Wednesday, September 16, 2009


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River Farm Garden

7931 East Boulevard Dr., Alexandria VA 22308
(As you travel South on the GW Parkway, you will take a left after you pass under the stone bridge. There is a big sign telling you when to turn. After you turn left, take another left and the entrance is on the right.)
This is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. It is a BEAUTIFUL garden area on the Potomac River with a children's garden that has a maze and small play houses. There are also shovels for digging and lots of places for kids to explore. There are picnic tables and admission is free!

Ben Brenman Park

4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria
(Near Duke St. and S. Pickett)
There is an enclosed playground and a small lake with fountains. There are usually lots of turtles and fish in the water.

Lee District Rec Center

6601 Telegraph Rd

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

4301 W Braddock Rd
Follow the road back a little and the playground is on the hill below the parking lot.

Windmill Hill Park
501 S Union St
Alexandria (South end of Old Town right by the river, there is plenty of street parking)
The playground here is enclosed and has a lower level for bigger kids and an upper level for smaller kids with a nice sand box. There is also a fun rope climb for bigger kids. This park offers a lot of shade and there is also a large field. There is another park across the street with a nice walkway along the river and a pier out on the water where you can feed the ducks if they're around.

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd
Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural island in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. Its 1,425 acres harbor majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life. Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park.

Beach Park
201 Rucker Place
Alexandria (near Del Ray area and not far from King Street metro off of Russell)
There is some nice playground equipment here and a sand box.

Clemyjontri Park
6317 Georgetown Pike
This park has a phenomenal, huge playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. There is also a carousel that operates seasonally.

Fairlington Park

Fun park with a great sand box.
Take 395 North and get off at the King St. exit East. Take King St. to Quaker Lane and turn left. Take Quaker Lane to 33rd street (it will be on the left hand side). Turn left onto 33rd St. Once in Fairlington, take a left at the stop sign and then a quick right into the park.

Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA
This park has a campground, a few playgrounds, a lake with a nice trail, a carousel, and a train. There is also a disc golf course, as well as mini golf.

Beverley Park
620 N. Overlook Dr., Alexandria
This park is in a beautiful neighborhood and the park itself is down in a pit. It's pretty sunny during the day, but there is some great playground equipment, including a fire truck to climb around on and a sand box with toys. The best part is a huge cement pad that the kids can ride their bikes on...there are tons of ride-on toys and those "Flintstone" buggies just left there for everyone to use.

Lake Accotink
7500 Accotink Park Rd
Facilities and activities vary with the season and include canoe, rowboat and pedal boat rentals, fishing, tour-boat rides, boat launch, bait and tackle sales, 9-green double holed miniature golf course, antique carousel, snack bar, pavilion shelters (reservations encouraged), picnic areas with grills, restrooms, playground, a 3.75-mile hiking/biking trail and 2 open play fields.

Oxon Hill Farm
Oxon Hill Farm operates as an actual working farm, representative of the early 20th century. There are lots of different animals and the location is beautiful. Admission is free.

Frying Pan Farm Park

2709 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia
A great farm with lots of animals to see. There is a 20 minute hayride for a small fee.

Hidden Pond Nature Center
8511 Greeley Boulevard
There are indoor exhibits, a nature trail, a pond, playground, and picnic shelter.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street

Old Maryland Farm

301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD
The agricultural exhibits, livestock, and display gardens provide a farming experience to visitors. There is also a carousel and train ride.

Fort Hunt Park
Located 6 miles south of Old Town on the George Washington Memorial Parkway
There is a small playground and a lot of picnic areas. Neat park with lots of history.

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