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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, VA

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach, house tour and Coach House dining room meal. Visit the site of the first Thanksgiving. Upon arrival, a costumed guide will guide you around the original Georgian mansion. Then take a self-guided tour of the gardens, five terraces of restored boxwood and flower gardens offer breathtaking views of the James River. Dine in the Coach House Diving Room. Bus pick-up/return: Fair Oak Mall- depart 7:30 a.m., return 4:30 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8 a.m., return 4 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 8:30 a.m., return 3:30 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: April 26, 2019.


Best of NYC Cruise, Circle Line Cruises, NYC

(Ages 5+) Includes motor coach, and cruise. Board the Circle-Line Sightseeing cruise boat for a 2.5 hour cruise along all three NYC rivers, passing under 20 bridges and viewing over 130 of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the full Manhattan skyline, the impressive One World Trade Center, the growing Brooklyn waterfront, Yankee Stadium, Gracie Mansion, the George Washington Bridge and an up close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Lunch will be at the onboard café on your own. No outside food allowed on board. There will be a dinner stop on the trip home. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall-depart 6 a.m., return 11 p.m.; Mason Govt Center-depart 6:30 a.m., return 10:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter-depart 6 a.m., return 10 p.m. Trip cancel deadline: May 17, 2019


Birds of Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA

(Adults) Includes motor coach and guide. Enjoy an all-day birding trip to Sky Meadows State Park. Search for migrants, residents and some of the rarities that make this park special, such as red-headed woodpeckers. Some hikes are along a gently sloped roadbed, and others include steep hills. Enjoy the historic house, park visitor center and shop. Bring binoculars, a picnic lunch and water. Dress for walking and the weather. Bus departs from Oak Marr RECenter at 9 am and returns at 3pm. Trip cancelation deadline: May 2, 2019.


Georgetown Gardens Tour, Washington DC (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Includes van transportation, lunch and admissions. Treat yourself to a tour of Georgetown's historic gardens and homes. Begin at Tudor Place, built in 1816 and surrounded by more than five acres of gardens. After the tour, enjoy a boxed lunch in the garden provided by Tudor Place. Then visit one of the world's top ten gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. You may also tour the museum housed in the 1801 Federal style mansion. Van departs Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 10 am and returns at 4 pm. Trip cancelation deadline is April 23, 2019.


Getaway-Glen Burnie & Museum of the Shenandoah

(16-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and lunch. Tour the 18th century historic house and lovely seven-acre gardens of Glen Burnie in Winchester, VA. The gardens feature formal boxwood and parterre designs along with a beautiful perennial garden. We will head up to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to enjoy the museum collection of regional history including 18th century art, and an impressive mini-house collection. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 9 am returns at 5pm. Trip cancelation date:


Getaway-Maymont & Lavendar Fields, Richmond, VA

(16-Adult) Includes motor coach and admission. Enjoy a day steeped in beauty, tradition, and history. Begin the day with a tour of the Gilded Age mansion of Maymont and the surrounding gardens, including the elaborate Italianate and sublime Japanese gardens. We will enjoy lunch, stop at Lavender Fields Farm for an herb class, and indulge in your choice of lavender lemonade or lavender ice cream. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 8am and returns at 5pm. Trip cancellation deadline: May 22, 2019.


Getaway-Winterthur Gardens, Wilmington, DE

Includes motor coach and admissions. Travel to Winterthur Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware to see some of the finest woodland and azalea gardens. Early May is peak spring bloom and a great time to explore the gardens and Garden Follie displays by tram and on foot. Tour the DuPont mansion and view the gorgeous costume exhibit from the Netflix’s show “The Crown.” Lunch is on your own at the Winterthur Cafe. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 8am and departs at 6pm. Trip cancelation deadline: April 20, 2019.


Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD

(Adults) Includes motor coach, admission and lunch. Spend a spring morning at Ladew Topiary Gardens enjoying a tour of the house and beautiful gardens. The beautiful spring bulb displays will be in bloom, along with spring flowering trees. Lunch will be served at the cafe on the grounds. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 8:15 am and returns at 6:15pm. Trip cancelation deadline: April 11, 2019.


May Day in Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach. May Day is one of the most beautiful days in Annapolis and is one of the most spectacular celebrations of spring anywhere in the area. On May 1 and throughout the week that follows, the doors of homes and businesses in our centuries old city are adorned with baskets full of fresh cut flowers and colorful ribbons. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 4 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 3:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 3 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: April 19, 2019.


Maymont & Agecroft Hall, Richmond, VA

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach, docents, tram tour and boxed lunch. Explore the Victorian era home of James Henry and Sallie Mae Dooley on a docent-led house tour of Maymont. Travel on a tram through the gardens and historic estate. Boxed lunches provided at Maymont. Then off to Agecroft Hall, for a docent led tour. This English Tudor was actually built in Lancashire, England, then dismantled and shipped across the Atlantic, for reconstruction. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Lee District RECenter- depart 6 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 6:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.; Fair Oaks Mall- depart 7 a.m., return 6 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: March 29, 2019.


Mount Vernon & Huntley, Lives Bound Together Tour

Includes van transportation and admission. A letter from Huntley is on exhibit at Mount Vernon! See the letter and discover how slavery links Huntley and Mount Vernon. Includes tours of the slave quarters at Mount Vernon and Huntley as well as the mansion houses. Lunch is on your own in cafeteria. Program begins at 10am then and departs Historic Huntley at 11 am. Van returns at 3 pm. Trip may be cancelled in case of severe inclement weather. Trip cancelation deadline: February 13, 2019.


Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach, and admission. The Museum of the Bible, is a museum which documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. With 1,150 items from the museum’s permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections, the museum claims to have amassed one of the largest assemblies of biblical artifacts, and texts in the world through collaborations with private donors, institution and other museums. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return: Fair Oak Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 2 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 1:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 1 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: May 24, 2019.


National 9-11 Memorial & Walking Tour, NYC

Includes motor coach, guide, admission and lunch. On a guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial, experience the stories of 9/11, told by those who were there. The guides are 9/11 family members, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, civilian volunteers and lower Manhattan residents whose stories are testaments to the perseverance of the human spirit. They share insight on the history of 9/11 and the memorial pools, the survivor tree and the rebuilding. Tours operate rain or shine so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall-depart 6 am, return 11 pm; Mason Government Center-depart 6:30am, return 10:30 pm; Lee District RECenter-depart 7 am, return 10 pm. Trip cancelation deadline: March 22, 2019.


Potomac Discovery/River Kayaking 16+

(16-Adult) Includes kayak, paddle and lift vest. Join a naturalist for a combo adventure that expands your knowledge of kayaking and amazing wildlife along the Potomac River from Brunswick to Point of Rocks, MD. Learn proper equipment fit, boat outfitting, safe launching and landing along a wide, shallow stretch with a slow current perfect for beginners. Trip takes about four hours paddled at a leisurely pace with a stop for lunch. Bring a bagged lunch and drinks in a waterproof container. Trip departs at 8am from Burke Lake Park by the Ice Cream Parlor and returns at 4pm. Trip cancelation deadline: May 3, 2019.


Potomac Eagle Scenic Train Ride, Romney, WV

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach, coach passenger tickets and lunch. All aboard the Potomac Eagle for a three-hour scenic narrated train ride through the tranquil mountains. As you travel through the lush countryside explore the different cars on the train. There is a snack bar car, a gift shop car, an open-air car and an open-top gondola car. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Lee District RECenter- depart 6 a.m., return 6 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 6:30 a.m., return 5:30 p.m.; Fair Oaks Mall- depart 7 a.m., return 5 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: May 3, 2019.


Prothonotary Warbler Van Tour, Lorton, VA

(16-Adult) Includes van transportation. Join a naturalist for a bird hike in Mason Neck State Park's wetlands in search of Virginia's only cavity nesting warbler. Wear good hiking shoes and bring binoculars, a lunch and a drink. Van departs from Burke Lake Park by the Ice Cream Parlor at 9am and returns at 2pm. Trip cancelation deadline: May 20, 2019.


Real Richmond Food Tour, Richmond, VA

Includes motor coach, guide and admissions. Join a guide for a 1.5 mile leisurely walking tour of Richmond. Along the way sample different restaurants, bakeries and more. We will meet the chefs, bakers and owners, learn about their history and future plans for the Richmond neighborhoods. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Bus pick-up/return: Fair Oak Mall- depart 11 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 11:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: April 12, 2019.


Shenandoah River State Park Birding

(16-Adult) Includes van transportation and admission. Join a naturalist for a bird hike in Shenandoah River State Park. Hike the trails to see migration along one of the greatest rivers in Virginia. Trip includes moderate walking. Bring a bag lunch and a drink. Trip departs Oak Marr RECenter at 9am and returns at 3pm. Trip cancelation deadline: Aug. 24, 2018. ~


Shorebirds of the Delaware Bay (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Includes van transportation. Journey to the Delaware Bay tidal marshes at the peak of migration to view shorebirds, waterfowl, eagles and many other birds feasting on horseshoe crab eggs. Bring a bag lunch, water and binoculars. Trip includes a moderate hike. Van departs from the Packard Center 7 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline is April 26, 2019.


Strasburg Railroad, Lancaster, PA

(Ages 5-Adult) Includes motor coach, train ride, museum and boxed lunch. Fall in all over again or, for the first time. Enjoy a relaxing 45-minute train ride through the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country to Paradise, PA. Then stroll across the street to the Railway Museum and discover more than 100 locomotives and rail cars. Bus pick-up/return schedule is: Fair Oaks Mall-depart 8 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 6 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: April 19, 2019.


Trillium Trek, Linden, VA (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Includes bus transportation. Travel to Linden to see a glorious display of trilliums and other spring wildflowers. Enjoy a late lunch at The Apple House or bring your own lunch. Plan on a moderate hike in the woods and wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring a snack. Trip departs the Packard Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Trip is designed for ages 12 and older, however children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult also registered on the trip. Trip cancelation deadline: April 23, 2019.


Warblers of Westmoreland, Montross, VA (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Let our birding experts show you the many migrating warblers and other songbirds that travel along the Potomac River's southern edge in spring. Visit Westmoreland State Park and George Washington's birthplace. Bring a bag lunch and binoculars. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Trip includes a moderate hike. Van departs from the Packard Center at 7 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline is April 5, 2019.