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.
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 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. The site includes a General Store in a 19th century building, the miller’s house, a barn and a blacksmith shop. The park is open dawn till dusk. The mill is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Tuesday. Tours are $7 per adult; $6 per student (16+ with I.D.); and $5 per senior or child.
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 adult; $6 per student (16+ with I.D.); and $5 per senior or child.
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 known as The Bill of Rights. The park hosts dozens of nature programs, including regular Monday morning bird walks. Admission to the park is free. A fee is charged for educational programs. Huntley Meadows Park is open dawn to dusk. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. The visitor center is closed Tuesdays.
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