10 Things to Do in Lorton That You Shouldn't Miss

March 20, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best top things to do in Lorton, United States including George Washington's Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, Burke Lake Park, Lake Accotink Park, Huntley Meadows Park, Mill House Museum, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, Workhouse Arts Center, Puzzle Palooza Etc.., Springfield Town Center.
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1. George Washington's Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 +1 703-780-2000
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Come share the fascinating moments of America’s first family with yours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Explore the beautiful mansion and grounds and get to know the man, the ideas and the values that founded a nation. Dive into history through action-packed theaters, fascinating exhibits and meet characters from Washington’s world. Admire the view of the peaceful Potomac, or hop on board a sightseeing cruise. It’s a place where history truly comes to life.

Reviewed By B89156 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Definitely take a trip to Mt Vernon if you're in the Northern VA or Washington DC area.
Spring is the best time. The weather is great and the flowers are blooming.
Wear good walking shoes though. There is a lot of walking. There is lots to see and learn. Great for kiddos learning about George Washington. The Mt Vernon Inn is quaint and serves delicious food.

2. Gunston Hall

10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck, Lorton, VA 22079-3901 +1 703-550-9220
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Plantation was the home of George Mason, a senior statesman and author of Virginia's Declaration of Rights.

Reviewed By Kevin S

A lovely building and informative tour, it has a lot of potential and definitely worth the visit but it was amazingly quiet when we went.
Could definitely be enhanced if it was more like a 'UK National Trust property' definitely lacks a restaurant/cafe as there is nothing around the area.

3. Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1929 +1 703-323-6600
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Burke Lake Park

Reviewed By cathy h - Annandale, Virginia

This is a great location for a high school cross country meet. We've been here numerous times for practices, practice meets, and regular meets. A nice, pleasant place to visit. Fairfax county residents do not pay admission. Military members stationed nearby have to show proof of residency, but are also free.

4. Lake Accotink Park

7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield, VA 22150-3644 +1 703-569-0285
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Lake Accotink Park

Outside D.C. in Northern Virginia. Tour boat rides, pedal boat rentals, carousel, beach front, playground equipment, hiking trails, snack bar, etc.

Reviewed By Willem K

My wife and I drove here for a wonderful fall hike around the lake. Also a great place to walk your dog. We the hike around the lake is pretty neat, but also pretty long - there's no real shortcut. Great for running too, if you like the running on terrain that's a bit rougher.

5. Huntley Meadows Park

3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306-2060 +1 703-768-2525
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Huntley Meadows Park

Reviewed By johnoO3567AS - Springfield, United States

The walkway through the wetlands provides the opportunity to see a good sampling of Virginia's most beautiful wildlife. In a single hour you can see otter, beaver, kingfishers, pileated woodpeckers, Cooper's hawks, deer, ducks, geese, redwing blackbirds, hummingbirds and lots of other wildlife. In the Summer, bring some DEET because you might run into some biting flies on the woodland paths on the way to the walkways.

6. Mill House Museum

413 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125-7736 +1 703-491-7525
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4 based on 29 reviews

Mill House Museum

Reviewed By rlwags13 - Woodbridge, Virginia

Cool little museum to show guests while in town. It's small but has a lot of history inside. The volunteers that help out there are very adamant about you signing the guest book and taking their pamphlet of information, lol. I tried to tell them that I live here and visit frequently!

7. George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22309-3327 +1 703-780-2000
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

After nearly a 200-year hiatus and a multi-million dollar reconstruction, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill is back in business - producing grain products powered by a 16-foot waterwheel and the same rye whiskey that made the Founding Father the nation's most successful whiskey producer in the years after his presidency. Located at the original site, George Washington's Gristmill highlights his vision for America's future as "granary of the world;" while his Distillery is the only site in North America that demonstrates 18th-century distilling from seed to barrel.

Reviewed By BW2 - Charlotte

The docents/ reenactors were very knowledgeable and took plenty of time to explain the operation, the Mansion docent should note. The work to rebuild these operations is amazing. Not to be missed! I thought the cost of the liquor was outrageous, but not after seeing how much work goes into every bottle.

8. Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079-3413 +1 703-584-2900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center, once a former prison, is now a flourishing arts community that is home to over 100 of the finest regional artists, with a rich local and national history. The Workhouse has a beautiful campus open year round to the public, with eight artist studio buildings, two main galleries, a prison museum, cafe, gift shop, art supply store, new Youth Arts Center and W-3 Theatre. New performances at the Workhouse W-3 Theatre include: Comedy Nights, a Cabaret Series, Dinner and a Movie Nights, as well as Children’s Theatre programs. The Workhouse offers over 200 educational opportunities for all age groups and skill levels.

Reviewed By ITRT - Virginia

Located on the grounds of the Occoquan Regional Park you will find one of the last of nine brick kilns and brick smokestack chimney. The kiln is referred to as the. The bricks were placed in the kiln and were baked using coal fires. These fires were stoked for 4 to 5 days around the clock. The bricks from these kilns were used in constructing many historic buildings found throughout Northern Virginia. The area, known as Turning Point Plaza, around the kiln has signage detailing the women who were jailed during the Women’s Suffrage Movement (focused on voting rights for women). Approximately 168 women were incarcerated from June to December 1917 for picketing and resulting violence in the Washington, DC area. On one of the signs, there is a quote that attests to the terrible treatment these women received: “The women had their mail withheld, were confronted with unwashed blankets, contaminated food, forced into prison dress and forced to perform prison work… Some refused to work, were put in solitary confinement and given bread and water… others went on a hunger strike and were force-fed.” A new facility to honor these women is being constructed in the same general area.

9. Puzzle Palooza Etc..

403 Mill St, Occoquan, VA 22125-7736 +1 703-408-0790
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Puzzle Palooza Etc..

Puzzle Palooza Etc. features a wide variety of jigsaw puzzles for all ages, interests, and ability levels. We are family owned and operated, giving us the ability to provide personal service. We carry everything from 3 piece wooden puzzles for toddlers to puzzles over 32,000 pieces for those seeking a real challenge, and specially designed puzzles for adults with dementia and Alzheimer's. On October 14, 2014 we are moving to our new, larger location at 403 Mill St., in beautiful, Historic Occoquan. We have a "Preferred Puzzler Program. Every $10 you spend earns a "punch". When you have 10 punches, you receive $10 off your next purchase. Watch for PUZZLE NIGHTS, coming soon where you can join us for a fun evening of working together to complete a puzzle (and have some pizza!) and receive a discount on any purchases. We will also be introducing puzzle birthday parties for children in the near future! Follow us on Facebook to hear our latest news. We hope to see you soon! Keep on Puzzling!

Reviewed By M H - Northern Virginia, Virginia

I wish I could bubble with excitement over a puzzle like I did as a child when my mom usually had one going on a cardboard table, but alas , mine just collect dust with very little momentum towards a finished project. That being said, for the puzzle
lover in your life, this is a well stocked shop that includes not only Melissa and Doug and Ravensberger for kids, but some sophisticated and offbeat selections, such as New Yorker covers for adults.
My 4 year old grandson loves puzzles. So, I spent most of my time in the children's section, organized by age with plenty of choices for each stage. I found a nice 50 piece puzzle of America that also includes a game. I was given a free rewards card with my purchase, so I'll definitely try to stop back at Christmas and birthday time.

10. Springfield Town Center

6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 22150-1706 +1 703-971-3738
Excellent
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4 based on 116 reviews

Springfield Town Center

Reviewed By John C - Burke, VA, United States

My expectations were not high since this was fast food but Thai Max fell way below them. The Pad Thai was bland, almost tasteless. Seafood tasted fishy. There's a reason this place has the shortest line in the food court.

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