Community Life

Tucked away off of the Potomac River, and just miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a destination diamond in the rough. Whether you are looking to eat, shop, find new hobbies and interests, visiting historic sites, Alexandria is the place for everyone young, old and everyone in between!

Page updated on Mar 29, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Community Gardens

Community gardening is one way that the City is helping to increase Alexandria residents’ access to locally grown, environmentally sustainable foods as part of the  Healthy Food Alexandria initiative. The gardening season runs March 1 through Nov. 30 each year.

Fresh ProduceFarmers Markets

Shop for a variety of fresh and season vegetables, breads, flowers and plants, and other items from local artisans.


The Alexandria Library is an educational, user-oriented service institution providing free public access to recorded knowledge and ideas. The Library maintains collections of general, regionally historical, and recreational reading, listening, and viewing materials for home and on-site use; provides information services by both professional and skilled staff; provides access to off-site collections, electronic reference resources, and the Internet through the latest information technologies.


Alexandria is an active community that offers a chance to escape to the great outdoors without leaving town, with more than 900 acres of parks and dedicated public space.


Looking to adopt a new member to your family? The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria provides a shelter to animals in need, as well as promote responsible pet ownership in the Alexandria community. Not only does the League have dogs and cats, but they also have rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas and chinchillas. 

Woman in Yoga PoseRecreation

Are you interested in attending a class to get more active? Are you considering taking an individual or group class? Need to send the kiddos off to camp? Thinking about reserving a City park or facility for an event you're hosting?

Neighborhood Centers

Specialty Centers

All participants/users of the City of Alexandria neighborhood recreation centers must be residents of the City, and are required to show proof of residency to register at the neighborhood recreation centers. To determine if you are a City resident, refer to the City Residency Verification Guide.

Schools & Libraries

Learn more about Alexandria public schools, private schools, and regional institutions of higher learning.