Family Friendly Adventure Break

SplashDown Waterpark
Discover Prince William & Manassas, VA
10611 Balls Ford Road, Suite 110
Manassas, VA 20109
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Prince William
Toll Free: (800) 432-1792

From historic sites and museums to outdoor adventures, kid-friendly attractions and unique shops and restaurants, there is something for the whole family to enjoy in Prince William & Manassas.

Day one: Discover more than 200 shops and eateries at Potomac Mills-Virginia's largest outlet mall. While there, take in a show at the IMAX theater or play in the new, Virginia-themed children's area. After, challenge the whole family to a game of laser tag at Laser Quest or take a spin around the Olympic-sized rink at Prince William Ice Center.

Day two: Explore Leesylvania State Park through a guided canoe tour, a walk along the beach or a hike in the woods. Try the park's new two-mile fitness trail, which features various stations that test people's strength, balance and flexibility. Rent one of the park's new field packs. For $3, the packs contain different self-guided hikes that provide the materials visitors need to do everything from bird watch and insect hunt to sketch nature and identify rocks and fossils. After, step into the boots of a Marine at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Land a helicopter in Vietnam, experience boot camp or test your shooting skills at the M-16 laser rifle range. Eat a meal at the mess hall or get food to go and picnic in the nearby Locust Shade Park, which features seasonal shows at its amphitheater.

Day three: Bring your children's history lessons to life with a trip to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of two Civil War battles. After you stand in "Stonewall" Jackson's footsteps, explore Ben Lomond Historic Site. Built in 1832, the house on site served as a hospital during the Civil War. Read graffiti soldiers left on the walls, handle some of the tools used to care for the wounded soldiers and step inside one of the few public slave quarters remaining in Northern Virginia. Make waves in the afternoon at SplashDown Waterpark. Relax in the 770-foot lazy river, plunge down one of several water slides or build a sandcastle at the park's Big Kahuna Beach.

Last Updated: 3/19/2012 3:33 PM