Prince William County, VA

Area Guide

Northern Virginia’s Prince William County is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area, 25 miles south of Washington, D.C. Prince William County’s closeness to the D.C. Metro area provides its residents a variety of federal department and agency career opportunities and provides the county with an unprecedented economic stability, even during periods of nationwide economic downturn. A thriving biotech sector, world-class schools and innovative entrepreneurial opportunities are just a few of our county’s attractions. Prince William County is vibrant and naturally beautiful, banked by the shores of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and nestled beneath the rolling Piedmont Mountains. Life in Prince William County is a balanced fusion of the urban and suburban elements that is friendly and convenient for both residents and visitors to enjoy. To learn more about living in or visiting Prince William County, please visit:

Prince William County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Resident Guide

Fairfax County/Capital Region Visitors Center

Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County

Visit Virginia

Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC


Prince William County’s history is virtually synonymous with American history as a whole, and as such, this rich history is one of our area’s leading attractions. First settled by European explorers in 1608, Prince William County was created by an act of the General Assembly of the colony of Virginia in 1731. The area included in the original drafting eventually was divided into the areas now comprising Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, the City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park. Largely rural, the county’s population was centered for much of its lifetime near Manassas (home to the railroad junction) and the Potomac River port communities of Occoquan and Woodbridge. During the Civil War, Manassas became the site of two of American history’s most pivotal battles: the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, 1862. Outside of the South, these battles are often referred to as the first and second battles of Bull Run. In the 20 th century, Prince William County enjoyed a rebirth and reinvigorated life as a suburban center and today is home to both historic sites and the military installation Marine Corps Base Quantico. To learn more about Prince William County’s unique history, or to explore the historic sites of the region, please visit:

Prince William County Historic Sites

Prince William County Historic Attractions

The Historic Preservation Division of Prince William County

Civil War Traveler

Prince William County Civil War Heritage Trail PDF

Weems-Botts House Museum

Old Town Manassas


Manassas Museum


Fairfax County Museums

National Museum of the Marine Corps


Manassas National Battlefield Park


National Rifle Association Museum and Headquarters


Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air and Space Museum

Arlington National Cemetery


Old Town Alexandria

Mount Vernon Estate


Iwo Jima Memorial

U. S. Air Force Memorial

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Parks and Recreation

The mild climate of Prince William County makes most outdoor activities enjoyable and available throughout the seasons: from horseback and ATV riding, hiking, biking and rock climbing to fishing, swimming, sailing, kayaking and canoeing, there’s an adventure awaiting you by land or by water. Equestrian activities, camping, nature watching, nature touring, and picnicking are available at most area parks; no matter what your preference, there’s a place to enjoy it in Prince William County. Our county offers a wealth of beauty and preserved nature available to enjoy, which is unique in any large metropolitan area, allowing Prince William County residents to truly enjoy the best of both worlds—urban professionalism meets idyllic, semi-rural landscapes in Prince William County. The Prince William County Park Authority manages nearly 4,000 acres of park land, which include 50 public parks, two water parks, 4 recreation and community centers, 6 sports complexes, numerous golf ranges and an ice skating rink. Prince William Forest Park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region at over 15,000 acres. The hospitable climate makes biking a popular year round activity; there are over 86 miles of paved on-street and off-road bicycle trails available to metro area bikers, as well as the services of Capital Bikeshare, providing bicycle rentals for commuting or pleasure riding throughout the D.C. Metro area. The municipal, state and national parks of our area offer some of the nation’s finest bird watching, as well as history and nature coming together in the idyllic scenery of Virginia. To learn more about the parks, recreation, sports and activities available in Prince William County, please visit:

Prince William County Park Authority


Virginia State Park Service and Park Locations

Virginia National Parks, Services & Locations

Virginia Tourism, State Parks

Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority

Northern Virginia Regional Park Locations

Virginia Bike Trails

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Prince William Forest Park

Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area

Leesylvania State Park


Capital Bikeshare

Great Falls Park


Wolf Trap Farm Park


Sports and Activities


Virginia Outdoors

Prince William County Outdoor Sports and Recreation

Capital Bikeshare


Virginia Golfing

Prince William County Park Authority Golf Links

Old Dominion Speedway

Potomac Nationals Baseball

Virginia Destroyers Football

Northern Virginia Majestics Soccer

Northern Virginia Royals Soccer

Virginia Legacy Soccer

DC Rollergirls

Washington Wizards Basketball

Washington Mystics Basketball

Washington Redskins Football

Washington Capitals Hockey

DC United Soccer

Attractions and Activities

Though Prince William County is best known for its historic attractions and proximity to the D.C. metro area, the county is culturally diverse and cosmopolitan, offering residents and visitors some of the finest offerings in its museums, cultural attractions, arts exhibitions and theatrical performances. With a historically breathtaking setting, the arts scene of Prince William County is vibrant and thrives with the constant flow of visitors to the city. Our residents enjoy easy access to waterfront activities, theme parks, national museums, upscale shopping and dining destinations, and a diverse choice of entertainment opportunities. With everything from nightclubs and spas to world-class art galleries available, our residents have a busy calendar to choose from. Musical performances, theater events, dance recitals, art exhibits, festivals, and crafts shows are available daily. Wineries, breweries and an exciting array of tours—from historic to natural to ghost-hunting—are all available to experience year round, with special seasonal events scheduled to highlight the civic and natural spirit of the area. To learn more about the cultural, artistic and high-energy attractions of the Prince William County, please visit:

Northern Virginia Attractions

Splash Down Water Park

Six Flags America

Paramount’s King’s Dominion

Adventure Park USA

Dinosaur Land

Theatre, Culture and The Arts


Hylton Performing Arts Center


Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas

The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory


Hylton Memorial Chapel Events Center

Manassas Symphony Orchestra


Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles


The National Mall

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts


Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions

Prince William/Manassas Shopping Guide

Shopping in Historic Occoquan

Manassas Mall

Potomac Mills Mall

Echoes Museum Store

Prince William County/Manassas Antique Trail Shopping Guide

Dining in Prince William County

Prince William County Restaurants

Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Restaurants


Geologically, culturally, civically and historically rich, Prince William County is a progressive community that honors its histories and traditions while embracing modernization and technological advancement in their community.Prince William’s community calendar is full of festivals and events, changing constantly with seasonal scheduling, and our location makes the area events calendars easy accessible to our residents, ensuring that there’s never a dull moment in Prince William County! Annual events span a diverse range and ensure that there’s an event scheduled to meet anyone’s taste. Civil War re-enactments, 1 st Sunday ballroom dances, Friday night American Legion dinners, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Shamrock Fest, the Gaithersburg Book Festival and the Alexandria Film Festival are area favorites that are not to be missed. To find out what sporting, historic, cultural or ecological events are happening during your time in Prince William County, please visit:

Prince William County/Manassas Events Calendar


Virginia Exhibits and Events Search Guide

Virginia Festivals Search Guide

1st Sunday Ballroom Dances at the Center for the Arts in Old Town Manassas

Friday Post Dinners at American Legion Post 364


National Cherry Blossom Festival

Alexandria Film Festival

Capital Fringe Festival – A Washington, DC Festival of Performing Arts


Gaithersburg Book Festival

Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival

Mid-Atlantic Shamrock Fest

Dan Radtke
Dan Radtke
The Freedom Team