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Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

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Frying Pan Farm Park is a park located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It has a variety of attractions of both a historic and recreational nature.The park contains the Frying Pan Meetinghouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating from the 18th century, and the Old Floris Schoolhouse, constructed in 1911.One of the attractions of the park is Kidwell Farm, a working demonstration farm. It recreates a 1930s farm and still has many animals including cows and horses. Frying Pan Farm Park hosts many equestrian events throughout the year at the Activities Center, featuring an indoor riding arena and two outside rings, and has a 4-H club.For many years turkeys pardoned in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation were sent to live at Frying Pan Farm Park.HistoryAccording to the park's webpage, the area was known as Frying Pan from 1726 until 1892 when it was renamed to Floris. Another source mentions a Frying Pan Springs, along with a story of the origin of both the Frying Pan (related to the nearby Coppermine) and Floris names.
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  • Always a fun place for all ages. It's a neighborhood gem that's been around for many years. My grandson loves seeing the animals, the hayrides, and the carousel. We can always find things in the.....  more »
  • We were looking for somewhere to go to get the kids out for a couple hours, and this place looked like a good idea. We had a great time. It’s easy to get around, and they’ve got lots of animals. It’s....  more »
  • Went on a Friday so didn't have to fight the crowds. Carnival rides were fun for the kids, no other entertainment set up yet and no food vendors except one which was very busy. Over all still fun for kids while avoids the overcrowding.
  • Great place to go with the family and can even take your dog. I was babysitting my three-year-old grandson and we visited the park on two occasions, one for the Easter egg hunt and the other just for kicks. He had a ball. It’s a County run facility and appears well-maintained and certainly affordable. Even with the egg hunt crowd it was manageable. I highly recommend it for an outing with children. in addition to the farm animals, there are two playgrounds side-by-side as well as well as a merry go around for a very small fee. There is a gift shop where you can get snacks as well as the restroom. So, what else do you need?

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