Leesylvania State Park, which is just few miles off Interstate 95, consists of 95,508 acres on a peninsula bordered by the Potomac River, Neabsco Creek and Powell’s Creek. It is roughly half-way between Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg, VA. The park has several picnic areas, playgrounds, a nature center, a fishing pier and one of the best boat launch areas on the entire river. Swimming is not permitted from the park shores and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park.
Prince William County has a number of places to go and things to do for the whole family. Manassas National Battlefield Park, The Manassas Museum, Prince William Forest National Park, Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge, Splashdown Water Park, several golf courses, minor league baseball and Potomac Mills (the largest outlet mall in Virginia) are some of the other places and activities available.
Neighboring Fairfax County boasts Woodlawn Plantation, Gunston Hall and Mount Vernon, along with many other recreational and historic sites. The headquarters of the NRA is also in Fairfax and has an impressive museum.
Just south of the park and hotel is Quantico, Virginia, home of the Marine Corps’ largest base and the FBI Training Center.
More information is available about things to do and places to see in Northern Virginia at the following website:
For those who wish to visit the city but do not want to drive, there is a VRE light rail station in nearby Quantico that can take you within blocks of the National Air & Space Museum/the Smithsonian, but it is mainly a commuter rail and has limited service on weekends, and no service at all on certain holidays, such as July 4th. Another option would be to drive to the nearest Metro subway station in Huntington and park you car there to take the subway into town. Metro is safe, clean and relatively cheap and recommended for those of you who do not know Washington. Parking and one-ways streets are even a problem for residents!
Depending upon how much interest is received from non-fishing participants, we plan to have shuttles or carpooling available to public transportation and shopping areas for those without vehicles.
Potomac Mills is just a few miles from the hotel and is one of Virginia’s most visited attractions. There are over 220 stores, and it is considered to be one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier outlet malls. There are special programs available for group tours, and we need to hear how many people will be interested in shopping there before we make further plans.
If you want to shop for antiques, there are several places that are popular with bargain hunters. Most of the better known are located in Alexandria, Manassas and Fredericksburg and would require a car. Please ask for further information on the message board, and it will be provided to those who are interested.
• Washington, D.C.
There’s so much to do and see downtown that it’s hard to know where to begin: the Smithsonian Institution and its Folk Life Festival that’s always held the week before the 4th of July? the monuments? the Capitol Building? Congress? Georgetown and other nightlife hotspots? Adams Morgan and its eclectic international food and shopping? the National Archives and Library of Congress where you could research your family history? Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon across the river? Here are some links to help you plan your visit:
http://seewashingtondc.net/dcattr.htm (also has links to Northern Virginia)
http://www.thecapitol.net/VisitingDC/dc.htm (good info on getting “inside” tours)
http://ww.nara.gov/genealogy (National Archives genealogy resources)
http://www.dar.org/library/default.html (DAR is another source for research.)
The Washington Post has a special Weekend section in its Friday edition that outlines things that are happening for the week. It also contains some recent fishing reports.
Anybody needing more specific information is welcome to ask for it on the rally message board.