Things to Do in Tysons Corner

Fun Outdoor Activities to Do with Friends and Family

In addition to workouts at Thesis in Tysons Corner, we always encourage our members to keep active and participate in outdoor activities and exercise in and around the various parks and adventure spots around Tysons. Shopping for the wide variety of fruits and vegetables at the local farmers markets can help keep you eating healthy too. The combination of these outdoor activities along with working out at Thesis ensures you stay healthy and motivated, and follow your fitness plan, while increasing your metabolism.

Places to Hike & Walk Near Tysons

Hiking and walking are fun things to do in Tysons Corner and the surrounding area parks and  are a heart-healthy way to keep you in your best physical condition, along with working out regularly at Thesis. Varying your fitness routine by getting outside and involved in Tysons Corner activities keeps you from getting bored. When you’re outside, your body gets Vitamin D from the sun, which is essential for immune and muscle function, strong bones, cardiovascular health, and mood regulation. Outdoor exercise also provides you with the mental health benefits of exploring nature, as well as the physical benefits of hiking and walking. For those who are trying to lose weight, hiking and walking can be a pleasant way to get moving and burn more calories. You may even connect with some new healthy friends who are also enjoying the activities at these parks:

  • Great Falls Park in McLean features well-marked hiking trails that vary in difficulty. Popular trails include the River Trail, Mather Gorge, and the Patowmack Canal Trail. Three main overlooks provide safe and excellent views of the Great Falls. If you're feeling adventurous, try rock climbing. Cyclists can ride on the park’s entrance roads and the connecting trails that link up with nearby regional and national park trails.
  • Scott's Run Nature Preserve in McLean has rugged trails perfect for hiking enthusiasts looking for a bit of a challenge along with picturesque views of the Potomac River.
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna features over 95 acres of beautifully maintained grounds with paved and natural trails. Visitors can enjoy leisurely walks or more brisk hikes while exploring diverse plant collections and scenic landscapes.
  • Colvin Run Mill Park in Wolf Trap has wonderful walking and hiking trails that provide a scenic environment for exercising in nature.
  • Turkey Run Park in McLean has hikes that are suitable for casual walkers or more serious hikers. Trails are also popular among runners and joggers seeking a scenic and challenging route. There are scenic views along the river and through forested areas.
  • Wildwood Park in Vienna is an area that promotes fitness catering to families, nature enthusiasts, and those who want to stay active. It features a network of paved trails that wind through scenic wooded areas. The trails are perfect for walking, jogging, or a leisurely bike ride, providing a peaceful environment for exercise.

Farmers Markets Near Tysons

If you’re looking for other healthy things to do in Tysons Corner, visiting Farmer’s Markets for fresh vegetables is a way to ensure you eat a healthy diet and maintain your nutrition plan, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Below are a few Farmers Markets you may enjoy visiting near Tysons to purchase healthy food:

  • Falls Church Farmers Market: This vibrant market has over 50 vendors offering a diverse range of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and artisanal goods, attracting a loyal following every Saturday., year-round.
  • McLean Farmers Market: This seasonal market runs from May through November and features local farmers who offer fresh fruits and vegetables in a friendly, community-oriented atmosphere.
  • Reston Farm Garden Market: Known for its charming setting, it operates year-round, offering fresh produce and local specialties.
  • Freshfarm Mosaic Market: Located in the stylish Mosaic District, this market is part of the larger Freshfarm network and is a bustling weekend hotspot, providing farm-fresh produce, dairy products, and more, with a focus on sustainability and community engagement.
  • Old Town Farmers’ Market: As one of the country’s oldest continually operating farmers markets, it offers a rich selection of local produce every Saturday, while steeped in history and community tradition.
  • Vienna Farmers Market: This market runs from May to October providing a unique local shopping experience. It’s a community favorite, offering fresh, local produce in a welcoming, family-friendly environment.

Adventurous Outdoor Activities Near Tysons

If you’re someone who really likes adventure and getting your adrenaline pumping while staying active, then there are also plenty of outdoor adventure parks and companies in the area that could have something for you. The activities they offer are a great challenge and change of pace for everyone but especially people who are into sports performance and strength training, because they force you to work your muscles in different ways and work muscles that you may not work on a regular basis.

  • Harpers Ferry Adventure Center: This center offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and tubing. This is the perfect spot for active adventure seekers looking to experience the natural beauty and history of Harpers Ferry while participating in healthy, fun activities.
  • Terrapin Adventures: Terrapin Adventures brings thrilling aerial adventure with its high ropes courses, zip lines, giant swing, and climbing tower, all designed to provide fun challenges that promote team-building and personal growth while staying active. 
  • Adventure Links: Adventure Links offers group activities ideal for large family gatherings, youth groups, and corporate outings. It provides programs that focus on team-building and outdoor education and also emphasizes the positive social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of time spent outdoors.
  • Penguin Paddling: Penguin Paddling offers kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals and guided tours, allowing visitors to explore the waterways of Occoquan and the surrounding environments. Kayaking and paddleboarding are great physical activities for improving cardiovascular fitness, enhancing muscle strength, and increasing flexibility and core stability, all while providing a peaceful mental health boost from being on the water.
  • The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School: This aerial adventure park in Sandy Spring, Maryland, features the largest ropes course in North America, offering over 13 different trails of varying difficulty levels across the treetops, suitable for all ages and skill levels and perfect for families, friends, and team-building events.

Getting outdoor physical activity is one of the best choices you can make to preserve your health. We’re fortunate there are so many things to do in and around the Tysons area to enjoy the outdoors and stay active. While you’re doing these activities, make sure you’re stretching, staying hydrated, and listening to your body to help prevent injury.

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