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Neighborhood Expert: Outdoor recreation opportunities in Vienna

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or Laura@GuidingYourMove.com.

One of the best things about living in Vienna is the ample opportunity to get outside. We have lots of walking trails, playgrounds, creeks, and fields to enjoy. Especially as the weather starts to get better, there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors!

My Favorite: Wildwood Park

A short walking path right off the W&OD trail, there are shallow waters where some kids jump in, some fishing (although I’ve heard of things being caught here, I haven’t had that success myself!), rock skipping, rock climbing, and deer spotting. This little piece of heaven was one of the trails that saved my sanity during Covid. My family would walk along the path regularly.

Other Great Paths

Woltrap, Wolftrails, Foxstone Park, Northside Park, Eudora Park, Meadowlark, Tamarack, Sun Valley, Peterson Lane Park (connects to a playground), and Nottoway Park. Many of these connect to the W&OD trail as well, so easy to go explore new ones if you want to drive there to begin with.

Playgrounds

The town has several great playgrounds to choose from, some with pavilions available to rent for parties as well. Depending on the age and activity you’re looking for will help determine which playground area you pick from. For example: Meadow Lane Park is great for toddlers with a sandbox, play structure, and swings, but for older kids there’s also tennis courts and a basketball court. Same with Glyndon Park (add in pickleball here!). 

I’m going to give a shout out to FamilyTripGuides.com for her updated 2023 best playgrounds post, which lists playgrounds all over Northern Virginia.

Don’t forget Vienna also has a community garden located behind the blacktop of Vienna Elementary, along with another one near Nottoway Park. This is a great opportunity to expose kids to gardening even if you don’t want to have one yourself. There’s also a Free Little Library located there if you want to sit on a bench and enjoy a book. 

There are many open fields too if you want to go throw or kick a ball. There are fields by the Community Center when not in use by softball, baseball or football (Caffi Fields and Waters), Meadowlane Park, Nottoway Park, Wolftrails Park,Dunn Loring Park, and all of the elementary schools when school is not in session. 

We really do have so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the greenery. Do you have a favorite park? If so, share why!

Photo via Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

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