If you are the parent of a small child, you know that having a few good family parks in the neighborhood is non-negotiable. From staples like swings and slides to more elaborate offerings like petting zoos, mini golf, and rowboats, the following is a (condensed) list of some of the best parks that Fairfax has to offer. As Fairfax is overrun with parks and playgrounds, consider these locations the very cream of the crop!
1.) Clemyjontri Park (6317 Georgetown Pike, Mclean, VA 22101)
What makes Clemyjontri Park special? It is fully accessible, which means that handicapped children can get in on the fun as well! It is anchored by a large, lovely carousel that the kids absolutely adore. There are multiple jungle gym areas, as well as swings, slides, and all kinds of playground equipment. This place is HUGE! There are areas that are geared more towards smaller kids, and areas with more challenging equipment for older ones… or if mom and dad want to get in on the fun as well. With its bright, rainbow-hued atmosphere, little ones will love this place. Restrooms, water fountains, and vending machines are all available.
2.) Chessie’s Big Backyard (6601 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310)
This park is in the large Lee district park center and, while fairly new, has already amassed its share of devotees! It is adjacent to a splash pad, which makes for a winning combination on hot summer days. The gazebos are first-come, first-served on reservations for birthday parties and other events but cost nothing, which is rare for the area. There are multiple playgrounds for kids of all ages. The young children’s playground is shaded. An abundance of picnic tables mean that you can pack a lunch and make an afternoon of it!
3.) Rocky Run Park (1109 N Barton St, Arlington, VA 22201)
More than just a playground, Rocky Run Park is a place where the whole family can get active and play! There are basketball courts and a soccer field, and two playgrounds - one for kids under the age of 5, and one for bigger kids aged 5-12. The ground is made of soft rubber turf and the playgrounds have dozens of attractions on which your kiddos can swim, climb, and hang! Plenty of sandboxes here, with close-by water spigots to rinse off. The addition of public restrooms makes this the perfect stop for families!
4.) Bull Run Regional Park (7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121)
Talk about something for everyone! With a campsite, shooting range, hiking/biking/walking trails, a pool, and a playground, Bull Run Regional Park has a wide range of available activities that family members of all ages will enjoy. The Bluebell Trail is especially noted for its gorgeous views of the eponymous wildflower! At Christmastime, the park comes to life with strings of lights! Bring along the family pooch in the summertime - there is a doggie wading pool in the dog park!