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.
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.
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!
As mentioned above, this park is located right off of Prince William Parkway. There is a small parking lot as you turn off of William County Parkway. Behind the parking lot is a small walking path facing into the woods that takes you to a local Prince William County neighborhood in Woodbridge. The major attraction to this neighborhood park are the baseball fields.
Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Prince William County includes a lake, basketball court, picnic pavilion and playground area. The lake has a small platform area where you can walk out on and fish from. You can also fish from the shore line. There is a small parking lot that you can park in so you don’t have to park in the neighborhood.
The playground has a newer piece of play equipment that would be great for preschool and school-aged children. Both regular and toddler swings are available. No restrooms at this park but charcoal grills and two (2) picnic pavilions are available right next to the water.
This is a very cute park in the Woodbridge area. One of the bonuses is that it’s located right next to the train tracks. Don’t worry there is a fence separating the park from the tracks. The kids can hear and see the train through the trees. The train is more visible when the leaves are off of the trees though….:)
Harry W. Dawson park is located right off of Hillendale Drive. Although there is not a parking lot, there is plenty of street parking and a paved walking trail that leads you to the playground, swings, cover picnic table and other walking trails. The playground equipment has a few climbing ladders, a slide and a tunnel. Also at the playground area is a swiveling seat, a rocking horse, an infant swing as well as a regular swing and two benches.
There is a covered area with two picnic tables and trash receptacles. To the left of the picnic area are where you can take the walking trails that lead you to the local neighborhoods.
If you are in the neighborhood, this is a nice park to stop, visit and enjoy the shade!
Oakenshaw Park in Manassas, VA is located in the Oakenshaw neighborhood off of Signal Hill Road in the City of Manassas. The park we visited offers a basketball court and playground area off a paved walking trail. It’s actually a two part park with a t-ball field and another basketball court located in another part of the neighborhood.
The playground are has two large pieces of play equipment with some neat slides and a couple different climbing areas. Both types of swings are available. Sadly no restrooms at the park but public restrooms are nearby in the shopping centers.
I was pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to this neighborhood park and found several nice pieces of play equipment. The kids didn’t want to leave because of the different features on the equipment that you don’t see at every park. If you live in the City of Manassas around the Oakenshaw Neighborhood, check out this nice park!
City of Manassas sometimes get a bad rap but when it comes to their parks they go all out. The other day we were out in Manassas and visited Byrd Park. Byrd Park has large and small play areas with swings for all ages. There are also 2 softball fields and full court basketball courts. The neatest part of the park is the fenced in roller hockey area. One side of the court has many different colored basketball hoops for all different ages and heights to play. Restrooms are indoor and are open seasonally, May-October.
The playground area offers two different sizes of equipment for the younger and older crowds all in great shape. Both types of swings are available but in different parts of the park. You can see each playground clearly but if you had a younger child and an older child who wanted to play on the other equipment it would be good distance from each other. In the older kids area there is a great sea serpent for them to climb on and other motor developmental type climbing equipment.
The park also has a small picnic pavilion with grills that you can reserve by calling the City of Manassas. The Roller Hockey Area is fenced in and also has one section dedicated to what they call bankshot basketball. My boys just happen to bring a soccer ball so they shot around and played with the fun size basketball hoops.
The boys had a great time at this park and asked to go back to play basketball! If you live in the City of Manassas or you just want to find a nice park in the Manassas area, check out Byrd Park!
Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA has many different activities for everyone. The park has many picnic pavilions, 8-acre fishing lake, several tot lots, walking/hiking trails, sand volleyball court, Jean C. Smith amphitheater, batting cages, driving range and mini golf. When we were at the park over a weekend every single pavilion was reserved for a birthday or graduation event. For information on pavilion rental click here.
When we were at the park we were mostly interested in the lake and hiking trails but the boys of course wanted to hit up all the tot lots in the park. Almost every area had indoor restrooms right near the playground areas and some picnic pavilion areas. The small lake has rental kayak, canoes and paddle boats. Fishing is allowed and tons of people were there fishing for dinner. The hiking trails are mostly natural but there a few groomed fitness trails. Click here for a trail map. The Jean C. Smith Amphitheatre has a great summer schedule for performances for children. For more information go to the website for dates and times.
This is a great park and has lots of activities for everyone. If you live in Prince William County you should check out Locust Shade Park for some great family fun!
Waterworks Waterpark in Woodbridge, VA sits in the Andrew Leitch Park. Last year we weren’t able to go to the waterpark due to a thunderstorm that popped up during our visit to Andrew Leitch Park. In comparison to Splash Down Waterpark located in Manassas, Waterworks is smaller. The waterpark offers a 2-story slide, zero entry pool, leap pads, and kids area. They do charge an admission fee for entrance to the park. Click the link above to get current rates. Picnic Pavilions are available for rental both inside and outside the waterpark. For more information and rates click here.
*****(If you put in Dale City versus Woodbridge for the City it will send you to another spot along Dale Blvd)*****
The boys had a great time at the park. Sadly the kids area wasn’t open due to mechanical problems but the my kiddos were able to play in zero entry beach area. The kids area looked like a lot of fun and I was able to take pictures of the area even though it wasn’t working. The boys weren’t quite tall enough to play on the water lily pads and 2-story waterslide since the requirement is 48″ tall. Remember you cannot bring food and drinks into the park but they do offer a snack bar if the kids get hungry. We brought our lunch so we just got our hand stamped and headed to one of the picnic benches outside the waterpark.
There are pavilions you can sit under to get out of the sun along with plenty of cabana chairs around the area. The only small downside to this park is if you have an older child (48″+) who wants to go in the bigger area and you have a munchkin who wants to stay in the kid area. There is a pretty good distance between the two and you wouldn’t be able to appease both kids without losing sight of one child. That being said my kids a great time. Even though they couldn’t do everything it was much better than our community pool and a change of pace.
***PICNIC PAVILION RENTAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE****
Last week we had the pleasure of going to two Prince William County Waterparks. Our second stop of the day was Ben Lomond Park and Splash Down Waterpark. Splash Down Waterpark has an admission fee. Click on the link above to see current rates. Before we hit up the waterpark the kids wanted to try out the playground area to see what it was like in Ben Lomond Park.
Ben Lomond Park has a small playground, public restrooms, picnic pavilion, tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, soccer/football and baseball fields. The playground area doesn’t have any shade over it but there a few trees to stand under. The play area includes a small piece of play equipment and both types of swings. Restrooms are available in the form of portable restrooms and indoor restrooms by the soccer field. The indoor restrooms aren’t always open but the portable restrooms are there all the time (except maybe in the cold winter months).
We had never been to Splash Down Waterpark before so I was really surprised. When I spoke with the manager he told me everything that the park has including 2-4-story waterslides, 2-2-story slides, 2-toddler slides, bubblers and fountains, 2-Fast Cannon Water slides, activity pool, lily pad and log walk, and beach area with sand. In Mom words, great play area with small slides and fountains for small walkers and plenty of life vests for all ages. For the larger slides you need to be 48″ tall to ride but I noticed they let my 45″ son ride with a vest on because he passed the swim test. There are plenty of chairs for everyone. Shade is limited but in the kiddie slide and fountain area they have two large umbrellas in the water to stand under. Public restrooms were clean and fully stocked when we were there. No food or outside drinks are allowed in the park so you can either eat at the park or get a stamp and bring a picnic lunch. There are plenty of picnic tables in the surrounding park.
(***I didn’t take a lot of pictures due to the volume of people in the park and from chasing my kiddos around the entire time***)
We had a great time at the park. I observed the lifeguards following all procedures and paying attention unlike the lifeguards at my community pool. I would think that during the weekend this place is very busy. They do have a cut off point to avoid overcrowding so be aware. Prices are pretty reasonable for admission as compared to major waterpark attractions at other facilities. Even though we don’t live close by we will definitely be returning during the week to hit up the large slides since my oldest is now obsessed with water slides!
***PICNIC PAVILIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION***
The Fantasy Playground in the Lake Ridge area of Woodbridge is an awesome park. The wood play equipment has a great Fort feel to it with some great climb on, over and under areas of the play equipment. Also no sand or mulch in this park, small pebbles are great for the kids to play on and play with.
The boys LOVED this park! There were running all over the place crawling through the tunnels, forts and tires. There is a great area where the monkey bars and rings are made for the shorter crowd. So no need to hold them up when they try to make it across. There are a couple tight spots where I had trouble getting my 5’7″ frame through when the boys asked me to follow. I think I would of tried it even if they didn’t ask me too, it’s just that neat. There are plenty of spots to sit and watch the kiddos play throughout the equipment as well.
This is a pretty awesome park especially since it breaks the mold from the other parks in the area. There isn’t much shade around the park so during the hotter days it gets pretty warm. Also parking is pretty slim during the summer months since the park shares a parking lot with a community pool. But there is plenty of street parking. Since there are no restrooms at the park don’t fret there is plenty of public restrooms in the strip mall near the park. If you live in the Woodbridge area I would absolutely check out this awesome park!