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Reston, Virginia, was founded in 1964 and inspired by the Garden City Movement, which emphasized self-contained, planned communities that were designed to have green space, commercial, and residential areas intermingling. Because of this, the DC suburb was ranked best place to live in Virginia in 2017 by Money magazine, for its golf courses, lakes, parks, and bridle paths, as well as shopping and driving opportunities.
Reston’s eatery scene is also unique because many of the restaurants are locally owned or franchised. Red’s Table is a locally owned American fare restaurant founded by three brothers who grew up in the Reston area, and were looking to “provide fresh, quality meals in an atmosphere comfortable for any occasion.” For international fare, Barcelona Wine Bar, with its Spanish inspired tapas and one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the United States, is a favorite spot in the Reston Town Center, and Ariake provides Japanese cuisine that the Reston community can share with their family and friends.
While small and charming, Reston has no shortage of family friendly activities, most popular of which is the Reston Town Center. The center is the hub of Reston, with ample shopping opportunities such as Scout & Molly, Sephora, and the Apple Store. Additionally, in the offer the center sets up an ice rink that is open to the public (when purchasing a ticket), and they offer free fitness events throughout the year. One of the more unique activities in Reston is the Roer’s Zoofari Park. This 30-acre family run park has over 27 species of mammals, 10 species of birds, and 6 species of reptiles, and recently received its accreditation through the Zoological Association of America. The park offers safaris, walking tours, as well as camel rides, and is a popular destination for field trips, as well as birthday parties! Many Restonians also enjoy the local lakes, Lake Fairfax, and Lake Anne, for some weekend activities. Carousels, campgrounds, trails, playgrounds, and a waterpark (exclusive to Lake Fairfax), are jut a few of the favorite things to do among locals.
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