Corn Maze in the Plains, VA!

Corn Maze in the Plains, VA!

Yesterday was a perfect Fall day and we had so much fun visiting the Corn Maze in the Plains! Voted as the TOP corn maze attraction in the DC area; but that’s not all that can be enjoyed at this fun FALL attraction.  It’s great for all ages!

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Address: 4501 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

Located just 6 miles outside of Haymarket, VA, the Corn Maze in the Plains was a nice, smaller Fall activity that we stopped by at this weekend.  This is a great park for all ages, whether you have kids or no kids- entertainment for all! Their biggest attraction is hands down their Corn Maze, which is themed yearly.  This year the theme of the maze is “Maze Attack”. which means the maze is in the shape of a shark.  Our boys thought this was really cool, but were equally impressed by all the other activities.

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In addition to the popular Corn Maze, there is also an Obstacle Course, little kids hay maze, tunnel slides, barrels for the kids to roll around in, pumpkin sling shot, a spider web for the kids to climb on a rope maze, hay ride and much more!

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In addition to all the day time features, they also have an evening night maze, click here for times and dates.  This truly is a great place because, although there is so much to do, you can always see where the kiddos are playing and exploring.  There are picnic tables spread out throughout the whole area.  I highly recommend putting this on your Fall schedule to visit!

Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

Monroe Park is a neat park that has The Gold Mining Camp Museum as part of the 14-acre park. The park also has a playground, picnic pavilion, 1/4 mile walking path, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, baseball/softball field, and football/soccer field.

Address: 14421 Gold Dust Parkway Goldvein, VA 22720

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The first thing we hit up at the park was the playground. The park has a large piece of equipment with some fun climbing sections for the older kids. One of the platforms was being reset in the ground so it was closed off for use. There are both types of swings at this park and porta potty restrooms are available nearby. There is no shade around the park so we headed over to the museum to to check it out.

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 There are three different buildings to walk through, the Assay Office, Mess Hall, and Bunk House. In addition to the buildings there were two very large orbs called Hornet Balls that used to crush large rocks on display. Inside the museum was very clean and had air conditioning so it was nice to get out of the heat. The Gold Mining Camp Museum is open year round Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30- 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter. There are also gold panning demonstrations held on nice weather days in raised water tables using local stream sand. These are held Wednesday through Saturday at 2:00 and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. For more info please click here. The outside paths and inside the buildings are stroller friendly. During the week you may have the buildings all to yourself like we did. There is a park ranger on site so if you have any additional questions they are happy to help. It’s a quick visit but for short attention spans it’s perfect. 

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We really had a fun time at this park. My oldest lately has loved going to museums and this was a nice surprise for him. If you live in Fauquier County or don’t mind a drive check out Monroe Park in Goldvein, VA!

C.M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA!

C.M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA!

C.M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA is so big we had to visit the park a couple times before we did everything. My boys loved this park because they could play on the equipment, hike around and fish all in one trip. The park sits nestled up against Germantown Lake, the 109-acre lake is an old flooded quarry from times past when German settlers arrived in the area.

Address: 10066 Rogues Road Midland, VA 22728 

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The park has so much you can do it’s hard to know where to start. When you pull into the parking lot you’ll notice two different paths on each side of the parking lot. Near the entrance to one path are picnic carts that you can use to take your items to the picnic pavilions, playground area, boat dock, boat rental, snack shack, horseshoe pits and sand volleyball court. Such a neat idea! This portion of the park has a pebble/old asphalt trail around the entire picnic area. At the entrance to the trail you’ll find a map that shows you where everything is located. At the snack shack you can rent a canoe, jonboat with or without motor, kayak, or paddle boat. Life preservers are available for rental as well but each rental comes with two vests. If you want to bring your own boat there is a launch ramp available. Remember anyone 16 years or older needs to have a fishing license. You can easily obtain one at www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses/  and keep it on your person.

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The park has 4 picnic shelters, an amphitheater and tent available for rent. Around the picnic area you’ll find a ton of picnic tables with charcoal grills along the water or just in the large grassy area. Indoor restrooms are available in this portion of the park and were very clean when we were there. Nature trail paths can be reached from the pebble/old asphalt trail with signs pointing you in the right direction. The playground area has two sets of play equipment, both school-aged and preschool age. Both types of swings are available. There isn’t any shade over the play equipment but there are plenty of shelters you can use to get them out of the sun. When we were there they were repairing the smaller play equipment but all the equipment was in good shape. There were other peoples children on the equipment so pardon the picture from a far. I don’t like to infringe on other peoples children…:)

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The part of the park my kids loved was the lake of course. There are some good spots for the kids to fish and not fall in which in my case is a bonus with two boys under the age of 5….:) Near the entrance to the picnic area you would head down the path to the left to find the dock and snack shack. Here you can rent equipment for fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, croquet and or rent a boat with life preservers. For Hours of Operation please click here.

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On one of are other days at the park we decided head towards the dam side of the lake for some hiking . If you follow the path near the boat launching ramp you’ll pass the maintenance shed and ranger home. In this part of the park you’ll find the rope course which no longer has a provider or third party running the course. Porta Potties can be located near the edge of the trees for public use. We didn’t make it all the way around the lake but we still had a nice hike around and the kids got to see a few deer and lots of birds. There were also tons of caches in the park if you’re into geocaching. If you’re into orienteering you can obtain the maps and information for the beginner and advances courses at the office.

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In the front portion of this park you’ll find the Sanctuary: Commerative Grove. Here donated plants or trees can be planted to commemorate a person or special event amongst  a grove of native trees. For more information call (540) 788-4867.

Fauquier County really does have some beautiful parks. Even if you don’t live in the area I would pack a lunch and head out to C.M. Crockett Park in Midland, VA!

Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility (WARF) in Warrenton, VA!

A friend of mine who lives in Warrenton recommended this awesome playground area in the Town of Warrenton. The Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility or WARF by the locals has a large Aquatic Center with Competitive Pool, Leisure Pool with large slides, lazy river and water mushrooms. The recreation part of the facility has a large fitness room and multi purpose room where they hold classes.

Address: 800 Waterloo Rd  Warrenton, VA 20186

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Outside the facility you’ll find seven athletic fields, inline skating rink, skate park, paved walking trails and large handicap accessible playground. The Claude Moore Fun For All playground is perfect for all children with all different abilities. The flooring is the nice compacted rubber mat that pads a fall. There are plenty of swings for every age range and ability. The playground area has a couple different large umbrellas for shade but not much other than that. The playground is situated right next to the Rec Facility so you can get out the heat inside. Restrooms are available in either the porta potty right next to the playground or inside the Rec facility. The part of the play area that I liked the most was that the area overlooked a large pond but was fenced off so the kids can’t fall in.

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When the weather gets warmer the boys and I will be headed back to the park to check out the paved hiking trails and to hit up the great play area again. If you live in Warrenton this is great park with a lot of different activities.

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA!

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA!

This past weekend my husband and I were out in Fauquier County and stopped by Sky Meadows State Park for some hiking. It was a bit chilly but once we got started we warmed right up. The State Park has a daily parking fee and for other fees click here. This 1,864-acre park has historic Mount Bleak Home which gives visitors a glimpse of a middle class farm family living in the 1860’s. Park nature programs are available from Spring to Fall. The park offers beautiful equestrian and hiking trails and a trialhead to the Appalachian Trail.

Address: 11012 Edmonds Lane  Delaplane, Virginia 20144

The hubby and I had a great time hitting the trails and checking out the Mount Bleak House. We did do a little bit of geo-caching before we got too cold. If you’re hitting the trails for the day you can just pay a small parking fee. But if you’re looking for a longer stay they do offer camp sites. If you’re into fishing, Turner Pond is also available for for fishing as long as you have a fishing license.

Sky Meadows State Park is a beautiful park and if you love to be outside in nature it’s a great place to the take the family!

Eva Walker Memorial Park in Warrenton, VA!

A few weeks ago we headed out to the Town of Warrenton, VA to check out some Fauquier County parks. Eva Walker Memorial Park was the first on our list.

Address: Alexandria Pike and Haiti Street

This was a lovely park with two different age appropriate sets of equipment, regular and toddler swings (not pictured), and tire swing.  There isn’t any shade over the equipment but a nice pavilion is situated near the equipment. The park includes a nice basketball court with bleachers, paved walking trail and horseshoe pits. A porta potty was located near the basketball court under the shade of tree and it had just been cleaned the day before.

The kids had a great time at this park. It was very well maintained and had lots of green space for the kids to run around. If you live in the Town of Warrenton or just happen to be passing through this would be a great park to stop by and check out.

 

Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall, VA!

Last week we checked out the Northern Fauquier Community Park in Fauquier County. This is a beautiful park with a lot for everyone in the family. My boys favorite part of the park was the fishing lake and painted paw prints on the walking trail that denoted the path that had dog waste bins.

Address: 4155 Monroe Parkway, Marshall, VA 20115

The park has many different ball fields, walking trails, eight picnic shelters, 3 playgrounds, amphitheater, and fishing lake. The playgrounds are situated near three different parts of the park. The largest of the three playgrounds has nice indoor restrooms within about 15 feet of the play area. The play area had a little bit of shade near the equipment and several picnic shelters nearby to sit down and get out of the sun. In addition to the two pieces of play equipment this play area has both regular and toddler swings.

The other two play areas were situated near different ends of the park and near ball fields. Each play area had one piece of play equipment and restrooms were located near each site.

In addition to all the play areas and ball fields the park has an amphitheater and eight different picnic pavilions that are available for rental.

This is a great park and very well maintained. This would be a great spot for a family picnic or other family events. If you live in Fauquier County or just want to take a trip out to Marshall I highly recommend Northern Fauquier Community Park.

Rady Park in Warrenton, VA!

Today we had awesome weather so we decided to go out west and check out Faquier County parks. We hit up Rady Park in the Town of Warrenton, VA. The few Warrenton parks that I have been to have always been very well maintained and this park was no exception. Rady Park is tucked back into a neighborhood of cute single family homes and the entrance is gated during non park hours.

Address: Rady Park

The park includes a playground with swings, baseball fields, volleyball courts, picnic area, and paved walking/jogging trail which loops the entire park. The play area has one piece of large equipment and set of swings. The equipment is under partial shade with plenty of benches and shade trees to sit under. The best part is the clean indoor restrooms right next to the play equipment.

One of the first things my oldest noticed was the kids playing in a small brook that runs along one side of the park. The creek has a small bridge that you can cross with seating in the shade.

This was a very cute park and if you live in the area or find yourself in the Town of Warrenton you should check it out!

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