Ballston is a neighborhood located in Arlington County, Virginia and is part of the Rosslyn-Ballston Metro corridor. Ballston is one of the fastest growing communities in the DMV. With new development underway and exciting dining and entertainment options, this Arlington hub is a great place to call home. Easy access to downtown, a buzzing nightlife, a variety of restaurants, and numerous local events are just a few of the enticing perks of the Ballston Community. Learn more in our Ballston Neighborhood Guide.
Things to Do in Ballston
With its extreme accessibility and prime location Ballston is a great meeting spot for those who live throughout the DMV. For those lucky enough to live in the neighborhood, it’s impossible to run out of things to do.
The local hockey team (and Stanley Cup Champions), The Washington Capitals, practice indoors in the center of downtown Ballston. When the pros are not on the rink, the ice is open to the public for lessons, classes, or free skate sessions. Check out the Medstar Capitals Iceplex hours and information to book a skate time at this large indoor rink.
Another popular attraction is Quincy Park. This large outdoor space adjacent to downtown Ballston offers tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, in addition to a playground, and open fields for sports and recreation. The park also has rentable, covered shelters that make it a great spot for kids’ birthday parties or your next workout — rain or shine! Quincy Park is walking distance from both Ballston and the Virginia Square metro stations making it a convenient spot for outdoor exercise solo or with friends.
One of the most popular events of the year is QuarterFest –– an all you can eat and drink party in the streets! With over 80 vendors, participants get to experience the many flavors of Ballston one forkful at a time! Expect live music, games, mingling with friends and neighbors, and discounts on many of the local Ballston restaurants and bars. This event is a great way to get to know the neighborhood and is something to look forward to each Spring.
Aside from eating, drinking, and entertainment, Ballston is home to numerous office buildings and educational facilities. One of the most impressive properties is the Virginia Tech Research Center — a seven story, 144,000 sq ft office building that houses labs, research areas, event space, meeting rooms, and state of the art connectivity. Most importantly, the location of this LEED certified building gives workers direct access to many of the nation’s science-focused federal government agencies as well as top tech firms.
Ballston Quarter Mall & Market
In just the last few years, Ballston Quarter has been dramatically renovated and revamped, shifting from a tired shopping mall to one of the most exciting urban destinations in the DMV. With dozens of new restaurants in the Ballston Quarter Market (helmed by top chefs!), Instagrammable wall art and decor, and sleek indoor spaces, The Quarter is a true Ballston hot spot!
For many, the dining options serve as the main draw, but visitors can also catch a flick at the updated Regal Cinemas, beautify at DryBar and Allure Nail Spa, or shop at one of the dozen retail stores. Ballston Quarter is a great spot for brunch with friends, a romantic date night, or family-friendly events.
Ballston offers an incredible number of dining options all within a five-block radius. The sheer number of culinary options makes it a prime spot for foodies. While many favorites can be found in the recently revamped Ballston Quarter, there are a number of neighborhood institutions throughout the area.
Locals rave about Pupatella, El Pollo Rico, Bronson Bierhall, and SER — to name a few! The dining options range from fast casual take out spots, to farm-to-table, to fine dining. In Ballston Quarter, The Quarter Market offers quick bites, cute bars, and some dessert-only spots.
You can enjoy a good meal in a variety of Ballston restaurants on any budget.
While Ballston nightlife isn’t known for its wild party scene, the demographics of the neighborhood make for a lively nightlife. Some of the favorite bars and late night spots include Samuel Becketts, Ballston Service Station, Crafthouse, and Northside Social.
On warmer days, the eclectic Northside Social is a popular spot with an excellent wine and beer selection and ample patio seating. It’s a great date spot, but also a good choice for larger groups — just get there early to snag a large picnic table.
Crafthouse is a more traditional brew pub located on the ground floor of one of the newer office buildings. The bar hosts raucous trivia nights and offers traditional bar fare and big screen TVs for watching the game. Don’t miss their tots, wings, burgers, or sandwiches, in addition to trying the drinks on their extensive beer list!
Ballston Quarter Parking & Area Transportation
Ballston-MU station is one of the most convenient ways to get around DC and the surrounding suburbs. Ballston is located on the Orange and Silver lines just a short ride from downtown and minutes from other bustling neighborhoods like Clarendon, Courthouse, and Rosslyn. Additionally, Reagan National Airport is accessible by Metro (via a quick transfer in Rosslyn) and Dulles Airport access is just a few months away from completion.
Driving / Parking
For those who prefer the open road, Ballston is located directly off of several main thoroughfares. Residents of The Waycroft have easy access to Glebe Road, I-66, I-395, and the quieter neighborhood streets. While many downtown areas suffer from limited parking, Ballston makes it easy to tuck your car away until it is needed. Many of the newer buildings boast ample underground parking, and many of the residential streets offer zoned spaces specifically for those who live nearby.
Capital Bikeshare is another great option for those who prefer to get around in a more active manner. Whether you’re a regular bike commuter or just want to cycle around for an afternoon, the bright red Capital Bikeshare stations are impossible to miss. The Ballston neighborhood has an 84 Bike Score indicating high levels of safety and accessibility. Grab a bike from one of the dozen stations in the area and take to the trails!
Whether you’re in Ballston for work, play, or dining, the options in this bustling part of town are endless. Visit Ballston today — or move into the neighborhood — to enjoy all that the area has to offer!
If you’re interested in living in the area, check out the luxury Ballston apartments at The Waycroft.