Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

We were in Manassas a few weeks ago and traveled to a few different parks, one being Cavalry Run Park.  This is a nice, shaded park by the Hayden Community.

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Address: 9201 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 

There is a small parking lot when you turn off of Ashton Avenue and then you immediately get to the tot lot that is covered by bark chips. The tot lot includes two slides, climbing equipment, two regular swings and two infant swings.  There is a soccer field and a tennis court as well.  Throughout the park there are picnic tables, trash receptacles, and a grilling area.  There is a large, open space that is good for ‘free play’ also.

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If you are located in the City of Manassas or are near the Hayden Community, check this park out!

Walter Delisle Park in Manassas, VA!

Walter Delisle Park in Manassas, VA!

Recently we stopped by and visited Walter Delisle Park in Manassas.  This is a great little park on the back roads of Manassas and has great shade on those extra hot days.

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Address: 9027 West Street, Manassas, VA 

This was a nice, quiet park to go and watch my 4 and 2 year old play and be content with one another.  Since it is a very small park including only one tiny tot lot, it was a nice park to sit down just and watch the boys play and use their imagination.  Sometimes when we venture to larger parks, it’s hard for them to play together because of their difference interests, so this was a nice change of pace. There is also a pretty large size yard for the kiddos to run around at.  We played freeze tag for a while and they enjoyed a nice little break at their picnic table to eat a snack.  This park is geared towards the younger crowd, I would say 4 and under.

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If you are in Manassas and looking to visit a smaller park to tire the kiddos out, check this park out!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Last week we visited Winterset Park located in the City of Manassas. This was a great park for all ages.  There were a few different sets of playground equipment, as well as two sets of basketball courts.

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Address: 8252 Winterset Dr, Manassas, VA  20110

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The playground has three different equipment structures, which include two different slides and lots of different climbing equipment.  My toddler loved the climbing wall and wanted to do it over and over again.  There is a unique piece that I haven’t yet seen at a playground; the half circle with two tires underneath is a new modern-like see-saw.  Behind that was a fun little zipline.  Once we got the hang of it we had lots of fun on that too! There are four regular swings and two infant swings as well.  The ground of the park is mulch and there are picnic benches around the outside of the parameter for the parents to sit and watch their kiddos play.

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Looking to have a picnic?  This park is for you, as there are plenty of picnic tables with a grill centrally located.  Don’t forget your basketball or sidewalk chalk as their are two different basketball courts to play at.  If you are in the City of Manassas, make sure you stop to visit this park!

 

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park is a nice park located right off of Ranger Road in the City of Fairfax.  This park is located on over 10 acres and offers a basketball court, picnic area, two grills as well as playground equipment.

Address: 9701 Ranger Road, Fairfax, VA

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This park offers two different pieces of playground equipment, which includes slides and climbing areas.  Additionally, there are two sets of swings for both infant and regular.  The playground itself slopes down a small hill from the road and parking is alongside Ranger Road.  There are Cardiovascular Fitness exercises along a small trail that allows you to get a little workout in, while your little one is playing.  Two grills and a picnic area are also located at this park.  One downside:  There are not any restrooms located within the park.

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My boys enjoyed the trail and crossing the bridge just as much as the playground aspect of the park.  If you are located in the City of Fairfax of near Ranger Road, check out this park.

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!

The Plaza at Tysons Corner in McLean, VA!

The Plaza at Tysons Corner in McLean, VA!

Have you tried out the metro Silver Line yet?  You can get directly on the metro from The Plaza! We visited The Plaza over the summer, but I wanted to take the boys again and take some more photos because the day we went it was over crowded and hard to get good quality photographs.

Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 

( located on the 2nd Floor near the escalators leading up to AMC Theatre and Food Court)

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The Plaza connects directly to the NEW Silver Line Metro Station and is elevated 32 feet in the air.  There is a fun playground area, game programming center, Kids Club and lots of events.  Some of the events held are concerts, movies on the green and other seasonal activities!

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The playground area is called COX Discovery Cove. This is a gated in playground.  The playground is built like a ship and the ground is a rubber surface.  The playground itself is made up of a few different running inclines and declines with steering wheels and telescopes.  There is also a separate toddler play zone. There are several benches and tables near the play area where the parents can keep an eye on their little ones. There is a game programming center as well.  These are great outdoor fun games, such as tabletop tennis, corn hole and chess.  When we were there, there were a few friendly competitions going on and the boys loved seeing all the cheering and excitement going on.  The Plaza also offers a Tysons Corner Center National Geographic Kids Club that is an excellent way to get your children to have fun, all while learning.  These activities alternate the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month.  The current BIG event going on at The Plaza is their ice skating rink (list what event is). There are several FREE events held weekly and seasonally.  Also, just something to look forward to, every Friday over the spring-summer they hold a FREE summer concert and Saturdays there are also Movie Night on the Green, free of charge; so be sure to check their website.

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Relaxation? Why not! With Spring (hopefully rapidly approaching), enjoy the ambiance at The Plaza’s comfortable seating and fire pits.  There is lots of seating all around The Plaza.  During the warm months, there is a little water stream through the stone bench seating area with a few fountains as well.

Hammill Mill Park in Woodbridge, VA

Hammill Mill Park in Woodbridge, VA

Hammill Park is located in Woodbridge, VA and managed by Prince William County Authority.  This park is accessible off of Carter Lane.  There is a walking trail off of Hylton Ave, across a little bridge to the tot lot, swings, picnic pavilion with grills, as well as one of Prince William Counties Community Pools.

Address: 1721 Carter Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Near the playground area are four swings (two infant and two normal), a covered picnic area with a grill and a community pool.  We didn’t take any pictures of the picnic area as there were two groups there enjoying lunch.  The playground was an older play area, but our boys still had fun.  The playground equipment had three slides, tic-tac-toe, a tunnel to crawl through and some climbing equipment.

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**Please Note:  The pool is closed for the season**

This pool has fun water slides for the kids for all the kids to enjoy, as well as plenty of shaded options. The pool is open middle of June- middle of August.

This is a nice park for Prince William County residents, especially during the summer months when you are able to utilize the community pool.  If you live in the Hylton neighborhood, check this park out.

 

Freetown Tot Lot in Reston, VA!

Freetown Tot Lot in Reston, VA!

Freetown Tot Lot is part of the Reston Association Community.  This park is located literally off of Freetown Road in the Freetown Community.

Address: 2509 Freetown Road, Reston, VA 

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Although this small park doesn’t have any restrooms, it is nicely shaded and has a bench near the playground as well.  Located right in the heart of the Freetown, Reston Community.  The playground equipment is an older piece of equipment but has three slides, and a climbing area.

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This is a nice park to visit on a nice, hot day, due to all the shade.  So if you are located in the Freetown Community or not to far away, take a visit to this park!

 

Laurel Hill Park in Lorton, VA!

Laurel Hill Park in Lorton, VA!

Laurel Hill Park, which was once the property of the Lorton Prison and is quite historical as the prison was established around 1910.  Whether you are visiting the playground area, ball fields or their disc golf, the trails take you all around this historical landmark and you can browse around some of the original structures.  Other than being well known for previously being the Lorton Prison in the early 1900’s, this park is also well known for their 10 mile walking/hiking trail as well as their Laurel Hill Golf Club.

8400 Lorton Road, Lorton, VA  

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collage2Laurel Hill Park was a really cool and different park to visit.  We had fun looking at the old structures, exploring on their Walking/hiking trails and playing on their playground.  Their playground was right near the entrance to the walking trails.  There was a great view of the golf course below the playground as well.  Near the playground are picnic tables and a grill.   As you walk around the park, you will see there is also disc golf.  I, personally have never heard of disc golf, but it sounds like so much fun and would love to come back and play another day.  Disc Golf is like traditional ball golf, however there are no clubs and you have discs, such as frisbees, and you throw the discs for ‘par’ at an above ground target.   There are also baseball fields at this park.

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Lake Newport Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Lake Newport Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Lake Newport Recreation Park is a part of the Reston Association and is located in the North Point District.  Plenty of shaded area, as well as parking located at this park.

Address: 11601 Lake Newport Road, Reston, VA 

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Lake Newport Recreation Park has walking trails, a gated tot lot, area for a picnic, If you belong to the Reston Association you can volleyball court, baseball diamond and Reston Community pool.  The tot lot is gated in and has plenty of extra space to run around, as well as a picnic table.  The playground equipment has two slides and some climbing equipment.  Their is trail access linked to this park as well.  They do have a community pool, however it was getting prepped and ready for the Summer season during our visit last week.  If you are a Reston Association member or for a small fee, feel free to stop on by to check out the pool during the Summer season.

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Located in the North Point District? Take a hike on the trails and stop on by this park and have fun exploring the different things to do!