Why is Old Town Alexandria famous?

Old Town is so-called because it is the oldest part of Alexandria. Old Town was originally laid out in 1749 and is a nationally designated historic district. Many of its 4,000 historic buildings houses, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. Once the site of the second-largest slave market in the United States, Old Town’s Market Square now contains a large fountain, extensive landscaping and a Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Old Town is known for its illustrious residents and guests. George Washington called it home. Robert E. Lee worshiped at Christ Church and Thomas Jefferson entertained at nearby Gadsby’s Tavern. Old Town Alexandria offer a full menu of dining choices with restaurants ranging from fast-food to white tablecloth. A night on the town can be had at spots such as the Oyster Bar and Club Room at Union Street.

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Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, in 1980

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA. Here’s a look at the Torpedo Factory in 1980.

The Torpedo Factory, 1980.
The Torpedo Factory, 1980 on Union Street

The area looks very different today.

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Take a Look at the Parade of Lights in Old Town Alexandria Virginia

On the evening of December 1st 2012 Old Town Alexandria hosted the annual boat parade of lights. The event featured several pleasure boats decked out in festive lights making rounds in the Potomac. Just past the Torpedo Factory, Old Town features a strip right on the water similar to a board walk; this area attracts street performers, locals, tourists, amongst others. As seen in the photos below the strip provides a great view of the water, the distant Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and National Harbor.

Old Town Alexandria features a robust night life. Along King Street there are several restaurants which also serve as bars in the later hours. Union Street intersects King Street and serves as a pick up stop for the free trolley. Old Town Alexandria is serviced by the King Street metro station.

 

Yummy Frozen Yogurt at Yo Love

Yo Love is located at 101 Union Street #101 in Old Town Alexandria.  The food here is self serve and priced based on the total accumulated in frozen yogurt and toppings. Yo Love is a healthy and tasty treat. Around this location is the Torpedo Factory and the water front docks.

 

 

Homes for Sale Near Overwood

Overwood is located at 220 North Lee Alexandria Va 22314. This area of Old Town is close to several parks, the water, and schools for children. Also within this area of Old Town are several restaurants and shops. The Torpedo Factory is just around the corner from Overwood. The food at Overwood is classic American. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are brick.

 

 

 

Rent a bike in Alexandria VA

Biking is a fun way to see the sites of Northern VA

tandem bike
Tandem bikes are available

Go green and explore the city by bicycle!  Bike and Roll Alexandria offers bike rentals including Trek comfort hybrid bikes as well as tandem bikes. Children’s bikes and accessories such as tandem trailers and burleys are also available.

Bike rentals allow you to hop on two wheels and see DC and Northern Virginia in a completely new way. All rentals come with a helmet, U-lock, bike rack, flat kit and city map. Just let us know where you are heading and we’ll point you in the right direction! You may even rent from one shop and ride one-way to our other location (in Washington DC) for a small drop-off fee.

comfort bike
Choose between comfort or performance.

For day long reservations for any equipment in Old Town Alexandria, VA, call: 703.548. ROLL (7655).

Bike and Roll Alexandria
One Wales Alley
Alexandria, VA 22314

Bike and Roll Alexandria is located at the corner of Wales Alley and The Strand in Old Town Alexandria. This

Bike Path on GW Parkway
Bike Path on GW Parkway

shop is convenient to the King Street Trolley Stop at North Union Street and a couple hundred yards south from the Water Taxi.

biking in Old Town
Bike and Roll