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Pohick Bay Regional Park fell under “attack” Saturday. The crews of the pirate vessels the Vigilant and the Arch Angel invaded the shores of Lorton during Pirate Day.

The annual event at the park includes a pirate encampment where visitors experience the life of a pirate by enrolling in “school for scallywags” or trying their hand at period games.

Leaving from the encampment near the marina, a band of pirates headed to Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, where they dug up a buried treasure on Buccaneer Beach, and shared their pirate booty with the children who helped them find and unearth it.

Pirate’s Cove Waterpark contains a pirate-themed play feature with a giant dumping barrel, two kid-friendly slides and water spraying palm trees. A tot pool features a clam shell slide and spraying jets. In and around the pool area, giant fiberglass pirates and large parchment signs adorn the deck and provide stories and information about the real golden age of piracy.

More information about the waterpark is available at

--Shamus Ian Fatzinger