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“Airplane watching”

Gravelly Point Park
Ranked #12 of 93 things to do in Arlington
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Falls Church, Virginia
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Airplane watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Visited here over the summer on a motorcycle ride and it was perfect. Great place to set up and have a picnic and some wine and watch the airplanes take off and land, as well as watch the folks having fun in the water on boats and jet skis.

Visited February 2014
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Shelton, Connecticut
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“Cloudy Day but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

We went to watch the planes land on the our ride home. There's a large park here and a pond with ducks. My 3 year old niece enjoyed it.

Visited February 2014
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Vienna, VA
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Free plane watching”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

Depending on the weather, this venue at the north end of Reagan National Airport will find planes taking off or landing. Most of the time the plane watching is fun. Be aware that the parking lot can be hangout on weekend evenings with music and plenty of teens and young adults. Don't even try to go here to watch the Fourth of July fireworks as the parking lot significantly exceeds capacity.

Visited May 2013
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Annandale, Virginia
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun for Everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is an exciting spot to watch airplanes land and take off. They fly right over your head at a very low altitude. The kids will love it as well as the adults. Take your camera and get some great shots. Plenty of parking, a place to picnic, a beautiful view and porta potties are available. It's located just north of Reagan National Airport. You have to be going north to get there.

Visited November 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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89 reviews
60 attraction reviews
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“Great spot for planespotting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

The park is at the north end of runway 1/19. Depending on the wind direction it is a great location to watch planes either landing or taking off. There is also a boat ramps and very active biking / running trail. Parking at the park can be hard to come by in the summer months with nice weather. Please pay attention when you are here and don't stand or let your kids play on the trail. As I said, the trail is extremely busy in good weather and you need to be aware of the bikers at all time. They can only do so much to alert you to there presence.

Visited August 2013
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