10 Things to Do in Ashburn That You Shouldn't Miss

February 22, 2018 Hana Mouser

Ashburn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 43,511. It is 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington metropolitan area.
Restaurants in Ashburn

1. Old Ox Brewery

44652 Guilford Dr, Suite 114, Ashburn, VA 20147-6006 +1 703-729-8375
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Old Ox Brewery

Reviewed By Robert F B - Wiehle, VA

Went here the afternoon of Palm Sunday with friends from church. The atmosphere is that of a brewery warehouse with the acoustics to match. So, don't plan on an intimate conversation. But, if you like a loud and friendly crowd, this is the place! Big screen TV sports coverage. And, good beer. I had "Saison d'Ox" which I really liked. For food, there was a slow but superb food truck outside. I really liked this place and plan to go back ASAP!

Very Recommended

2. Algonkian Regional Park

47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA 20165-6480 +1 703-450-4655
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Algonkian Regional Park

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Amid all the hustle and bustle of Tysons Corner area, this park located on the edge of the river offers sheer tranquility and variety of recreational activities, including hiking and boating. The surrounding neighborhoods, including Potomac Falls and Lowes Island, are beautiful all year round.Although the park is not located off any major thoroughfare, it does not take more than 10-15 minutes from Rt. 7, which runs through bustling towns of Reston, Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. A gem of a park in northern Virginia, although not much talked about.

3. Historical White's Ferry

Leesburg, VA +1 301-349-5200
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Historical White's Ferry

Reviewed By Keith S - Leesburg, Virginia

The ferry is inexpensive, boards quickly, crosses the river in a few minutes and then off one goes. I have only done this in good weather and warm months. It is nice to see the river and relax a bit.

4. Oatlands Historic House & Garden

Route 15, Leesburg, VA 22075 +1 703-777-3174
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Oatlands Historic House & Garden

A historic garden property administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Reviewed By Sue B - Duarte, United States

This place has all original walls, furniture. Very knowledgeable your guide... Gardens ouside lovely...no AC..recommend morning your in summer.

5. Ashburn Park

43546 Partlow Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Ashburn Park

Reviewed By Doug L - Leetsdale, Pennsylvania

We took our grandsons Ashburn park for basically walking. Although they are teenagers they could appreciate that their grandfather needed that kind of walk. The past are tidy and clean and easily navigated. There a lot of fun things for younger children to do but since our whole family are naturalist you're able to create our own tour. :)

6. Morven Park

17195 Southern Planter Ln, Leesburg, VA 20176-7132 +1 703-777-2414
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Morven Park

Morven Park was once the home of Virginia governor, Westmoreland Davis, and his wife Marguerite. More than 70 years after his death, the accomplishments and ideals of Gov. Davis still resonate within the 1,000 acres of this one-of-a-kind place. Each year 150,000 people visit the Park, whether participating in its competitive equestrian events, touring its three museums, attending educational and recreational programs, or just enjoying the beauty of the woodlands, mountainous ridge, historic buildings, and formal gardens. Summer tour hours for Morven Park's three museums are Thursday, Friday,Saturday, and Monday 12p.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 12p.m-5p.m. Starting September 1st, the museums will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 5:00, with the last tour starting at 4:00 pm. The historic gardens, Turkey Hill Farm, hiking trails, equestrian center and athletic complex are open every day. Operated by the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation, Morven Park is a non-profit organization, relying on individual donations, memberships, and event income to finance its public programs and preservation of its historic and natural resources.

Reviewed By vox69nn - Medina, Ohio

We did not have time to take the tour of the imposing mansion but we enjoyed a long walk around the grounds, admiring the well kept (though hardly extensive) gardens, and visiting the equestrian center. I was particularly impressed with the gorgeous trees all over the property and the arboreal pathways passing beneath many of them. Hiking trails in the woods and hills behind the mansion were inviting. It was interesting to view the various types of cross-country steeplechase jumps, each different in design and all seemingly quite unyielding and challenging to the horse and rider. Morven Park has good interior roadways, ample parking, clean and substantial restroom accommodation.

7. Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

241 Fort Evans Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176-4038 +1 703-737-3071
Excellent
34%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 324 reviews

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest designer labels and name brands, it is the area's only upscale outlet center. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the nation's capitol. Located 35 miles from Washington D.C. and 17 miles west of Dulles International Airport, you're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round. Local Shop & Stay packages are available.

Reviewed By jehenson81

Visiting the outlets at times can be challenging, but I seem to have gotten into a good rhythm regarding the times I pick to visit. This time, I got there just as they opened on a cold Saturday, right before we were suppose to get some snow. The parking was great and there were not many people wandering around. Even as I headed out, it still wasn't too crowded. The only issue is that there really are no new stores and pretty much the same deals as always.

8. Lockhouse 25 - C&O Canal Trust

15400 Edwards Ferry Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837-9221 +1 301-745-8888
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Lockhouse 25 - C&O Canal Trust

Reviewed By goodhikers - Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the more primitive lockhouse options: no heat, electricity, or water. We went in November so we were prepared for the cold (good sleeping bags as bed linens) and large evening fire by the fire pit.

Biggest issue: lighting. We understood that battery-operated lanterns would be provided since there is no electricity. Neither lantern worked--they had no charge. Had the lanterns worked, I would upgrade the review to four stars. But without lighting, this lockhouse is not habitable, particularly since the bedrooms are upstairs and the staircase extends across the passage between the two bedrooms (e.g. it would be very easy to trip and fall down the stairs at night without adequate lighting. Luckily we brought our own candles and flashlights.

There is no good source of clean water off season. Note that water pumps along the route are listed as lasting only until October, so we brought just enough water for cooking/cleaning. However, the ONLY pump between DC and Lockhouse 25 that was NOT actually in use in mid-November was the one closest to lockhouse 25. All the others were available. I imagine the rangers in the other areas of the park use bit more flexibility in shutting down the pumps for winter, so we were still able to get water albeit 4.5 miles away.

Bottom line: decent lockhouse, but bring your own candles since provided lanterns are unrealiable.

9. Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area

21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd, Sterling, VA 20164-9202 +1 571-258-3700
Excellent
47%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Claude Moore Park/Lanesville Heritage Area

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

In Sterling, Virginia, there is a park we happened upon called the Claude Moore Park. This park has natural habitats, a historical area, recreational facilities and educational opportunities. Be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center to pick up a brochure of the Claude Moore Park Lanesville Area Walking Tour. Take time to walk through the Park and its environs and read the interpretive displays along the way. The Vestal Gap Road, a Native American footpath, became a major route for settlers between Alexandria and Shenandoah Valley and served as a byway for troops in the French and Indian War. It is believed the road was named after John Vestal who ran a ferry where today’s Route 9 crosses into the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the property, there is the 1779 Revolutionary War-era Lanesville Ordinary, the schoolhouse, and the Frogshackle. The Ordinary played an important role in the War of 1812. The Ordinary is a two story, side gabled frame house. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were two of the documents that passed through on Vestal’s Gap Road. The schoolhouse on the property is one of the earliest one-room schoolhouses in Loudon County. The second floor was the residence of the teacher. Another building of importance is Frogshackle, a log cabin that was moved here by Dr. Moore. Today, it houses the hands-on nature center. There are many picnic areas to enjoy, fishing opportunities, and several hiking trails through the natural habitats, with the longest trail being 3.5 miles. Colored coded markers indicate the trail range from 1/4 to 3 miles. Inside the Visitors Center is a classroom-type arrangement. According to a brochure, interpretive programs, classes and camps are offered to encourage exploration of the natural world by children. The Claude Moore Park is ideal for families to picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. There is a pond where fishing is allowed certain times of the year. We would like to come back sometime to walk the trails. None of the buildings were opened when we were there in late April. I would recommend this park for anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful park and learn the history of the Vestal Gap Road.

10. Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA +1 703-779-9372
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.

Reviewed By ctyadmcc - ctyadmcc

This is one of the must visit civil war sites, but was poorly presented. There's a variety of colored trails which do not correspond to the trails in the trail map. We spent awhile trying to figure it all out, then gave up. We wandered around for awhile and the area was interesting, just poorly presented.

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