Ah, Burke Lake Park. This place is fully loaded with a miniature train, carousel, several playgrounds and picnic areas, mini golf, ice cream shop, water activities and more. Burke Lake Park is located in Fairfax County, but I would call it a destination park due to its high number of activities. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, which obviously varies during different times f the year. The park closes to all traffic (foot/bike/car) at sunset, too, so if you’re camping, you’re in for the night 🙂
The park facilities are open weekends beginning early April through Memorial Day, except the campgrounds which open in late April. The park itself, however, is open year round. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the park facilities are open daily, weather permitting, and then they’re open again on weekends through late October, which is also when camping ends.
The train runs on the 15 and 45, beginning at 11:15am. The carousel runs on the hour and the half hour beginning at 11:30am. The ice cream parlor is open 11am-4pm, and mini golf opens at 11am. The park is free for Fairfax County Residents (so load up in your Fairfax friend’s minivan). For non-residents on weekends and holidays (it’s free on weekdays) the fee is $10 for cars and vans and $40 for buses. Picnic areas are available to rent for parties.
We’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Burke Lake Park on several occasions, both with friends for playtime and for camping and running. We’ve even picnicked by the water, which was lovely, too. The kids enjoyed the train and carousel (although older elementary children might find it “lame”).
Says PwcDad: Camping at Burke Lake is great for younger kids because it features lots of activities and several fitness trails that are great for younger children.
Burke Lake Park
Pros: Close to Lake Ridge/Woodbridge, free on weekdays, lots to do, picnic areas have always been clean on our visits
Cons: Amenities are at a price (although low), not PWC :), if you are an iPhone addict, your reception is going to stink 🙂
Caution: Campers should note that you cannot leave or enter after dark, even if you have a child that decides they’d rather not camp tonight.