Remember those road trips you took when you were a kid? We invite you to create those memories with your kids here in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia! It’s just a 3-hour drive away. There's lots to do to get away from TVs, phones, and video games. And we've made it easy to start planning a long weekend for your family by listing some of our fun suggestions below that will create memories for you and your kids that will last a lifetime.
Fairfax County is home to America's most visited historic estate, George Washington's Mount Vernon. You and your kids will love learning about the "Father of our Country" through immersive 4-D movies, interactive crafts and games, browsing around the estate and visiting the farm animals, and taking a trip back in time at the Pioneer Farm which includes farming demonstrations from plowing to harvesting to cooking.
You and your kids will have a blast at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center! From flight simulators, to IMAX movies to the thousands of air and space artifacts on site - there is something for everyone to enjoy. There's even an observation tower that lets you see the planes taking off and landing at Dulles International Airport - plus you get a great 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
Fairfax County boasts hundreds of miles of trails and over 50 square miles of parkland which are perfect destinations for families to connect with the great outdoors. The most iconic park in the area that families flock to is Great Falls Park. You can take an easy hike from the parking lot and find the perfect vantage point of the falls which make for great family pics. Or, you can take one of the many ranger guided tours available throughout the day and learn more about the history of the park as you explore the many trails found on site.
For generations, families have made it a point to take in a concert at Wolf Trap - America's only National Park for the Performing Arts. This summer's concert schedule at the famous Filene Center features a multitude of genre's ranging from the National Symphony Orchestra playing the score to Disney Pixar's Coco along with the film, to Earth, Wind & Fire, to Ringo Starr, to Josh Groban - and if you get your seats on the lawn you can pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the show while dining on your families favorite cuisine.
Be sure to check out the unique Workhouse Arts Center, an artistic colony located at the site of a former DC Correctional Facility, which features more than 100 professional and emerging artists, over 800 arts classes and workshops, and assorted performing arts including: theater, musical theater, film, music, and dance performances. You can watch a variety of artists at work, and the site provides the perfect opportunity to buy and bring home a custom-made souvenir.