Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
Encompassing more than 53 ha (130 acres), Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts features amphitheaters that host musicals, dance, opera, and jazz performances. More than half of the area is undeveloped, with woodlands, wetlands, streams, and wildlife. Join a performance at the indoor/outdoor theater, which can host 7,000 guests across its seats and lawns. Visit a 382-seat venue in an 18th-century barn or a children's theater in the woods. You can also search for deer, foxes, groundhogs, and raccoons, and observe more than 120 species of birds. Be sure to dress comfortably, as most activities happen outdoors. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts by using our Vienna trip itinerary builder.
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  • The venue was perfect for a wedding. The ceremony took place in front of the stage then everyone moved to the bar area for cocktail hour. While the guests were in the other room the performance space ...  read more »
  • Our travel to Virginia came too late to view a concert, but it was obvious this would be a marvelous site to view a concert. Just walking the grounds was beautiful. 
  • Great musical entertainment. The venue is outdoors under the stars and features performances from a wide range to talented musicians and performers. Seating is available on a grassy hillside or under ...  read more »
  • I have seen tons of shows here. I will definitely recommend the covered amphitheatre seating because buying tickets 2 months in advance makes planning for weather rather difficult. With that said, the lawn seating is a great spot for a night time picnic that you can bring your own alcohol to. Great shows for reasonable prices and a fun woodsy vibe.
  • I love Wolf Trap. Seeing a concert on the lawn on a summer evening is one of the great joys of living in the DC area. But be prepared for certain inconveniences, such as driving there, parking, standing in line, and waiting a long time to get back out of the parking lot afterwards. Also, the concessions are (not surprisingly) expensive. If you sit on the lawn, plan to get there early for a good seat (gates open 1:30 before the show), bring blankets to sit on and food (and wine! it's allowed), relax and enjoy. I'm not rich enough to become a member and get into the VIP lounge area but it sure looks nice when I'm standing in line sweating my *** off.
  • One of the absolute best outdoor concert venues in the MD/DC/VA area! I love getting extremely affordable tickets to sit on the lawn and then bringing our own food and alcohol to picnic before the show begins. They always have an incredible lineup of artists every year and I thoroughly enjoy coming back time and time again.
  • I had never heard of Wolf Trap before spending the summer in DC. To say the least, I was surprised that there is a national park for the performing arts. When I learned of this I knew I had to go to a show there. I was able to make it to Ira Glass's performance. I am really impressed that Wolf Trap provides a shuttle service from the DC Metro. We were visiting other sites so we ended up driving but if I ever go back I will surely take advantage of the shuttle option. The venue itself is quite cool. We sat in the lawn. Our experience was not at all diminished by this. Instead, we paid only $25 per seat and had a great view. I would highly recommend the lawn if you don't mind sitting on the ground. Consider bringing bug spray and prepare for a decent wait to get out of the parking lot. These are things that shouldn't be surprises and don't take away from the overall Wolf Trap experience.
  • Wolf trap is an amazing concert venue. Surrounded by trees and nature is is as beautiful as it is unique. If you splurged and got assigned seats in the covered area do yourself a favor and picnic outside before entering. If you are on the fill get there before the gates open to make sure you will have a good seat/view. Picnic once you have staked your claim (bring a blanket).
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