As the weather warms up and the flowers start blooming, we’re all ready to kiss winter goodbye and step into spring. This season always brings a lot of fun activities to enjoy in the Springfield area, and this year is no different. Get ready for a spring awakening with these five fun spring things to do in and around Springfield!
Hidden Pond Nature Center
Guests love Hidden Pond Nature Center for its undisturbed woodland, quiet trails, splashing streams, and tranquil pond. To have such a place filled with natural wonders so nearby is truly a community gem.
While unassuming, the park boasts an amphitheater, an education shelter, a playground, and tennis courts. It even has a small butterfly garden near the office headquarters! Hikers enjoy the trails and can watch wildflowers bloom throughout its natural areas.
The nature center sits in the Pohick Stream Valley, so a strong and diverse population of wildlife are often attracted. Visitors have been known to hear coyotes and see deer, fox, and turtles. It is also a great spot for bird watching!
Inside the Hidden Pond Nature Center, visitors will find restrooms as well as featured exhibits to learn more about the natural world to be found just outside. There is also a viewing window that looks out onto active bird feeders.
The park is a fantastic place to spend a few hours on a lovely spring day in Springfield, but its a great community resources as well, as it offers a broad range of public programs on nature topics, provides interesting nature camp experiences, and even hosts school field trips and scout programs. You can even hold your birthday celebration here!
Springfield Farmer’s Market
The Springfield Farmer’s Marker is conveniently located next to the Springfield Town Center, so a short excursion to the market can be done alongside your other errands and shopping, or it can be a fun leisurely activity all on its own.
Shoppers love the market because it is a great place to find local produce, baked goods, hot prepared foods, meats, and more goodies. The market features only farmers and producers selling food items or agriculturally based products grown within a 200-mile radius of the market, so it is a true boon to the community.
And not only is spring a great time to be outside, but it’s a delicious season as well, with certain produce coming into season that you just won’t find at peak any other time, including artichokes, asparagus, beets and baby carrots.
Lake Accotink Park in Springfield is a large natural recreation area comprised of over 448 acres of multi-use trails, a picnic area, open play area, a playground, sand volleyball courts, and more.
Guests with small children – or those who love nostalgia – will even appreciate the park’s carousel, fun to ride or just to watch go around and around.
Water lovers also enjoy this park and its lake as it is great for non-motorized water activities like kayaking and canoeing. It’s even a fun place for catch-and-release fishing.
History lovers are a fan of spring in Springfield to hunt out the area’s milestones and markers. One of the the community’s most interesting is the area around Ravensworth, which was once an 18th-century estate home.
Ravensworth was notable as the Northern Virginia residence of William Fitzhugh, William Henry Fitzhugh, Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, and George Washington Custis Lee. Built in 1796, the house stayed virtually untouched throughout the Civil War, but mysteriously burned on August 1, 1926. Still, visitors flock to the area where one of the most imposing residences in Fairfax County once stood.
A well-kept historical marker along the sidewalk makes this a quick and interesting stop — and there’s even parking nearby.
Get out some energy and take on a news perspective on high at Go Ape! This Springfield area outdoor high ropes and aerial adventure experience comes complete with ziplines, treetop obstacles, and Tarzan swings. There is even axe throwing and a monkey drop!
Adventure courses are perfect for those who love to live life adventurously, but they can also be great for conquering fears, creating lasting bonds, and making lifelong memories. Go Ape! certainly offers laughter, smiles, adventure ad accomplishment. And it’s all done in the great outdoors!
Spring is one of the best times to be in Springfield, VA because of the excellent weather and abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Springfield residents, take advantage! And if you don’t yet live in or near Springfield, let LIST WITH ELIZABETH® help you with that… because if you lived here, this would be your community, too!