1.Friday Night Live: A yearly free concert series, from May until the end of August. Takes place on the Herndon Town Green on Friday nights.
2. Reston Town Center: The center of the planned community of Reston, the Town Center has a multitude of stores and restaurants all in one spot. There are year-round special events.
3. Oatlands Plantation: Originally established in the 19th century by George Carter, it is now a National Trust Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark. The Historic House and Gardens are open year round near Leesburg.
4. The Water Mine: The only local water park, named for Pete the Prospector. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the park is located in Lake Fairfax Park.
5. Lake Anne Plaza: Nestled around a lake the outdoor cafes and shops offer a chance to enjoy without a car. There are many activities from concert, to boat rentals and many children’s programs.
6. Colvin Run Mill: Located in Great Falls, Colvin Run Mill is an early 19th century operating gristmill. The mill is still operational and offers daily tours, educational programs and special events.
7. Wolf Trap: America’s National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap provides a variety of artistic and educational programs. There are year round performances at The Barns at Wolf Trap, an indoor theater constructed from two connected 18th century barns.
8. Mt. Vernon: The home of George Washington, has special events and seasonal activities. There is a an 18th century working farm and gristmill as well as exhibits.
9. Sully Historic Site: The house, first built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressional representative. Tours and programs are available throughout the year.
10. National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar- Hazy Center: Located in a Boeing Aviation Hanger in Chantilly, this site features an IMAX theater, a wall of honor and an observation tower to watch Dulles Airport.
<hd> Get outside!
<sh> Enjoy the outdoors with the parks and outdoor areas around Herndon
Frying Pan Park: The park features a farm with animals, wagon rides, a country store, visitor center as well as activities. Located on West Ox Rd.
Lake Fairfax Park: Open everyday 7 a.m. to dark, the park features seasonal fishing, campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, party areas, a carousel and a playground. Located in Reston, off Baron Cameron Dr.
The W&OD Park and Trail: The trail runs from the Potomac River, near Washington D.C., to the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a 45-mile asphalt trail for biking, walking and running, as well as a 30.5-mile gravel trail for horseback riding and hiking. The trail runs through downtown Herndon.
Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon: Popular fishing and bird watching spots. Located behind the South Lakes Village Center, off South Lakes Dr.
Reston Zoo: A 30-acre family friendly zoo, with regular animal demonstrations and a chance to get close to the animals. Located in Reston, off Hunter Mill Rd.