Things to do and places to go in the Haymarket VA and Gainesville area …
Whether you live in the area or are looking to buy a house in Haymarket, Virginia or the surrounding towns of Gainesville and Bristow, having a variety of things to do and places to go is essential.
What do these suburban towns of western Prince William County have to offer besides beautiful homes in amenity-filled communities? I’m glad you asked. Located about 40 miles west of our nation’s capital, Haymarket and the surrounding towns provide a little something for everyone. A unique assortment of arts and music venues, outdoor recreation, wineries, diverse eateries and shopping will keep any lifestyle satisfied.
Bryan Garcia, and his team of professional real estate agents, know the Haymarket area well. Our office is right in the center of town and Bryan has lived here for many years. Stop by EXIT Heritage Realty at 15030 Washington Street and ask for Bryan.
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This list does not represent all that this area has to offer, it is a mere sampling of some of my favorites.
Here are the top 10 things to do and places to go (in no particular order) in the Haymarket area:
This local farm has been growing flowers, plants and vegetables in the Haymarket area for three generations – offering something fresh-picked for every season! Burnside Farms prides itself on it’s chemical-free farming practices that follow guidelines for organic, sustainable production. Located on two farms, Burnside is a great place to visit year round. Pick your own bouquets of Daffodils, Tulips and Dutch Iris during the Festival of Spring, and over 25 varieties of Sunflowers in the Summer. The Fall Market offers a huge selection of pumpkins, fall plants, apples, cider, corn stalks and the Burnside Barnyard. In the winter, head over to Burnside for your fresh-cut, Virginia-grown Christmas tree and other fresh pine greenery.
Located in Gainesville, the new Virginia Promenade is now open adding even more shopping and dining to the upscale Atlas Walk and surrounding retail outlets. Take in a movie at the new state-of-the-art Regal Virginia Gateway Cinema, shop at a variety of upscale specialty shops like White House Black Market and LOFT or dine at one of many upscale eateries including Firebirds Wood Fire Grill, Bar Louie and BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse. This new upscale mix of shopping, dining and entertainment, along with pedestrian friendly streets and an event plaza provides something for everyone in the family. There are also events like Zumba on the Plaza, wine tastings, performances and holiday celebrations.
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Until just a couple of years ago, the closest ice skating rink to Haymarket was either the Ashburn Ice House or Prince William Ice in Dale City, both nearly an hour away with traffic. Haymarket is now fortunate to have Haymarket IcePlex right in the town center located off Washington Street. Local high schools are now able to field ice hockey teams—there’s even a synchronized ice skating team. Whether you’re into figure skating, ice hockey or just enjoying a public ice skating session, Haymarket IcePlex is a great local recreational spot.
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The Winery at La Grange is set amid the foothills in Haymarket with spectacular mountain views, a tasting room, a wine production facility, gourmet snacks and space for picnics by an outdoor firepit. La Grange is open year round for tastings and events, and during the warmer months, you can catch live performances out on the patio. Become a “wine club” member and enjoy VIP events and discounts on wines and tastings. La Grange a great way to spend a weekend afternoon with friends and family.
@4410 is an extension of Contemporary Music Center, an independently-owned music store in downtown Haymarket. @4410 was created as a performance venue for music students. The newly renovated location behind the store is now a fantastic space with state-of-the-art sound equipment. @4410 offers workshops in song writing and visual arts, rock band sessions, summer rock camps, open mic nights and performances by some of the region’s rising stars. @4410 is oozing talent and is a favorite hub for both local teens and adults. See upcoming events.
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The new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library is a wonderful new addition to the community and is conveniently located on Lightner Road and Route 15 near Mountain View Elementary. It is open seven days a week. Visit the website for a Calendar of Events including Story Times, Book Club, readers clubs for teens and adults, volunteer opportunities and more.
You can smell the ‘newness’ as you enter this 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility characterized by contemporary design features, circular angles, soaring ceilings and huge windows that allow sunlight to spill in everywhere. It may not be the most adventurous getaway, but it’s a great place to bring the kids on a rainy day or unwind after a long day at work.
The new Hylton Performing Arts Center is just a few miles from Haymarket in the western part of Manassas. The mission of Hylton is to to entertain, educate, and enrich the Northern Virginia community by providing diverse and accessible arts experiences in state-of-the art venues. And it does just that! Two large, elegantly styled theaters host a variety of performance genres—symphony, dance, opera, cabaret and theater – everything from bluegrass to Beethoven. As a community-centered resource, local non-profit theater groups and dance companies are able to hold their performances in this gorgeous facility.
If you’re into the outdoors, a fantastic hiking trail for all levels is located on Bull Run Mountain. The entrance is in Broad Run which is just a few minutes west of Haymarket. The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and guidelines are provided to encourage safety while preserving the natural features of the land. Sites include the remains of Chapman’s Mill and icehouse, old cemeteries and a spectacular view from the top at High Point.
Located just a few miles north of Haymarket on Route 15 in Aldie, Pev’s Paintball is the ultimate outdoor recreation park. The vision of Pev’s is to offer stores and parks designed for all paintball player types – kids, adults, male, female, beginners and experienced players. Paintball war games are a thrilling and exciting game of capture-the-flag where friends, family, and coworkers of all ages can play a heart pounding game of paintball. Pev’s Paintball Park is the first and only of its kind in the nation built from the ground up for paintball games. Forty eight acres with 14 playing fields; a town with 25+ buildings and props; a fortress with 3 mega towers and more – there’s a field and playing strategy for everyone.
This goes without saying. If you like to golf, there is a plethora of golf courses to choose from. There are three public or semi-private courses and five private courses situated right within the borders of Haymarket and Gainesville. The private courses are Country Clubs surrounded by gated communities with beautiful homes, gorgeous views and other amenities. The public/semi-private courses are Bull Run Golf Club, Virginia Oaks Golf Club and Stonewall Golf Club in Lake Manassas – all professionally designed, exceptional courses with beautiful views. See all homes for sale in Lake Manassas, Virginia Oaks and Bull Run Estates.
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Also worth mentioning …
From Haymarket Day to Earth Day to Holiday Event, events held in the town of Haymarket offer something for everyone. One of the best things about living and working in the center of the historic town of Haymarket, Virginia is the highly festive Town Events that are held right in downtown Haymarket. The annual Haymarket Day and Parade draws thousands of community members, performers and vendors each September. However, the celebrating doesn’t end there. There are many seasonal events held year-round that families, friends and neighbors all come out for. These spirited events often include live music, dancing, children’s activities, a variety of food and more! See the full list of these festive events.
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