We visited River Farm  in Alexandria earlier in the week, and had a blast!  What used to be one of George Washington’s five farms is now the home to the American Horticultural Society and a great place to take kids. There are beautiful flowers and trees, hands-on children’s gardens, and amazing views of the Potomac.

There are 25 acres of lawns and gardens at River Farm, and it is open to the public from 9am- – 5pm Monday thru Friday, and on Saturdays 9am – 1pm from April to September.

The entire grounds are fun to wander around with kids, but they will especially love the 13 small themed children’s gardens: The Fairy Tale Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Rest Stop, Beau Beau’s Garden, Alphabet Garden, Wobby The Worm, Scratch and Sniff Garden, Boat Garden, Hide-n-Seek Garden, Little House on the Prairie, Rock-n-Roll Garden, The Maze Garden, and Bat Cave.

We had a GREAT time exploring the gardens- we dug in the dirt pit with shovels, climbed around the speed boat filled with sand, ran & crawled through two tunnels, climbed all over the pergola, and played in the wooden playhouse.

There are picnic tables and lots of grassy space to lay out a blanket, so it is a fun place to bring a lunch and shady enough to stay awhile on a hot day.  The breeze from the Potomac makes it much cooler as well.

Spring is a fantastic time to visit River Farm, as they have many flowers in bloom- tulips, magnolia, wisteria, azaleas, lilacs, rhododendron, redbud, plus many more.

The farm is located off George Washington Parkway, just 5 miles south of Old Town Alexandria.