Walking tour company in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Veteran Owned-Veteran Operated Discover Alexandria offers a variety of walking tours through Old Town Alexandria, VA.
- Sweet History: A walking tour through Old Town's best sweet spots. Experience delicious cupcakes, chocolates, pie, and icecream while learning about the history of Alexandria.
- Alexandria at War: A tour through historic sites that map out Alexandria's role in wars from the French and Indian War to World War II.
- Historical Pub Crawl: Learn about Alexandria's famous inhabitants while experiencing the best pubs the town has to offer
- Virginia is for Runners: A slow paced running tour of some of Alexandria's greatest spots off the beaten path. Pace will be about 10 min/mile.
- Discover Alexandria: A tour from past to present through Old Town's best attractions. Dogs are welcome on the Alexandria at War, Discover Alexandria, and Virginia is for Runners tours. Discover Alexandria is proud to be one of the many LGBT friendly businesses in Old Town! Prices for Regular Tours:
Active Duty, Veteran, Senior Citizen: $10.00
**CASH ONLY if you pay the guide directly. You can use a credit card ahead of time at the Alexandria Visitor's Center**
Private tours are $15.00 per person, $8.00 for children. Discounts are offered for groups over 15 people. Tours can be customized for content and schedule. Please contact Discover Alexandria to set up a custom tour. Prices for private tours are the same as the individual rates. Discover Alexandria also specializes in tours for wedding guests, bachelor parties, and bachelorettes. Contact us for details.
Operating as usual
The May schedule is here! We hope to tour with you soon!
It's that time of year for the Cherry Blossom Pop-up Tour. Here are the available dates:
Tuesday, March 30th, 6pm
Friday, April 2nd: 10am
Email [email protected] for more information or to reserve a spot. Spots are limited.
We ask all guests to wear a mask for the duration of the tour and to maintain proper distancing from the guide.
We pass this new exhibit along a few of our tour routes. Come check it out!
Groundswell is now open at Waterfront Park! The temporary public art installation from Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman II is on display until November 2021.
Groundswell brings an element of play to Alexandria’s changing shoreline with a ground mural depicting the floor of the Potomac River and more than 100 wood pilings topped with etched blue mirrors that shimmer like water. The installation was inspired by Alexandria’s history going back to the 18th century when drastic measures began to manipulate the city’s shoreline. Thousands of wood pilings were driven further into the Potomac River over time, thereby shifting the city’s waterfront over decades. This allowed Alexandria to develop and grow its sprawling dock into a major commercial port.
Learn more: visitalexandriava.com/public-art
📷: Laura Hatcher Photography
Check out the latest article by Visit Alexandria VA which mentions our annual cherry blossom pop-up tour. Dates will be announced on our main website and social media pages.
blog.visitalexandriava.com Spring events in Alexandria, VA, are blooming with historic home and garden tours, new public art, water taxis to the cherry blossoms and more.
Tours for April!
Any questions, please email: [email protected]
We're continuing to have our signature Discover Alexandria tour every other Sunday at 1pm. See the calendar below for specific details. If you'd like to schedule a tour at another time, please email [email protected] for private tour options.
We have two tour offerings in February. We will continue to keep the tour numbers low to maintain safe social distancing. We also ask that all guests continue to help us combat COVID by wearing masks.
We hope to tour with you soon. If neither of these tour dates work with your schedule, contact us for private tour opportunities at [email protected].
We have two tours on our schedule for January and we are continuing to offer private tours (inquiries: [email protected]).
We hope to tour with you in 2021!
Here is our December calendar. If you can't find a tour that fits your schedule, send us an email at [email protected] and we can set up a private tour.
Discover Alexandria's cover photo
To help protect our tour-goers from any potential COVID exposure, here's what we've been doing, and what we'll continue to do until further notice:
1. All guides are required to wear masks
2. All guests are required to wear masks
3. We maintain social distancing between groups and guides
4. Our maximum number of guests on a tour is 9
#COVID19 #alexandriava #oldtownalexandria
Photo credit: Roxy Hudak
Photo Credit: Max Minne
Check out this beautiful photo captured at night in Old Town by Max Minne !
FYI: There are still a few spots open for our ghost tour this Friday at 7pm. The tour leaves from the Visitor's Center at 221 King Street.
You can purchase tickets on our website!
By chance we have 3 spots left for our Halloween ghost tour (Oct 31) at 7pm.
Get them before they sell out: www.discoveralexva.com !!!
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Our November schedule is here! We're keeping the number of people on each tour low to be able to leave space between tour-goers, so if possible, please book in advance.
#oldtownalexandria #ghosttour #historytour
Our resident American historian, Kieran O'Keefe, wrote a fantastic article about Alexandria and the American Revolution. Check it out here:
allthingsliberty.com Alexandria, Virginia, is well known as George Washington’s hometown, but its role during the American Revolution is not widely understood. Like the rest of...
This article was brought to our attention by one of our fantastic guides. Read all about it!!!
thezebra.org Lawyers who represented first interracial couple to wed in Virginia had office on Royal Street
Here is our October schedule. Good news is that 2 of our spooky themed tours are back. Check out the Ghosts of Alexandria and/or Historic Cemetery Tour this October.
Since our tour sizes are limited because of COVID, it is HIGHLY recommended that you book in advance.
We look forward to touring with you soon.
#ghosttour #AlexandriaVa #oldtownalexandria
We will continue our 1pm Sunday signature history tours through September.
If you're interested in a different time for this tour or any others, we are accepting private tour requests as well. Please send inquiries to: [email protected]
As always, we look forward to touring with you!
Here is our August schedule. Come tour with us every Sunday at 1pm!
We're offering one of our specialty tours tomorrow night at 7pm: the historic cemetery tour.
If you need more information or to make a reservation, email [email protected]. Please sign up in advance as space is limited.
Please note that the tour departs from the corner of Wilkes St. and S. Payne St.
Holiday weekend schedule:
Friday 7pm: Ghosts of Alexandria
Saturday 1pm: Colonial and Revolutionary Alexandria
Sunday 1pm: Discover Alexandria Signature Tour
Reserve online at www.discoveralexva.com
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Captured a photo of this beautiful banner at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Discover Alexandria supports Black Lives Matter and is dedicated to providing tours that tell the history of all Alexandrians, including the incredible contributions of Black women and men in our city.
Discover Alexandria is dedicated to making sure businesses reopen safely. Right now, we're in phase 2 and will transition to phase 3 soon. For more updates and guidelines, follow us here, Twitter (@discoverAlexVA), or Instagram (@discoveralexandria)
Our July calendar is out and we've brought back three of our other tours in addition to our signature tour: Historic Cemetery Tour, Colonial and Revolutionary Alexandria, Ghosts of Alexandria
We hope to see you soon!
Any questions: [email protected]
As Virginia transitions into Phase 2, we're restarting our regularly scheduled tours again. For now, we are offering our Discover Alexandria signature tour on Sunday at 1pm. We will add more tours on our July calendar. If you would like to book a tour outside the regularly scheduled time, please email [email protected].
REOPENING PHASE 1: We are happy to say that we are conducting a “soft re-opening” now that N. Virginia has moved into phase 1. What does this mean for you?
- We will be taking reservations for private tours only at the moment. You can email [email protected] to make a reservation.
- All private tours must be less than 10 people.
- Guides and tour-goers will need to wear masks.
- Regularly scheduled tours will be back in a few weeks!
[05/25/20] We hope everyone is having a safe and happy Memorial Day. Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
COVID-19 news: While we have suspended all tours until we are allowed to reopen under Virginia state guidelines, we will continue to keep you posted about our future re-opening date and tour schedule.
Most importantly...we miss you!
Check out our latest blog with reading suggestions from our guides!
discoveralexva.com We miss touring with everyone around Old Town, Alexandria. Until we can get together and talk history once more, we compiled a quarantine reading list for your enjoyment based on suggestions from o…
Why Alexandria is so great. A message from the people who keep us fed and happy.
Stay home, stay safe and support Alexandria small businesses when you can. Thanks to Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant and Bar for creating this video.
Don't go hungry Alexandria!
In line with suggestions by the city of Alexandria and to keep our tour-goers safe, we are suspending all walking tours until further notice.
In the meantime, we hope to share tid-bits of history with you via our website and social media platforms.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and we'll see you on the streets of Alexandria in the future.
As of right now, our pop-up cherry blossom history tours of Alexandria are still on!
They are scheduled for Friday, March 20: 430pm and Saturday, March 21, 3pm.
Tours leave from Alexandria Visitor's Center, 221 King St.
Reservations are required and can be made by emailing [email protected]
Normal ticket prices apply
Spring is in the air! Come join us in Old Town
blog.visitalexandriava.com Spring events in Alexandria, Va. are blooming, with historic home and garden tours, new restaurant openings, the water taxi to the cherry blossoms and more.
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