One of the many perks of living at Arcadia Run, is that there is no shortage of fun to be had right beyond the boarders of our new apartment home community. Although it’s hard to narrow down all that there is to do here in Manassas, we’ve put together our top picks of activities and events that are worth checking out this summer in the beautiful and historic Manassas, VA:
1. Old Town Manassas
Of course Old Town is at the top of our list! This charming historic town provides enjoyment all year long with its shops, galleries, restaurants and museums, but summertime is definitely a special season. For instance, summer is the peak season for the Manassas Farmers’ Market, which can be found every Thursday and Saturday in Old Town from 7:30AM to 1:00PM. At the Manassas Museum, visitors can explore the region’s history from colonial days to the recent past, and don’t forget to see what the Museum staff is up to on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market, with “Museum at the Market.”. Let’s not forget about First Friday, a monthly favorite during the summer months in Historic Downtown Manassas, featuring live entertainment and food/drink specials while the museum, shops and galleries stay open late on the first friday of every month from 5:00PM to 9:00PM.
2. Water Parks
With Splash Down Waterpark and Signal Bay Water Park nearby, there’s no need to travel far for a “splashing” good time! With acres of water slides, lazy river, boat slide, water raindrops and bubblers, funbrellas and pavilions for shade, children’s area with kiddie slides, lap pool and more, these parks have everything needed for fun in the sun that is sure to please the entire family!
3. Manassas National Battlefield Park
You can’t go all summer without visiting the exquisite 5000-acre Manassas National Battlefield Park. As one of the most popular attractions that draws visitors from around the region to Manassas, this park preserves the historic site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas during the Civil War. Visitors have the option of taking a guided tour by a Park Ranger or a self-guided tour of the battlefield. The on-site Henry Hill Visitor Center includes a museum that displays civil war era uniforms, artifacts and weapons. Visitors can also watch the park orientation film, “Manassas: End of Innocence,” which tells the stories of the two famous battles that took place here.
Relax on a hot summer day with a delicious cold beer from one of the local microbreweries. Tour and taste at the Heritage Brewing Company and BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas, VA, both offing exquisitely crafted beers that appeal to the local palate. Why not make a day out of it and visit both! With changing taps, there is always something new and exciting to sample!
5. Jiffy Lube Live
You can’t go without some music in your life this summer, and what better place to enjoy a summer concert than at Jiffy Lube Live, located just minutes down the road from our own community of Arcadia Run. This 25,000-seat outdoor concert venue hosts quite the variety of performers throughout the summer months. Past performers have included Coldplay, Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, Rush, Tina Turner, James Taylor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, The Who, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and many, many more.