Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

This past week we utilized the warm weather and explored through a few parks in Alexandria.  We accidentally came across this park…and were very pleased we did!!  Potomac Yard Park is an excellent,  recently developed park on over 20+acres in the currently developing Potomac Yard neighborhood.

Address: 2501 Potomac Avenue, Alexandria, VA 

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Potomac Yard park has it all and the playground reminded me of the very popular, Clemyjontri Park.  Although all the parking is on the street, there was ample parking spots and free parking.  The park is set up a little different than a typical park and goes down a straight path for quite a while.  Behind the park are railroad tracks and during our visit 13, yes THIRTEEN trains went by.  My boys LOVED watching the “choo choo’s”.   At the beginning of the park, you will find tennis courts, basketball courts and a sitting area to watch the trains and read a little history.  As you walk down the path, you will come across two, gated in playgrounds.  One is for 5 and older and the other one is for 5 and under.  In between each playground is an interactive fountain area with picnic tables and benches.  The playgrounds were different and a lot of fun!  The 5 and under playground had a train themed maze, a large piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  Included in the gated area were kid style hammocks and swings.  The 5+ gated in playground has another piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  In addition there is a balance beam, zip line, spinning chairs, hammocks, swings and a climbing wall.  Unfortunately there are no restrooms, as of right now at this park; however this is the Potomac Yard Center just. 4 miles away.

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This park is a definite must see! After our visit at this park we just hopped into the park and drove to the marina at Old Town as it was only 2 miles down the road.  Pack a picnic lunch and have

Our Special Harbor Sprayground in Alexandria, VA!

Our Special Harbor Sprayground in Alexandria, VA!

Today we checked out Our Special Harbor Sprayground in Franconia, VA. Located in Fairfax County, the sprayground is in the Family Recreation Area of Lee District Park.

Address: 6601 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310

The park has zero water depth and tons of fountains. There are several interactive water features including water dumping buckets, water tables and a water maze. The best part is the admission to the park is FREE! Since the park can get quite busy they have the right to limit admission so it doesn’t get overcrowded. There is plenty of shade and chairs for the kids to take a break. The park offers several family restrooms in the sprayground and outside near the picnic pavilion. The park now has a new rule that water shoes must be worn in the sprayground at all times since it can be slippery.

When the kids were done with the sprayground we headed over to the tree house for some lunch. The tree house is a series of ramps out into a forested area with a stream below. Benches are available just outside the tree house and platform area in the tree house is a great spot to eat some lunch.

This is an awesome place to take the kids to get out of the heat without having all the worries of being around a pool. The tree house is also a nice place to get under some shade and be part of nature.

Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA!

Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA!

This past week we checked out Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA. Lake Fairfax Park is a 476-acre park in Fairfax County nestled between single family homes in the Lake Fairfax Estates community.

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190

The park offers campgrounds, tons of trails and picnic areas under large shade trees. If you like to geo-cache there are many hidden caches in the park. The lake has paddle boats you can rent but no swimming and windsurfing is allowed on the lake. A large walkway leads you down to the small marina where you can rent the paddle boats or drop in a canoe or kayak. Fishing is permitted from the docks but not while in boat on the lake.

 

For the kids, The Water Mine waterpark has an admission fee and includes a lazy river and waterslides. A carousel is also available for the kids and free of charge. If the waterpark and carousel aren’t enough there is a small playground for the kids.

The kids and I had a great time walking around the lake along the trails. The carousel was also a favorite along with the playground. We’ll definitely be returning to camp or just walk the trails at Lake Fairfax Park!