Five Things To Do For $5 Or Less In Prince William & Manassas
You’d be surprised at what five dollars can get you in Prince William & Manassas. Whether you like to learn about our nation’s history, want a little bit of paranormal adventure, or seek to get in touch with the outdoors, Prince William has something for everyone. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best things you can do on a budget:
The National Museum of the Marine Corps (Free)
You might have seen the 210- foot steel mass if you’ve ever driven by on interstate-95, but the inside of the museum shows you more than just a state-of-the-art facility. Here, you can see the story of America from the eyes of the U.S. Marines by experiencing endless galleries, exhibits, and tours. The museum can be thought of as a narrative of American history- each gallery represents a chapter of the heroic efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps during battles, conflicts, and other roles in preserving our nation’s freedom. While you’re there, you must check out the ‘Leatherneck Gallery’, where four aircrafts are exhibited that have been key to U.S. Marine missions.
Weems-Botts Museum ($4- includes guided tour)
The museum, located in Dumfries, is one of Prince William & Manassas’s hidden gems. The Weems-Botts Museum is a beloved local attraction that tells the fascinating story of Parson Weems, who crafted the story of George Washington and the Cherry Tree. The museum has also been a host to many paranormal and investigative crews that have visited trying to catch the ghosts that have been said to haunt the house.
Ben Lomond Historic Site & Old Rose Garden ($5)
This house is famous for its role in the Civil War as a makeshift hospital to treat wounded soldiers, many of whom left their names and messages on the walls that can still be seen today. You can take a tour of the beautiful home, learn about the lives of the many soldiers who were treated there, and explore the French inspired, 5,200 acre rose garden (the largest public rose garden in the U.S.) that has 160 cultivars and 200 rose shrubs. Just don’t forget to take pictures!
Manassas National Battlefield Park (Free)
History was made here at Manassas National Battlefield Park, which was the site of the First and Second Battles of the Civil War that forever changed America’s history. Take a step back in time on your trip here, where you can explore the 5,000 acre park, discover artifacts at the Henry Hill visitor center, and watch “Manassas: End of Innocence” in the theater. You can also check their schedule to see tour times, commemorative reenactments, and living history demonstrations that will be held throughout the summer.
Leesylvania State Park ($4 weekdays, $5 weekends)
This park combines both the adventure of history and the outdoors as you hike through the footsteps of America’s past. The land itself played a vital role in Virginia: it was originally the site of an Algonquian village, then acquired by the famous Lee family (yes, that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee), owned by the Fairfax family, and then a Confederate gun battery during the Civil War. Now the land is 500 acre park that is preserved for you to hike the many trails, explore the sandy beaches for the best bass fishing spot, and have a picnic in their many shelters. They also have walks that lead through historic homesteads as well as exhibitions about the area’s Civil War History.