Local Attractions

Planning an outing or just want to do something a little different before or after your trip to the con? Check out some of the places below. We'll be adding more localities and attractions in a future site update.

The Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse is one of the best cinema experiences on the planet. This theater chain is known for their food, beers, and their infamous no talking, no disruption policy. The theater is roughly 30 minutes from the hotel, but if you're in the area it's well worth the trip.

Frying Pan Park

The park interprets rural community life from the 1920s to the 1950s, which included the advent of the tractor, the milking machine, mechanical balers, and more. There is a visitor center, country store, wagon rides, and Kidwell Farm with horses, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows and pigs.

Reston Zoo

The 30-acre petting zoo, located in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia, provides an "up close and personal" experience with animals such as alligators, camels, reptiles, zebras, antelope, bison, ostrich, and lots more. You can bottle-feed lambs and hand-feed goats, sheep, and llamas.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

The 95 acre botanical garden, operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, includes unique native plant collections, walking trails, lakes, gazebos, a visitor center, and a restored 18th-century cabin.

Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum

The Udvar Hazy is part of the historic Smithsonian museums, and offers a rich look into the history of air and space flight. The museum showcases thousands of aviation of space artifacts, including an SR-71 Blackbird and the space shuttle Discovery.