Top 10 Things to do in Dale City, United States

March 14, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Dale City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States, located 25 miles south west of Washington, D.C. It is an annex of Woodbridge, Virginia. As of 2016, the total population was 71,210. The community is roughly bounded by Hoadly Road to the northwest, Prince William Parkway to the north, Smoketown Road to the northeast, Gideon Drive to the east, and Cardinal Drive to the south.
Restaurants in Dale City

1. Leesylvania State Park

2001 Daniel K Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191-4554 +1 703-730-8205
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Leesylvania State Park

A beautiful park located on the Potomac River that offers historical sites and recreation facilities.

Reviewed By Brion B - Woodbridge, Virginia

Leesylvania is a little gem of a park. Almost within city limits proper, yet you feel you are deep in the hills. Lots of large, covered picnic facilities as well as open-air spots and tables. We have attended many a family, church and Scout events here, and there always seems to be open areas for "drop-ins" among the reserved areas.
Sits right on the Potomac. Nice "wharf" and boating area, including ramps. Sheltered pier area, but I don;t know about overnight facilities for boaters. Plenty of convenience stores and gas stations within 5 minutes' drive for last minute supplies and "OOPS! forgot the ice!"
Wildlife is a plenty...you will see deer rather often.
Fishing is allowed from the wharf.
Several good eatieries such as Tim's Rivershore Crabhouse and chain restaurants if you burn the burgers.
Swimming and jet-skis are allowed.
Entrance fee is reasonable.
OUTSTANDING spot for watching fireworks on 4th of July, or Tim's Rivershore Annual "Not On The 4th" fireworks...almost an hours' worth of spectacular show, given the weekend PRECEDING the 4th. The river is FILLED with spectator boats.
Rangers make regular rounds. Safe and Secure.
Nearby attractions include the Marine Corps Museum (free...open year-round except for Christmas Day) just 5 miles south on Route 1.
For train buffs, there is a large trestle bridge crossing Neabsco bay. The former Richmond, Fredricksburg and Potomac RR mainline, it is now CSX, AMTRAK and VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS traffic that comes by about every 5-10 minutes.

2. National Museum of the Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172-1938 +1 703-784-6107
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5 based on 965 reviews

National Museum of the Marine Corps

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Admission and parking are always free.

Reviewed By tedthefed2 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Its FREE!!!

This was my 2nd time going! It is just plain awesome even if you have no ties to the USMC. Plan on a day. It is in a timeline format and you work your way around and up through history. Talk to the people in the Green Shirts as various stations! We got our own little history lesson on Iwo Jima and the actual flag that was flown there. There is a art gallery up stairs done by Marines!
The museum is expanding too to include more Iraq and Afghanistan wars history. We got a "sneak" preview...took a wrong turn...LOL

Also...try the Rifle Range!

3. Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1929 +1 703-323-6600
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Burke Lake Park

Reviewed By cathy h - Annandale, Virginia

This is a great location for a high school cross country meet. We've been here numerous times for practices, practice meets, and regular meets. A nice, pleasant place to visit. Fairfax county residents do not pay admission. Military members stationed nearby have to show proof of residency, but are also free.

4. Mill House Museum

413 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125-7736 +1 703-491-7525
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4 based on 29 reviews

Mill House Museum

Reviewed By rlwags13 - Woodbridge, Virginia

Cool little museum to show guests while in town. It's small but has a lot of history inside. The volunteers that help out there are very adamant about you signing the guest book and taking their pamphlet of information, lol. I tried to tell them that I live here and visit frequently!

5. Dale City Farmers' Market

14090 Gemini Way, Dale City, VA 22193
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Dale City Farmers' Market

Reviewed By R K - Woodbridge, Virginia

Eight to one on Sundays the year around. About 50 vendors or so... meats, dairy, vegetables, fruit. Great selection seeds/plants in Spring... Pumpkins for Halloween. A number of kiosks selling snacks and drinks. Not the biggest Farmers Market around, but just a great place to spend an hour or so stocking up on local food stuffs and soaking in the atmosphere. We have been going for years and it is growing. Good fun and food!!

6. Historic Barnes House

4905 Backwater Ct, Montclair, VA 22025-1200
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Historic Barnes House

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

The widening of Route 234 in Prince William County Virginia resulted in the home of former slave Eppa Lee Barnes was moved from Independent Hill to an area next to the Montclair Community Library in Dumfries. VA. This house may be the only house remaining as an example of a Pre-Civil War home owned by an African-American family. Eppa Barnes and his wife Amanda Barnes raised 12 children in this house. The house has two fireplaces and plank entrance doors, and is an example of a Tidewater frame, a simpler version of the English Georgian-style house. Once renovation is completed, plans are to use it as a resource of the history of Prince William County through interpretive programs of post-Civil War life, and as a location for special community events.

7. Prince William Forest Park

18100 Park Headquarters Rd, Triangle, VA 22172-1644 +1 703-221-4706
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Prince William Forest Park

Park that offers campsites and recreational programs for families and children.

Reviewed By Mark R - Lewis Center, Ohio

The Visitor Center is informative and the staff is helpful. There is a very nice Scenic Drive that is about 9.5 miles. The roadway is one way for much of the drive to allow plenty of space for bikers and hikers. There are camping areas and plenty of parking locations along the drive.

8. Potomac Mills

2700 Potomac Mills Cir, Woodbridge, VA 22192-4625 +1 703-496-9330
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4 based on 397 reviews

Potomac Mills

Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet mall and features an indoor shopping experience with over 200 stores, including Bloomingdale's-The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Nordstrom Rack and Nike Factory Store. The new Neighborhood 1 Fashion District offers a collection of upscale brand name outlets and also includes amenities such as plush seating areas. From apparel for the whole family to handbags and home furnishings, our shops feature the looks you love for less! When you need a respite from power shopping, catch a movie at the AMC Potomac Mills 18 Theatres (with IMAX), refuel at Starbucks or grab a bite to eat at one of the center's 25 eateries. Conveniently located immediately off of I-95, Potomac Mills serves the thriving Washington, DC / Northern Virginia region and also welcomes guests from all over the world.

Reviewed By MaryandBobontheroad

What can I say?, it’s a big shopping experience. Seems to be always safe with plenty of parking. A lot of “outlet stores “ but prices don’t seem particularly cheap. Good place to stroll and people watch- it’s a mini UN.

9. Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413 +1 703-584-2900
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts community that is home to over 100 of the finest regional artists, with a rich local and national history. The Workhouse has a beautiful campus open year round to the public, with eight artist studio buildings, two main galleries, a prison museum, cafe, gift shop, art supply store, new Youth Arts Center and W-3 Theatre. New performances at the Workhouse W-3 Theatre include: Comedy Nights, a Cabaret Series, Dinner and a Movie Nights, as well as Children’s Theatre programs. The Workhouse offers over 200 educational opportunities for all age groups and skill levels.

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

Located on the grounds of the Occoquan Regional Park you will find one of the last of nine brick kilns and brick smokestack chimney. The kiln is referred to as the. The bricks were placed in the kiln and were baked using coal fires. These fires were stoked for 4 to 5 days around the clock. The bricks from these kilns were used in constructing many historic buildings found throughout Northern Virginia. The area, known as Turning Point Plaza, around the kiln has signage detailing the women who were jailed during the Women’s Suffrage Movement (focused on voting rights for women). Approximately 168 women were incarcerated from June to December 1917 for picketing and resulting violence in the Washington, DC area. On one of the signs, there is a quote that attests to the terrible treatment these women received: “The women had their mail withheld, were confronted with unwashed blankets, contaminated food, forced into prison dress and forced to perform prison work… Some refused to work, were put in solitary confinement and given bread and water… others went on a hunger strike and were force-fed.” A new facility to honor these women is being constructed in the same general area.

10. Puzzle Palooza Etc..

403 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125-7736 +1 703-408-0790
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Puzzle Palooza Etc..

Puzzle Palooza Etc. features a wide variety of jigsaw puzzles for all ages, interests, and ability levels. We are family owned and operated, giving us the ability to provide personal service. We carry everything from 3 piece wooden puzzles for toddlers to puzzles over 32,000 pieces for those seeking a real challenge, and specially designed puzzles for adults with dementia and Alzheimer's. On October 14, 2014 we are moving to our new, larger location at 403 Mill St., in beautiful, Historic Occoquan. We have a "Preferred Puzzler Program. Every $10 you spend earns a "punch". When you have 10 punches, you receive $10 off your next purchase. Watch for PUZZLE NIGHTS, coming soon where you can join us for a fun evening of working together to complete a puzzle (and have some pizza!) and receive a discount on any purchases. We will also be introducing puzzle birthday parties for children in the near future! Follow us on Facebook to hear our latest news. We hope to see you soon! Keep on Puzzling!

Reviewed By M H - Northern Virginia, Virginia

I wish I could bubble with excitement over a puzzle like I did as a child when my mom usually had one going on a cardboard table, but alas , mine just collect dust with very little momentum towards a finished project. That being said, for the puzzle
lover in your life, this is a well stocked shop that includes not only Melissa and Doug and Ravensberger for kids, but some sophisticated and offbeat selections, such as New Yorker covers for adults.
My 4 year old grandson loves puzzles. So, I spent most of my time in the children's section, organized by age with plenty of choices for each stage. I found a nice 50 piece puzzle of America that also includes a game. I was given a free rewards card with my purchase, so I'll definitely try to stop back at Christmas and birthday time.

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