Not all kids like to run around, play sports, or listen to music. Some children have a penchant for learning and discovering — and Northern Virginia has some great history and places the whole family would enjoy visiting.
Here are our top picks to visit!
- Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
I know my little boy LOVES trains! Not only do they have cool trains and the opportunity to be hands-on, they also provide great information on the history of railroads. This museum has fantastic model trains displays throughout the year and a special holiday show which you won’t want to miss! http://www.fairfax-station.org/index.html
- The Freedom Museum
This is a great place to teach your children about the sacrifices that people have made throughout history to fight for freedom and to pay tribute to those that have served our country. Tours are able to be scheduled and promise the experience to be evocative and interactive. http://freedommuseum.org/
- Arlington National Cemetery
This astounding national landmark is an integral part of our local history and provides beauty and peace to honor those who have served our nation. Dating back to the Civil War, the cemetery marks the final resting place for over 14,000 veterans throughout its 624 acres. Stick around to witness the changing of the guard which happens every hour on the hour. Also check out the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier symbolizing those who died in battle without identification. https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/#/
- Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
This is a great spot if you enjoy a leisurely hike and the chance to picnic outside. The 200-year-old working mill is a neat attraction and there is plenty of history to learn while you visit. Check out their events calendar for special things happening throughout the year. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/colvinrunmill/
- Gunston Hall
This memorial historic site is dedicated to the life and workings of George Mason and is a great way to learn about the beginning of our democracy and life on a plantation. The outbuildings and grounds are all great places to tour and there is a neat museum shop if you are interested in mementos! http://www.gunstonhall.org/
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
You don’t need to drive in to DC to visit an awesome flight and aviation museum! Thousands of aviation and space artifacts are on display and there is an IMAX Theater on-site if you want to check out a 360-birds-eye-view of Washington DC! Catch a demonstration or jump on a simulator machine for a fun ride! Food and gift shop on location. https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center
- Morven Park
This is a little drive out to Leesburg but well worth it. This 1000-acre site has 3 different historic landmarks on it and is a host to many different activities, sports, and concerts. Check out their events calendars and keep them in mind for event rentals if you are looking to have a party! http://www.morvenpark.org/