Spring Break is just around the corner and life in Brambleton means there’s a whole lot to do…where do you start? It may be hard to figure out the best way to enjoy a break that might normally include travel. Of course no one wants to have a boring break, so there’s got to be a middle ground right? Whether your kiddos are almost grown or still knee-high to a grasshopper, there is definitely something on this list your whole family can enjoy. The best part? They are all in Loudoun County, which means your home at Brambleton can double as your luxury hotel and you can turn your at-home Spring Break into the ultimate staycation!
Whether you like all day hikes or would rather just spend an hour relaxing outdoors, Loudoun County is full of parks and trails to meet your needs. Some, like Beaverdam Reservoir, are right around the corner but still offer activities like kayaking and fishing. Others, like Bears Den Overlook (a favorite among hikers on the nearby Appalachian trail) are just a short trip away and offer options like camping so you can get away from home overnight. Loudoun County has no shortage of options with stunning views and chances to exercise in exciting ways that are just a short trip for Brambletonians.
If you consider yourself more of an urbanite, take a look at parks like Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park or Raflo Park and Sculpture Garden (ArtsPARKs) which offer an added dose of culture to your outdoor experience. Mt. Defiance Historic Park and others like it are currently offering a scavenger hunt that allows you to explore historic sites around Loudoun County without making anyone feel like they have homework on Spring Break. On the other hand, Raflo Park’s Sculpture Garden is currently showing off its third installment of works and offers a nearby gazebo for shade or that perfect picnic spot.
If you have a family member that is interested in spending time with animals, then you are already in the perfect spot. Loudoun County is home to the most horses in Virginia, and many Olympic horses and their riders call it home as well. With eight farms and stables across the county offering activities for varying comfort and skill levels, you’ll surely find somewhere your family can enjoy. If your budding zoologist is more interested in wilder fauna, consider the Leesburg Animal Park. From monkeys to zebras and everything in between, there will certainly be an animal to get excited about, and there is even a contact area to get up close and personal! Due to limited capacity, weekend tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. In general, click here to learn more.
So if you’ve been scratching your head wondering what to do March 29th-April 2nd this year, know that the options are endless – and all within driving distance of Brambleton! Whether you are looking for a day trip to get your heart pumping or just want to sit back and relax, it’s all right here in Loudoun County. Want more options? Check out our full list of parks and trails below.
● Bears Den Overlook – BLUEMONT
● Chapman DeMary Trail – PURCELLVILLE
● Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail – LOUDOUN COUNTY
● Algonkian Regional Park – STERLING
● Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – LEESBURG
● Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park – MIDDLEBURG.
Click here for Scavenger Hunt information.
● Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship – PURCELLVILLE
● Claude Moore Park Recreation & Community Center – STERLING
● Edwards Landing Park – LEESBURG
● Raflo Park and Sculpture Garden (ArtsPARKs) – LEESBURG
● Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park – LEESBURG
● Rotary Park – LEESBURG
● Rust Sanctuary – LEESBURG