Sitting on the couch and binging Outer Banks and All American might be on many people's to-do list for the weekend. Getting out and exploring the great outdoors could be a good change of pace though. This park in Virginia is one place visitors and residents can enjoy while the weather warms up, and is the perfect spot for a unique day date.

Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Virginia is a National Park Service site located just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The large grassy nook is perfect for picnics, or even just taking a stroll through the great outdoors.

But that's not all that people come here for. Many show up with their eyes to the skies to watch jet planes soar over them as they take off from a nearby airport for a one-of-a-kind experience.

This is the closest you can get to a moving airplane without actually being in one, going to an airport, or standing on the tarmac. You might even feel as if you could simply reach up and pluck them from the sky.

Enjoy a picnic with your boo while watching the clouds and waiting for the jets to pass by. You'll know when they're about to fly by from the loud whooshing sounds they make.


Parking is a bit limited here, but there is no cost to visit. To avoid hunting for a spot, you could bike or hike in using the Mount Vernon Trail. There's also a boat ramp for those who want to float up.

The park has a bit of interesting history too.

This spot was originally home to a man named Captain John Alexander. Built in 1746, his home was called Abingdon. The stepson of President George Washinton actually lived there at one point as well.

The house was almost destroyed by a fire in 1930, but by 1998, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority had rebuilt and renovated it and created an entire exhibit of artifacts people can see in Terminal A of the nearby airport, according to Virginia's official tourism website.

This could be a perfect spot for a unique weekend date with your boo thang. Whether visitors want to lounge by the water or hike the trails, there's something everyone can enjoy here.

Gravelly Point Park 

Price: Free

Address: Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA 

Why You Need To Go: This is a great park to have an afternoon picnic in and visitors will be able to see jets fly over themselves every now and then. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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