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Top Things to Do in Manassas VA

May 22

The city of Manassas VA is an independent city in Prince William County in the United States. It has a population of 42,772 as of 2020. It is home to the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park, site of two major Civil War battles, and a stone bridge rebuilt in 1884. The park also houses the Manassas Museum, where displays focus on local and Civil War history. The nearby Hylton Performing Arts Center hosts classical music, opera and theater productions. Learn more about Turner's Service Co. here.

In addition to its many parks and historical attractions, the region is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. One of its most prominent features is Bull Run Regional Park, which is filled with awesome activities, from disc golf to historical hiking trails carved out before European settlers arrived. For a change of pace, visitors can take in some of the area’s finest artisanal beverages at the Creative Brush Studio, a gallery that doubles as a mom-and-daughter team’s working studio.

Other top things to do in Manassas include visiting the city’s annual First Friday festivals, when it showcases local art and organizes themed activities. The city’s museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and displays Civil War memorabilia. Ben Lomond, a Federal-style plantation house, is another notable landmark. The city is also home to branch campuses of the American Public University System, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and ECPI College of Technology.

When it comes to education, the city has a number of high-performing public schools. Several have been awarded the College Success Award from GreatSchools, which recognizes schools that excel at getting students into college and keeping them there. The city is also served by the Manassas Regional Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country.

Located just outside of Washington, DC, Manassas is easily accessible via highway, rail and air. The nearest international airport is Dulles, which is about a 40-minute drive from the city. The city is also served by train services on the Amtrak’s New York to Chicago Cardinal and Boston to Roanoke Northeast Regional routes, and by commuter rail on the CSX Transportation-owned tracks that pass through the town. There is also a Metro station in downtown Manassas.