Tysons Corner Attractions
By Jun S. Published Sep 7th, 2016
Tysons Corner is an unincorporated community and a census designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. Summer of 2016 will find “Corner” being dropped from the CDP. It lies within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and had a population of 19,627 as of the 2010 census with an estimate of 21,799 people in 2012.
Most famous are the two super-regional shopping malls, Tysons Corner Center (the largest shopping mall in the state that was one of the first climate-controlled fully- enclosed malls in the Washington metropolitan area) and the more upscale Tysons Galleria. The two present exciting attractions for those who love to shop. Each weekday it is reported that Tysons Corner draws 55,000 shoppers from around the region and is the twelfth largest employment center in the United States.
Freedom Hill Fort
This interesting little-known piece of history is the site of a last-ditch effort to thwart the Confederates. There is a marker and a trail along with a playground for children. Built near the end of the Civil War in 1864-1865 overlooking the valley, this was one of the small earthen outposts, called redoubts, constructed from local timber, which did not even protect the occupants from the weather. The men had to live in tents. That Fifth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery was assigned to protect the nearby Peach Grove Stockade. It is believed there was no major action as eight men stayed for one week and rotated with other soldiers from the main unit two miles away.
This little gem of a theater is hidden behind an auto body shop in an industrial area but is worth finding. The cost is reasonable, there are no parking issues, and you are able to view enjoyable productions with talented and enthusiastic actors in ambient surroundings with comfortable seats.
Lake Fairfax Park
Visit this nearby park for fun outdoor activities for the whole family. A day on the lake can include fishing, swimming, boating and tubing. There are also hiking trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and a skate park.