Leesburg, VA

#5. Leesburg

Known for its historic charm, a quaint collection of shops and restaurants, and rolling, rural landscapes, Leesburg, VA, provides children with an excellent setting for exploration and discovery. The city’s low crime rate, high percentage of high school graduates, and affordable housing combine with beautiful scenery and small-town values to make Leesburg an appealing place for families. Just how appealing? Well, Leesburg holds the highest percentage of children out of cities that made our Best Places for Families list.

Schools in Leesburg focus not only on academics but building character and self esteem. Parents rave about how supportive teachers are and how challenging the curriculum can be. Doctors and hospitals in Leesburg provide excellent care. The 16 parks in Leesburg offer families opportunities to hike, picnic, skateboard, play a variety of sports or just relax. The W&OD Trail, a 45-mile paved pathway, links Leesburg to Alexandria and Purcellville. Children get a kick out of taking White’s Ferry across the Potomac River, which also provides opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Among the annual events that draw big crowds and delight children are the Leesburg Airshow, 4th of July parade and the Flower & Garden Festival. Children seven and under are invited to participate in the city’s annual Easter egg hunt, held at Ida Lee Park.

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