Top Things to Do in Falls Church, VA - 2020 guide

 

Let’s face it, Falls Church sightseeing are not going to make you hop from excitement. Although we still included some historic sites desperate for all avid bookworms out there, we will cover real Falls Church attractions and fun activities which any  local, visitor or tourist would find cool. 

Broad Street, Falls Church downtown center

 

The City of Falls Church, Virginia, is an independent city in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, about six miles from the nation's capital. Many people work in DC while living in Falls Church. With the nickname of “Little City” it occupies only 2.11 square miles located  inside the Capital Beltway. But don’t presume it’s boring, little pigeons can carry great messages. And the message is that it takes 4th place among top richest counties in the US with 24/7 Wall Street determining Falls Church City to be the best place to live in around the U.S. 

It's impressive how much it has developed, since 2010 the population has grown over 15%. And it continues building new apartment complexes and infrastructure around.  Multiple shopping centers, the large Mall, and several corporations that are constantly hiring.

Falls Church City projects under development

 

The City's downtown is becoming more modern and city-like and situated at the intersection of Virginia Route 7 (W. Broad St./Leesburg Pike) and U.S. Route 29 (Washington St./Lee Highway). The City is served by Interstate 66, the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro stations, and by several convenient bus routes.

Falls Church Map

 

*Remark: This guide also covers West and East Falls Church areas.  

 

Fun activities and Games in Falls Church 

 

Lots of activities for all types of people and there’s something to do for everyone. Although the city isn't an urban area like Tysons,  you have every store or restaurant within walking distance. Explore those Best fun indoor things to do for the whole family on a rainy day. Indoor activities are good for kids, families and groups. 

Address: 7201 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22046

Cyber Raccoon Escape Room Falls Church VA

Privately owned venue that offers original story-based games. Players don’t just come to solve puzzles, instead they immerse into the scenario and get acquainted with the characters in the game. This place is great for bigger groups, team building and family gathering. It’s known for more elaborate game design and complex multi step riddles that require group cohesion and team play. 

Address: 1073 W Broad St Suite 201, Falls Church, VA 22046

Breakout Games Escape Room

 

This venue is a part of a franchise chain and located on West End Plaza  on the second floor. Company also makes  “Dispatch” boxed mystery games you can solve at home. This is a great place for families to spend an hour with kids and have fun while solving a series of puzzles. 

Address: 140 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Bowl America bowling 

 

What is great about bowling is it’s accessibility, regardless of skills, age and weather outside. Come for a traditional bowling experience with a snack bar and basic drinks. 

Address: 101 N Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Clay Cafe Studio

 

Art and creativity corner for children and youth. Local kids love crafting classes and pottery painting in the studio during which they can set the imagination free and make something unique. This is an old-known destination for kids birthday parties.  

Address: 586 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Victory Comics comic shop

 

A local comic shop in West Falls Church with a selection of tabletop board games, comics, toys and other merch. They host frequent card game tournaments at in-store gaming areas. Check out their schedule for upcoming events. You will find here: a comic reading club, Pokemon fans, casual gaming nights, MTG masters and more! 

Address: 101 E Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Super Bit retro games shop

 

Fans of retro video games call his place a “gem”. This is a privately owned venue that opened in 2020. The owner buys, sells and trades whatever falls under “retro game” definition. While business is still in an early stage of development (considering the quarantine shut downs), local gamers love it for its sharm and niche.

 

Falls Church Restaurants and Nightlife 

 

The city has a lot of charm and good diverse restaurants of nearly any cuisine.  

It's a quiet and cozy destination for incredible dining spots, craft beer, shopping or even just walking. The safety is top-notch, and the center has good street lighting. It’s a great location for a date or family and friends outing. Many award-winning breweries run happy hour specials and restaurants offer local flavors in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

Address: 132 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Dogwood Tavern

 

The Tavern is a Part of the Vintage Restaurant Group. Menu focuses on american food, splitters, bites, burgers, wraps and sides. It's a classy tavern/bar with inside sitting and outside pet friendly sidewalk patio. Falls Church locals love this place for its homey atmosphere, familiar menu and live performance on weekends.  

 

Address: 105 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Ireland's 4 Provinces in Falls Church, VA

 

Neighborhood Irish pub with American menu, traditional Irish flavors and brunch on weekends.  Enjoy pub's inside ambience with deemed lights or sit outdoors in a nice patio deck. The pub has a casual atmosphere and Irish live music tunes played occasionally. Happy lasts from 3:30PM till 7pm and the bar offers imported Irish beer on tap. The restaurant has some street parking and convenient Mason Square garage below.

Address: 6220 Leesburg Pike Seven Corners, Center, Falls Church, VA 22044

Dogfish Head Alehouse Seven Corners

 

Dogfish Head is a fast growing brewery and distillery with a number of restaurants in MD, VA and DE. Their product lines are very interesting, they tend to experiment with unusual ingredients for both beer and spirits. All craft brew fans should visit Seven Corners Center location to taste seasonal brews on tap with beer-paired and wood-grilled menu.  

Address: 442 S Washington St A, Falls Church, VA 22046

Falls Church Distillers

 

If you decide to step aside from common  large brands and try locally crafted spirits, special cocktails, beer or artisanal  wines, stop by at Falls Church Distillers. They also partner with "Orzo" Pizzeria which is located just across the street. Full pizzeria menu is now available at the distillery any time. 

Liquor market is greatly dominated by big corporations because it requires major initial investment and harsh regulations. That's why small family distilleries are rare birds. This one is a veteran-owned family-operated venue and is currently the only privately owned distillery in Fairfax County. 

Owners participated in community effort to fight the pandemic and switched production to make hand sanitizer 1,000 of which were donated. 

Do you have an interest in distilling production? Well, you can learn the basics and technology by signing up to a two day distillery workshop. How cool is that? See the liquor industry backstage and maybe discover some secret recipes?  

This bar hosts Paint nite events, comedy nights, karaoke, and music bands.  Great place to do some tasting nights. 

Address: 444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Solace Outpost Falls Church

 

Solace Brewing Company,  craft brewer from Loudoun County,  opened a new location in Falls Church in May 2020! They are famous for IPAs and Ales and their canned product can already be found in Northern Virginia grocery stores. This location also has a menu that revolves around thin crust pizza, fried chicken thighs and fries. 

Address: 450 W Broad St # 117, Falls Church, VA 22046

Koi Koi Sushi and Roll on Broad St

 

Local destination for fresh Japanese sushi rolls. You will find weekly lunch specials, friendly staff and flavorful platters in here. Located in a nice quiet alley on Broad Street

Address: 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

State Theater

 

A concert venue with over 80 years of history. Host comedy shows, live music bands and private events. Most shows are 18+ and 21+. This is a great date spot to invite your boo for a concert or night out.

Address: 107 Rowell Ct, Falls Church, VA 22046

Dominion Wine and Beer

 

Wine and beer tavern with an elegant modern vibe. Domestic and imported beer, cigars, 36 rotating drafts and wide selection of wine. The restaurant upstairs has a full dinner menu. Located in Rowell Court on Route 7 / Leesburg Pike.

Address: 110 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Audacious Aleworks Brewery and Taproom

 

Taproom and small craft brewery focusing on small batch Ales. They offer rotated 15 beers on tap and bar menu with sandwiches, sausages, brats, and cheese. 

Address: 709 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Spacebar

 

Casual place to hang out later at night and try 24 craft beer taps and home style grilled cheese sandwiches with piles of toppings and crispy tater tots. It’s a skinny spot and gets crowded on weekends fast. 

Address: 370 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Liberty Barbecue

 

Relatively new (opened in 2019) large Chef-Driven Barbecue restaurant with full bar and gorgeous outdoor patio seating. This is a destination for mouth melting briskets, tender pulled pork and bbq flavor.  Located in Broadale Village Shopping Plaza with lots of parking around. 

Address: 116 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

 

Add some spice to your dinner with juicy seafood platters of crawfish, mussels, shrimp, crab legs and more!

Address: 800 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Sfizi Cafe

 

Quiet Cafe with authentic Italian favorites perfect for a date night out in the Falls Church area.  If you decide to grab a nice bottle of wine after all, they have a wine shop and a small deli offering imported eats.

Address: 130 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Clare & Don's Beach Shack

 

Fun beach-themed with bar food, fried baskets and delicious cocktails. Dog friendly outdoor "boardwalk" periodically hosts live-music events. 

Address: 124 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Thompson Italian

 

Family and chef-owned restaurant with genuinely italian pastas. Classy interior decor, beautiful dish presentation, and relaxing vibe. Great place for a date or family outing. 

Address: 7161 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22046

Italian Cafe

 

Italian restaurant that have been around for over 40 years. They serve traditional Italian fare and stick to conventional interior inspired by mediterranean motifs.

 

Social gathering, places to hang out in Falls Church

 

Visit incredible cafe spots perfect for catching up with a friend or working with your laptop.  Enjoy the wifi and atmosphere from local coffee shops and bakeries. 

Address: 205 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Northside Social in Falls Church

 

The venue occupies the entire building. It has 2 levels with separated sectional areas, patio sitting on the balcony, and lots of outdoor seatings on picnic tables. Great space for group gatherings or to catch up with a friend. This location includes a full bakery which produces amazing cakes (including by demand for special events). Menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner accompanied by wine, beer or aromatic coffee.

Address: 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

Eden Center

 

Strip mall center with a huge number of Vietnamese culture shops, restaurants and grocery stores. The center is very popular among Vietnamese-American population and periodically hosts cultural events.  

Address: 410 S Maple Ave #110, Falls Church, VA The 22046 

The Happy Tart bakery

 

 gluten free bakery that serves breakfast, delicate pastries crepes, pastries, coffee, teas, selection of local ciders, and more.  Sit inside or enjoy outdoor seating.  

Address: 100 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Bakeshop

 

Family owned neighborhood bakery with two locations (one in Arlington and another in Falls Church). Menu items include vegan bakery products and even vegan ice cream. Stop by at Bakeshop for a cup of coffee with some sweet treats. 

Address: 230 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Rare Bird Coffee Roasters

 

Small café and specialty coffee roaster which serves a small breakfast menu and pastries. Coffee is grounded fresh and roasted on site spreading the flavorful aroma throughout the place. The cafe is quite popular so get here early, if planning to occupy a table with your laptop. Locals stop by here to grab a coffee to go on a way to Farmer's Market every Saturday morning.   

Address: 700a W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Famille Cafe

 

Family oriented local Falls Church Cafe and gathering place serving breakfast, lunch and coffee. This place is an integral part of the community. They display local artist paintings, offer table games for kids, life band music, crafting events  and small meetup gatherings. 

 

Tourist attractions and sightseeing 

 

Historical places and historical buildings

 

While wandering the city, you will come across multiple historic sites and marks which narrate remarkable events of cultural heritage value. 

Address: 115 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Falls Church Episcopal

 

Falls Church dates back to the late 1600s as an early Colonial settlement shared with Native Americans. 

The city was established around The Episcopal Church that was founded in 1734. Falls Church became a township in 1875 and an independent city in 1948, when the community successfully obtained its separation from Fairfax County in an effort to establish a highly acclaimed school system. 

The Declaration of Independence was read to the residents of Falls Church from the steps of this church in 1776. 

 

Falls Church Museum

 

Address: 312 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

Cherry Hill Farmhouse Falls Church

 

The house belonged to the Riley family that in 1875 led the effort to petition the state for Falls Church to become a town. The museum exhibits the lifestyle of the 18th and 19th century families of the area, household's authentic  furniture and other historical pieces

 

Falls Church Parks and Outdoor Activities

 

There’s lots of nature with great outdoor scenery. Beautiful parks with bike trails and sport courts. The city has recently installed 11 bike kiosk stations in Falls Church offering bikes for rent. Explore wonderful community with healthy, green atmosphere.

Address: 312 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Cherry Hill Park

The biggest park is located in the heart of the little city with the following sporting amenities: volleyball, basketball, tennis, and horseshoe Courts. The park has renovated playgrounds and is just a walking distance from local shops. Picnic Shelter and tables can be used by the public. Nice place to walk a dog or chill on a bench. 

 Address: 7900 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042 

Beautifull, well-kept park with lovely scenery. Jefferson Falls Mini-Golf offers 9 holes, illuminated at night tennis wall and tennis courts, basketball courts, and playground. Come here for a family picnic with kids at one of the picnic tables or grills. Also perfect for a beginner golfer with less walking and handy push carts.

Address: 300 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046 

Falls Church Farmers Market

Great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, arts, crafts. Held year-round every Saturday morning right in a park.

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