There are plenty of things to see and do in and around Centreville in Fairfax County Virginia, whatever your tastes and interests, whether you prefer to indulge in outdoor activities or more historical and educational pursuits. For those who have a preference for the former, there are several regional parks in the area that are definitely worth a visit including the Bull Run Regional park which is located just a few miles south of the town itself. This can be reached by taking the I-66 to Exit 52 on Route 29) at Centreville, then driving 2 miles southward before turning left onto Bull Run Post Office Road then simply following the signs to the park entrance.
This beautiful park is set amid some of the best scenery Virginia has to offer with an abundance of spacious fields that can accommodate huge amounts of people in their hundreds or even thousands and these are popular for group picnics and camping as well as special events that are regularly held here by various local organizations particularly during the summer months. Spring time sees the park come to life as its flora and fauna come into bloom, with acres of bluebells and other wildflowers injecting vibrant color into the landscape, alongside a quaint stream, that winds throughout the park. For the more energetic visitor who want to partake in activities such as hiking or horse riding, this is a fantastic setting for those who enjoy the great outdoors as there are miles and miles of trails set among picturesque woodlands in a tranquil and isolated setting. One of the park’s most popular attractions is the large outdoor pool which is open from Memorial Day weekend through to Labor Day at the Atlantis Water Park which offers refreshing fun to cool down the whole family on a hot summer day. The water park has numerous water slides including twin towering structures that are not for the faint hearted, a huge kiddie’s pool, 500 gallon dumping pool and many other play features to suit children of all age groups. Prices for entry to the water park start at just $4 (out with peak times daily) with concessions given for group bookings and annual passes starting at just $85 for unlimited entry throughout the season.
Those of you who have a more historic interest in the area should consider a visit to one of the other regional park areas such as the Carlyle House Historic Park that can be found at 121 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, Virginia. This offers guided tours around the grounds and museum of this historic site which became the home of one of the most prestigious families of British descent in colonial Virginian prior to the American War of Independence. If you prefer to learn more about a later period in the region’s history then take a trip to Fairfax Regional Park where the Battle of Ox Hill, as it was referred to by the Confederates took place on the 1st of September 1862 at the height of the Civil War. This was also known as the Battle of Chantilly, the name given to the conflict by the opposing side of the Union Army.