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Things To Do Near Washington DC & Vienna Virginia

From world-class performances at Wolf Trap National Park to the famous historic sites of Washington, DC and Fairfax County, Virginia, there is a wealth of activities and things to do within a short distance of our hotel. You'll find some of the best shopping in Virginia at Tysons Corner Center with an impressive array of brand name shops. Learn about important American history at Freeman House Museum, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate or educate the whole family at Reston Zoo and National Aquarium.
Things to do in Vienna Va include many cultural events at nearby by venues like Wolf Trap National Park, Jammin' Java, and McLean Project for the Arts. Pay your deepest respects at Arlington National Cemetery and learn about railroads in America at Fairfax Station Museum. You'll never run out of stuff to do in Washington DC, and our hotel is the perfect home base for exploring the area.

Things to Do in Washington DC & Vienna Virginia

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts - If you enjoy live music in a dramatic setting, you won't find a more memorable place to see a live show. This world famous venue in the heart of beautiful Wolf Trap National Park, hosts everything from opera to country to popular groups that will dazzle you in this natural setting at the Filene Center. An evening at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center is a night you won't soon forget and one of the top things to do near Washington, D.C. www.wolftrap.org

Tysons Corner Center - For the best in shopping, head to Tysons Corner Center. With the top brands available at discount rates, you'll find exactly what you want at prices that you can afford. Over 300 specialty shops and restaurants, you can easily spend the whole day here. On site you'll also find a wide array of excellent food options, entertainment like AMC movie theaters, and even a National Geographic play area for the kids. www.shoptysons.com

Jammin' Java - Don't let the name fool you. This is more than a coffee house, this is one of the premiere music venues in the country. From country to indie to folk, there is something for everyone here so check the calendar and book your tickets today. For a great night out, this is one of the best things to do in Vienna VA. www.jamminjava.com

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Freeman House Museum - Historic Vienna, Virginia is on full display at this community center and museum. With rotating exhibits and special events like antique appraisals, there is always something to see. The on site Freeman Store sells everything from local arts and crafts to penny candy just like the old days. www.historicviennainc.org

George Mason University Patriot Center - This modern 10,000 seat arena is home to some of region's most exciting sports and entertainment. Watch George Mason University basketball teams compete with the elite teams of the NCAA or buy a ticket to the hottest shows around from comedy, music, and theater. www.patriotcenter.com

Fairfax Station Rail Road Museum - Learn about the origins of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line at this transportation museum. Headquartered in the historic Fairfax Station depot, this is a great place to experience American railroad history. Visit the gift shop or attend a special event. www.fairfaxva.gov/museumvc/mvc.asp

Frying Pan Park - Experience life as it was in a 1920's through 1950's rural agriculture community. This is a great family outing and thing to do near Vienna, Virginia. There's an antique carousel, a country store, and a working farm where you can see the animals up close. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp

McLean Project for the Arts - Art lovers will enjoy a wide range of pieces on display from emerging and established artists from the Mid-Atlantic region at the Mclean Project for the Arts. Keep an eye out for special events that include wine, food, and opening exhibition parties. www.mpaart.org

City of Fairfax Museum and Visitors Center - With exhibits focused on city history, this museum gives you a fascinating look at the region of Northern Virginia. You can take a walking tour of Old Town Fairfax or learn about dining and other recreational options in Fairfax County. www.fairfaxva.gov/museumvc/mvc.asp

Claude Moore Colonial Farm - This living history museum gives visitors a glance into life on a farm in the year 1771. Every detail of history has been recreated to give tourists a taste of American culture. As an interactive educational exhibit, families can learn and be entertained at this one-of-a-kind of attraction near Washington, D.C. www.1771.org

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Reston Zoo - This 30-acre family-friendly zoo is home to a myriad of exotic animals from all over the world. Explore the walking paths and exhibits where you will encounter a free-flying aviary, a reptile house, and many species of animals including monkeys, kangaroos, and alligators. Visit the petting zoo for up-close interactions with the animals or take the narrated Zoofari Wagon Rides where you can feed the animals. www.restonzoo.com

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport the world of aviation and space travel comes to life. Here is where all of the legendary artifacts of the National Air & Space museum are on display for the public. Close to the hotels in Vienna, Virginia, this is a must visit for all tourists. www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy

Gunston Hall - Visiting Gunston Hall, the home of Virginia statesman George Mason, is like stepping back into Colonial Virginia. The nationally landmarked Georgian-style mansion, located just 20 miles from Washington, D.C., is a great day trip with activities for all interests. Take a guided tour of the 18th century mansion, stroll the grounds and outbuildings, and finish your visit with a trip to the gift shop devoted to items commemorating the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. www.gunstonhall.org

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens - Home of George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon was an important part of early American history. Located on the scenic Potomac River, this historic estate museum and gardens features 50 acres of plantation land. Visit George Washington's tomb, the pioneer farmer site, and the gorgeous gardens and grounds. When it comes to stuff to do in Washington, D.C., the National Aquarium is a top attraction. www.mountvernon.org

National Aquarium - This modern facility is filled with fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals that will delight children and adults alike. Located near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, the National Aquarium has special exciting exhibits and a 4-D movie theater to experience marine life in a whole new way. www.nationalaquarium.org

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National Firearms Museum - Explore the 15 galleries of this museum filled with historic firearms dating from 1350 to the present. Located just minutes from Washington, D.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, the museum also includes a visitor's center, gift shop, indoor range, and café. www.nrahq.org/museum

Paradise Springs Winery - With 36 acres on the edge of Fairfax County, Paradise Springs Winery is a gorgeous attraction that is making gorgeous wine. The beautiful and modern tasting room is a star attraction here. Don't miss Friday Evenings in Paradise when the tasting room is open to the public from 5pm – 9pm for a very special happy hour. www.paradisespringswinery.com

Arlington National Cemetery - Located just minutes from Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery's 624 acres of beautiful green rolling hills pay honor to the men and women who have served the United States of America. As of 2011, 14,000 veterans have been interred at the cemetery. Start your visit at the Visitors Center where you will find maps, guidebooks, exhibits, and a bookstore. www.arlingtoncemetery.mil

Reston Town Center - Visit Reston Town Center and stroll the brick streets lined with over 50 retail stores, 30 restaurants, and a 13-screen cinema. Ranging from well-known brands names to local specialty stops, this year-round venue has something for everyone. The Pavilion, located in the heart of the town center, hosts festivals and events, as well a seasonal ice skating rink. www.restontowncenter.com

Collingwood Library and Museum - The Collinwood Library and Museum on Americanism is devoted to promoting and documenting American history and is housed in a historic mansion once owned by George Washington. Located along the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia, the library houses over 4,500 volumes of non-fiction books on American history, as well as 19,000 volumes on microfiche. The library and museum is open to all. www.colligwoodlibrary.com