Alexandria is full of walkable neighborhoods with quaint restaurants, unique boutiques and urban green spaces. Go ahead have dinner at that new place you’ve been dying to try on Friday night, then pack your picnic bag and head to one of these picnic spots on a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Here are four awesome picnic spots in Alexandria.
Founders Park | 351 N Union Street
Located in Old Town, this peaceful riverside park is the perfect place for a picnic. After dining al fresco, take a walk on one of the beautiful shoreline trails or play a game of pick-up volleyball. There’s also a dog exercise area if your canine companion wants to come along. Don’t have a pet? Bring some cracked corn to feed the ducks and other feathered friends.
Tide Lock Park | 1 Canal Center Plaza
Riverfront seating, spectacular views and sparse crowds make Tide Lock Park the quintessential picnic spot. It also boasts a promenade with sculptures and water features.
Jones Point Park | 1 Jones Point Drive
Take a scenic drive on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and make your way to Jones Point Park. Have lunch on one of the picnic tables sprinkled throughout the green space, take a look at the lighthouse built in 1855, and finish your day by canoeing on the Potomac River—right from a conveniently located launch point in Jones Point Park.
Armory Tot Lot | 208 South Royal Street
When your picnic plans include kids, head to the Armory Tot Lot. You won’t have to worry about cleaning up crumbs in your luxury Washington DC apartment. Simply shake off your blanket and send the youngsters to the brightly colored playground that sports a double teeter totter, climbing ladders, a tunnel slide and a large sandbox stocked with toys. While they burn off their energy, you can kick back and relax with this summer’s must-read book.
Where are your favorite spots to have a picnic in Alexandria? Share them in the comments below.