Quality Inn & Suites Near Ft. Belvoir
8849 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: (703) 780-0300
Fax: (703) 780-0842
Between Woodlawn Plantation and Mount Vernon lies yet another of the enterprising first president's projects. Built before the Revolution and in operation for 30 years, this distillery and gristmill was used to grind corn and wheat into flour. It was neglected for years, leaving little but its foundation in tact at the start of the 20th century. However, it was renovated in 1930 with parts from another mill of the same period. Today visitors may view the mill along with exhibits explaining its operation.
The Huntley Meadows Nature Center in the Hybla Valley of Virginia, is a wetland park. Established since 1975, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Visitors can make use of observation decks to spot wildlife or walk along designated trails. Various creeks run through the vast expanse of the park and one can find beaver dams built across them at many places. The visitor center provides more information about the flora and fauna residing in the park.
The Piscataway Park is a haven that every single nature lover would like to explore. Be it the rare species of birds or its nature trails, this park will surely leave you awe struck. Apart from enjoying the scenic views, here you can also indulge in activities like fishing, bird watching and much more. It is a perfect destination that combines recreation with adventure.
Indulge in a game of golf with friends while sitting comfortably in the luxury of your bay at TopGolf. The micro-chipped golf balls are aimed at 11 virtual targets and the player with the most precision wins. The game is fun for both professionals as well as amateurs, making it a good pastime for groups. Delicious food and drinks only add to the experience here.
George Washington owned this 27-acre estate that is now home to the American Horticulture Society. Part of the manor dates to before the American Revolution, and visitors may explore the gracious mansion on self-guided tours. Stroll through the 12 thematically designed gardens. One features butterflies, another the sundial and yet another is devoted to the ever-popular dinosaur. History buffs may wander the colonial garden or learn about Washington's interest in horticulture. He introduced walnut, coffee bean and Osage-orange trees to the farm.
The Potomac River is a perfect place for exploring by boat. Whether you sail past Washington and all the monuments or down toward the Chesapeake Bay, it will be a glorious experience. The Mariner Sailing School offers lessons and allows you to complete the course within1 week. All courses are hands-on and taught aboard one of the sailboats. For those who already know how to sail, boat rentals are available for groups of 2-6 people. In addition, the school rents kayaks, canoes and windsurfers, and gives instruction on each of them.
Cameron Run Regional Park is located across the river from Washington in Alexandria . The main attraction is the fantastic water park with a wave pool, 3-flume water slide, water playground, lap lanes and raft rental. There is also a bathhouse and snack bar. The water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other park features include a deluxe miniature golf course, batting cage, picnic shelter (available for rental), and a fishing pond. The batting cage and miniature golf course are open mid-March through October.
Children and other fans of firefighters and their equipment will enjoy visiting Alexandria's oldest firehouse, built in 1871. The Friendship Fire Company itself pre-dates the building by 100 years and is rumored to have been a pet project of George Washington's. Restored in the 1990s, the Firehouse offers visitors a look at the equipment used since the nation's founding. Also displayed are the clothes firefighters wore throughout this company's history. Special exhibits are often held.
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, events and hands-on learning programs. Volunteers, local archaeologists, and students work at the museum to keep the collection and data in order. In addition, this family-friendly organization hosts "family dig days" at local sites and offers summer camps for children and adults.
Long before the establishment of Washington, DC, Alexandria was a town centered in politics and commerce. The founding fathers often met here to discuss freedom and revolution. Visit Robert E. Lee's boyhood home and that of his father, General "Lighthorse" Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. Nearby Christ Church is where George Washington worshipped. Stroll down King Street with its many quaint shops and restaurants or duck down one of the side streets, many of which have their original cobblestones. Alexandria is 30 minutes south of Washington. Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Chinquapin Park Recreation Center boasts a year-round 25-meter indoor pool and diving well, aquatic sports and fitness classes, fitness rooms, saunas, fitness trail, nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, and racquetball courts. Of course, all of this activity works up an appetite, so try the Greenery—a full-service, on-site snack bar. This establishment also has birthday party packages available. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays guests can swim and have a meal in the party.
This beautiful 70-acre park is situated in a residential area and is popular with the locals. Bluemont Park offers areas to bike, jog, hike, picnic and play basketball. There are picnic areas available too. Larger groups should call ahead to reserve the space.Your leashed pet is welcome as well.