- Take a ride on the Lake Accotink Park antique carousel. The 26-horse carousel was built circa 1940. The horses are hand-carved, constructed of wood and cast-aluminum, and painted in whimsical colors and designs. The carousel runs every 30 minutes when the marina is open.
- Shop till you drop at Springfield Town Center. The town center features Macy’s, JC Penney, American Eagle, Chico’s, Topshop, Michael Kors, J.Crew, Forever 21, H&M, White House Black Market, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack, Regal Cinema and much more.
- Camp out at award-winning Burke Lake Park. In fast-paced Northern Virginia this is your place to pitch a tent, build a camp fire and enjoy a weekend under the stars. Each of the 100 wooded sites has a grill, picnic table and fire ring. Other amenities include potable water spigots, bathhouse (with hot showers and flushing toilets,) and a camp store.
- Play all day at TopGolf Alexandria. It’s about competition and sports entertainment – featuring a driving range, miniature golf course, restaurant and bar all in one. For its signature game, players score points by hitting balls (assigned using microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn.
- Visit a farmers market in the Greater Springfield area. Markets are open Friday’s 4 to 7 p.m. in Kingstowne, Saturday’s 8 a.m. to noon in Burke and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Springfield, and Sunday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lorton.
- Discover art and history at the Workhouse Arts Center and Prison Museum. Artist studios and gallery buildings are open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday’s noon to 5 p.m. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the artist studios, galleries and Prison Museum is free.
- Eat, eat, eat. Visit the Chamber’s online directory or ask a neighbor or front desk agent for their favorite restaurant recommendation. Want alfresco dining on a beautiful day? Try Walker’s Grille in Franconia, Austin Grill in West Springfield, Fireside Grill in Lorton or Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar at Springfield Town Center.
- Enjoy an outdoor summer concert. Lee District Nights concerts are held each Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lee District Park. Braddock Nights concerts are Friday evenings at Lake Accotink Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chairs. All concerts are free. For last minute performance cancellations due to inclement weather, call 703-324-SHOW one hour prior to the concert start time.
- Play like a kid at Dave & Busters. As its tagline says, this is where you can eat, drink, play and watch sports all under one roof. So if a summer day has rain in the forecast than this is where you’ll want to be stuck indoors. D&B is open seven days a week 11 a.m. to midnight, later on weekends.
Nancy-jo Manney is the executive director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a big cheerleader for her community. She's not a tour professional but plays one on occasion.