Blog Posts for Quantico Marine Base

Eek! Did summer blow by way too fast? Don’t worry; Quantico, Virginia , stays warm well into October, so there’s time to sneak in a few more summer events before it’s time to officially welcome fall. Even if you don’t get to try every activity, many of them roll into cool weather excursions, like “U-Pick” farms and hikes through historic sites. Start with these events focused on warmer days. You probably won’t be swimming in Lake Anna in November! Quantico Outdoor Activities Marine Corps Community Services . MCSS is close to home, so take advantage of inexpensive outdoor activities ranging fr... read more

PCSing to the DC area can be very difficult because there are so many options. Hopefully I can help you narrow down your search and identify common cities surrounding DC area . There are a few confusing areas that have the same zip codes, but are in different counties and are aligned to different school districts. Falls Church vs City of Falls Church is an example. Another example is Alexandria vs City of Alexandria . Falls Church vs City of Falls Church vs West Falls Church City of Falls Church - The City of Falls Church is not part of Fairfax County Schools. Falls Church - The part inside t... read more

Off Base Housing near Quantico One of the most stressful things for new couples moving to Quantico for TBS is finding a place to live. Often, this move is the first real move after college and can be extremely intimidating. Distance from base, safety of area , and cost are just a couple of the unknowns that can make an already stressful situation seem even more overwhelming. Luckily there are several great options in the area, filled with dozens of lieutenants and their families who went through the same search. The first and most important factor to consider is distance from the base . Durin... read more

No School? Need a fun activity? Spend the day at Mount Vernon This time of year I feel like there is a copious amount of school-free days for our kids. If you are within driving distance of Washington DC, I recommend skipping the overcrowded Smithsonians and enjoying a just as educational, but far more peaceful day trip to Mount Vernon, George Washington's plantation and estate. Before you get in the car, visit Mount Vernon's website to pre-plan and make the most of the day spent there. Review the daily calendar and the upcoming events During the winter months, the crowds in the museum and ed... read more

Halloween Trick or Treat at Hersheypark What is better than trick or treating at Chocolate World, Hersheypark? Pretty much nothing except for celebrating Christmas with Hershey’s hot chocolate in hand as you wander through a winter wonderland! With proximity to so many military families in the Washington D.C. area, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a perfect overnight getaway any time of year, but particularly during the fall and winter months. The crowds are thinner and the festivities make the park extra special. Plus the park offers preview hours the night before you choose to enter... read more