Even though it feels quite old, Manassas is a relatively new city.
It existed for quite a while as only a railroad crossing. Later, it was the location of the first major land battle of the Civil War, followed by a second major battle the next year.
Manassas finally became a town in 1873, and a city a little over 100 years later in 1975.
Yet in that short time, Manassas has become a goldmine of things to see and do for both adults and families.
Here are five of our favorite fun activities in Manassas:
1. Historical Sites
You can tour the Manassas National Battlefield Park either by car or on foot over many miles of roads and trails. Visit the Mayfield Civil War Fort: an earthwork fort spanning 11 acres. It’s a favorite spot of living history events, so you might be able to actually witness the past come to life. You can even see where Manassas began, so to speak, at the Manassas Train Station. Though it looks very different today, you can take a train to many other fun places in North Virginia (and beyond).
2. Museums & Art Galleries
Museums are exciting places to learn about all sorts of things, and the Manassas Museum is no exception. Full of an ever-shifting catalog of exhibits, the Manassas Museum also offers fun activities, including book talks, programs for kids, and more. The Caton Merchant Family Gallery (located in ARTfactory) features many visual exhibitions including local art and artists. And when you want to get your hands around some art, visit Manassas Clay. Showcasing the work and studios of 30 local potters, you can also tour their studio, take classes, and find pottery supplies.
3. Performing Arts
The aforementioned ARTfactory is even more than just its art gallery: it’s a full-service artistic experience, offering dance and theatre arts classes, and summer camps and concerts. When you want to take your performing arts to the next level, check out the Hylton Performing Arts Center. This 1123-seat, opera-house-style theater hosts music and theater performances from national and international artists.
4. Family-Friendly Adventures
One of the best things to do as a family is stroll through Historic Downtown Manassas. There’s something for everyone’s tastes, including popcorn and treats, gifts, home goods, toys, and restaurants galore. There’s even the Harris Pavilion which becomes an ice-skating rink every winter. Many of the other fun activities mentioned above are all in Historic Downtown Manassas too!
5. Libation Explorations
The beautiful North Virginian countryside is the perfect place to grow and make all sorts of adult beverages. From wineries to breweries, Manassas has many places to tour and explore (and, most delightfully, wet your whistle). There are quite a few breweries in Historic Downtown Manassas, and other libation makers a little farther out in the country, such as The Winery at Bull Run.
So many fun activities for you and your family to enjoy in Manassas, VA. Good thing you chose to call Arcadia Run home!