The Town of Herndon benefits from its proximity to a major metropolitan area - 22 miles from downtown Washington, DC - but also from its small town charm, its rich heritage and its strong sense of community. A key tenet of the Vision for the Town, crafted by the Herndon Town Council, is Maintaining a Residential Haven. The community is unique in its warmth, vibrancy and welcoming spirit. Herndon is the third largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amidst a 21st century Northern Virginia Landscape of high rise buildings, Industrial complexes and transportation hubs, Herndon maintains a small town charm that is evident in its downtown, its neighborhoods and its commercial areas.
Herndon was ranked #12 in its listing of “America’s Friendliest Towns” by Forbes. Herndon was cited specifically for its low unemployment rate, its community celebrations and nature-themed festivals and initiatives. It’s also received national recognition on Bloomberg/Business Week’s 2013 ranking of Best Places to Raise Kids.
Herndon is home to the Herndon Depot Museum. Also within the town is a golf course, the Herndon ArtSpace (a community art gallery), community center with basketball and racquetball courts, and an aquatic center. Adjacent to the community center is Bready Park, with indoor tennis courts. Additionally, every residence within the town borders is within a mile or less of a public park.
Herndon hosts many family activities throughout the year such as Santa's workshop, Holiday arts & crafts show, Easter egg hunt, turkey trot, Herndon festival, 4th of July festivities and "Spooktacular"
Nearby attractions include the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum , Frying Pan Park, Sully Plantation, Reston Town Center, Mount Vernon, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Colvin Run Mill, Aldie Mill, Oatlands Plantation, Manassas National Battlefield Park and the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (which runs through the town).