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

January 13, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Dulles is an unincorporated area in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is part of the Washington metropolitan area. The headquarters of Orbital ATK, GeoEye, and ODIN technologies and the former headquarters of MCI Inc. and AOL are located in Dulles. The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington forecast office and the National Weather Service's Sterling Field Support Center are also both in Dulles.
Restaurants in Dulles

1. Frying Pan Farm Park

2709 W Ox Rd, Herndon, VA 20171-3807 +1 703-437-9101
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Frying Pan Farm Park

Working farm, live farm animals, playground, Country Store, wagon rides($), antique carousel rides ($), Kidwell farmhouse tours (select days, call), children's concerts (10am, Wednesdays, June - August, Visitor Center Pavilion), family concerts (7pm, Thursdays, June - August, farmyard), bluegrass concerts (select Sundays, September - April, Visitor Center), farm stand (May-Sept, Wednesdays 8am-12:30pm)

Reviewed By Sue L

We used to bring our kids there when they were little. Seeing that Frying Pan Farm Park is still thriving makes me happy. Have great memories going in the past.

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. Surf Reston - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Inlet Court, Reston, VA 20190
Excellent
97%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 74 reviews

Surf Reston - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Our stand up paddleboard sessions are guided by certified instructors on calm, flat water - the perfect place to get started and build your skills for more challenging waterways. Discover the beautiful lakes in Reston, Virginia right outside Washington, DC

Reviewed By susanP4777YT

I wanted our family to try out stand up paddle boarding. I searched online and found Surf Reston. The website was well organized and we arrived at the starting point with no trouble. Steve Gurney gave an excellent, articulate, easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the paddle board. My teenaged kids and I had such a good time that we can't wait to go back to Lake Anne or try other lakes with his organization.

4. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151-3002 +1 703-572-4118
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Reviewed By MamaAyinde - Stanford, CA

This museum is amazing! I even prefer it to the Air and Space museum on the national mall. It has the most amazing aircraft, including the Concorde, Space Shuttle Discovery, and even the Enola Gay. It's a real stroll through history. Don't miss the Blackberry (I think that's what it is called.) It flew from coast to coast in about an hour in the 1960s. I wonder what amazing feats today's secret technology is able to do. Very entertaining and highly recommended.

5. Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102-1019 +1 703-757-3101
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Great Falls Park

An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.

Reviewed By Bodacious123 - Atlanta, Georgia

This place is a real treat.
Its easy to find- you have two choices, depending on where you are coming from. We were on the Virginia side, so we got the full visitors Center experience.

Start your visit at the visitors center. Learn about what you are about to see. The history of the are is surprising- the use of locks on the river for navigation of the river for trade, life in the area, animal life, etc.

The falls themselves are beautiful. The sheer power that you feel as you watch the water thunder down the rocks is impressive. We were luck y to visit the park after some rain, so the water was in full display.

Families can visit this are in less than an hour- depending on the attention span of everyone. We spent about 2 hours there and didn't see everything. Bring your hiking shoes

6. Billy Goat Trail

11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659 +1 301-767-3714
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Billy Goat Trail

Reviewed By tikidream - bethesda, md

This is one of our favorite hikes. It is a moderate to strenuous hike with some rock scrambling. In the summer bring water and year round bring a snack and enjoy the scenery.

7. 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
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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

8. Homestead Farms

15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837-8879 +1 301-977-3761
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Homestead Farms

Reviewed By greagan - Dearborn, Michigan

Be prepared for a bit of a workout - the wheelbarrow can become mysteriously heavy after pushing it filled with apples and two little girls around this most impressive farm.
Many ages seemed to be enjoying the farm, from the very youngest to the eldest of seniors. And it is BIG!!!
Beautifully cultivated orchards and planted crops are in visible abundance, making a strong statement about the efforts necessary for successful harvests.
Prices for picked apples is by the pound, and of course the weight of your wheelbarrow is subtracted from your produce.
Other products are available, and, obviously seasonal.
Jams, relishes, syrups, and pickled vegetables are also for sale.
Prices are very reasonable, and when you factor in the free fun factor, they become absolutely inexpensive.
Definitely now on our "must do again" list!!!!

9. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182-1643 +1 703-255-1900
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 587 reviews

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

The only national park dedicated to the performing arts, with spaces for indoor and outdoor performances.

Reviewed By Alberta S - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We went with a group of friends and sat upstairs in the balcony are. These were perfect seats, you could see everything with no obstruction. This is not a large building so the performance was intimate. Loved the rustic atmosphere.
This was a great location for a music performance.
The seating was comfortable. Parking was easy.

10. Riverbend Park

8700 Potomac Hills St, Great Falls, VA 22066-4125 +1 703-759-9018
Excellent
58%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Riverbend Park

Reviewed By DM N

I have lived in the area for years but had never ventured to Riverbend Park until recently. This is a beautiful and tranquil area for kayaking, hiking and enjoying nature. The fall foilage was beautiful and the river was clean and fresh. For the beginner paddler there is some movement and rocks to navigate but that makes it even more fun! Go with someone who understands the currents and paths if you are a beginner, or be sure to ask about the direction to go after launch for an easier paddle.

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