If you’re making the move to Fairfax County, choosing the right neighborhood for your family is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Where your children go to school, how far of a daily commute you’ll have, and the (offline) social networks you’ll build all play a part in where you ultimately decide to buy or build a home. The neighborhood you choose will have a big impact on your family’s overall quality of life, as will the outdoor opportunities that exist in the surrounding area.
Fairfax County Outdoor Activities
The great outdoors has a way of pulling families closer together, and Fairfax County offers some of the best outdoor activities in the country. From boating to amusement parks and outdoor concerts, Fairfax County has you covered. Here are some highlights.
Eat Healthy and Support Local Growers
Farmers markets have become one of the most popular places for neighbors to meet and catch up on local news. Most of the markets in Fairfax County run from early May until November. Besides the farm fresh fruits and veggies, you find vendors selling plants, baked goods, meats, fresh eggs, and other treats. Many have plant clinics where you can speak to a pro about issues you might be having with your own garden. There are also many sustainable farms in the area where you can pick your own produce.
Parks and Recreation
Whether your family is into fishing, boating, hiking, camping, or all of the above, there’s plenty of locations and fun activities to choose from. Fairfax County has 10 major parks, and 10 nature and historic sites, including The Sully, which offers a look back into the area’s past with original buildings and guided tours that highlight early 19th century life.
If you love boating and fishing, Fairfax County water venues such as Burke Lake are free to county residents and offer a peaceful and natural environment for the entire family. The marina there rents canoes and row boats. The lake is well-stocked with fish that include walleye, catfish, largemouth bass, and perch.
Looking for a place to pull the plug, set up house in a tent, eat dinner under the stars, and toast marshmallows over an open fire? Try one of Fairfax County’s beautiful campgrounds.
Music and Sports
Just about everyone’s heard of the Wolf Trap in Vienna, but Fairfax County has some other wonderful outdoor concert venues. You can bring the entire family to the free summer concerts, shows and movies in the parks. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and head out to enjoy some of Fairfax County’s brightest local and regional entertainers. The series also includes the special Arts in the Parks which introduces children to the joy of live entertainment in an outdoor setting.
Whether your sport of choic is baseball, soccer, or field hockey, Fairfax County has what you’re looking for. The County Park Authority also has a number of golf courses that offer something for everyone from beginners through to par-three championship length. And, weather permitting, they’re open all year round.
Hit the Beach
Last but not least, nothing says the outdoors like the beach. Some are located in Fairfax County, while others are just a short worth-the-while drive away. Choose from a classic family week at the beach in Ocean City Maryland, or check out the distinct characteristics and beach vibes of Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area, and Sandbridge, which make up the 35 miles of Virginia Beach.
For more great suggestions and up-to-the-minute information on Fairfax County outdoor activities, you can check out the official Fairfax County tourism site. Enjoy!