Old Town might not sound like the hip, cool place to bring a wild and curious bunch of kids. But, it’s just that…and more! From kid-friendly farmer’s markets to consignment shops galore, there are so many hot spots in this Alexandria, Virginia enclave that you’ll need to make multiple trips just to soak it all in. Here’s where to get started.

Friendship Firehouse Museum

Future firemen should run to the Friendship Firehouse to catch a glimpse of the hand-drawn fire engines and leather water buckets. They’ll learn how firefighters took care of the city in a time where everything was wood and lit with flames. Also on display is the “Friendship Pumper,” an antique suction engine used to battle blazes in the mid/late 1800’s. Axes, hose reel and uniforms will have little noses pressed against the glass.
107 S. Alfred St. (Alexandria, Va)
Cost: $2
Online: alexandriava.gov
Photo: Friendship Firehouse via Facebook

Are there any secret spots in Old Town that we should know about? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Hilary Riedemann and Ayren Jackson-Cannady