What to do and see in Manassas, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 10, 2017 Terina Blouin

Manassas (formerly Manassas Junction) is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.
Restaurants in Manassas

1. Manassas National Battlefield Park

6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109-2358 +1 703-361-1339
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 936 reviews

Manassas National Battlefield Park

A 5,000-acre park that was the scene of two major Civil War battles.

Reviewed By beth ann k - Halstead, Kansas

This is just a wonderful place. It has a walking tour for the 1st Battle of Manassas, and a driving tour of the 2nd battle. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

2. Paradise Springs Winery

13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124-1811 +1 703-830-9463
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
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4 based on 153 reviews

Paradise Springs Winery

Reviewed By jeff f - Ambler, Pennsylvania

We went with a couple who are members of the wine tasting club. The winery offers tastings of each of 7 wines at no charge for the members and 2 guests. The person serving was quite friendly, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating, giving us his undivided attention as he described each wine. His descriptions were spot on and we couldn't believe it when we later found out it was his second day on the job! The only negative is that the main seating area is very loud when it is busy.

3. The Winery at Bull Run

15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120-2137 +1 703-815-2233
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 238 reviews

The Winery at Bull Run

Cradled in the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains, adjacent to over 5,000 countryside acres of the Manassas National Battlefield Park, you'll find our historic property specializing in artisanal wine tasting experiences. The Winery at Bull Run transports you to the 1800s in an authentic Virginia farm setting that values American history and hospitality. Visit us and enjoy the cultural heritage of a Virginia past and the award-winning wines of the present. As the closest winery to Washington, D.C., we are conveniently located in Fairfax County, Virginia, less than a half hour from DC and only 2 miles off Interstate 66.

Reviewed By Jonathan R - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We tried this winery last weekend for the first time, in part because of its close proximity to Washington. The Winery boasts an extensive tasting area, plus high and low tables for more extended wine tasting and light snacks. The grounds of the winery include vines for the winery’s Norton grapes, picnic tables, and additional space for special events such as weddings.
The wines in our tasting ranged from good to very good, and the staffers with whom we spoke were friendly and responsive.

4. Westfields Golf Club

13940 Balmoral Greens Ave, Clifton, VA 20124-2817 +1 703-631-3300
Excellent
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Westfields Golf Club

At Westfields, Fred Couples has built one of the top destinations for golf in Virginia. This stunning Northern Virginia golf course is fun and accessible for the novice, yet challenging and thought-provoking for the experienced golfer. Fred's professional play on hundreds of courses around the world, coupled with his experience in countless tournaments and team competitions, has given him exceptional insight into optimal golf course design. The perfect embodiment of that vision is yours to experience at Westfields Golf Club located close by to Centreville, VA.

Reviewed By Alan B - New Concord, Kentucky

Fred Couples designed course is a must play in Northern Virginia. Greens and fairways are always in beautiful condition, and the layout is very challenging for all handicaps. Pro Shop, Clubhouse and Practice Facility are First Class. Professional Golf Fitting Facility located at Practice Range.

5. Manassas Train Station

9431 West St, Manassas, VA 20110-5507 +1 703-361-6599
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Manassas Train Station

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, Texas, United States

This station is over 100 years old and is one of the busiest AMTRAK stops in the area. It funnels a lot of people who live in Northern Virginia but work in Washington DC. The small station offers parking, an ATM, payphones, ticket vending machines and newspaper racks. it is in the heart of Old Manassas, just a block from a number of restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions. If you want to avoid the horrible traffic of Washington DC and its suburbs, this is a wonderful town where you can plan exploring Northern Virginia, the Appalachians and even DC itself.

6. The Manassas Museum

9101 Prince William St, Manassas, VA 20110-5615 +1 703-368-1873
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

The Manassas Museum

Enjoy a permanent exhibit spanning Native American through 20th Century periods, with a special emphasis on the Civil War. Meet spies and scallyways, slaves and soldiers, presidents and generals as you and your family experience special living history portrayals from the past. Don't miss the Museum's seven diverse historic sites, all nearby, or changing exhibit space.

Reviewed By Jack L - East Syracuse, New York

The museum closes at 5:00, with my arrival at 3:40. If I wasn't delayed by traffic problems, arrival would have ben 3:00. Two helpful ladies made my visit easier than expected. The museum focuses before, during & after the war. Exhibits will be displayed in the open or glass cases. Exhibits can be the subject farming, cotton, slavery, women's fashions early 1800's to 1900, clothing on both sides, care of the wounded, the Iron Horse-the railroad-& a few rifles/muskets. Photos fill in when exhibits aren't available.

The part I didn't have time to view was a sport exhibit, different baseball uniforms from different decades. A small gift shop in the lobby. A visitor will find no large crowds. For some reason my GPS unit directed me a high school parking lot. On your arrival if the high school is on your left, drive straight to the next block. The museum will be located on the left

A visit is recommended. Any history/civil war buff will enjoy a visit, just arrive 3:00. A visit should no more than one hour. Plenty of free parking. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. One of my first questions was-is photography permitted? Yes was the answer, however NO FLASH.

7. Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121-2580 +1 703-631-0550
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 104 reviews

Bull Run Regional Park

Reviewed By roaminggrands - Savannah, Georgia

The road in and out is very narrow. Trees on the public road are not trimmed to accommodate RV's, and as a result, we now have scratches along the side with of our Motor Home. Parking the RV can be challenging due to the location...MoreThank you for the review! There is a company trimming the trees along the public road outside of the park right now, so this issue has been addressed. We will take your other concerns into consideration when looking at planning future projects and staff training.

8. Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

13220 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124-1812 +1 703-993-2059
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

Reviewed By doublemdoublet - Clifton, Virginia

Clifton’s “Best Kept Secret” is along its southern most border. Running almost 18 miles long is a series of 5 connecting hiking trails that run from Bull Run Regional Park in the west to Fountainhead Park in the east. Three sections this PATC-maintained trail run through the most pristine forested land in Clifton (and the DC Metro area). Much of the trial is in the regional parks between Hemlock Overlook and Bull Run Marina. Individual links connect Route 28 to the Southern Rail Line to Kinchloe Soccer Fields to Wolf Run Shoals Road. The trail is also accessible by connecting trail spurs at Hemlock Overlook, Balmoral Greens Ave or above the Bull Run Marina. The trail is well marked with blue blazes. It passes historic battle lines from the Civil War. Many encroachments are still visible. The old railroad trestle bridge foundations are a reminder of the era when battles were fought here. Wildlife and wildflowers co-exist along with deep pockets of hemlocks, towering pines and a few open meadows. The constant is the water side views to streams connecting to the Bull Run as it winds southeasterly downstream. Although weekends are busy, the trail is so wooded it feels like you are hiking in a National Forest in WV. So get out, hike a few miles or hike the entire distance. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Grab lunch in downtown Clifton and bring water. It’s a bit hilly but generally its considered an easy and beautiful trail. It is one of Clifton’s treasures.

9. Hylton Performing Arts Center

10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20109 +1 703-993-7550
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By John F - Manassas, Virginia

Saw the Gainesville Ballet's production of the Nutcracker here and very much enjoyed the performance. Our tickets were ready at will call and we were immediately and professionally ushered to our seats. Their seemed to be no bad seats inside the theater and even though we were on one of the side seating areas we could fully see and hear all things occurring on stage.

We were able to, during the break, peruse the upcoming annual schedule and put some events on our calendar that we would like to attend in the future. We look forward to our next visit.

See you on the trail and please try to remember to treat with dignity and respect, all whom with you com in contact

John Eric

10. Ben Lomond Historic Site

10321 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas, VA 20109-2962 +1 703-367-7872
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Ben Lomond Historic Site

Ben Lomond and its outbuildings were constructed for Benjamin Tasker Chinn in 1832. Confederate forces used Ben Lomond as a hospital following the 1861 Battle of First Manassas. Signatures of Federal soldiers who occupied the property in 1862 are still visible inside the house. Tour the Civil War hospital, where you can see, smell, touch, hear, and taste history. Then see the restored slave quarter, smokehouse and dairy and enjoy the fragrant Rose Garden. The site is open for tours May-October. Grounds are open year round from dawn-dusk. Tours November-April are available with advanced notice.

Reviewed By RegTerry - Chicago

It was very interesting to see a beautiful plantation house set up as a battlefield hospital. Although a little gruesome, it gave a very clear picture on how these homes were transformed into surgeries and recovery rooms. Definitely worth a stop.

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