Favorite Local Activities for Your Trip to Vienna Virginia

Top picks from locals for activities in Vienna, Virginia seamlessly blend small-town charm with elements of nature, music, and intriguing history. Situated less than 20 miles from Washington, DC, this town is home to the sole US National Park dedicated to the performing arts.

We've compiled a list of preferred attractions and experiences from Vienna, Virginia, locals when you set off on your bus trip from New York to Virginia


Take a Walk Along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail

The Washington and Old Dominion Trail, spanning 44 miles, is a converted rails-to-trails bike path tracing a historic railway route. The section extending from Hunter Mill Road to downtown Vienna offers picturesque settings for strolling, biking, or rollerblading.


Upon reaching the Vienna, Virginia, town limit, the trail becomes more crowded, and numerous road crossings necessitate increased vigilance. Take a moment to visit the historic train station, where you can explore a vintage red caboose and admire a magnificent Vienna mural.


Shop Till You Drop on Church Street

Maple Avenue serves as the bustling main thoroughfare in Vienna, bustling with a variety of restaurants, shops, and a fair share of traffic. Just one block away, running parallel to Maple, you'll find the tranquil Church Street, offering a great setting for strolls and shopping.


While businesses on Church Street may change over time, there are consistently several establishments well worth a visit. For instance, Bards Alley is an adorable independent bookstore that beckons book lovers. Across the street, The Clock Shop of Vienna proudly showcases an impressive collection of over 500 clocks.


Visit the Freeman Store and Museum

Positioned at the crossroads of the W&OD bike trail and Church Street in Vienna, Virginia, the Freeman House Store and Museum, along with a country store, occupies a central location. This historic building, constructed in 1858 by Abram Lydecker, has been a focal point of the community. It functioned as a general store catering to Ayr Hill, now known as Vienna, for numerous years, and its rich history is meticulously preserved.


Within the compact museum, you'll find both permanent and rotating exhibitions spread across two floors. The lower level recreates the ambiance of a 19th-century general store. Upstairs, the displays change periodically, offering insights into rural life in Vienna, Virginia. 


Jam Out at Jammin Java

Situated in downtown Vienna, Virginia, one of the most unique and cozy music venues in the Washington, DC, area is Jammin Java. This intimate space frequently hosts sold-out concerts and has even earned recognition from Pollster Magazine as one of the Top 100 Venues globally based on ticket sales.


Operated by a trio of music-loving brothers, the venue exudes a passionate musician's spirit. If you're exploring Vienna, Virginia, with children, be sure to explore their lineup of daytime Tot Rocks events.


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