Shop for farm-fresh produce and handmade gifts at Annandale Farmer's Market, located just minutes outside of Washington, DC. Photo by Shelley Pauls/Unsplash
Annandale is a bustling suburb nestled in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia, just off the Washington, DC beltway. The community offers easy access to both the nation’s capital and Dulles International Airport while maintaining a small-town feel that locals and visitors love. If you live in the area, or are just passing through, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Annandale—many things to do in Annandale are affordable or free. Here are a few fun ways to engage with this vibrant, multicultural suburb. You may wish to contact businesses and recreation locations to find out their COVID-19 public health guidelines before heading out.
Sample Authentic Korean Cuisine
Any foodie can tell you that the best Korean food in the Washington, DC-metro area is found in Annandale. Though located just 13 miles outside of Washington DC, the Northern Virginia suburb seems a world away when it comes to outstanding Korean cuisine. Like other Asian restaurants in Annandale, Korean eateries aren’t especially concerned with social media reviews. That’s because they know that their devoted customers come for one thing only—great food and flavors that can’t be beat.
Korean fast food options in Annandale like Honey Pig and Bon Chon Chicken are fairly popular, but there are many other excellent and affordable Korean eateries throughout the area — including Kogiya Korean BBQ, Ye Chon Restaurant, and Hangang Korean Cuisine — offering a wonderful array of Korean dishes.
Up Your Golf Game
Play a round of golf or refine your game at Pinecrest Golf Course, conveniently located on Little River Turnpike when you enter Annandale off I-395. Managed by Fairfax County Parks Authority, you can get an electronic swing analysis or practice your game on the well-kept putting green. Stop by the indoor training area to learn the basics and develop a perfect shot. When you're ready to hit the green, rolling hills and peaceful ponds create the perfect environment for a relaxing day outdoors.
Take In the Sights and Sounds of the Local Outdoor Market
The Annandale Farmers Market is a weekly event with dozens of vendors showcasing the finest in locally grown produce, baked goods, and gifts. During the summer and fall seasons, the market opens every Thursday for limited hours during the day and offers items like homemade ice cream, pastries, and meats and dairy to delight your taste buds.
Treat Yourself to Upscale Shopping
Located just minutes from Annandale, Tysons Corner Center offers world class shopping and dining. This popular shopping destination has stores like Apple, Nordstrom, Restoration Hardware, Lenkersdorfer, and Sephora and restaurants such as Barrel & Bushel, Eddie V's, The Capital Grille, Earl's and Coastal Flats. If you’re staying at a hotel in or near Annandale, your preferred ride hailing app, such as Uber or Lyft, can get you to and from Tysons Corner safely in less than 15 minutes.
Get Out Your Skates, or Skateboard
Want to try a few skateboard or BMX bike moves while visiting Annandale? Wakefield Skate Park on Braddock Road has you covered, whether you're an expert or a beginner. The park has areas for skating, skateboarding and biking enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the excitement without being hassled. The skate park’s hours vary by the season, but generally, the park is open for at least eight hours daily. Viewing areas with picnic tables and tents allow park goers to have a fun time watching the action, too.
Plan a Picnic in the Great Outdoors
Enjoy access to Mason District Park as a visitor or resident, located on Columbia Pike in Annandale. The park boasts hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a picnic area and consession stands. During the summer, many free entertainment options are available at Mason District Park, such as the Arts in the Parks and Spotlight by Starlight series. Be sure to contact Fairfax County Parks Authority to reserve a tennis court or private picnic spot.