The Equipment Though not a traditional playground, Crystal City Water Park is a hidden gem in Arlington – a great spot for families to picnic, enjoy the sights and sounds of rushing water, feed the birds, and enjoy an up-close view of busy train tracks. Tip: walk up the path to the observation deck” area on top of the wall of water, and watch the trains go by on the three tracks below. If you wave to the conductor, you may get a wave and a train whistle in return! The Scene Located between the Crystal City VRE Station and entrance to the Mt. Vernon bike path, the Park is entirely open with no fencing. There is an outdoor cafe, though it was closed on a recent Sunday afternoon. Six round tables are available under a shady canopy, as well as numerous benches. Trash and recycling receptacles are available, but no water fountain. A parking garage is directly across the street, and there is metered street parking. The Park is about a 5-minute walk from the Crystal City Metro. Age Recommendation All ages Restrooms None, however there are restrooms in the Crystal City Shops across the street. Review and photos by Erin Link.”

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