INSIDE FAIRFAX COUNTY

    Burke Lake Park

    Burke Lake Park Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station features a 218-acre lake and an 18-hole, par-three golf course. The park has boating, boat rentals, fishing, hiking trails, a campground, a miniature train, a carousel, volleyball courts, picnicking, an ice cream parlor, playgrounds and a miniature golf course.

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is a beautifully wooded park surrounding a restored and working mill. The mill was a water-powered technological marvel when built c. 1811, and it now sits on the National Register of Historic Places and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Take a tour to see the massive waterwheel and gears, feel the furrowed stones that grind grain and smell the burn of mill stones set too close together. You'll hear stories about the man whose ideas revolutionized the milling industry and the family that ran Colvin Run for over 50 years. Tours can be customized for groups. The site’s in-depth historical and engineering information will pique the interest history buffs and engineering fans.…

    Green Spring Garden

    Green Spring Garden Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va., is a 31-acre garden paradise and national historic site highlighted by more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a wooded stream valley with ponds, a glasshouse, a horticultural center, and a 1784 historic house. Works of renowned restoration architect Walter Macomber and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand are featured in and around the historic house. The gardens exhibit a wide variety of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. Green Spring hosts educational programs for all ages, changing art exhibits, tours, teas, and inspiration for home gardeners. The horticultural center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the park is free. Educational programs charge…

    Huntley Meadows Park

    Huntley Meadows Park Huntley Meadows Park is a 1,500-acre natural and historic area featuring vast wetlands that provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the Washington metropolitan area. A half-mile boardwalk traverses the wetland and places visitors in the center of a marsh that is home to beavers, deer, frogs, herons and innumerable dragonflies. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the park. The wet lowland carved by the Potomac River is a rare natural habitat in Fairfax County. A restored historic house at the park was once owned by descendants of U-S Founding Father George Mason. Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was the basis for the first ten amendments to the U-S Constitution that are…

    Lake Accotink Park

    Lake Accotink Park Lake Accotink Park in Springfield features a 55-acre lake with boating, fishing, hiking, miniature golf, a carousel, snack bar, picnic areas and a playground.

    Riverbend Park

    Riverbend Park Riverbend Park is a rare and rugged refuge along the Potomac River. There are more than 400 acres of forest, meadows and ponds crossed by trails, including a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail that connects to Great Falls National Park. Riverbend features a visitor center with snack bar and gift shop, hiking, fine fishing for smallmouth bass, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and some of the best birdwatching and wildflower blooms in Northern Virginia. As part of the Potomac Gorge and because of its defining location on a wide bend in the river, the park has rare flora and geologic features. Riverbend also has extensive links to Native American history. The park hosts dozens of nature and cultural programs…

    Sully Historic Site

    Sully Historic Site Sully Historic Site, near Dulles Airport, was the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first Representative to Congress. Lee was the uncle of Confederate General Robert E Lee. Sully’s main house was built in 1794 and combines aspects of Georgian and Federal architecture. The site includes original outbuildings, a representative slave quarter, a smokehouse, a dairy, and a separate kitchen/laundry building. The Sully Visitor Center and Squirrel’s Nest Gift Shop complete the site. Sully is on the National Register for Historic Places and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Sully Historic Site is open from dawn till dusk. House tours are offered on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Tuesday. Tours are $7 per…