Big Walnut Park in Arlington, VA!

Big Walnut Park in Arlington, VA!

Big Walnut Park in Arlington, Virginia is located in between homes and has plenty of parking on the street if you drive over. Bring your dump trucks! There is a great sand box for the kids to play in and normally folks have left their old trucks and sand toys for everyone to play.

Address: 1915 N Harrison StArlington, VA 22207

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Arlington County has some really fantastic parks and the equipment is so different from the traditional swing and slides. In addition to the sand box there  is great climbing equipment. There are no swings at this park but plenty for the kids to do. There is a small merry-go-round with a compressed rubber mat flooring. Most of the ground cover is either compressed rubber or mulch. There is a fair amount of shade around the park including a small gazebo and older trees. In addition to the gazebo there are picnic benches or concrete steps to sit on. If you need a large grassy area there is a nice area for the kids to play soccer or even just tag. No restrooms at this park which is kind of a bummer.

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I can’t say enough about Arlington County’s Parks. They are usually in great condition and the play equipment is unique and fun for all!

Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Thinking of Spring yet?  We are! Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA is such a fun park to visit! This park recently had a new makeover in 2014 (phase 1) and has something for everyone to enjoy!  Part of Phase 2 is renovation of the restrooms, so there currently are not any restrooms at this park.  This park is located in the Clarendon area of Arlington.  Included at this park are basketball courts, covered pavilion, climbing wall, modern style playground equipment, rope pyramid, sand area, swings, a large tube slide and so much more!

 Address: 1109 N Barton St, Arlington, VA 22201

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There is one area of the park geared towards 5-12 year old with lots of climbing equipment and another area for 0-5 year olds.  The middle of the climbing equipment looks like a spider web.  It connects to a larger play structure, which includes ropes to climb, a climbing wall, and a curving tube slide.  This area also includes two rope-like tire swings and an orange piece of circular equipment.  The orange equipment is round shaped and is made for kids to grab a hold of it and spin around in circles.

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The playground geared towards 0-5 year olds is where we spent most of our time! This section was awesome and unlike any other park I have been to before.  There are benches all around for the adults to sit at.  I would say this is more of a modern style play ground.  There was a rubbery hop scotch, sand pit, lots of little cars on springs on the “rubbery road”, as well as a little cute market set up to be on the side of the “rubber road”.

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Also included at the 0-5 year old playground is a smaller playground structure as well as 4 infant swings.  My little ones couldn’t get over all the choices of equipment to play on.  Of course it was one of the nicer days, so it was pretty crowded.

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In addition to all the exciting playgrounds, Rocky Run Park also has a pavilion, a cemented area leading to the lower part of this park, which includes two basketball courts and a lighted turf field.  Although we didn’t bring any, I saw a bunch of kids riding their bikes down the sidewalk to the fields.

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This, in my opinion, is a must visit park.  If you don’t live in Arlington, pack a picnic lunch and check this park out! You won’t be disappointed!

Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Last week we spent some time visiting some parks in Arlington, VA! Arlington parks do such a great job with their parks.

Address: 2133 N. Taft Street, Arlington, VA

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Dawson Terrace Community Center is located off of Taft Road.  This park has street parking as well as a parking lot.  Included in this park is a large open field, basketball court, volleyball court, playground with two tot lots and swings, walking/hiking trail as well as the community center.  There is a historic landmark, The Dawson-Bailey House here as well, which is where the name Dawson came from.

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Our boys had a lot of fun at this park, it was also nice because although it was not fully fenced in, there was a fence facing the woods and parking lot to help the kids safe.  There are two different playgrounds, one is a larger piece of equipment with two wrap around slides and the other one is geared more for the younger ones and is much smaller.  This piece of equipment has a slide and climbing equipment, but is surrounded by sand.  So we took out some sand toys and the boys had a blast! There is also a piece of climbing equipment for the older kids.  Swings, there are six total; 4 regular swings and 2 infant swings.   Directly behind the “play area” is where you can enter the Palisades Trail.  Beautiful trail, especially in the Fall.

collage2The Dawson-Baily House, a beautiful stone house, is expected to be the oldest building in Arlington, patented in 1696.  From the back of the house, is a large open field that is used for soccer.  During our time at the park there were five different dogs playing and running around.  There is also a basketball court at the community center.  Right next to the house is the community center where they host events daily.

If you are in Arlington and haven’t had a chance to visit Dawson Terrace Community Center, check it out!

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch Park in Arlington, VA is a small park neighborhood park that has close to 2-acres of open space surrounded by a split rail fence with a small playground area.

Address: 990 S Columbus St., ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area has one piece of school-age play equipment and one preschool-age equipment. Both types of swings are available and plenty of shade around the play equipment. There are no restrooms available but you are not too far from public restrooms.

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Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Our Orthopedist was funny and mentioned Barcroft Park is her kids favorite park because the high rope climbing apparatus. The rope equipment at this park is pretty high but my oldest had a fun time pretending he was on American Ninja Warrior..:) But luckily there is not just the climbing tree to play on. This playground is near the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center. The 65-acre park includes several sports fields including lit baseball/softball field, batting cage,tennis courts, handball court, drop-in rectangular field, volleball court, lighted basketball court, and horseshoe pit. You can even head down to the stream and try some fishing. Here is a map that kind of shows you where things are located in the park.

Address: 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr ArlingtonVA 22206 

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We only spent time at the one playground area by the parking garage but there are two other small playground areas next to the two different picnic pavilions. We’ll have to end up going back and checking them out on another day. The playground we did check out is located near all the sports fields and has indoor restrooms right next to the area. The area includes a large climbing apparatus that includes two different sizes for the kids to climb on. It was easy for me to get in there and help out when someone needed help coming down or going back up. So the little crowd doesn’t feel left out there is a preschool age slide and steps combo for them to climb on over a compressed rubber flooring. Besides the added bonus of  bathrooms being so close by there is plenty of shade over and around the equipment. Lots of benches, concrete wall and tables for everyone to sit at as well.

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We will definitely head back to this park at a later date to check out the picnic pavilions, other playground areas and fishing spot. My oldest is already begging to go back and climb on the rope trees…..:)

Long Branch Nature Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Long Branch Nature Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

We love the Arlington County Nature Centers and Long Branch Nature Center is pretty awesome inside. They have a large classroom, live animal exhibits, indoor Koi Pond with turtles and Children’s Discovery Room. Outside they have nature and paved trails along the stream plus a viewing pond. Here is a map to that shows you the Nature Center compared to the parks around the area.

Address: 625 S Carlin Springs Rd ArlingtonVA 22204 

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The kids had a fun time walking around the Nature Center. They have a lot of live animal exhibits including an indoor Koi Pond and Discovery Room. The best part is that the indoor space is a nice getaway from the weather outside with clean restrooms. They are closed on Mondays but open from 10-5 Tue-Saturday and 1-5 on Sundays.

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After spending a good amount of time at the Nature Center we headed out on the trails. Before we hit the paved trail we came across a small kids area with a sandbox and stumps to climb on. Inside the sand box were plenty of sand toys to play with.  Small nature trails surround the Nature Center or you can head out on the Paved Trail that leads to Glencarlyn Park and access to the W&OD Trail. The Glencarlyn Dog Park can also be accessed from the trail system too.

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A neat feature at the beginning of the trail was the Trail Tales. A children’s book is broken up into different signs and by the end of the trail the kids and you have read a full book. My youngest was running up to every post begging me to read the Beetle book.

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As you can tell by the pictures the area is just beautiful and my pics don’t do it justice. Here is a map to show you where the parks connect and also where the streams meet up. If you’re looking for a nice nature hike, bike ride or just a leisurely stroller walk check out the area around Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington,VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA is a very nice park in Arlington County. The park includes a playground, indoor restrooms, full basketball court, multi-purpose field, brand two (2) picnic pavilion, charcoal grills, small nature trails and fire ring.

Address: 1200 N George Mason Dr., ArlingtonVA 22205

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The fenced-in park has parking available along the street and is situated at the corner of George Mason Drive and Washington Blvd. The streets are pretty busy so be careful when pulling out into traffic. If you live in the neighborhood there are plenty of sidewalks and crosswalks for you to navigate. The playground area includes a small sandbox area for the little ones, a large piece of play equipment for the big kids, and toddler swings. There is also lots of shade over the playground so it was the perfect spot for a hot day. This would also be the perfect park for the kids to bring their ride on toys or bikes with the paved trails around the playground area. There a small fun hoop and concrete area for the littler crowd to play basketball on as well. The indoor bathrooms and water fountain are situated right next to the playground so you don’t have far to go for the potty training crowd.

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The other part of the park that we explored was the more natural part of the park. We walked up the paved trail to the brand picnic pavilion and found the fire ring area. I have no idea who has the authority to use the fire ring but I do know that the picnic pavilions which there are two of them can be rented. One pavilion can accommodate 50 people and the other 200 people. Click the link at the bottom page for more information on rental picnic pavilions in Arlington County. With the large natural space there a few small trails for the kids to walk in and out of the trees. If want the little ones to learn to take small nature walks this would be a prime spot to take them out in.

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We really enjoyed this park and we hope you enjoyed our review of Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

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Fort Barnard Park in Arlington, VA!

Fort Barnard Park in Arlington, VA!

Fort Barnard Park in Arlington has some great new play equipment. The park also includes a small gazebo with tables, baseball diamond and basketball court. No Restrooms at this park but plenty of shade for the kids to get out of the sun and sit down. Parking is along the street so please be mindful of the residents that live around the park.

Address: 2101 S Pollard St., ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area is mostly the compressed rubber matting which is nice for when the kids take a tumble. The large piece of play equipment has some great large slides and ladders. There are a few small climb on areas where the smaller crowd can climb without getting too high up. A small piece of equipment is also available for the preschool crowd. Toddler swings are available along with a piece of equipment where you can swing on a pod. The best part of the park that my boys loved was the cargo net merry-go-round. The kids can climb on the outside or sit on the inside and spin.

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The new playground equipment is great addition to the already great Arlington Park system. If you live in the area or just looking for a fun park to check out head over to Fort Barnard Park in Arlington!

Eads Park in Arlington, VA!

Eads Park in Arlington, VA!

Eads Park in Arlington, VA includes a small gazebo with charcoal grills, multi-use field and fenced-in playground. Metered parking is available along the street. I parked along Fort Scott to get closer to the play equipment.

Address: 2730 S Eads St. ArlingtonVA 22202

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The fenced-in playground has one large piece of play equipment that was in great shape.  No shade over the park but plenty of shade around the park for the kids to get out of the heat. When we were there the porta potty was down by Eads Road across the park from where the playground is. The porta potty must be seasonal May through October. If you’re looking for a quick and easy park in the Arlington area, check out Eads Park!

Thomas Jefferson Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Thomas Jefferson Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Thomas Jefferson Park in Arlington, VA includes a Community Center, playground, lit basketball courts, lit tennis courts, lit synthetic turf field, a baseball field, lit grass soccer/football, and a fitness trail. The Thomas Jefferson Community Center has an indoor track, basketball courts, volleyball courts, fitness facilities, open art studios, and after school programs.

Address: 3501 S 2nd St. ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area had lots of smaller slides and ride on equipment. One of the slide sets needed some work but all the rest of the equipment was in great shape. There isn’t any shade over the equipment but at least there are inside restrooms you can use when the community center is open.

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The Thomas Jefferson Park and Community Center has a lot of sports fields and courts for you to enjoy. The additional activities at the Community Center are great for all ages and skill levels. If you live in the Arlington area and need a great sports park check out Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Park!