Trying to plan a weekend getaway with your whole family in Northern Virginia? Tired of coming up short. No worries, we have the perfect spots to explore in Northern Virginia and Prince William and Manassas. 

With nearly a dozen golf courses, a handful of state parks, horseback riding, a waterpark, and even a BMX course, there is no shortage on ways to entertain the family. 

1- Visit the National Marine Corps Museum. This incredibly visual museum will allow kids to understand different wars and battles better than ever before. Read our Influencer, Kristy Bernardo, full review.

2- See a show at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Our pick: Don’t miss the Manassas Chorale: Twentieth Anniversary Concert. Kids 12 and under are free!

3- Take a dip– Explore the 11 acres of Splashdown Waterpark at Ben Lomand Regional Park. If water games aren’t your thing, take a soccer ball and play around on one of the many fields.

4- Get on a horse: Instead of hiking again this summer, see the area’s beautiful parks on horseback. Cross State Stables offers rides for kids of all ages. 


5- Test your adventure levels on a BMX bike at Northern Virginia’s only BMX trail. (Bring your own bike and helmet, for families looking to try it more than one day, consider getting a month or year subscription to the park. rates start at $60)

6- Leesylvania State Park is perfect for the whole family. Take a boat out, rent a canoe or kayak, try fishing, explore the hiking trails and visit the educational visitors centers; bring a picnic because you could spend a whole day here. 

7- Liberia Plantation Basement to Attic Tours– Check the calendar for the monthly schedule, but these unique tours transport visitors back in time and allow them to see the untouched history of the Liberia Plantation.

8- Hike the Bull Run Mountains– with incredible views and easy trails, this hike is really fun for the whole family. Make sure to stop by the old Mill and tell your kids to keep their eyes peeled for snakes, turtles and bald eagles!