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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
In northeastern Virginia, near Vienna
Wolf Trap is the only national park dedicated to the performing arts. Within the boundaries of the park are 130 acres of rolling hills and woods. The Filene Center is an open-air performing arts pavilion that accommodates 7,000 people, including 3,100 on the lawn, from May to September. Along with the Barns of Wolf Trap, a 352-seat indoor theater in a rebuilt 18th-century barn just outside the park boundary, it hosts performances ranging from opera to dance to rock. The park was authorized on October 15, 1966.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Attending performances, picnicking. Facilities: Performing arts pavilion, indoor theater, lawn, restaurant. Picnic area. Programs & Events:
Performances (the Barns, year-round). Filene Center performances (May-Sept.), Theatre-in-the Woods performances for children (July-Aug., tel. 703/255-1893), backstage tour of the Filene Center (winter, tel. 703/255-1890). Tips & Hints: Arrive early for best lawn seats. Filene Center gates open about \lA hours before performance. Bring a picnic. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan.
FOOD & LODGING
Camping: None in park. In Fairfax Station: Burke Lake Park (Ox Rd. off Burke Lake Rd., tel. 703/323-6601; 200 sites; $15; flush toilets, showers; closed late Oct.-mid-Apr.). In Reston: Lake Fairfax Park (Lake Fairfax Dr. off Baron Cameron Ave., tel. 703/471-5415; 136 sites; $17-$18.50; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; closed Dec.-Feb.). E3 Hotels: None in park. In Tysons Corner: Comfort Inn (1587 Spring Hill Rd., tel. 703/448-8020; 250 rooms; $90-$190), Tysons Corner Marriott (8028 Leesburg Pike, tel. 703/734-3200; 376 rooms, 14 suites; $189, $240-$429 suites). X Restaurants: In the park: Ovations (tel. 703/255-4017; $4-$12). In Vienna: Cafe Renaissance (163 Glyndon St., tel. 703/938-3311; $ll-$27; no lunch weekends), Clyde's (8332 Leesburg Pike, tel. 703/734-1901; $6-$20).
FEES & HOURS
Entrance free, performance fees vary. Tickets available by phone (tel. 703/218-6500 or 800/955-5566), in person at the Barns (weekdays 10-6, weekends noon-5, performance nights until 9).
HOW TO GET THERE
Take Exit 67 off I-66 and Exit 12 off Capital Beltway to reach Rte. 267 west (Dulles Toll Rd.). Follow signs to local exits, pay toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. The Filene Center is on the right. From Rte. 7 west, turn left on Towlston Rd., go 1 mi to Filene Center on left. From West Falls Church Metro station (Orange line), take Wolf Trap Shuttle (tel. 202/637-7000). Closest airports: Dulles (14 mi), Reagan (14 mi).
Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts (1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182, tel. 703/255-1800). Wolf Trap Foundation (1624 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182, tel. 703/938-2404).