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People are drawn to Reston for all kinds of reasons. Many like it for its beauty; others like it because it’s the right mix of suburbia. Some enjoy the community, and others like it’s convenience for work. Reston also offers a colorful range of indoor and outdoor activities. Let’s break down some great things to do in Reston.
Things to do:
Reston has a number of hidden gems that you need to take a day to experience. Grab a few friends or the family and stop over at The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park. This place is a great time for young and old. It’s a well-kept (cleanliness is important in water parks) medium-sized water park with a lazy river, water slides, obstacle courses, and more.
After the water park, play some Frisbee golf at Lake Fairfax. If that’s not your thing, maybe you’re into fishing? They stock the lake every year to allow anyone to come by and spend some time reeling in a bass, trout, sunfish, etc. You will also find picnic areas with grills and a skate park.
Of course I’m going to mention the Reston Zoo. This place has a petting barn (you’re never too old to pet a baby goat), grazing area, and a reptile. The price is right, currently $12.95 for an adult ticket and $9.95 for children under 12.
Maybe you want to get away from it all and grab a coffee and curl up with a book. Take a quick trip out to Lake Anne. It’s almost never crowded during the week and it includes a cozy used book store, a few restaurants, RA boat rentals, stand up paddleboarding, a handful of shops, and a farmers market on Saturdays.
While you’re there, drop by the Historic Trust & Museum to find out more about how Reston came to be. Lake Anne Plaza almost seems like it’s hidden from the public because it’s not the easiest place to find your first time, but once you’re there, it’s perfect. Do you fancy living there? Take a look at the apartments nearby, by clicking here.
How do you feel about art? The Reston area is home to a number of great places to get a little culture in your life. Check out Art Space (technically it’s in Herndon, but its right up the road), the Reston Art Gallery & Studios, or the Greater Reston Arts Center. Each of these places either offers classes or refers to places that has them.
Reston Town Center or as the kids call it, “RTC,” as you might expect, is the centerpiece of Reston’s nightlife. Love it or hate it, there is something there for everyone and a wide selection to fit a diverse range of people.
Let’s start with the events. Reston Town Center has an event page which is always up-to-date with a large array of events happening throughout the week. With everything from wine tastings to a bourbon and blues brunch, you’ve got a shot at lucking out on a great day if you plan ahead.
There is not really a “club atmosphere” anywhere in Reston, but you now have Metro access to the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area via the Silver Line.
The Silver Line opened on July 26 , giving folks in Reston access to Arlington, Va., DC and beyond from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. The projected time to travel from the Wiehle-Reston East stop to Downtown D.C. is roughly 41 minutes.
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