Frying Pan is one of the most popular parks in Fairfax County. It preserves and interprets early 20th century farm life. There's no entry fee except for special events. Perhaps the best way to explore Frying Pan is just park your car and start walking around. The visitor center and rentable picnic shelter are near one of the park's two entrances off West Ox Road. The shelter and spaces in the visitor center can be rented. There's also an exhibit about farm life inside the center. Near the main entrance you'll see a preschool, a 1920s-era carousel, the park's country store, equestrian facilities, and the barns that house the farm animals. The daily wagon rides, weather permitting, start in this area. There's a natural surface road that connects this area to the visitor center. The north side of the park, beyond the equestrian areas, has wooded hiking trails near a creek named Frying Pan Branch. During the park's open hours, feel free to wander into the store, along the paths, and through the barns. Almost every afternoon at 4 p.m. visitors can try their hand at milking a cow. You'll see horses, pigs, chickens, goats, turkeys, ducks, peacocks and other animals common to farms of the early 1900s. You can learn about new animal births online. The park also has historic buildings, and Frying Pan hosts a four-day 4-H Fair and Carnival in late summer as well as other seasonal festivals.
Frying Pan offers a broad range of public programs. There are equestrian events and classes, corporate team building programs, a 4-H club, camps and workshops, school field trips, and scout programs. The site can host birthday parties, and there are rental facilities for group gatherings. If you feel like returning to the park again and again, consider spending a little time here as a volunteer.
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035