Of the hundreds of places to eat in Arlington and Alexandria, these are some of my favorites. This list is not encyclopedic. There are no rankings. These are just nine places -- some are single restaurants and others are locations offering lots of choices -- that you should know about if you live here.
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Museums and Historic Sites
Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St., No. 327
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Rd.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call for changes in bad weather and for holiday hours.
Free; donations welcome.
Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Closed New Year’s Day and Christmas.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St.
Tours start 15 minutes before and after the hour and last about 30 minutes.
Tour hours November-March: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Last tour starts at 3:45 p.m.
Tour hours April-October: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. Last tour begins at 4:45 p.m.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Office hours are by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$4 for adults, $2 for students ages 11-17, free for children younger than 11 with a paying adult. Free to members of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society and Alexandria city employees. Discounted admission for AAA members.
201 S. Washington St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum
600 Dulany St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed all federal holidays.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
105-107 S. Fairfax St.
Hours: April-October, 1-5 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; November-March, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
$4 adults; $2, students ages 11-17; free to Alexandria city employees and to children younger than 11 with a paying adult. Discounted admission for AAA members.
Del Ray Artisans
Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
2704 Mount Vernon Ave.
Nonprofit community arts group holds monthly art shows, artist receptions and special events.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Every second Thursday, open 6 - 9 pm. for Art Night.
Theaters and Theater companies
Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe St.
1201 N. Royal St.
Port City Playhouse
P.O. Box 19507
Performs at the Lee Center for the Performing Arts, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria.
Tapestry Theatre Company
P.O. Box 20006
Performs at the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. in Alexandria.
605 Queen St.
Performances are at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, 22301.
Venues and Regional Theater
3701 Mount Vernon Ave.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus
3001 N. Beauregard St.
5801 Duke St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
Potomac Yard Retail Center
3671 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Hours vary by store.