10 Things to Do in Fairfax, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA is a Northern Virginia community with a wide variety of attractions and things to do. The following guide provides tips on activities for the whole family highlighting the top historic sites, restaurants, outdoor recreation ideas, special events and more.

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Take a Walking Tour of Historic Fairfax

Historic Fairfax, also referred to as Old Town Fairfax, was founded in 1799. During the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, the City of Fairfax was frequented by George Washington, George Mason, and William Fairfax. Take a self-guided walking tour and see a variety of historic buildings including the Fairfax Court House, Ratcliffe-Allison House, William Gunnell House, Joshua Gunnell House, Ford House, Fairfax Elementary School, Old Fairfax Jail, Old Town Hall and the Marr Monument.

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Attend a Concert or Event at the EagleBank Arena

EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030-4468, USA

The 10,000-seat arena, located on the campus of George Mason University, hosts some of today’s hottest concerts and family-friendly events. Annual events include the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Disney On Ice and The Wiggles.

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Visit the National Firearms Museum

11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Phone +1 703-267-1600

The museum, located in Fairfax, Virginia, examines the history of firearms dating from 1350 to the present-day with exhibits featuring the firearms of six American presidents, 12 U.S. general officers and six foreign heads of state; treasures associated with Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and other notable events in American history.

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Enjoy Outdoor Activities at Burke Lake Park


Burke Lake Park 

The park has a 218-acre lake for fishing, boating, rowboat rental, camping, a miniature train, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, clubhouse with snack bar and driving range, disk golf, horseshoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, an amphitheater, and miniature golf course.

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Attend a Concert by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4443, USA
Phone +1 703-993-2787

Hailed as "the pride of Fairfax County," the professional orchestra performs for diverse audiences at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. The orchestra also provides education and outreach programs.

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Visit the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030-1804, USA
Phone +1 703-591-0560

The 12-acre site features historic buildings and beautiful vistas that transport visitors to Fairfax during the Civil War. The  Interpretive Center offers educational tours and programs, lectures by prominent scholars, Civil War living history events, and demonstrations.

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Shop at Fair Oaks Mall

11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033-3308, USA
Phone +1 703-359-8300

The mall has nearly 200 shops, services and restaurants including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Sears and JCPenney, Apple, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Best Buy Mobile, Brighton Collectibles, Coach, J. Crew, H&M, Michael Kors, Liljenquist-Beckstead Jewelers, XXI Forever, Zoe Salon & Spa, and more.

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Attend Events

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035, USA
Phone +1 703-324-3247

Fairfax hosts a wide range of events throughout the year including parades, art and music festivals, holiday events, and much more. Some of the highlights include:

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Skate at Fairfax Ice Arena

3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031-3690, USA
Phone +1 703-323-1132

The ice arena offers public skating, lessons, hockey leagues, skating parties, and camps. There is a pro shop with one of the largest selections of skating equipment in the area.

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Visit Ox Hill Battlefield Park

4134 West Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033, USA
Phone +1 703-324-8702

The park is one of the only major Civil War sites in Fairfax County.

Interpretive kiosks present information about the battle and offer insights into some of the men who were wounded on this land. There are two granite memorials that honor the two Union generals who were killed at Ox Hill. Reenactment and living history groups occasionally gather at the park to provide a sense of the past.

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