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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***Sorry no pics of the toddler sand box, too many little ones…:)

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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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!

Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Occoquan Regional Park is a great park to visit.  This park offers over 400 acres and a few historical elements as well.  We will definitely be back to this park as our visit was cut short due to a rain storm.

9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079

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This park has so much to offer and is one of the few parks that serves as an entrance with multiple routes both regional and national.  Their are several trails such as the Occoquan Water Trail, Fairfax Cross-Country Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Although we weren’t able to participate in the Roving Naturalist Program, this is a definite must do for our next visit.  This program offers guided nature walks, hikes, canoe and kayak tours and live animal programs.  Occoquan Regional park has athletic fields, batting cages, kayak rentals,boating and fishing .  We are looking forward to re-visiting this park and spending a day fishing.  You can fish largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, striped bass and perch.  Fishing is allowed from the dock or shore line and of course by boat.  There is a boat launch (with boat fees).  There is a snack bar with a great view of the water (open seasonally).  Occoquan also has baseball, softball and soccer fields.  Here is a link to their field fees.

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Turning Point Plaza, a memorial dedicated to the suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse, part of the Lorton Prison Complex was open in 2008.

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**There are a few rentals that can be made at Occoquan Regional Park. See below. **

Waterfront Trellis

Shelter Rentals

Gazebo Rentals

Stonewall Park in Manassas, VA!

Stonewall Park in Manassas, VA!

A couple weeks ago we headed out to the City of Manassas to visit a few parks. Our first stop was Stonewall Park. The park offers a large playground and small playground. There is also a cover picnic pavilion and grills that can be reserved. The Stonewall Park Pool is open on Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend. Fees for the pool can be found HERE. Lighted Tennis Courts, Basketball court, Football/Soccer Field and 0.9 fitness trail is also part of this park. Best part is the indoor restrooms that are available from May-October.

Address: 8300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

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The parks larger playground is located near the entrance by the picnic pavilion. It has two pieces of equipment with lots of different elements. Both types of swings and a climbing wall. Plenty of shade over this park and when we were there the leaves hadn’t come in yet.

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Troy Park in Arlington, VA!

Troy Park in Arlington, VA!

The weather is suppose to be in the 60’s again for a few days. Here is a nice neighborhood park in Arlington, VA. Troy Park includes a fenced in play area, 2 half court basketball courts, small paved trail, horseshoe pits, and a bridge that crosses over a small stream.

Address: 2629 S. Troy St. Arlington, VA 22206 

Parking is available along the neighborhood street and there is plenty of street to park along. The playground area is fenced in and does have some shade during the summer months. There were two swing sets for both school-age and toddler age children. Along with a small sandbox there are a couple ride on toys and small piece of equipment. Sadly there are no restrooms at the park.

Troy Park is nice neighborhood park in Arlington County. If you live in  the Long Branch Creek area you should check it out!

Deer Forest Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Deer Forest Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Since the weather will not make up it’s mind I decided to post about Deer Forest Recreation Area located in the Deer Forest neighborhood in Reston. Deer Forest is a neighborhood in the North Point District of Reston and is also known as District 3 to the Reston Association. The park is located off of Reston Parkway just down the way from the North Point Village Center.

Address: Deer Forest Recreation Area

The Deer Forest Recreation Area includes a large piece of play equipment and two sets of swings for younger and older children. Even in the winter time the park has tons of shade. There are a few benches and a picnic table to stop and take a break. Right next to the play area is a large grassy area big enough for the kids to run around and play ball. Sadly there is not a restroom for the area but if you have a potty training kiddo you could head over to the North Point Village Center for a public restroom. As in many parts of Reston walking trails cross by the area and wind through the homes. So if you live in the area you may just be able to walk to the park along one of the great trails that wind through Reston. But in case you have to drive to check out the park just  park along Deer Forest Road off of Reston Parkway.

This Fairfax County park is a great community park and located in a very nice neighborhood of single family homes with great older trees and large yards. Just another example of why Reston is a coveted area to settle down.