Lorton is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia. Until November 2001, Lorton was the site of the Lorton Reformatory, today a Workhouse Art Center. Gunston Hall is a beautiful Georgian mansion built in 1759 for the US Founding Father George Mason. Mason Neck State Park is located on a peninsula between Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay and the Potomac River, and is great for observing bold eagles. Occoquan Regional Park is located along the Potomac River tributary and was once a site of eight brick-making kilns. Lorton is one of the two stations that serve Amtrak's Auto Train which carries passengers and their vehicles to Sanford, Florida.
1. Workhouse Arts Center
The Workhouse Arts Center is a non-profit organization in Lorton, Virginia that provides studios for visual and performing arts, exhibition space and arts education programs. The Workhouse is located on 55 acres of land in the Occoquan Workhouse part of the historic D.C. Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory. The Workhouse consists of studios for more than 100 professional and emerging artists, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, a main gallery building, gallery space in each studio and event space. The Workhouse also includes Lucy Burns Museum. The Workhouse Arts Center opened to the public in September, 2008, after several years of adapting a former Lorton Reformatory facility which closed in 2001. One of the former prison inmates was Lucy Burns, a member of the Silent Sentinels and a leader of women’s suffrage. IN her memory, a small museum was opened as a part of the Center. Browse our Romantic Weekend Getaways in Virginia guide for more ideas.
9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-584-2900
2. Mason Neck State Park
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Mason Neck State Park is located on a peninsula between Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay and the Potomac River, near the town of Lorton, Virginia. The park covers 1,814 acres and is home to bald eagles, great blue herons, ospreys, white-tailed deer and many other species of wildlife. Mason Neck State Park is one of the best locations in Virginia to view bald eagles. The best time to observe them is in the mornings and evenings. The park is day-use only, and has a visitors’ center, hiking trails, three miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, and a canoe launch. Canoe, kayak and bikes are available for rent. Most visitors come to enjoy guided canoe trips of Kane's Creek and Belmont Bay and to observe bald eagles. The park's combination of ecosystems that include wetlands, forest, open water, ponds and open fields make it great for environmental study.
7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-339-2385, (website link)
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3. Occoquan Regional Park
Occoquan Regional Park is located along the Potomac River tributary, in Lorton, Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. The park was opened in 2018 and is operated by the NOVA Parks agency of Northern Virginia. The park is densely forested and has a well-preserved Civil War arsenal. At the park's center is a large, beehive brick kiln, the last of eight kilns that were used during the turn of the last century to produce bricks for Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. The bricks were mostly made by prisoners from the neighboring Lorton Reformatory. The park also includes the Jean R. Packard Center, a wedding and events facility and a Brickmakers Cafe. There is a paved bike path that runs through the park, a five km loop trail, several sport fields and a public marina. More ideas: Best Weekend Getaways from DC
9751 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-690-2121
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4. Lucy Burns Museum
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Lucy Burns Museum is a small museum in the Lorton Reformatory, a former prison in Lorton, Virginia. The museum tells the story of a dark but crucial chapter in the American women's suffrage movement. This former workhouse prison by the Occoquan River, which opened in 1910, became famous for horrible treatment of the suffragists who were imprisoned during the First World War. The cruel treatment of imprisoned women resulted in public support for the suffragist movement and as a result on January 9, 1918, President Wilson finally decided in favor of a constitutional amendment granting the vote to women.
9518 Workhouse Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-584-2900, (website link)
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5. Lorton Station
Lorton station is a northern railroad terminal for Amtrak's Auto Train in Lorton, Virginia. This train runs between Lorton station and Sanford station in Florida. Auto-Train was established in Lorton in 1971, and the station house was completed between 1972 and 1975. There was a gift shop at the station located in a former caboose and boxcar previously owned by the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. The station closed in 1981 and was reopened in 1983 when Amtrak took over. The current station features a large waiting area designed in Art Deco style, with glass walls, a small gift shop, a snack bar, and a children's playground. There is one 1,480 feet long low level platform for Auto Train boarding and six vehicle ramps for boarding vehicles.
?8006 Lorton Road; Lorton, VA 22079
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6. Pohick Bay Golf Course
Pohick Golf Course is one of Northern Virginia’s most challenging and scenic golf courses. It is located next to Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton. It offers 18 holes that run 6,400 yards from the back tees, with bent grass from tee to green. Pohick Bay Golf Course has soft rolling terrain and several serious water hazards. Players can relax after a round at the snack bar and sign up for one of our tournaments and golf outings. Pohick’s golf membership is very flexible and offers great value, including special rates for golfers over 55 and under 17.
10301 Gunston Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-339-8585
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7. George Mason's Gunston Hall
George Mason's Gunston Hall is a beautiful Georgian mansion in Mason Neck, Virginia, near the Potomac River. It was built in 1759 for the US Founding Father George Mason. It was located on a 5,500-acre plantation. It is not far from George Washington's home. The house interior design has elements of rococo, chinoiserie, and Gothic styles. Ornate decorations were very unusual for Virginia at the time, when décor tended to be simple. After Mason died in 1792, Gunston Hall remained a private residence for many years. It is now a house museum open to the public and owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The house and grounds are listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-550-9220, (website link)
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8. Meadowood Special Management Recreation Area
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Covering a patchwork of different terrains and habitats, the Meadowood Special Management Recreation Area provides a wonderful outdoor green space for residents and visitors to enjoy. You can bring your bike to explore 6.6 miles of mountain bike trails or pull on your hiking boots and set off along a network of 13.4 miles of hiking trails. If you love horses, this is a brilliant place to come and ride along 7 miles of beautifully maintained equestrian trails. Keep your eyes on the lookout for a variety of small wildlife and birds or bring your fishing pole to catch some carp. More ideas: Day Trips from DC
Lower Potomac Field Station, 10406 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-339-8009
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9. Fair Winds Brewing Company
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This yachting-themed craft brewery first opened its doors to the public in early spring 2015 and has been riding high on the wave of success ever since. Today the brewery is home to a 13000 foot facility where their signature beers are brewed in 30 brewing barrels and are bottled on site. When you visit the tap room you will find a large variety of beers on tap, including the Keyside Kolsch, the Howling Gale IPA, the seasonal Home Port Stout and several other favorites. The brewery hosts a busy calendar of events including various craft classes, live music events, beer and food pairings and much more. There is almost always a popular food truck in attendance.
7000 Newington Road, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-372-2001
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10. Pirates Cove Water Park
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Located at Pohick Bay Regional Park, the Pirates Cove Water Park promises hours of family fun for the entire summer season. The water park is one of the largest in Lorton, and the fun pirate theme goes down exceptionally well with younger visitors. At the heart of the park is a large themed water play structure complete with an enormous tipping bucket to cool you down. There are also 2 fun water slides to enjoy. Younger children can spend hours digging for pirate treasure at Buccaneer Beach while parents relax on the sun deck. There is also a dedicated Tot area where younger children can safely enjoy pint-sized slides and water-squirting palm trees.
6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton, VA 22079, 703 339 6102
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