Neighborhood Spotlight: Long Walks, Fresh Air, and Art in Crystal City

by Keri Shull


In this week’s Neighborhood Spotlight Drew Carpenter, Tyler Marrin, and Wilson from The Keri Shull Team explore some of the best artsy and outdoor spaces in Crystal City and National Landing.

Long Bridge Park

Long Bridge Park offers more than 30 acres of open space and recreation. Public greens and playgrounds for children ages 2-5 and 5-12 make the park a great place for family time. Long Bridge Park also offers multipurpose sports fields and a raised walkway with views of the sports fields, capital monuments, and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary. Don’t miss this great outdoor space in National Landing!

Prism & Radiance Art Wall

The Art Walls program aims to add color and character to public spaces in Crystal City. For this project, artist Anne Marchand worked with 2 muralists and 3 artists to paint "Prism," a piece about light inspired by quantum physics. 35 colorful rectangular panels, 160 feet long in total, hang along 18th Street in Crystal City. Across the street you'll also find "Radiance," a series of mosaic pieces by Valerie Theberge.

FotoWalk Underground

For a break from the heat, head into Crystal City’s famous corridors. FotoWalk Underground brings a rotating gallery of 150 photographs to the bright indoor tunnels that crisscross Crystal City's offices, residences, and retail.

Crystal City Water Park

The name might conjure images of water slides and fountains, but it's actually a gorgeous sculpture park filled with the sound of rushing water. It's a great place to eat lunch, take a break, or work outdoors. After sunset, romantic lighting makes the sculpture park a perfect date venue.

Around the corner is the  bell street courtyard which features outdoor chess, ping pong, and Cornhole. The crystal screen film festival also takes place here every year, in September.

2121 Courtyard

2121 Courtyard is a plaza surrounded by great restaurants. There are plenty of places here to sit, chat, picnic, mingle... or you can even find a spot to work outside on mild days. The courtyard offers free WiFi, and it hosts live music and other events.

The Landing

The Landing is an indoor plaza with adjacent restaurants and lots of seating. It’s a great spot to eat your lunch, cool off, and rest your feet while you’re walking in Crystal City.

Bell Street Courtyard

This is another great place to take a break, take a picnic or bag lunch, or play games — Bell Street Courtyard offers cornhole and other classics. About 750 multifamily units are expected to begin construction near this site in 2019.

What's your favorite outdoor hangout in or near Crystal City?

We want to hear about your favorite spots for art, food, and outdoor fun in the Crystal City and National Landing area. Let us know where to visit next in the comments below!

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