Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people haven chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center also called the Udvar-Hazy Center, is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport. It holds numerous exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Enola Gay, and the Gemini 7 space capsule. The 760,000-square-foot facility was made possible by a $65 million donation in October 1999 to the Smithsonian Institution by Steven F. Udvar-Házy, an immigrant from Hungary and co-founder of the International Lease Finance Corporation, an aircraft leasing corporation. The main NASM building, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., had always contained more artifacts than could be displayed, and most of the collection had been stored, unavailable to visitors, at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. A substantial addition to the center encompassing restoration, conservation, and collection-storage facilities was completed in 2010. Restoration facilities and museum archives were moved from the museum’s Garber facility to the new sections of the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Farm Park Visitor Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035
Frying Pan Farm Park is a park that has a variety of attractions of both a historic and recreational nature. The park contains the Frying Pan Meetinghouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating from the 18th century, and the Old Floris Schoolhouse, constructed in 1911. One of the attractions of the park is Kidwell Farm, a working demonstration farm. It recreates a 1930s farm and still has many animals, including cows and horses. Frying Pan Farm Park hosts many equestrian events throughout the year at the Activities Center, featuring an indoor riding arena and two outside rings, and has a 4-H club. For many years turkeys pardoned in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation were sent to live at Frying Pan Farm Park.
Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park
21593 Jesse Court, Sterling, VA 20166
Our covered, lighted, and heated extra wide tee stations feature Power Tee, the world’s leading automated teeing system. Recognized as one of the Top 50 Stand-Alone Golf Rangers in the U.S. by the Golf Range Association of America. An onsite miniature golf course, appropriate for all ages 3+, features fountains, moguls, and stone traps. Mini-golfers are sure to enjoy the miniature course challenges.
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