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Armory Tot Lot

208 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Dawn until Dusk.



Take a break from lunch, retail therapy and exploring Old Town with your little one at Armory "Tot" Lot.

Steps from the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, this fun little playground appeals to younger kids with its varied equipment, sandbox, and the variety of toys families are permitted to leave behind for the community to enjoy. There is a seesaw, and a classic playground with slides and climbing features for kids to play on. The park is about 1.42 acres large so there is space to do whatever you want! There is also a picnic table as well as a bunch available off to the side for nursing.

This playground area used to be the site of the National Gaurd Armory Building in the 1940's. The city turned the site into a children's playground in the 50's after the building was destroyed in a fire, and it has been renovated and developed ever since! 

It's also ideal for wee ones on sunny days because while there are some areas in direct sunlight (the swings can get very hot) and thanks to some lovely resident trees there are several areas of shade. One of the highlights of this space is actually its small size, because it typically attracts families with younger children, thus providing a safe space for toddlers to run free.

Spend the day in Historic Old Town and check out its numerous activities, restaurants, and retail options. Grab a meal at Sweetgreen or Chadwick's. Follow up with ice cream at Pop's or create a well-rounded day by exploring Kate Waller Barrett Library in the neighborhood. For more ideas, check out Neighborhood Favorites: Old Town Alexandria.




Good for young kids Playground Seesaw Sandbox
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Randi Banks
Randi (Betts) Banks grew up in New York and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Washington, D.C. more than thirteen years ago with her husband, Eaghmon, and they love to explore the area and seek out adventure, now with their two young children along for the ride. Growing up right near the beach, they are happiest when on or near the water, so exploring the rivers, lakes, and streams in the greater DC area is a favorite pastime for their family. In addition to serving as one of the Washington, DC area ambassadors, Randi is also the Editor in Chief and Co-founder of happyly.
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A playground, separate climbing area and space to wander near Old Town, Alexandria.
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