About Fun in Fairfax VA

Fun in Fairfax VA is a Northern Virginia travel blog that helps residents and visitors discover fun things to do, places to eat and drink, and events to attend in the Virginia and Washington DC metro area.

Funness in Fairfax VA

We love to explore local parks, hikes, bike trails, historic sites, restaurants, wineries, and breweries, and share those destinations with our readers. We also publish a weekly round-up of area events and festivals, including a range of adult-oriented and family-friendly options for fun.

While we primarily write about destinations in Northern Virginia (Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Alexandria, Arlington, and surrounding areas includiing Washington DC and Southern Maryland), we also provide getaway and vacation tips about interesting places to visit throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England area.

Great Falls National Park in Fairfax County, Virginia

Great Falls National Park in Fairfax County, Virginia


Fun in Fairfax VA was co-founded by Charles and Julie McCool, longtime Virginia residents, avid travelers, parents of twins, and active boomers. Pre-kids, they both chucked their high-tech jobs and spent 18 months traveling throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, living out of a Ford Explorer or just a backpack. Twenty years ago they settled in Virginia and their twins were born a year later, putting a new family focus on their travels. Now the kids are off to college and the empty nesters are back to traveling in the off season (yippee!).

Whether you are a Northern Virginia or Washington DC local looking for something new and fun to do, or a visitor interested in exploring beyond the standard tourist sites, you’ll find ideas and inspiration here.

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Do you know a great park, restaurant, hike, attraction, event or other fun in Northern Virginia that we should check out? Please send us a note.

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More About Julie McCool


Julie McCool is a writer, traveler, and mobile strategist with a passion for the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. She is the co-founder and driver of Fun in Fairfax Va, and a contributing writer and photographer for Charles’s site, McCool Travel.

Before her writing days, Julie led mobile strategy and products for Travel Channel and Scripps Networks, and developed custom mobile apps and product plans for other brands. Prior to that she spent many years as a technology executive at Aol, Symantec, and Lotus, squeezing in as much travel as she could along the way.

More About Charles McCool

You’ll find Charles McCool at our sister site, McCoolTravel.com, where he shares book-it-yourself travel tips and destination advice to increase travel happiness, and save you time, money, and stress on every trip. Charles is regularly published on Yahoo Travel and Consumer Traveler, and has been featured in the World’s Smartest Traveler series, CNN, Frommers, USA Today, and other publications. Follow Charles McCool on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestStumbleUpon, and LinkedIn.

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