Family Fun & Winter Activities in Alexandria, VA
There’s an awful lot to see and experience in historic Alexandria, Virginia this winter, and luxury accommodations at the Alexandrian here in Old Town gives you front-row seats to all the action.
Revel in the across-the-board dazzle of our hospitality and amenities (and the fabulous flavors on tap at Jackson 20) while you and the rest of the fam enjoy the wintertime happenings around Alexandria!
George Washington’s Birthday Celebrations
You couldn’t ask for a better place to be for the week of President’s Day than Alexandria, given George Washington’s estate of Mount Vernon lies not far away—and given the city holds the biggest parade dedicated to the very first U.S. president in the country.
On the evening of February 17th, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum—an 18th-century watering hole once frequented by Washington as well as a gaggle of other Founding Fathers—hosts George Washington’s Birthnight Banquet & Ball, a soiree that’ll include meet-and-greets with Mr. and Mrs. Washington as well as a whole lot of period dress and entertainment.
Right here in our Old Town neighborhood, meanwhile, the George Washington Birthday Parade goes down on the 19th (aka President’s Day): a flashy, mile-long celebration you’ll have wonderfully easy access to as an Alexandrian guest.
And as you might expect, Mount Vernon is doing plenty to mark the occasion: from concerts to Continental Army drills.
Other Historical Attractions
Mount Vernon and Gadsby’s Tavern are far from the only destinations for history buffs in Alexandria. Visitors young and old are sure to be impressed by the arresting George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a hilltop tower modeled after Egypt’s Lighthouse of Alexandria that offers both artwork and exhibits about Washington as well as a magnificent view of Alexandria.
Then there’s Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site (one of the Union forts established to protect Washington, D.C. during the Civil War), the Carlyle House (the manor house built in 1753 by John Carlyle, founder of Alexandria), and the Freedom House (a slave-trading company’s headquarters turned museum), among other landmarks.
And there are plenty of fascinating museums for spending a winter’s afternoon in town, including the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Alexandria Lyceum, the city history museum.
The Torpedo Art Factory
Another standout Alexandria attraction, the Torpedo Art Factory serves as a multifaceted art center occupying a onetime U.S. Navy munitions factory. The Art Factory harbors working artist studios, galleries, and classrooms (as well as the Alexandria Archaeology Museum)—a great place to experience the region’s artistic spirit firsthand.
And then there’s Alexandria’s extensive network of greenspaces and recreational facilities, including the lovely Founders, Waterfront, and Windmill Hill parks along the Potomac and just short strolls from the Alexandrian.
Whether for George Washington’s big birthday bash or simply some everyday sightseeing, Alexandria boasts a slew of family-friendly attractions and activities perfect for winter getaways luxuriating at our Autograph Collection hotel!