Mt. Zephyr Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mt. Zephyr Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mt. Zephyr Park in Alexandria, VA is located in the community of Mt. Zephyr. The community sits on George Washington’s Mt. Zephyr Farm in Fairfax County. The Mt. Zephyr area has a lot of history. If you’re interested in learning a little more about the past history or current neighborhood check out the Mt. Zephyr Site. The small corner neighborhood park has a small amount of grass with picnic tables, benches and play equipment.

Address: 8601 Richmond Ave., Alexandria, VA

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The small playground has a little bit of shade around the medium sized play equipment and two (2) ride on toys. There are no restrooms at this park but plenty of picnic benches to bring a snack or picnic lunch.

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If you live in or near the Mt. Zephyr area you should check out the small neighborhood park.

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in the City of Alexandria sits just off the Potomac River in the Olde Town portion of Alexandria. As the kids play on the playground they can see the water. The playground area is fenced-in from the street and grassy area. Parking is along the street and there is plenty of it.

Address: 501 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Windmill Hill Park has the traditional play equipment with both types of swings. It also has a sandbox with lots of donated toys and a small slide for the toddlers. One unique feature is the rope climb in the middle of the park. The ropes are situated over a cushioned base and the kids can climb up and down.

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The kids really loved this park. After we got done playing at the park we walked across the street and checked out the water. Along the walkway is a private dock where the kids could see the boats and also the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the distance. If you live near Olde Town Alexandria you should check out Windmill Hill Park!

Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Our next stop when we were in Alexandria was Woodlawn Neighborhood Park. This small neighborhood park is tucked back behind a newer development off of Route 1. The 11-acre Fairfax County park includes a shaded playground area with swings, picnic tables, basketball and tennis courts. There are a small amount of paved and hiking trails in the park.

Address: 4800 Manor Dr., Alexandria, VA 22309

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 The playground area has a small tot lot with one piece of equipment and both types of swings. There is a ton of shade over and around the equipment. Sadly there are no restrooms at this park but you’re not that far from Route 1 to find a public restroom.

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This park gets its namesake from the area of Alexandria you’ll find the park in. This use to be my husband’s grandparents neighborhood so it brings back lots of memories for us. If you live near Route 1 and Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House check out this small park.

Mount Vernon Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mount Vernon Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mount Vernon Manor Park is a neighborhood park located amongst the Mount Vernon Manor subdivision. The park includes nice tennis courts, basketball court and baseball field. The 13-acre has some paved & pressed gravel walking trails around the park in addition to a small picnic area in complete shade. To check for picnic area reservations and more information head over to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/picnics/

Address: Oak Leaf Drive., Alexandria, VA 22307

or 8800 McNair Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307 (Runs parallel to Oak Leaf, head all the way to the end of cul-de-sac)

*****Beware the Fairfax COUNTY site gives the wrong address! You can turn on Oak Leaf Drive and drive all the way to the end of cul-de-sac. Tennis courts will be the first thing you see with the playground located in the middle of park****

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The playground area is in the middle of the park but can be reached by paved trails. The park has one large piece of play equipment, ride on toy and both types of swings. The park has some shade with plenty of large trees surrounding the it for the kids to get out of the sun. Portable restrooms are available by the baseball field.

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The Mount Vernon Manor Park is nice neighborhood park in Alexandria. If you live in the Mount Vernon area near Fort Belvoir you should check it out.

Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA!

On our latest park hopping trip our first stop was Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large park on the east side Route 1. The big red Barn and Silo is easily visible from the road and parking lot. Around the barn are community garden plots and a off leash dog park. The 75-acre park also has baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts.

Address: 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309

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In addition to the sports facilities, the park has a large playground area equipped with large and small pieces of play equipment. All was in great shape and many different activities for all skill level. There was no shade over the equipment but there were several trees around the play area the kids could get under out of the sun. Sadly there are no swings at this park but there are restrooms in the form of porta potties near the parking lot. If you’re into walking, hiking and or biking there are a few crushed stone paths around sports fields and a few hiking trails along the tree line towards the back and along the edges of the park.

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The proximity to Fort Belvoir makes it a nice retreat from the base for military families. If you live near the Fort Belvoir area of Alexandria you should check out Grist Mill Park!

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria, VA!

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria, VA!

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria is located in the Dowden Terrace neighborhood. The 8-acre park includes a baseball field, tennis court, basketball court, picnic shelter, tot lot and swings.

Address: 5616 Bradley Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22311

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The park has a small tot lot with regular swings. No restrooms available but the picnic shelter is right next to the tot lot. In addition to the small tot lot the tennis and basketball court are in good shape. The playground area is in almost complete shade.

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This is a cute little neighborhood park with plenty of sport fields and courts to use. If you happen to live near the Dowden Terrace neighborhood you should check out this neighborhood park.

Glen Hills Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glen Hills Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glen Hills Park is located in the Heywood Glen neighborhood of Alexandria,VA. Current construction on the Holmes Run Chambliss Crossing Project is fun for the kids to watch while they play at the playground. Eventually the crossing will connect the Dora Kelley Nature Park and Glen Hills Park.

Address: 6090 Larstan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22312

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The 2.5-acre park includes picnic tables and one large piece of play equipment. There was plenty of shade but no restrooms. On the day we were there was woodpecker was overhead making lots of noise. During the summer months the park will be in complete shade and has a very natural feel.

In you live in Alexandria and you’re looking for a small natural park Glen Hills Park is perfect.

 

Glasgow Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glasgow Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glasgow Park is located in the Parklawn neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. This 4-acre park includes a tot lot, both types of swings and picnic tables.

Address: 3935 Arcadia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312

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The park has a large playground with both types of swings. There aren’t any restrooms and  not much shade around the playground. But there were plenty of picnic tables. It does have a small fence around the park to the slow the escapees down a little. Parking is located at the street on a curve.

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 This would be awesome if it had a little shade around the park but the upside is the different types of play equipment it offers. The boys have a blast trying to climb metal chain ladder. If you live in the Parklawn neighborhood or in the Alexandria area you should check out Glasgow Park!

 

Lee District Park & RECenter in Alexandria, VA!

Lee District Park & RECenter in Alexandria, VA!

Today we headed back to a great park in Franconia, VA, Lee District Park & RECenter. I haven’t been back to the park since they completed the new play area, Chessie’s Big Backyard located by the Our Special Harbor Sprayground. Lee District Park is a 137-acre park complete with RECenter, large playground located by the RECenter, amphitheater, sand volleyball courts, tennis, basketball courts, baseball, soccer fields, and walking/hiking trails. The Family Recreation Area includes the sprayground, fully accessible playground, and treehouse. To check for reservations of shelter and picnic areas click here to find more information, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/picnics/lee.htm

Address:  6601 Telegraph Rd., FRANCONIA, VA 22310

The Family Recreation Area has the sprayground which is open from May to September and FREE! The great part is they only allow a certain amount of people in at one time so it doesn’t get overcrowded. Right next door to the sprayground is Chessie’s Big Backyard. The play area is fully accessible to all children with padded rubber flooring and ramps wide enough for wheelchair access. Chessie’s Big Backyard does have lots of shade around it and the best part is the indoor restrooms located right next to the play area. We normally eat our lunch in the treehouse but it has no benches or tables. Just outside the entrance to the treehouse are a few circular benches and on the otherside of the play area is a large pavilion. Plenty of shade to eat a snack or pack a lunch. The only downside to the Chessie’s play area is if you have multiple children to watch it can be tough to see all sides of the play area and you constantly have to walk around to make sure you can get a peek of them.

For pictures of the treehouse, check out this article.

The other playground is located right next to the RECenter. The playground normally has a cover over the equipment but has been taken off for the winter and repair. We weren’t able to hit this playground for very long before we had to head out. There are many different pieces of play equipment for all ages. You can park near the RECenter or near the sand volleyball courts. Restrooms are located inside the RECenter.

We didn’t get a chance to hit the trails this time but next time we are over there we’ll head out. The boys and I had a great time at the park.  This park is one of my favorites!

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria is a large park and has a few different entrances depending on what activity you plan on doing at the park. The park includes picnic areas, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, paved walking/biking trails, fishing, and playground. The park gets it’s name from the Four Mile Run Trail that is 7 miles long and runs from Falls Church to Mount Vernon. The Four Mile Run Park has it’s own paved trail that runs through the park and eventually meets up with the Mt. Vernon Trail. For picnic area reservations you can find more info here, https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=45756

Playground Address: 4131 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA

Softball/Baseball Fields Address: 3700 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA  

 Of course when we were at the park we were more interested in the playground. The playground has one piece of play equipment and both types swings. Restrooms are porta potties by the soccer fields (closest to the play equipment) and also indoor restrooms by the baseball fields. There isn’t much shade over the equipment but there are a few trees around the equipment for the kids to get out of the sun.

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Unless you were looking for the playground at Four Mile Run Park you would never know this park had play equipment. To access the play equipment it’s easier to park at the Mt. Vernon Avenue entrance and take the path to the park. If you live in this area of City of Alexandria check out Four Mile Run Park!