Have a Little Summer Fun

Have a Little Summer Fun

Frying Pan Farm Park.

Frying Pan Farm Park.


Completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, the main house at Sully combines aspects of Georgian and Federal architecture and tours are given on the hour. Outside walking tours of the original outbuildings and slave quarters are given at 2 p.m. through mid-November. Tours are $7 for adults, $6 for students (16 and up with student I.D.), $5 for seniors (65 and up) and $5 for children (ages 5-15). Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly and open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and some holidays. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site for more.


The park preserves and interprets the 1920s through 1950s through farming, agricultural process and rural community life. The park includes wagon rides, a country store, visitor center, and animals such as cows, pigs, goats, horses, rabbits and a peacock. Cow milking occurs daily at 4 p.m. There are frequent special activities such as “Food Wars!” and “Farm Animal Safaris” great for the entire family. The farm is also a regional equestrian center featuring free events. Frying Pan Farm Park is located at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit http://fryingpanpark.org.



Bull Run Marina offers watersport access along the Occoquan.

The park includes a special events center which is a venue for activities and events including concerts, craft fairs, athletic competitions, circuses, dog and equestrian shows, historic reenactments, and ethnic festivals. Campsites available at Bull Run Campground include RV sites, tent sites, rustic cabins and group camping areas. All sites have a charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table. There are two bathhouses in the campground that offer hot showers, sinks, toilets and laundry facilities. Camping fees range from $26-$41. Bull Run Regional Park is located at 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. Visit www.nvrpa.org/park/bull_run for more.

Bull Run Marina, located on the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir, is part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's 5,000 acres of preserved Bull Run-Occoquan Stream Valley land. The water at this location offers opportunities for high school crew practice and fishing and boating. When seasonally unstaffed, those wishing to launch watercraft at the marina may purchase a season pass and gate key at Fountainhead Regional Park 703-250-9124, located downstream at 10875 Hampton Road. Those wishing to hike the trails or fish from the shore may park in the lot across and up the road from the marina and walk down, keeping in mind that all patrons must be out of the park by dark. Visit www.nvrpa.org/park/bull_run_marina for more.

Atlantis Waterpark is part of Bull Run Regional Park and features two large water slides and waterfalls. Hours vary but the waterpark is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends until Sept. 1 and various hours during the week beginning June 18. Ticket prices range from $5-$8 with season passes available. Visit www.atlantisbullrun.com/ for more.


The 13-acre Splashdown features two four-story water slides, sand volleyball, a lazy river and more. Splashdown is the largest waterpark in Northern Virginia. Admission ranges from $9-$14.95 and season passes are available. Splashdown Waterpark is located at 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive, Manassas and hours vary throughout the summer. Visit www.splashdownwaterpark.com.

Alexis Hosticka