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Gardens & Nature Centers

GARDENS & NATURE CENTERS

NOTE: Fairfax County parks and gardens are open for visitation according to Forward Virginia: Phase Three Guidelines. While some facilities within the parks remain closed, parking lots are now accessible at all our County, Regional, State, and National Parks. Please check individual location websites for the updated status on current operating status.

Since Fairfax County is in the heart of metropolitan Northern Virginia, not many outsiders would think that we know how to have fun in the great outdoors. Well, think again! Over 30,000 acres of outdoor adventures and Virginia National Parks span across our county lines. 

Seeking tranquility? We have nearly a dozen exquisite gardens and educational nature centers waiting for you to discover! We've created the perfect Secret Garden Itinerary for you that covers all the must-see gardens. Seeking a bit more adventure? Our Fairfax County parks and Northern Virginia Regional Parks offer incredible opportunities for hikingbikingboating, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, and exploring.

We've compiled some of the top spots to get your nature on in Fairfax County below, but if you're looking for a bit more action, don't forget to check out our list of outdoor activities and sports! Also, many of these nature centers and gardens hold events and workshops (for kids AND adults), so keep tabs on our calendar for all the details.


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Fairs and Festivals

Seasonal Fun

Celebrate the season by visiting us during special holiday celebrations, taking in our one-of-a-kind attractions, or attending our epic festivals and special events found only in the region. More
Mount Vernon - Hat and Whistle Boy

Family-Friendly Fairfax

Immerse your children in activities that stimulate their imagination. With so much fascinating history in Fairfax County, you can bet they’ll have fun while they learn. More
Storytellers Video Series

Storytellers Video Series

Every destination has a story. Meet Fairfax County's storytellers and then create your own travel story. More