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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. .

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 5+

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and Old Town Trolley Tour admission. Ride with an interpretive guide through Arlington National Cemetery. Learn about the women and men who are buried there. Possible stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8:30a.m., return 2:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 2 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: September 12, 2019.


Birding on the Bay, DE

(16-Adult) Visit Delaware Bay to view waterfowl, shorebirds and eagles. Stops may include Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, Woodland Beach, Little Creek Wildlife area and Mispillion Harbor Reserve. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Dress for the weather. Van departs from Packard Center, Annandale District Park at 7am and returns at 5pm. Trip cancelation deadline: September 28, 2018. ~


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: Oct 11, 2019.


Blackwater Birds, MD

(16-Adult) Travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge on the Delmarva Peninsula. View endangered fox squirrels, waterfowl, hawks and eagles. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Dress for the weather. Van departs from Packard Center, Annandale District Park at 7am and returns at 5pm. Trip cancelation deadline is November 3, 2018. ~


Christmas Spectacular, Radio City, NY

Includes motor coach, admission, and second mezzanine seating. See the famous Rockettes in their timeless performance of the Christmas Spectacular. Time has been allotted for shopping and sightseeing on your own before or after the show. The bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 7am, return 1am; Mason Govt Center- depart 7:30am, return 12:30am; Lee District RECEnter- depart 8am, return 12:00pm. ~


Coach & Stroll Tour, Annapolis, MD

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, step-on costumed guide, guided walking tour and admission. Experience all of Annapolis in a day. View St Anne’s Church, Severn River Overlook and the Maryland WWII Memorial with a step-on guide. Tour the Maryland State House then see and then travel to the U.S. Naval Academy for a walking tour. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8am, return 6pm; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30am, return 5:30pm; Lee District RECenter- depart 9am, return 5pm. Trip cancelation deadline: September 27, 2019.


Conowingo Dam Birding Trip (16-Adult)

(16-Adult) Includes van transportation. Explore the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland. This location is known as an excellent birdwatching spot. Bald Eagles can be viewed in large numbers in the Fall. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Dress for the weather. Van departs from the Packard Center, Annandale District Park at 7:00am and returns at 5:00pm.


Fall Farm & Foliage, Winchester, VA 5+

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, step-on guide, admission. Visit Blandy Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia and see 8,000 trees and shrubs, then stroll through the walkways and historic buildings. Ride to Old Town Winchester for lunch at on your own. After lunch, travel to Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center and Abram’s Delight Museum complex. After a short video, see the exhibits at the visitor’s center, then join a step-on guide for an hour tour of Winchester. End the day with a stop at Market-Miller Orchards, Farm Market & Bakery. Along the way, enjoy the fall foliage and scenic mountain views. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 7:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter-depart 9 a.m., return 6 p.m.


Getaway:LewisGinter Gardenfest of Lights

Trip includes motor coach, entrance fee, garden tour and semi-private buffet dinner. Get into the holiday spirit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. The GardenFest of Lights features beautiful botanic displays and more than a half million lights arranged in botanical themes throughout the gardens, including an orchid and model train display. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 2pm and returns at 11pm. Cancellation date: November 22, 2018. ~


Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, festival, and lunch. Enjoy the Apple Butter Festival featuring music and cloggers, wagon ride, scenic bus trip and Graves Mountain Lodge's delicious buffet luncheon. Bus pick-up/return schedule is: Lee District RECenter - depart 8:30 a.m., return 5:30 p.m.; Mason Government Center -depart 9 a.m., return 5 p.m., Fair Oaks Mall- depart 9:30 a.m., return 4:30 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: September 26, 2019.


Kayak Tour-Ghost Fleet of the Potomac

(12-Adult) Join us on this guided kayak tour of the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. Paddle around and over the long-abandoned hulls of vessels dating back to the 18th century and view the interesting ecosystems that they support today. Along the way we have a chance of glimpsing eagles, ospreys and most of the species of waterfowl that call the river home. Participants will be divided among single and tandem kayaks which are provided. Bring lunch, drinks, towels and clothing/footwear that you don't mind getting wet. Trip departs from Burke Lake Park near the Ice Cream Parlor at 10am and returns at 5pm. Trip cancelation deadline: September 18, 2019. ~


Monticello, Charlottesville, VA

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and lunch at Michie Tavern. See the splendor of Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. Start in the visitor center, then tour the house, see the films and exhibits, and then explore the grounds and the graveyard. Enjoy a traditional lunch at Michie Tavern. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Lee District RECenter-depart 7 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Mason Government Center-depart 7:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.; Fair Oaks Mall-depart 8 a.m., return 6 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline is October 9, 2019.


Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, and admission. The Museum of the Bible 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 collections 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: July 12, 2019.


Natural Bridge, Lexington, VA

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and lunch. Explore a National Historic Landmark that has been carved out of limestone over hundreds of years. Walk along the wooded path under the great stone arch and along the Cedar Creek. Stoll pass the Monacan Village and then on to the Lace Fall. Bus pick-up/return: Fair Oak Mall – depart 6 a.m., return 6 p.m.; Mason Government Center - depart 6:30 a.m., return 5:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 7 a.m., return 5 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: October 30, 2019.


New York City, NY

(5-Adult) Includes motorcoach. Spend the day on your own sightseeing, shopping and dining in the Big Apple. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 6am, return 12am; Lee District RECenter- depart 6:30am, return 11:30pm. Trip cancelation deadline: November 29, 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: October 9, 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: September 4, 2019.


Savor Solomons, Calvert County, MD

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admissions and cruise. Visit the Calvert Marine Museum, which traces the maritime history and diversity of the Chesapeake Bay. Visit Drum Point Lighthouse, a restored screw pile, cottage-type lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously working lighthouse in Maryland and cruise around the island onboard the Wm. B Tennison. Back on shore, walk into the village for lunch, stroll the Riverwalk bordering Patuxent, wander through gift shops and galleries then stop at Annmarie Garden, a 30-acre sculpture park and art center. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 6 a.m., return 8 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 6:30 a.m., return 7:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- 7 a.m., return 7 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: August 9, 2019.


St Michael's Cruise, MD

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and cruise. Enjoy a relaxing day aboard the Patriot and cruise the Miles River. Upon disembarking, browse and shop in St. Michaels' boutiques and quaint shops. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8:30am, return 8:30pm; Mason Government Center- depart 9am, return 8pm; Lee District RECenter- depart 9:30am, return 7:30pm. Trip cancellation deadline: June 21, 2019.