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“Great outdoors fun for kids!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frying Pan Park

Frying Pan Park
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171
703-437-9101
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Herndon
Type: Farms
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Owner description: Working farm, live animals, playground, country store, tractor rides, farmer's market
Sterling, Virginia
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“Great outdoors fun for kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our family enjoys going to Frying Pan park, especially in the springtime when new animal babies are out! It's awesome that it's free, and you can walk about at your leisure. The playgrounds are fun, and the hayride and carousel are good if you need an extra activity. Lots of space available for picnics, so we can easily spend a few hours there. A very cute place to visit!

Visited April 2013
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Fairfax, VA
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“Great place to take your kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Frying Pan Park is a hidden gem. Not far from Dulles airport it's a working farm museum. The staff are very friendly and informed. The kids can see all sorts of farm animals. For the techno-geeky inclined there's a geo cache (perhaps more than one) there. Frying Pan park is also where the turkeys that the President pardons each Thanksgiving get to live.

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Reston, Virginia
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“A farm in the middle of Fairfax”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you want your crowded suburb-living Fairfax kids to see animals, this is as quick and easy as anyplace. Some well fed and well loved pigs, goats, and cows - even a peacock or two.

My wife came here to take horse riding lessons, which were great, while the toddler and I wandered around climbing rocks, and the playgrounds nextdoor are good, too. In the summer, they even have hay rides and a carousel.

Visited January 2013
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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“Great park to learn about farm animals.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We took our 2 young grandchildren a couple of times and it is always fun. There is a nice playground and small store in addition to all the farm animals that children have a chance to pet. This makes for a fun activity for a few hours and we will continue to go when we visit. Each season brings new animals and activities.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia
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“Interesting for the Under 5 Crowd”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I had occasion to visit the park twice over the the past couple of weeks, once with my granddaugther and once with my grandson, both nearing the age of two. The cost is free, which is always a good thing. It's a large enough setting, but on a cold day you probably want to head straight to the Kidwell Barn where they have pigs (and too many piglets to count, under a heat lamp), goats and calves. Just outside the barn on one side are the large percheron work horses.
In the opposite direction you find a chicken coop and some large grassy areas where the sheep, goats and cows tend to the lawns. The goats are friendly enough that they accept some of the long fresh green grass that you offer them.
Other pens held peacocks, a turkey and ducks. I would suggest you bring a stroller to walk the farm because both my little ones got tired and wanted to be carried.
On weekends there may be activities going on in one of the large covered ring areas. My granddaughter got to watch some dogs go through agility exercises while we warmed up inside. Before you get to the barn, there is a mulched play area with 4 small tractors that kids can climb up on and pretend to drive. That's a very unique and popular feature at the farm. I'd say one to two hours is plenty of time to devote for this outing. There are picnic tables, so if it's a nice day bring a lunch.

Visited November 2012
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