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Frying Pan Park, Herndon

(4.5/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Frying Pan Park is a park located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It has a variety of attractions of both a historic and recreational nature.The park contains the Frying Pan Meetinghouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating from the 18th century, and the Old Floris Schoolhouse, constructed in 1911.One of the attractions of the park is Kidwell Farm, a working demonstration farm. It recreates a 1930s farm and still has many animals including cows and horses. Frying Pan Park hosts many equestrian events throughout the year at the Activities Center, featuring an indoor riding arena and two outside rings, and has a 4-H club.For many years turkeys pardoned in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation were sent to live at Frying Pan Park.HistoryAccording to the park's webpage, the area was known as Frying Pan from 1726 until 1892 when it was renamed to Floris. Another source mentions a Frying Pan Springs, along with a story of the origin of both the Frying Pan (related to the nearby Coppermine) and Floris names.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place is so nice! Free admission, tons of animals, and babies too! Very nice info center, and huge farm with play tractors. Went on a very cold day and still enjoyed it. Will return again.  more »
  • Great childhood playground! I grew up a mile from this beautiful park. There are many farm animals such as Percheron horses, cows, Turkey, pigs, sheep, and chickens the visitors can pet and handle. Th...  more »
  • In a town filled with limitless options for organized team sports, indoor playgrounds, karate, swim lessons, music classes, and children's entertainers, I appreciate a break from all the hoopla. For m...  more »
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  • Frying Pan Farm Park is a great place to take the family! There are plenty of things to see and do, including educational experiences.
  • All children in the area should go to this place. First, it is free. It also has a petting farm with many different farm animals. At 5, you can go to milk the cow. It also has a playground with mini tractors. History buffs will also enjoys viewing the historic buildings. Hay rides and carousel rides are available for a small fee.
  • My 2 year-old daughter loves this place. We had her birthday party there.
  • Great place to go if your kid likes animals. It's free! There are cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, ducks, goats, etc.
  • Wonderful spot for kids. Working farm with variety of animals. Also has an antique carousel for a small fee.