1. See the Changing Colors of the Leaves at Prince William Forest Park
Prince William & Manassas is home to Prince William Forest Park, the largest Piedmont Forest in the National Park Service and the largest green space in the DC metro area. Can you imagine how beautiful this park is when all of the green leaves change to be orange, red, and yellow? One of the best ways to enjoy the colorful leaves in Prince William Forest Park is to go on a hike or nature walk during the fall season. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the beautiful views!
2. Update Your Wardrobe With Beautiful Fall Clothing
Potomac Mills is the perfect place to visit to update your wardrobe for the fall season. Potomac Mills is the largest outlet mall in Virginia and has over 200 stores for shoppers to choose from. With great prices and a wide variety of options, you will undoubtedly find everything you want and need.
3. Experience the Beautiful Hiking Trails
Fall is a great time to go hiking because it is not too hot, but it is also not freezing cold. We mentioned that hiking through Prince William Forest Park is a great fall activity, but there are many other great hiking trails:
- Take a historic hike at Leesylvania State Park
- Hike through the Bull Run Mountains
- A short hike through the Neabsco Greenway
4. Experience a Small Town Cultural Event
The 33rd Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee is sure to excite those of you looking for an escape to a small town. This event will be held on October 24th from 10 AM – 5 PM, and is free. The Jubilee is a great event for the entire family to enjoy shopping, games, pumpkin picking, and live entertainment.
5. Taste Seasonal Brews
Prince William & Manassas is home to five unique breweries located in Manassas, Woodbridge, and Gainesville. You can bet that these breweries will be rolling out some seasonally inspired beers and taking part in Oktoberfest celebrations. For those of you who like pumpkin-flavored everything, I’m sure you cannot wait to get ahold of some seasonal pumpkin beer.
6. Pick Out Your Pumpkins
Make a day of pumpkin picking by visiting one of Prince William & Manassas’ local pumpkin patches! This is one of the best family-friendly activities. Along with pumpkin picking, Burnside Farms has fresh produce, cider, and an open barnyard for you to enjoy furry and feathery friends. Yankey Farms has a corn maze, a cow train, and other fresh produce.
7. Experience the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station
Tour a Civil War encampment, watch artillery firing demonstrations, and tour the site of the third and final battle that took place in Prince William & Manassas. Whether you are a history buff or are eager to share in your children’s education, this is a great activity for everyone! The Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station will be held on October 10th from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.
8. Go on a Haunted Ghost Tour
As a site of multiple important Civil War battles, Prince William & Manassas is home to many haunted places, and October is the perfect month to experience our haunted history. Historic Occoquan is among one of the most popular places to learn about ghosts. Tours are offered Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM and on Saturday at 4 PM, although you must call ahead. Other Haunted Attractions are listed below. For more information, go here.
- Rippon Lodge
- Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center
- The Weems-Botts Museum
- Ben Lomond Historic Site
- The Winery at La Grange
9. Find Fresh, Local Produce at Farmers Markets
Prince William & Manassas is home to many farmers markets. With the changing of the seasons comes new varieties of fruits and vegetables. The best way to enjoy produce is through fresh, local suppliers at the markets. Time to look up those pumpkin and apple pie recipes!
10. Celebrate Veterans Day
Veterans Day is on November 11, and Prince William & Manassas is the best place to honor our veterans. Start the day off with a visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Next, head over to the Manassas National Battlefield Park to hear about the two Battles of Manassas/Bull Run. End the day with a visit to the Quantico National Cemetery to honor those who have given their lives for our country.