#10 – Try the halfpipe at Powhatan Springs Skate Park

How about skateboarding at Powhatan Springs skate park?  The nearly 15,000-square-feet skatepark  has a combination of street-style elements and old-school elements such as bowls and half-pipes.

#9 – Go roller skating at Thomas Jefferson Community Center

Most Saturday nights from mid-October through late March, the Thomas Jefferson Community Center offers roller skating for families from 6:30-8:30 PM and teens only from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

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#8 – Have a Family Skate Night at Kettler Capitals Ice Rink

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The Kettler Capitals Ice Rink at Ballston Mall is the new training center for the Washington Capitals Ice Hockey team.  They offer public skate sessions, lessons, camps, skate parties and the opportunity to watch the Capitals practice.

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#7 – Visit the Planetarium


The David M. Brown Planetarium, which has provided more than forty years of service to Arlington students and the community, is named for the Arlington native and astronaut who was killed in the Columbia space shuttle disaster.  Fans are now conducting a Save the Planetarium campaign to raise the funds necessary to provide needed renovations and keep the Planetarium open.

Author’s Note 12/4/2011:  Thanks to successful fundraising, the Planetarium is now undergoing much needed renovations and is currently closed.  It is expected to reopen during the 2012-2013 school year.  Check the website for details.

#6 – See a show at Signature Theatre

One of the Nation’s best regional theatres, the Award-winning Signature Theatre in ShirlingtonVillage has a mission “to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.”  The theatre moved to a new building in 2007 which more than doubled its size from the previous location.

#5 – Celebrate Virginia Garden Week

Celebrate Virginia Garden Week in late April. The Fairfax Garden Club’s tour changes location each year but it is always in the vicinity.  For 2012, the tour will be held in Arlington on Tuesday, April 24th from 10-4.  Visit the Virginai Garden Week site for details.  You can also take a tour in nearby Alexandria.

#4 – Visit the Pentagon Memorial

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If you can’t get reservations for a guided tour of the Pentagon, visit the Pentagon Memorial. The Pentagon Memorial park consists of 184 memorial units for each of the lives lost when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.   The memorial units representing the 59 lives lost on Flight 77 face so that when reading the name of the victim to whom that unit is dedicated, the visitor to the memorial park faces the sky. When looking at a memorial unit dedicated to one of the 125 victims who were working inside the Pentagon, the visitor will see the victim’s name and the Pentagon in the same view.  It is open seven days a week 24 hours a day.

#3 – Take a guided tour of the Pentagon

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.  But plan this one in advance – you must get reservations ahead of time.  The free one  hour tour covers approximately  a mile and a half in length and is offered Monday through Friday during normal working hours.  To make a reservation, click this link.


#2 – Visit Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington is  best known for Arlington National Cemetery which is also the site of Arlington House – the “Custis Lee Mansion”.  The mansion is undergoing restoration and is open to the public. Try to time your visit to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiiers which occurs every half hour from April 1-Sept 30 and every hour the rest of the year.  Other highlights include the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s Grave, and the Memorial Amphitheatre where special events are held on certain holidays.

Memorial Day weekend is an especially good time to go. More than 250,000 flags  placed on the gravesites just prior to Memorial Day by every available soldier in the 3rd infantry in a tradition known as “Flags In”, and a Memorial Day Observance is held at the amphitheatre.  Check the website for specific times and details.

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#1 – Visit a Farmer’s Market

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Summer is a great time of year to visit one of the Arlington Farmer’s Markets. The largest is located in the County Courthouse parking lot and is held Saturdays from 8 AM -noon from mid-April to December and from 9 AM to noon the rest of the year.  Find produce, freshly-baked bread, homemade pasta, pastries, mushrooms, cheese, soaps, flowers and  other wonderful products.  But there are markets in seven different locations in Arlington.  Here is the complete schedule.


Arlington’s Farmers’ Market(Courthouse)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

Ballston Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

Clarendon Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 2 – 7 p.m.

Columbia Pike Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Crystal City Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Westover Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. – noon



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