Are you visiting Washington D.C. and using Chantilly, VA as your home base? Did you plan a trip to Chantilly, France and wound up in the middle of Chantilly, Virginia wondering how you got there? Are you one of the thousands of residents who call Chantilly ‘home’? Whatever your reason for being in Chantilly, you can be excited by the fact that there is so much to do in and near here!
In today’s blog, Charcoal Chicken (your favorite Indian restaurant in the area), is switching gears a bit to talk about the place we live: Chantilly. We’ll offer up some tips on things to do and see here and where to eat. Keep reading to learn more!
All About Chantilly
Chantilly, Virginia is a census-designated place in Fairfax County that is home to over 20,000 people. Located just 30 minutes from the heart of Washington D.C., many people end up traveling through Chantilly on their way to Washington Dulles Airport. Chantilly is most well-known as being the location of the Battle Of Chantilly, a Civil War battle also known as the Battle of Ox Hill.
Things To Do
Sully Historic Site: Located just 10 minutes from our Indian restaurant is the Sully Plantation, also known as the Sully Historic Site, which was completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, Virginia’s first Representative in Congress and uncle of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. While the plantation has a dark history of slavery like most plantations in the South, it also gives visitors a well-preserved look into life in the early 1800s.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: This extension of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is located near Washington Dulles Airport and is one of the most extensive air and space museum centers in the country. With hundreds of displays and exhibits housed in a 760,000 square-foot facility, you can spend the entire day here. The most historic pieces in the collection include the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress responsible for dropping the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the Space Shuttle Discovery, one of the first few shuttles to orbit the earth. They also have a huge collection of vintage aircraft, including a handful of aircraft that are the only-surviving craft of their kind.
Monster Mini Golf: This family-fun mini golf center includes an indoor arcade and glowing miniature golf course that is completely under the spooky glow of black lights. Take the family here for a day full of fun and games. Because this attraction is entirely indoors, it is the perfect place to go on a cold or rainy day. (Pro tip: Monster Mini Golf is just across the street from our Pakistani and Indian restaurant — stop by for a quick lunch before a day full of fun!)
Head To Washington, DC: The nation’s capital is only a short drive from Chantilly and is definitely a must-see whether you live here or are just visiting. D.C. is full of fun, free, and educational things to do. Major museums include the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Archives Museum. The National Mall is comprised of multiple monuments, memorials, and statues, and you can even tour government buildings while in D.C. including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court.
Where To Eat In Chantilly, VA
If you’ll be spending a day visiting historic sites or museums, you’ll want to know where to grab a quick lunch. Or, after a long day touring Washington, D.C., you’ll want to grab a hearty meal to take home. Charcoal Chicken is one of the best Chantilly restaurants for this! All food is made fresh to order at our Indian restaurant and you can sit down for a meal or call ahead and order food to take home.
Make visiting Charcoal Chicken a must-do activity when you’re in Chantilly, VA!