Northern Virginia – Loudoun County
The Leesburg Area of the VA Kids Trail is less than an hour from Washington, DC and just east of the Shenandoah Valley. Start your journey at the Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. Then head over to the town of Leesburg and into western Loudoun County. Action, heritage, creativity, and wellness can all be found on this part of the Kids Trail.
Kid Friendly Things to do in Leesburg
Named after Thomas Lee, the four original streets founded in 1758 still exist today. Lined with mature native and exotic trees, they’re part of the Tree Walk of Historic Leesburg, combining nature with heritage. And while you’re in downtown Leesburg, stop by the Loudoun Museum. Here you’ll get a look at Loudoun County’s cultural, historical and natural treasures. And admission is free!
Just outside of town you’ll find Morven Park, a 1,000 acre historic estate. If you’re there on a Summer Saturday, purchase tickets in advance for the park’s Winmill Carriage Museum. Or pack a picnic and explore Loudoun County’s Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Located on 695 acres, you’ll find 20 miles of trails to wander. The park is open Tuesday – Thursday as well as Saturday and Sunday.
Kid Fun in Western Loudoun County
Families find western Loudoun County in the Leesburg area a great place for recreation. The area is home to several regional and local parks. History buffs can explore the 200 year old stone bridge at Goose Creek Historic Park in Middleburg. Then take a self guided tour of nearby Aldie Mill. The Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville is an easy one-mile nature walk through old growth forest. Looking to go deeper into the woods? Try some of the trails at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.
Biking is also big in this part of the Leesburg Region. Often called the “skinniest park in Virginia,” Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is a paved trail between Arlington and Purcellville, Virginia. The trail runs along the former railroad bed and has several parking areas. And don’t forget water adventure in the Leesburg area. Even younger kids can enjoy flat water tubing at Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center.
More Leesburg Area Family Adventures
The Leesburg area offers more than just history and hiking. The Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville combines an ever-changing art gallery with live performances. And just a few minutes away, you’ll find the Round Hill Arts Center. There are lots of art classes for kids and teens. And the center is available for birthday parties.
Agricultural tourism is also big in the Leesburg area. And while there are several wineries for adults, there are also some family-friendly agriculture destinations as well. Great County Farms is a top family destination. Spend some time in the U-Pick patches and orchards then pick up lunch at the Farm Market. In addition to visiting the friendly farm animals, kids can try the Farm Ninja Obstacle Course, two giant jumping pillows, 80′ slides and a 12 acre farm play area.