able to take advantage of everything this charming region offers.

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Alexandria, VA 22311
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