Start your tour in Fredericksburg at George Washington's Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of the nation's first president. Here, in Parson Weems' fable, George Washington cut down his father's cherry tree and threw the silver dollar across the Rappahannock River ... or did he?
North of Fredericksburg, visit Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls. The historical area includes the working grist mill, the miller's house with exhibits, a general store with penny candy and an activity barn!
Also in Fairfax County is Frying Pan Park with the Kidwell Farm, circa 1920-1940, a time of great transition in rural America, with the change from draft horses to tractors, farmhand labor to milking machines and echanical bailers. All livestock depicts early farms of Fairfax County.
Near Dulles, see the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center with historically important aircraft, an observation tower and an IMAX Theatre. Shuttle service is available to the museum in Washington, D.C., too!
Southwest of Fairfax, enjoy a great day at Splashdown Waterpark in Manassas! The park features five water areas spanning 11 acres. The children's area includes four smaller water slides with raindrops, bubblers, "funbrellas" and pavillions.
North from Manassas to Leesburg, stop at Leesburg Animal Park, where children can pet and feed llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, deer and some exotic and domestic livestock. Wagon rides and pony rides are available, too.
East from Great Falls and just south of Alexandria is George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Although smaller children don't usually stand still for tours, they can enjoy the nature trail and Pioneer Farmer site!
Northwest from Alexandria is the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, the only privately operated park in the National Parks system. This living history museum takes visitors to a small tenant farm in colonial Virginia. Children can participate in farm chores alongside the 18th-century farm family and investigate the farm animals and one-room farm house.
Last Updated: 11/18/2015
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