Centreville prior to the battle of Bull Run, in 1862

If you love history, you’ll love living in Northern Virginia. Around every corner you’ll find American History from the colonial era in Old Town Alexandria to the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Perhaps the most famous battles in the Civil War were fought in Manassas near the creek called Bull Run. This picture shows Centreville in 1862.

Centreville 1862 just prior to the battle of BULL run.

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Pool time Fun! Splashdown Water Park

Splashdown Water Park is a great place for recreation and fun for those living around Northern Virginia. This local water park is located in Prince William County at an official county park known as Ben Lomond Park. The park has facilities catered to a younger audience and is a great place for parents to relax.

Splashdown’s motto is “It’s like a day at the beach without the drive!” and the park lives up to this slogan. The park has 770 foot lazy river, a lap pool, activity pools, cannon ball slides, 4 story water slides, tropical twister water slides, lilly pad and log walks, and a huge sandy beach area with tons of sand. Prices are relatively low and parking is free.

The park hosts birthday parties and play date programs as well. There are cabana and life jacket rentals and the park even offers swimming lessons. Season passes and tickets are now available online. The park is located at 7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive, Manassas Virginia, 20109.

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Ben Lomond Regional Park

Ben Lomond Regional Park
7500 Ben Lomond Drive
Manassas, VA 20109
Contact Number: 703 361 4451

Ben Lomond Regional Park offers excitement and an array of activities for everyone including their 11 acre Splash Down Water Park situated between Old Town Manassas and Manassas National Battlefield including other expansions and upgrades.

The Splash Down Water Park features 5 water areas with 2 4 story water slides, children water slides, lazy river, boat slide, lap pool and zero entry depth beach area including water raindrops and bubblers and pavilions. The trail found at Ben Lomond Regional Park offer suitable hiking – walking path along Bull Run.

Ben Lomond Regional Park provides a variety of facilities to enjoy :

  • Updated Soccer Fields
  • Softball Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Playground
  • Picnic Areas
  • Hiking Trails

While Ben Lomond Regional Park provides fun filled activities, the nearby restaurants can provide nourishment after a long day of fun.

  • Great American Buffet at 8365 Sudley Road, Manassas 20109 that serves homemade dishes and baked goods.
  • Red Lobster at 7505 Broken Branch Lane in Manassas 20109 that serves their seafood specialty.
  • Taste Buds at 10421 Balls Ford Road in Manassas 20109 that serves traditional breakfast and lunch meals.

Manassas National Battlefield Park of Prince William County

Located north of Manassas in Prince William County, the Manassas National Battlefield Park sites the area where the American Civil War battles took place in July 21, 1861 ( First Battle of Bull Run) and in August 28 and 30, 1862 ( Second Battle of Bull Run – First Battle of Manassas).

The National Battlefield Park was established in 1940 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 15, 1966, that now offers everyone the chance to discover the site where the battles took place years ago along with the Henry Visitor Center located at the south entrance to the park that showcases the civil war era uniforms, weapons, gear, exhibits and more to highlight the First Battle of Bull Run.

Featured at Manassas National Battlefield Park:

  • Stone House – Found at the intersection of Sudley Road and Lee Highway that was occupied as a hospital during the battles.
  • Stone Bridge – Located on Lee Highway and within proximity of Bull Run where the Union retreated after the battles.
  • Brawner’s Farm – Location where the second battle began and renovated as a museum exhibiting the Second Battle of Bull Run.
  • Battery Heights – The Confederate batteries were deployed at the Union troops.
  • Matthews Hill – Site where the first battle begun.

  • The Unfinished Railroad Grade – Site where Jackson deployed his men for the second battle.
  • The Deep Cut – Area where Pope fired his attacks against the Grade.
  • Groveton – A Civil War era neighborhood with remains of a small house that was occupied by Lucinda Dogan with a Confederate Cemetry nearby.
  • New York Monuments – Site where 123 5th New York Zouaves men lost in 5 minutes.
  • Hazel Plain – Chinn family plantation now in ruins located across the Henry Hill Visitors Center.
  • Chinn Ridge – Counterattack of General James Longstreet of the second battle took place.
  • Portici – Francis Lewis plantation used as the Confederate Headquarters in the second battle now in ruins.
  • The Robinsons House – The home of James Robinson.

Manassas National Battlefield
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109

Learn to Golf or Just Have Fun at Manassas Hills Golf Course

Manassas Hills Golf Course is located at 7800 Willow Pond Ct in Manassas VA 20111. It was opened in 1959 with a ‘Golf Only’ facility featuring 1,021 yards of golfing land. It offers 9 hole par 3 golf course with 38 stall driving range for leisure. Everyone can practice, have fun and learn. Individual and group classes are offered by PGA Professional Fernando Martinez. With its location, anyone can take a break from work, or relax after work, play with family over the weekend and the like.


  • Teaching Pro
  • Putting Green
  • Chipping Area
  • Rental Clubs
  • Carts
  • Pull Carts
  • Food Bar

Homes Available Near Manassas Hills Golf Course.

Challenging Golf at General’s Ridge Golf Course

General’s Ridge Golf Course can be found at 9701 Manassas Drive in Manassas Park VA 20111. It had opened its doors in 1996 and with the course skillfully designed by Jerry Slack, General’s Ridge features 6,651 yards of golfing pleasure with a total of 72 par 18 holes and a driving range. Its challenging course provides a tough game for those looking for a good challenge to test their golfing skills.


  • Driving Range
  • Putting Green
  • Chipping Area
  • Practice Bunker
  • Indoor Practice Area
  • Work out Area
  • Pull Carts
  • Food and Beverages
  • Rental Clubs
  • Swimming Pools

Generals Ridge Golf Course carries a Signature Hole at Hole 16. With an 80- 100 ft drop off named as the ‘Big Valley’, golfers should find themselves in an extremely challenging game that requires precise skills.