5 Fun Activities in Manassas, VA

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!

Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in Manassas, VA

The littles (or bigs) are finally out of school for the summer! They are excited for lazy summer days sitting by the pool at Arcadia Run, but you are worried about what will happen when they utter the dreaded phrase: “Mom, I’m boredddddd.” Not to worry! Arcadia Run is located near some great places to take the kids and keep them entertained all summer long. From parks to fun and games to learning about history, they’ll have plenty to tell the teachers about what they did this summer. Check out some of our favorite things to do with kids this summer in Manassas, VA.


Splash Down Waterpark

There’s no better place to beat the summer heat with the kids than a visit to the waterpark! With slides, pools, places to splash around, and covered pavilions, this is the perfect place to spend a whole day. Splash Down even has a variety of food, snack, and ice cream options for purchase. Not to mention, you’ll get to tire the kids out at the same time they are having a blast. The water park offers daily tickets, as well as season passes and specials.


Signal Hill Park

Take a short drive over to Signal Hill Park with the kids and even the dog! This park has everything, from basketball courts to playgrounds to miles of trails. Grab a couple of friends or other parents their kids for an afternoon shooting some hoops, or having a picnic at the picnic table area.


Fourth of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to grill, play outside, and watch fireworks with the kids. Head on over to Signal Hill Park on the 4th for their annual fireworks celebration! Admission is free for everyone, and they’ll have a variety of food trucks available just in case. Fireworks start at 9:15pm, so bring a blanket and get ready to watch a great display.


Urban Evolution

Do your kids have a lot of energy? Try out Urban Evolution! They host parkour summer day camps for kids through the entire season. They’ll get to jump around with their friends or siblings under the supervision of professional trainers, and work off some of that energy! They also have a variety of classes for adults to try if you’re looking to stay active this summer.


Manassas National Battlefield Park

Your kids will be sure to stop their grumbling about going to a historic site when you get to the Manassas National Battlefield. Let them roam the battlefields, check out the cannons, and even see a live action demonstration! They offer several kid friendly activities and getting them outside and exploring will ensure that they’re not being zombies in front of a TV or computer screen all summer vacation.


With ball courts, a pool, a firepit, and just a short drive from all these activities, living at Arcadia Run just gets even better in the summertime! Check out all we have to offer by visiting us online.