As the Fourth Best Park System in the Nation, Arlington boasts a whopping 157 parks and nature centers to explore. With sports facilities, hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and lovely green spaces to breathe deeply and enjoy nature, they offer a respite from urban living. You can play every sport imaginable, including baseball, basketball, handball, pickleball, soccer, tennis, volleyball — and even bocce, disc golf, futsal and horseshoes.
They range from a pocket park like 0.1-acre bench-lined Belvedere Park to a behemoth like 100-acre Clencarlyn Park full of nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, a nature center and a rain garden.
Stop and smell the roses — literally — at Bon Air Park’s beautiful rose garden that features more than 120 different varieties, making it a popular wedding location. Let Rover roam at nine parks for pooches, including Fort Bernard Dog Park, Fort Ethan Allen Dog Park, James Hunter Dog Park or Shirlington Dog Park. Learn about Civil War history at Fort C.F. Smith Park’s Civil War Visitor Center.
Check out the Arlington County Parks & Recreation Department's calendar for free programs for all ages.