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Ballston Virginia Square, Arlington, VA

Did you know? Ballston, Virginia, is named after the Ball family. John Ball and his brother were cousins of the nation's first president, George Washington. They built Ball's Tavern in 1774.

Overview of Ballston

Ballston is located in Virginia's Arlington County and has grown from humble roots to a cosmopolitan city that hosts the Ballston-MU station on the Orange Line as well as the Silver Line of the Metrorail subway system. Ballston is part of Arlington's Rosslyn-Ballston region and continues to serve its original purpose, growing from a major crossroads in the 18th century to a popular connection point between Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. It's now a thriving retail, office and residential center.

Best of Ballston

Check out some of Ballston's finest offerings. Spend a romantic evening of wine tasting and a diverse bistro menu at Grand Cru, one of Arlington's fine dining establishments and popular local hangout. The state-of-the-art Kettler Capitals Iceplex training facility is conveniently located in Ballston Common Mall and offers 20,000 square feet of space that serves as the training headquarters for the Washington Capitals. The Taste of Arlington festival showcases the absolute best of Arlington's food scene and draws more than 40,000 visitors annually.

Top 5 Ballston Adventures

  1. Go shopping at the Ballston Mall: Ballston has its very own mall, so a day out shopping is only a skip and a hop away. Ballston Common Mall is packed with plenty of stores as well as restaurants and a Regal Cinema theater.
  2. Hit the Arts and Crafts Festival: The second Saturday of each month offers residents the chance to embrace their creativity and appreciate local art and handiwork at the Ballston Arts and Crafts Festival.
  3. Grab some traditional food at one of Ballston's many restaurants: Ballston offers many different types of cuisine to choose from.
  4. Go out for drinks at World of Beer: Ballston's World of Beer offers over 500 draft brews, craft spirits and live music.
  5. Catch the Ballston-MU and visit D.C.: The nation's capital is only a short ride from Ballston, and the city's very own train line can take you there for a small fare.