6363 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Phone: (301) 839-0001
Fax: (301) 839-0002
6363 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD, US, 20745
- Phone: (301) 839-0001
- Fax: (301) 839-0002
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, events and hands-on learning programs. Volunteers, local archaeologists, and students work at the museum to keep the collection and data in order. In addition, this family-friendly organization hosts "family dig days" at local sites and offers summer camps for children and adults.
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General "Lighthorse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Nearby Christ Church is where George Washington worshipped. Stroll down King Street with its many quaint shops and restaurants or duck down one of the side streets, many of which have their original cobblestones. Alexandria is 30 minutes south of Washington. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Children and other fans of firefighters and their equipment will enjoy visiting Alexandria's oldest firehouse, built in 1871. The Friendship Fire Company itself pre-dates the building by 100 years and is rumored to have been a pet project of George Washington's. Restored in the 1990s, the Firehouse offers visitors a look at the equipment used since the nation's founding. Also displayed are the clothes firefighters wore throughout this company's history. Special exhibits are often held.
The Potomac River is a perfect place for exploring by boat. Whether you sail past Washington and all the monuments or down toward the Chesapeake Bay, it will be a glorious experience. The Mariner Sailing School offers lessons and allows you to complete the course within1 week. All courses are hands-on and taught aboard one of the sailboats. For those who already know how to sail, boat rentals are available for groups of 2-6 people. In addition, the school rents kayaks, canoes and windsurfers, and gives instruction on each of them.
Dotting the city's waterfront is the wonderful Yards Park that opened in September 2010. A stunning example of how urban planning can play such a vital role in ensuring that city-dwellers enjoy their time in the city, this park comes replete with fountains, jogging tracks, biking trails, waterside lawns, shopping spots, cafes, bars and more. A special platform has been constructed to host outdoor events like concerts, community get-togethers, dog shows and festivals.
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center boasts a year-round 25-meter indoor pool and diving well, aquatic sports and fitness classes, fitness rooms, saunas, fitness trail, nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, and racquetball courts. Of course, all of this activity works up an appetite, so try the Greenery—a full-service, on-site snack bar. This establishment also has birthday party packages available. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guests can swim and have a meal in the party.
A historic, 45 mile long paved trail which is located on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad and is perfect for walking, jogging, and biking, as well as inline skating and horseback riding.
George Washington owned this 27-acre estate that is now home to the American Horticulture Society. Part of the manor dates to before the American Revolution, and visitors may explore the gracious mansion on self-guided tours. Stroll through the 12 thematically designed gardens. One features butterflies, another the sundial and yet another is devoted to the ever-popular dinosaur. History buffs may wander the colonial garden or learn about Washington's interest in horticulture. He introduced walnut, coffee bean and Osage-orange trees to the farm.
The National Maritime Heritage Foundation offers Washington, DC's first and only community sailing program. NMHF provides sailing lessons, boat rentals, fleet racing, Schooner cruises and charters on the Washington Channel for both youth and adults. Learn to Sail offers the incredible opportunity to get your internationally accepted sailing certification from US 19-foot Flying Scot sailboats. NMHF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering sailing scholarships to underprivileged youth.
To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains Point is a peninsula of land jutting out into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Let the cross breezes revitalize you as you stroll along the river, picnic or take the kids to the playground. Best of all, kids love climbing "The Awakening"—a huge statue of a man seemingly climbing up out of the ground.
Cameron Run Regional Park is located across the river from Washington in Alexandria . The main attraction is the fantastic water park with a wave pool, 3-flume water slide, water playground, lap lanes and raft rental. There is also a bathhouse and snack bar. The water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other park features include a deluxe miniature golf course, batting cage, picnic shelter (available for rental), and a fishing pond. The batting cage and miniature golf course are open mid-March through October.
The gorgeous U.S. Botanic Garden conservatory presents botanical variety from the desert to the tropics along a series of calm and gently meandering paths. A particular waterfall and garden display the flora of the dinosaur age. Seasonal displays include Christmas greens and poinsettias in December and January, chrysanthemums in autumn and blooming flowers at Easter. A new part of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the National Garden, was opened in October 2006 and includes the carefully-designed Butterfly Garden. Admission to all parts of the USBG is free.