Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna

4.6
#2 of 18 in Parks in Fairfax County
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. Using our world travel planner, Vienna attractions like Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A beautiful concert venue. Great lineup throughout the warm months. Venue has decent food options, sufficient restrooms, and nearby parking. The structure is a beautiful acoustic wood building with ve...  more »
  • It is a theater where to put works super good outdoors. You carry your blanket, your food and drink and enjoy the work.
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  • Wolf Trap always offers great shows during the summer in their outdoor theater. It's a bit of a hike (uphill) from the parking lot (carts can take handicapped folks), but it's a lovely location. Have ...  more »
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  • Nice outdoor concert venue with a rustic, lodge feel. The rows of seats were angled and spaced well enough to provide a good view of the stage over the heads of other guests, at least in the Loge Section I was in. The box seats in front of us looked nice, so I'd be willing to pay a little extra for those next time. The open lawn seating was very crowded and uncovered (fortunately, it didn't rain) but for people on the lawns, they could bring their own chairs or blankets and coolers with drinks, which cuts down on costs, but likely requires an early arrival for the best viewing locations. The lawn areas way in back didn't look that appealing. If you're in assigned seating, you have to buy a Wolf Trap tumbler for drinks ($5 each, which you can bring back for other events), and beers were pricey for the amount you get in the cup ($10.50 each). Overall, despite the tumbler and beer prices, it was a great venue.
  • I absolutely love this park. I've been for a concert in the venue space and I've been just to explore the nature park space with a ranger, both experiences were a joy! There are some great vistas within the nature areas, but some of the trails do go up close to the wall of the freeway. There is a cool theater-in-the-woods for kids which is neat. But I recommend that anyone with larger hips get lawn seating if you go to see a show at the main Wolf trap venue, as the chairs in the outdoor auditorium are very narrow. But they may have changed them since I went in 2009.
  • Summertime fun! We arrived an hour early, got great parking, swiftly hopped on a shuttle and experienced no lines! The food is overpriced, but that's to be expected. We got tickets on Groupon, so paid a little extra for the orchestra seats. It was worth it to have a seat to sit in and be under the awning. Overall great fun! Planning to go back before summer ends.
  • Wonderful. Is just amazing. The music is incredible, the sound is so good, awesome place to go with family, friends, couple, with everyone one. You can find food, drink, souvenirs, the parking is so big a little hard at the end of the night but still good. Is also a bus for public transportation. The restrooms are nice.
  • Overall, my first experience at Wolf Trap was a poor one. Please be aware that Wolf Trap over sells the lawn, similar to the practice of Airlines over booking flights. Therefore, there was not a single open spot by the time we arrived. We were forced to sit in the grass to the left of the stage in which our views were completely obstructed by wooden pillars. Every time I tried to peak around the barrier to look at the stage, the ushers immediately asked us to move. If you don't plan on getting there several hours ahead of time, I would not recommend wasting your money on a lawn seat. From what I could hear, John Mellencamp was awesome...but it would have been nice to watch him perform.

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