River Farm is a fantastic place to let your kids run around, and it’s free! Just up the GW Parkway from Mount Vernon (between Old Town and Mount Vernon) it has views that rival those found at Mount Vernon. They have created several types of gardens and meadows to run around in, including a ‘children’s garden’ that include play houses and a fort:
“River Farm’s popular Children’s Garden, initially developed by school groups and professional landscape designers, is made up of more than a dozen small themed gardens designed to stimulate children’s interest in plants and nature. With the help of many volunteers and a dedicated staff, these gardens delight the child in all of us. Today there are thirteen gardens to explore and use your imagination.” – from River Garden website
Year-round Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
April through September, also open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
Closed on national holidays.