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Time to Get Outside

By Ann Marie Maher

President and CEO Discover Prince William & Manassas

Ann Marie Maher
Discover Prince William & Manassas

My family spends more time outdoors in June, when we also celebrate Father’s Day, of course. Take advantage of great activities in Prince William and Manassas to spend quality time with your family this month.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Historic Downtown Manassas Train Depot. Learn about Manassas’s rich railroad history at the annual Heritage Railway Festival on June 7. Take a train excursion, view the elaborate miniature train displays in Harris Pavilion and listen to live music as you stroll through the specialty vendors.

Experiencing the Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour and lunch on June 14 and June 28 in Dumfries is a perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day, which is June 15 this year. Board a pontoon boat and travel back to 1861 when the Confederate’s blockade stopped passage in and out of Washington, D.C.

Or bring Dad to the 10th annual Wine and Jazz Festival on June 15, held on the Manassas Museum lawn in Historic Downtown Manassas. The event features notable jazz artists and the opportunity to taste and purchase award-winning Virginia wine.

Exploring the more than 640 acres of wildlife at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge will get your family outside. Bike or drive through the established trails or roads. Talk to volunteers or take a picture at the photo blind on Marumsco Creek. The observation platform overlooking the Potomac River will take your breath away.

Or give your daughter an educational summer experience with a week of American Girl Doll Camp June 23-27 at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge. Each character’s historical life comes alive, and kids get to plant a victory garden, tie nautical knots and learn period dance.

Ann Marie Maher is the president and CEO of Discover Prince William & Manassas. For more information about what’s going on in Prince William and Manassas, visit  and like us on

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