Lake Ridge is located in Prince William County just off I-95, the major north-south highway along the Atlantic Coast, approximately 20 minutes south of the nation’s capital. The county attracts more than 24 million visitors each year who come to enjoy its natural and man-made attractions—including two national parks, a state park, public recreation areas, historic sites and shopping malls. Other area attractions include the marinas at Lake Ridge and Locust Shade, the Civil War Manor house and historic rose garden at Ben Lomond Park, the Scott D. Eagles Skateboard Park and the amphitheater at Locust Shade Park, the setting for summer concerts.
The Prince William region extends from the broad shores of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers to the peaks of the Bull Run Mountains and is a county of diversity and prosperity. The economic environment is welcoming to business and the region's quality of life is high for its citizens. It is a region with much to see and do, and Prince William's historical sites, cultural attractions, recreational opportunities and shopping spots attract both residents and visitors.
The county, which encompasses some 350 square miles, is framed by Fairfax and Loudoun counties to the north, on the east by the Potomac River, on the south by Stafford County and on the west by Fauquier County. Washington, D.C., is close by and provides residents with a myriad of opportunities both for business and for pleasure. Residents have access to and from Washington, D.C., by two major interstates, and a county expressway allows for smooth cross-county transportation. Prince William County houses two railroads and the third largest local airport in Virginia, and Dulles International and Reagan National airports are within 30 minutes of its borders.
Residents have access to a wide variety of cultural opportunities including Prince William Symphony Orchestra, VpStart Crow Productions, Inc., the Manassas Dance Company, the Center for the Arts, the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre and other groups.
Recreational opportunities abound with public and private golf courses, boating, fishing, hunting and birding along the Potomac and Occoquan rivers and a wealth of public and private pools and recreational facilities. Sports enthusiasts have the advantage of watching professional teams play at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Shoppers are also provided with a diversity of opportunities. Small retail shops offer distinct products, and the nationally known concession shopping center, Potomac Mills Mall, attracts visitors from cities along the east coast. The Potomac Mills Mall is the largest outlet mall on the East Coast. The interior stretches more than one mile in length and hosts a walking club that meets prior to opening hours six days a week. Manassas Mall also offers an assortment of clothing, sporting and specialty stores. There is a nearly unlimited number of dining choices from gourmet restaurants to ethnic eateries to family run bistros to sidewalk cafes.
Virginia's Historical Triangle is great fun for the entire family with 173 acres of shopping, dining, golf, resorts, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest homes, four area campgrounds, more than 500 restored and reconstructed buildings and almost unlimited entertainment. Nearby attractions include Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown National Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center and Water Country USA. Busch Gardens Williamsburg features 360 beautifully wooded acres filled with over 35 thrilling rides including Alpengeist, the world's tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster, live shows and a new 4-D high-tech adventure "Pirates." Water Country USA, the Mid-Atlantic's largest water play park, takes a splash back to the 1950s and '60s with a colorful surf theme and features more than 30 water rides and attractions, live entertainment, shopping and restaurants.
Prince William is rich in history. In 1608, Captain John Smith first discovered the area when he traveled up the Potomac River. It is one of the first "New World" sites to be explored. The mid-eighteenth century brought about booming plantations and profitable commercial shipping operations, as chronicled in the Weems-Botts Museum in historic Dumfries, the first incorporated town in the state. Manassas National Battlefield Park is the site of two important Civil War battles that took place in the mid-nineteenth century, and attracts millions of visitors each year. A comprehensive look at the region's history can be seen at the Manassas Museum.
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