Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park located in the Penrose neighborhood in Arlington, VA.  This park is an older aged child’s dream, but by the end of 2015 phase 2 will be completed with a tot lot.

Address: 101 S Barton St, Arlington, VA 22204

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This two-acre park is in the midst of a renovation and have made it through phase one.  Phase two will be completed by the end of 2015.  A smaller version of the “climbing Eiffel tower” is the big highlight of this park.  Although my kids are younger, this rope climbing tower is more for the 6-12 year old crowd.  Also included at this park are swings and a swinging pole.  There is a small paved path, great for the kiddos to ride bikes or walk to the basketball court.  Located by the basketball court is a water fountain.

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There is a Picnic Pavilion that can be rented, by clicking here.  There are also more picnic tables and a few charcoal grills near the basketball court.

If you are located in Arlington or are looking for a fun park to check out.  Make sure to add this one to your list to visit.  We look forward to re-visiting once the tot lot is added.

Colts Brook Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Colts Brook Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Last week we were walking on the Reston Association trails and came across Colts Brook Recreation Park in the Hunter Woods district. Colts Brook is a short walk down the trail from Polo Fields Recreation Area Park. 

Between Thunder Chase Drive and Club Pond Lane

(We parked along Club Pond Lane and walked a short distance down the trail.  If you don’t live in the neighborhood, you could also park at Polo Fields parking lot and take the trail).

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We really enjoy taking the trails in Reston and enjoy coming across some of these nice little neighborhood parks.  We got to cross a bridge on the trail and then the boys got really excited and ran to the playground equipment.  There were two slides, climbing equipment and monkey bars.  Just passed the playground equipment are four swings (two baby and two regular).  Behind the playground area is a basketball court.  Last week was a very hot and humid day.  We were pleasantly surprised by how nicely shaded this park was.  There was a picnic table with a trash can as well.

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If you live in the Polo Fields or Colts Brook neighborhood, this park is one of three parks in your neighborhood.  If you aren’t in the neighborhood, I still recommend checking these parks out!

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.

collage1If you are in Lorton and are near Laurel Hill Park, check this park out!

Southview Community Park in Herndon, VA!

Southview Community Park in Herndon, VA!

Last week we were visiting a friend in Herndon and she recommended we go to Southview Community Park.  It is affiliated to the Southview Community Church, but their vision for this park is to share this park with the whole community in the Northern Virginia area.

2620 Reston Parkway, Herndon, VA

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This park is gated in (that locks), has a large playground with swings (both infant and regular), picnic tables with roof and the playground flooring is made up of recycled rubber. The playground was huge, colorful playground with a climbing wall, tunnel, slides and more! As a mom with two very busy boys, I really enjoyed there was a fence around this playground so I could let the boys explore and know that they were safe.

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Southview had their park grand opening in September 2013.  This park was created because they wanted to provide an even better experience for the community with a safe, fun environment where parents, grandparents and caregivers can come and bring their kids.

If you are in the Herndon area, I highly recommend planning a trip to let your little ones explore and play.

 

J.E.B Stuart Park in Falls Church, VA

J.E.B Stuart Park in Falls Church, VA

 

J.E.B Stuart Park in Falls Church is located right across the street from JEB Stuart High School and has all the amenities you are looking for when visiting a park.

3330 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VAT, S, W, R

Whether you are on the look out for a playground, walking trail, basketball courts or tennis courts, this park has all the features you are looking for.  Located right across the street from JEB Stuart High School, at this park you will find a nice sized playground with a few slides, climbing equipment, “monkey” bars and on each side of the equipment you will find the fun, “old fashion” game to play telephone.  My boys loved hearing each other scream at each other.  A set of two infant swings are located right next to the playground as well.   Since we visited right around the time school let out, we were able to see a group of kids play basketball and practice tennis.  There was a nice little section of picnic tables with a grill as well.  Parking is located on the street (by the school).  There was a nice little trail leading you up to the play equipment, making it far enough away from the street and the school.  This park is surrounded by trees and has plenty of opportunities for shade.

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If you are located in Falls Church and near this park, I recommend stopping by to see all the amenities this park has to offer.

 **Please note, if you do stop by during the school year and around the time of dismissal, there may be students hanging out while they wait for their rides or after school activities. **

Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park is located in Alexandria at the center of the Bucknell Manor community.  This park has a small parking lot for those that are not walking from the community neighborhood.

Address: 2266 Beacon Hill Rd, Alexandria, VA 22306

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Bucknell Manor Park is located right off of Beacon Hill.  This park has a basketball court, baseball diamond as well as two nicely sized tot lots.  The playground aspect of this park can be entered through the parking lot and is located in the middle of the park, away from the road.  The playground has two units; a few slides, tunnel to crawl through, monkey bars and a ride on horse. There are also trash cans, picnic tables, benches and a grill to make your day out to Bucknell Manor Park worth the stop.  Restrooms are there May-October.  Although there is not any shade around the playground itself, there is plenty of shade around the picnic tables.

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If you are in the Bucknell Manor Community, you should check out this park and enjoy a nice game of basketball or baseball.

Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, VA!

Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, VA!

One of my favorite parks is in Fairfax County, Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, VA! The Potomac River runs over the steep rocks creating the falls. The falls can be seen from both VA or MD side of the Potomac River. My family loves to go and check out the falls at one of three overlooks and hike the trails near the river. The park has lots of history and tablets are all over the park showing the vistors why the park remains an attraction.

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA

If you like being outside close to nature this is the park for you. The park has over 15 miles of trail with 5 of the miles of trail that can be used for horseback riding and bikes. If you head upstream the trail leads to the Riverbend Park trail system.  The trails around the Visitor Center, picnic area and overlooks can accomodate strollers and wagons. The hiking trails near the river can be rocky and narrow so if you’re taking the little ones just make sure you keep them close.

In addition to the hiking trails, avid kayakers and rock climbers can use the park. There are a couple drop in areas for the kayakers and two areas for repelling over the river. If the outdoors is not where you like to be then check out the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center has a small hands on area for the kids to check out what can be found in the park. The park also offers a Junior Ranger Program for children 5 years and up to learn about the park and earn badges. If you’re into history, the majority of the Visitor Center has many interactive exhibits showing the history of the area and conservation efforts to keep the park healthy.

 

My family and I enjoy taking all our out of town guests to this park for a picnic and hiking. There are restrooms in the Visitor Center and various places around the park. It’s a beautiful park year round and if you live in Northern Virginia you should check it out!