10 Things to Do in Sterling That You Shouldn't Miss

December 26, 2017 Randal Brittian

Sterling, Virginia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia. The population as of the 2010 United States Census was 27,822. It is located northwest of Herndon, east of Ashburn, and west of Great Falls, and includes part of Washington Dulles International Airport and the former AOL corporate headquarters. Sterling is also home to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office LWX (serving the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area), as well as the Sterling Field Support Center, the National Weather Service test, research, and evaluation center for weather instruments.
Restaurants in Sterling

1. Frying Pan Farm Park

2709 W Ox Rd, Herndon, VA 20171-3807 +1 703-437-9101
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Frying Pan Farm Park

Working farm, live farm animals, playground, Country Store, wagon rides($), antique carousel rides ($), Kidwell farmhouse tours (select days, call), children's concerts (10am, Wednesdays, June - August, Visitor Center Pavilion), family concerts (7pm, Thursdays, June - August, farmyard), bluegrass concerts (select Sundays, September - April, Visitor Center), farm stand (May-Sept, Wednesdays 8am-12:30pm)

Reviewed By Sue L

We used to bring our kids there when they were little. Seeing that Frying Pan Farm Park is still thriving makes me happy. Have great memories going in the past.

2. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 20151-3002 +1 703-572-4118
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Reviewed By MamaAyinde - Stanford, CA

This museum is amazing! I even prefer it to the Air and Space museum on the national mall. It has the most amazing aircraft, including the Concorde, Space Shuttle Discovery, and even the Enola Gay. It's a real stroll through history. Don't miss the Blackberry (I think that's what it is called.) It flew from coast to coast in about an hour in the 1960s. I wonder what amazing feats today's secret technology is able to do. Very entertaining and highly recommended.

3. Algonkian Regional Park

47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA 20165-6480 +1 703-450-4655
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Algonkian Regional Park

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Amid all the hustle and bustle of Tysons Corner area, this park located on the edge of the river offers sheer tranquility and variety of recreational activities, including hiking and boating. The surrounding neighborhoods, including Potomac Falls and Lowes Island, are beautiful all year round.Although the park is not located off any major thoroughfare, it does not take more than 10-15 minutes from Rt. 7, which runs through bustling towns of Reston, Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. A gem of a park in northern Virginia, although not much talked about.

4. Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena

22400 Davis Drive, VA 20164 +1 703-433-5867
Excellent
42%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena

Reviewed By mgnelu - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This was our second visit to Rebounderz (both of them invitations to birthday parties). They have two areas to jump on trampolines (each accommodating ~25 jumpers), a climbing tower with a slide, two trampolines with basketball hoops (one of which was broken this last time), and a bunch of arcade games. My daughter had a lot of fun and got rid of some excess energy. The price for a regular visit seems a little steep for what they offer.

5. Old Ox Brewery

44652 Guilford Dr, Suite 114, Ashburn, VA 20147-6006 +1 703-729-8375
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Old Ox Brewery

Reviewed By Robert F B - Wiehle, VA

Went here the afternoon of Palm Sunday with friends from church. The atmosphere is that of a brewery warehouse with the acoustics to match. So, don't plan on an intimate conversation. But, if you like a loud and friendly crowd, this is the place! Big screen TV sports coverage. And, good beer. I had "Saison d'Ox" which I really liked. For food, there was a slow but superb food truck outside. I really liked this place and plan to go back ASAP!

Very Recommended

6. Surf Reston - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Inlet Court, Reston, VA 20190
Excellent
97%
Good
1%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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5 based on 74 reviews

Surf Reston - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Our stand up paddleboard sessions are guided by certified instructors on calm, flat water - the perfect place to get started and build your skills for more challenging waterways. Discover the beautiful lakes in Reston, Virginia right outside Washington, DC

Reviewed By susanP4777YT

I wanted our family to try out stand up paddle boarding. I searched online and found Surf Reston. The website was well organized and we arrived at the starting point with no trouble. Steve Gurney gave an excellent, articulate, easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the paddle board. My teenaged kids and I had such a good time that we can't wait to go back to Lake Anne or try other lakes with his organization.

7. Reston Town Center

11900 Market St, Reston, VA 20190-5614 +1 703-476-4500
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 573 reviews

Reston Town Center

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Reston Town Centre was the jewel in the crown for Reston and the surrounding area with fine dining, fashion shops, ice skating, and what not. An evening of enjoyment come easy here. Parking has always been free here until recently. Since there are plenty of areas nearby for dining and entertainment, many regulars have embraced other options to avoid the parking fee. People will just not go there for having a cup of coffee or lunch and pay a parking fee. Same goes for shopping and passing time, there are Tysons Galleria, Fair Oaks Mall and One Loudoun, among others.

8. Escape Room Herndon

404 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4511 +1 571-306-2279
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 65 reviews

Escape Room Herndon

Engage your team with a heart pounding and unique offsite adventure, and join in on the new craze sweeping the globe to see if you have what it takes to crack the codes and make it to the end. Artifacts, clues, symbols and unexpected interactive materials placed in each room guide players along a story line, in this immersive adventure.

Reviewed By kimmelgjc - Herndon, Virginia

Five adults trying an Escape Room for the first time. While we did not "escape" in time, we found our time trying great fun! The guys working the room and desk couldn't have been nicer or more encouraging, answered all questions when booking and very helpful in explaination while we were there also!

9. Ashburn Park

43546 Partlow Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Ashburn Park

Reviewed By Doug L - Leetsdale, Pennsylvania

We took our grandsons Ashburn park for basically walking. Although they are teenagers they could appreciate that their grandfather needed that kind of walk. The past are tidy and clean and easily navigated. There a lot of fun things for younger children to do but since our whole family are naturalist you're able to create our own tour. :)

10. NextStop Theatre Company

269 Sunset Park Dr, Herndon, VA 20170-5220 +1 866-811-4111
Excellent
80%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 56 reviews

NextStop Theatre Company

A professional live theatre company less than 5 minutes from Washington's Dulles Airport where none of the 114 seats is more than 25 feet from the stage.

Reviewed By Ben_Theretoo406 - Chevy Chase, Maryland

Our first attendance at Next Stop Theater was for a performance of “A Man For All Seasons” which we found quite as profound as it should be. This occasion was to see and hear “A Grand Night For Singing”, a musical presentation which is a recital of the more memorable songs of the legendary Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein. The sketches were so very well done, and formed a concert well worth the applause with which they were followed.

We must admit that if we told our grandchildren that we had driven to Herndon to see Rogers and Hammerstein they would have asked “Who do they play for?”. Their loss. Someday I may be able to treat them to DVD’s or Original Track LP’s. Again I quote “LP’s?”.

Entertainment on television has been a not-so-modern miracle, but it has been a death knell to the giants of the Great White Way. As a matter of fact, that latter phrase is no doubt another anachronism to be explained to our millenial offspring

The pit rendered a score worthy of excellent kudos and the choreography was extremely well matched to the performance of the quintet of voices.

Evidently, “A Grand Night For Singing” is a traveling show, so if you love Rogers and Hammerstein as we do, check the web to see if they will be doing their thing in your neck of the woods.

Next Stop Theater itself is a commodious and comfortable black box theater, right at the Reston edge of Herndon and central to some wonderful eateries for before or after show meals.

Mrs Too and I would love to see you there some afternoon or evening. You will have a great time.

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