Parks and recreation
Restonians can avail themselves of the many cultural activities in Washington, D.C., by driving 20 miles (32 km) into the city or taking buses to connect to a Metro train. Two upscale shopping centers are located nearby in Tysons Corner, as well as the shops located throughout Reston and nearby Herndon.
Two miles (3 km) from Reston on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) is the Colvin Run Mill, operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. It is a working 1811 gristmill that won a first-place restoration award from the American Institute of Architects in 1973. The miller’s house, barn, and historic post office/gift shop provide visitors with a glimpse of nineteenth century rural Virginia life. Daily public tours are offered. A few miles to the west along the same road there is the historic 1820 Dranesville Tavern, also operated by the park authority and rented out for weddings, parties, and corporate functions.
Also in Reston is the 476-acre (1.9 km2) Lake Fairfax Park, operated by the county. It features boat rentals from a new marina, a large outdoor pool complex called “The Water Mine”, overnight campground facilities, picnic areas, and fireworks on Independence Day.
The Roer’s Safari is located on the northeast edge of the community. It has 30 acres (120,000 m2) dedicated to family-friendly animal interaction with bus rides and feeding stations. The animals include zebras, antelope, bison, cheetah, emu, giraffe, camels, goats, a reptile house, and waterfowl.
Reston has an assortment of pools, which are dedicated for recreational use in the summer, located near man-made freshwater lakes. An indoor pool is open year-round in the Reston Community Center. The Reston Association Nature Center provides services such as nature walks, charity events, and conservation efforts. There are also events held at the Reston Town Centre all year round, including an ice-skating ring during winters.
Two golf courses are located in Reston, one public and one private. Each neighborhood has its own public swimming pool, a total of 15, and there are many tennis courts located near Lake Anne.
The Washington and Old Dominion trail, a 45-mile-long (72 km) pathway built solely for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, also runs through Reston.
Reston has 55 miles (89 km) of pathways that wind throughout the community. The centerpiece of Reston’s focus on nature is the Vernon J. Walker Nature Education Center. Walker Nature Center’s 72 acres (290,000 m2) of hardwood forest provide the setting for a picnic pavilion, campfire ring, and other facilities that support its outreach programs. On November 19, 2008, construction began on a new nature house on the north side of the center. When completed in 2009, it was LEED gold-certified.