Marine Corps Base Quantico is located in Quantico, Virginia, nestled just outside of Washington DC and is close to many national treasures. There are many historical places to visit within driving distance such as Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, Arlington and more. Many museums await your visit including the Marine Corps National Museum located on Quantico, nineteen Smithsonian Institute museums and more.
Quantico is home to OCS (Officer Candidate School), TBS (The Basic School) and many other specialty schools. Many people train on Quantico that are military allies and it is a fun place to be stationed if you like getting outside and exploring.
Quantico has four season weather. The winters get cold averaging in the 30’s-40’s. Spring averages in the 40’s-60’s. Summers can be quite humid and average 80’s to mid 90’s with fall averaging 50’s-60’s. Quantico tends to get a lot of rain and snow.
What is there to do at Quantico Marine Corps Base?
Marine Corps Museum: This is a must for any Marine or family member.
Smithsonian Museum: The world’s largest museum.
National Monuments: Arlington National Cemetery, FDR Roosevelt Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Momument, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, US Holocaust Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.
Kennedy Center: Performing Arts center with fantastic shows: theater, musicals, dance, orchestra and more.
Wolftrap Farm Park: Listen to music and sit outdoors at this great park in Vienna, Virginia.
C&O Canal: Perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts. There’s a ton of bike, running, and walking trails across 184.5 miles in D.C.
Gettysburg:A turning point in the civil war where the Union was victorious in ending Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the north. This is the bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties.
Shenandoa National Park: Just 75 miles away from our nation’s capitol. this national park is filled with waterfalls, hiking trails, views and wildlife. Don’t forget to get your FREE military national park pass!
Great Falls Park: The Potomac spills over a series of jagged rocks, perfect for taking in a day hike in this 800 acre park.
Scenic Laurel Falls trail: Discover the Smokey Mountains
Prince William Forest Park: A national park right outside the gate for biking, hiking, campgrounds and more.
Mount Vernon: George Washington’s home along the Potomac.
Colonial Williamsburg: The largest living history museum in the US. Open 365 days a year, offering guests a sneak peek into the Revolutionary War period.
Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s historic home.
Downtown Fredericksburg: There are a ton of historical homes to view, antiquing, restaurants and more.
Georgetown: Lots of fun activities here: biking, kayaking, waterfront park, concerts, restaurants and more.
Jamestown Settlement: Explore replicas of the three ships that sailed in 1607: Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed. It also has a colonial village and Powhatan village.
Virginia Wineries: There are a lot of very cute vineyards and wineries available for tastings and tours.
Luray Caverns: Beautiful caverns to explore as well as a garden maze, Singing Tower, and Car & Carriage museum.
King’s Dominion: In Richmond, owned by Cedar Fairs (same owners as Knotts Berry Farm, Great America, etc)
Busch Gardens: Virginia’s own Busch Gardens amusement park and animals located in Williamsburg.
Water Country USA: This water park is just three miles from Busch Gardens.
Virginia Aquarium: Have fun with the wildlife and sea animals with boat excursions, IMAX, and more. There’s two buildings, the Bay & Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion with a nature trail connecting them.
Virginia Zoo: Located two hours away in Norfolk.