Things to See and Do at Frying Pan
Frying Pan is one of the most popular parks in Fairfax County. It preserves and interprets farms and farm life of the first half of the 20th century. 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 on the southeast corner of the park. The shelter and spaces in the visitor center can be rented. There's also an exhibit about farm life inside the center. The main entrance is off the southwest corner of the park. That's where you'll find 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. there's a milking at which visitors can try their hand at milking a cow. You'll also 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.
Programs and Organized Activities
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.