Great Falls National Park
At Great Falls National Park, located in Fairfax County, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Beauty, conservation, education and discovery flourish throughout the year at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, a 95-acre complex of large ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. In May 2011 Meadowlark unveiled a public Korean Bell Garden, complete with a traditionally handcrafted Korean bell. The bell itself symbolizes peace and harmony and is the centerpiece of the only public authentic Korean Bell Garden in the entire Western hemisphere, and the only one of its kind in the world incorporating both Korean + Virginia culture in its decoration and plantings.
The Workhouse Arts Center
Set on 55 acres of land in the historic D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory, the Workhouse Arts Center provides a home for more than 150 of the regions finest professional and emerging artists as well as cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery space, and event facilities.