#18 – Visit the Netherlands Carillon

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Enjoy the sound of the Netherlands Carillon and take in one of the best views of the monuments in DC.  The carillon was a gift from the Dutch people to the US to express their gratitude for American aid received during and after World War II.  The bells chime hourly from 10 to 6 with patriotic songs at 12 and 6 and programs on special days including the Dutch Independence Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and September 2nd (symbolizing the end of World War II). 

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#17 – Visit Potomac Overlook Park and Nature Center

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Potomac Overlook Park on the Potomac Palisades in North Arlington offers 70 acres of peaceful woodland, trails, educational gardens, a small picnic area and a Nature Center.  The Nature Center has a new exhibit called the “Energerium”, where visitors can learn energy basics and ways they can help create sustainable energy solutions.  The Nature Center also offers live animals and natural history exhibits.



#15 – Enjoy a picnic and watch a movie during the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

U.S. Route 50 running through Rosslyn at sunset.
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Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

Every Summer the Rosslyn BID & Rosslyn Renaissance host an outdoor film festival at Gateway Park.  The movies start just after dusk but if you arrive early there will be music and activities related to the theme.  The movies are shown rain or shine but may be cancelled in case of high winds and thunderstorms.   For 2015, the theme is LOL Fridays:Quotable Comedies and will run Fridays from June 5th through the end of August.   For the complete lineup and more information, see the Rosslyn Film Festival site here.

#14 – Visit the public plaza at CentralSpace

On Earth Day 2010  Arlington County unveiled an “urban park” at the future site of the Central Place Observation Tower in Rosslyn. Until construction begins, the County will utilize the space as a colorfully-painted public plaza with a stage, benches and tables adjacent to a sustainable rain garden. When completed the 390 foot CentralPlace building with have a top floor observation deck, which will make another nice “thing to do” in Arlington.  The site is located oppositve the Rosslyn Metro Station at North Moore Street and Wilson Boulevard.

#12 – Visit the Air Force Memorial



The Air Force Memorial, dedicated in 2006 features three stainless steel spires reaching 270 feet into the air which represent the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds performing a “bomb burst” maneuver. A statue of the honor guard is nearby and a Contemplation Wall as well as a Glass Wall representing The Missing Man flight formation are also part of the Memorial.  The site, perched on a hill, offers an excellent vista of Washington, DC. In the summer, The Air Force Band performs frequent concerts on the grounds.

#4 – Visit the Pentagon Memorial

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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