Prince William County is an interesting region of Virginia with a variety of historic sites, quaint towns, great shopping, and breathtaking scenery. Located just 35 miles south of Washington, DC, nestled between the Potomac River and the Bull Run Mountains, this area makes a great day trip destination or weekend getaway. Plan your visit with this guide to the top attractions in Prince William County Virginia.
The former railroad community is a charming historic town with shops, galleries, restaurants and museums. Stop by the Visitor Center at the Historic Manassas Train Depot and gather information about Prince William County attractions and the surrounding area. The Manassas Farmers' Market, located in Old Town, offers fresh produce on Thursdays and Saturdays. At the Manassas Museum, visitors explore the region’s history from colonial days to the recent past.
Opened to the public on November 13, 2006, as a tribute to U.S. Marines, the state-of-the-art attraction uses interactive technology, multi-media exhibits and thousands of artifacts to bring to life the values, mission, and culture of the Marine Corps. The museum is located on a 135-acre site next to the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia, a short drive south of Washington, DC.
The 5000-acre park preserves the historic site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas during the Civil War. The Henry Hill Visitor Center includes a museum that displays civil war era uniforms, weapons and artifacts. The park orientation film, “Manassas: End of Innocence” tells the stories of the two famous battles that took place here. Visitors can take a guided tour by a Park Ranger or a self-guided tour of the battlefield. This historic site is one of the most popular attractions that draws visitors to Prince William County from around the region.
Visitors explore the impact of Reconstruction through interpretive exhibits tracing the region’s history from colonial days to the recent past. Guided tours and educational programs are available. Special events include seasonal activities and historic reenactments.
The 15,000 acre forest is administered by the National Park Service and is the largest green space in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The park offers 37 miles of hiking trails, 21 miles of bicycle-accessible roads and trails, 4 campgrounds, and over 100 cabins. It’s a great destination for viewing wildlife and fishing.
The historic town, located on the banks of the Occoquan River, has a wonderful collection of antique shops, art galleries, craft stores, restaurants and specialty shops. Twice a year the town hosts a juried arts and crafts festival that attracts thousands of visitors.
Surrounded by the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers, the refuge includes a one-mile wildlife drive and over three miles of hiking trails. This unique place to explore is home to 650 plant species, 218 bird species, 55 butterfly species and robust wildlife communities along tidal shorelines, marshes, meadows, and woods.
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