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Things to do near Dulles Airport

Updated on July 3, 2017

Near Dulles Airport

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Udvar- Hazy Center, Dulles, VA, June 2014.A large mouth bass caught, and released, at Claude Moore Park.Claude Moore Park, October 2014.A Regal Cinema in Sterling, VA, December 7, 2014.
Udvar- Hazy Center, Dulles, VA, June 2014.
Udvar- Hazy Center, Dulles, VA, June 2014. | Source
A large mouth bass caught, and released, at Claude Moore Park.
A large mouth bass caught, and released, at Claude Moore Park. | Source
Claude Moore Park, October 2014.
Claude Moore Park, October 2014. | Source
A Regal Cinema in Sterling, VA, December 7, 2014.
A Regal Cinema in Sterling, VA, December 7, 2014. | Source

What You Can Do or See

You are on your own near Dulles International Airport. Your time is limited so you have nothing to do and no place to go. This is not true.

You are close to Dulles Town Center. It is a major shopping mall but it is rarely crowded. Some major chain restaurant chains, such as Red Robin, Red Lobster, and The Cheesecake Factory, ring the mall. The mall itself has a large food court. It also has a Regal Cinemas movieplex. There is also the Regal Countryside Stadium 10, which is in nearby Sterling.

The Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park is just a couple of minutes from Dulles Town Center. The Park has a driving range, putting green, miniature golf, and batting cages. If you are interested in ice skating you can check the schedule of the Ashburn Ice House to see if they have public skating.

There is a recreation center at Claude Moore Park. The center has an aerobics studio, a 20-lane competition pool, a leisure pool with a hot tub spa, a rock climbing wall, jogging track, and more. If you like fishing there are two ponds in the park. The two ponds are stocked with fish, albeit small ones. Claude Moore Park is also a good place for a walk in the park.

If you would like to do some touring there are two nearby places. At the airport there is the Udvar-Hazy Center. This aviation museum is an aviation buff’s dream. It has a vast collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Its collection includes the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The center also has an IMAX theater and an observation tower. From the observation tower you will get a close up look at aircraft as they fly by the tower. While admission is free parking costs $15. The museum is open every day except Christmas. Its hours are 10:00am-5:30pm.

On the other side of Route 28, Sully Road, is the Sully Plantation. This historic plantation will give you a good view of life in the anti-bellum south. The plantation is open from 11:00am-4:00pm and the last tour is at 3:00pm. Tickets are $7 for adults under 65 and $5 for seniors.

Special Events and Activities

Claude Moore Park and the Sully Plantation have special events and activities. Probably the most famous event in the area is the annual Plane Pull at Dulles Airport. This takes place in September. On a Saturday in June the Udar-Hazy Center hosts a fly in of civilian owned aircraft. The Dulles Expo Center has numerous events, such as the National Gun Show, the Washington Camping RV EXPO, and the Tet Festival, throughout the year. On Friday evenings during the summer antique car owners bring their vehicles to the Dulles Crossing Plaza. Owners park their vehicles next to the Chick fil A.

If you are near Dulles International Airport you don’t have to travel far to find something to do or somewhere to go.

Special Events

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Pilot's Day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles, VA., June 2014.An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014.A team pulls a plane at the 2013 Plane Pull, Dulles IAP, VA.An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014.A fireworks display at Ashburn, VA, June 2015.A family day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, June 2015.
Pilot's Day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles, VA., June 2014.
Pilot's Day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles, VA., June 2014. | Source
An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014.
An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014. | Source
A team pulls a plane at the 2013 Plane Pull, Dulles IAP, VA.
A team pulls a plane at the 2013 Plane Pull, Dulles IAP, VA. | Source
An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014.
An antique car at Dulles Crossing Plaza, summer 2014. | Source
A fireworks display at Ashburn, VA, June 2015.
A fireworks display at Ashburn, VA, June 2015. | Source
A family day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, June 2015.
A family day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, June 2015. | Source

Fair Warning

For motorists Dulles IAP should be viewed as a giant speed trap. Obey the speed limit and other rules of the roads.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Thank you for reading and for sharing. There are many interesting places in the Washington DC area, outside of Washington DC itself. I have some co-workers who live in India and are rotated here from time to time. They are housed near Dulles. I assume they are not alone in this regard. Someone visiting DC can get a bus from the Air & Space Museum in DC to the Udvar-Hazy Center. I think the bus costs $15, which is the same it costs to park at Udvar-Hazy. For someone interested in aircraft the Udvar-Hazy Center is well worth a special trip.

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Sounds like there is so much to do one should perhaps stay over for a few days to do it all! This is very informative for anyone touristing in the D.C. area and anyone who is wondering what they could do that would be different on their annual vacation. Sharing this with my followers. Well done!