7) Frying Pan Farm Park
Here is a place where you can take the family during the day for an enjoyable wagon ride; and then, in the evening, listen to some of the greatest local Bluegrass music in Virginia. The farm and surrounding park are part of the Floris Community, in the western portion of Fairfax County. Once there, the visitor has the chance to see how farms were run in the first half of the 20th century, with farming techniques from the 1920’s through 1950’s still being used. Children can get a “hand’s on” experience, and get acquainted with various farm creatures; they can even partake in supervised farming tasks, like feeding the animals. There are beginner classes available at the Frying Pan Farm Park Equestrian Center for those who want to try horseback-riding; and, if you’re already an experienced rider, you can enjoy the beautiful cross-country course through the local woodlands. Admission to the park is free.