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Huntley Meadows Park

3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA, USA

Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekends. (Closed Tuesdays)


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Huntley Meadows Park is an Ideal Family Retreat in Alexandria, Virginia 

The largest park operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, this breathtaking piece of land tells a fascinating story that would catch the eye of any history buff, even long before President Ford turned it over to Fairfax County in 1975. We highlight happyly favorites because of diversified appeal, so before hitting this refuge, enhance your connection by reading up on the historical significance of the property. Since it became protected land, wildlife, including beavers, have returned, and the biodiversity is remarkable. The birdlife is remarkable.

Even after several visits strolling the impressive boardwalk, wildlife viewing stations including a substantial one flanking the open water area of the marsh. As you continue on to hit the paths through the surrounding woods, the encounters are different each time as one enjoys more than 10 miles of exploration on the Heron, Deer and Cedar Trails. Prepare to pace yourself, as little ones stop to examine every species available, and save time to start at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center (hours vary by season, but closed Tuesdays), which is charming and well outfitted to prepare any visitor for the delights to come!

Be aware, the boardwalk is narrow so when you have a lot of little ones this is important to note.

Do keep in mind that there have been known to be car break-ins when valuables are left visible, so bring them with, or simply leave them at home.

If you're hungry after your walk, two of our favorites, Johnny's and Moby Dick House of Kabob, are about a ten minutes drive away! 


Good for young kids Hiking Scenic Walk
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Randi Banks
Randi (Betts) Banks grew up in New York and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She moved to Washington, D.C. more than thirteen years ago with her husband, Eaghmon, and they love to explore the area and seek out adventure, now with their two young children along for the ride. Growing up right near the beach, they are happiest when on or near the water, so exploring the rivers, lakes, and streams in the greater DC area is a favorite pastime for their family. In addition to serving as one of the Washington, DC area ambassadors, Randi is also the Editor in Chief and Co-founder of happyly.
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