Seniors in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area will have a new place to call home in 2024. Alate Old Town senior living in Alexandria, VA, opens soon, providing luxurious apartment living in a warm and friendly community.
The new independent living Alexandria, VA, community provides a safe living environment in a convenient, vibrant location. Residents have access to restaurant-style dining right at home, as well as an array of daily activities scheduled.
Located within minutes of Old Town Alexandria, there’s so much to do in this historic neighborhood that’s steeped in culture. Here’s what seniors can expect from a day in the life as an Alate Old Town resident.
Fun Things for Seniors to Do in Alexandria, VA
Every year, Alexandria, VA, receives national recognition as one of America’s best cities to live in. It’s characterized by charming historic homes, a diverse and welcoming community, great pride in locally owned businesses, an abundance of nature to explore and lots of culture to experience. As one of America’s oldest cities, Alexandria has a unique place in the country’s history. Here are some activities seniors may enjoy in Alexandria.
- Explore downtown Alexandria: Downtown Alexandria, also known as Old Town Alexandria, is the city’s hub for delicious restaurants, locally owned shops, weekly farmers markets, live entertainment and beautiful views of the Potomac River. King Street is Old Town’s most popular road for dining and shopping options, with lots of eclectic choices all within walking distance of each other. Old Town is also home to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a space containing more than 70 artist studios featuring painting, ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and printmaking. If you want to head to D.C. or take a relaxing cruise on the water, hop aboard a water taxi that takes off from an Old Town pier.
- Visit Mount Vernon: Less than 10 miles away from Alexandria, Mount Vernon is one of the most popular historic sites to visit in the DMV area. Mount Vernon is the historic home of George and Martha Washington, whose tomb still resides on the estate to this day. The site contains 500 acres of historic property, including a memorial dedicated to enslaved people who lived and worked on the estate, interpretive spaces including George’s gristmill and distillery, a farm, theaters, galleries, the George Washington Presidential Library, gardens and trails. It’s the most popular historic estate in the country, but Alexandria residents are just a short drive away to stop by any day of the year.
- Get a recreation center pass: Alexandria is home to a robust network of recreation centers, which offer daily drop-in fitness classes, pool swimming and spas, exercise machines and free weights, and community classes, like music classes. They’re great places to meet other seniors, as classes like yoga and Zumba are offered each day, all day long. Annual, monthly and group class packages are available.
- Walk outside in nature: From spring to fall, Alexandria is one of the most beautiful places in the country to get outside and explore nature. Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is part of the National Park Service and spans 485 acres of floodplain, tidal marsh and swamp forest nature lovers can walk by on a trail or explore by kayak. Huntley Meadows Park is a great place to visit if you want to see wildlife, since the 1,500-acre park is home to a variety of birds, beavers, deer, otters and foxes in its wetlands, meadows and forests. There’s a wildlife observation platform right in the park, as well as a 2-mile interpretive trail system. Lake Accotink Park in nearby Springfield is another nature lover’s paradise, with walking and biking trails and frequent deer sightings in the nearly 500-acre park.
- Learn about history: As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., there’s lots of history to learn about in Alexandria. The city features a variety of ghost and graveyard tours that take participants around town. The Alexandria Black History Museum features exhibits dedicated to Black history and includes the Alexandria African American Heritage Park. The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum features exhibits dedicated to Alexandria history, as well as hosts public programs. Residents can also visit historic Alexandria sites like the Freedom House Museum, the African American Heritage Trails and the Friendship Firehouse Museum to learn about Alexandria’s interesting history and culture.
The city of Alexandria expertly blends respect for the area’s history with modern shops and businesses, all with a small-town feel in a friendly and welcoming community. There’s something fun to do every day of the year in Alexandria, whatever your interest is.
There are also lots of metro and bus stops scattered throughout Alexandria, which make it easy to hop on and ride into Washington, D.C., for even more attractions. Alexandria is less than 10 miles away from the nation’s capital, so it’s quick to drive into town for shows at The Kennedy Center, museum visits, professional sports competitions and world-class dining at some of the country’s top restaurants.
A Look at Independent Living Lifestyle Programming at Alate Old Town
Alate Old Town is one of the top places for seniors to live in Alexandria, VA. The senior retirement community has all the amenities residents could want on-site, including spacious and bright common areas, a full-service restaurant and security and staff to manage the building 24/7.
In addition to a safe and comfortable home, Alate Old Town provides independent living lifestyle residents with a full schedule of programming each day. Residents can participate in activities like the following.
- Art classes
- Board games
- Book clubs
- Brain games
- Card games
- Cooking classes
- Current events discussions
- Gardening clubs
- Group fitness classes
- Happy hours
- Live music performances
- Movie nights
- Spirituality gatherings
- TV show viewings
- Yoga and meditation classes
Residents can connect with other residents, learn new skills and pursue their hobbies in activities that strengthen the mind, body and spirit. At Alate Old Town, we help seniors enjoy their golden years with enjoyable things to do each day.
See What to Expect from Life at Alate Old Town
Alate Old Town will be open soon, and we invite you or a loved one to learn more about our senior community. If you’re interested in an active senior community in Alexandria or the DMV area, learn more about Alate Old Town. Find out more about Senior Lifestyle, or schedule a tour today.