Load up the family and head to Charlottesville, Virginia, as you seek some fantastic family travel fun!
Imagine being surrounded by the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains, history, and majestic beauty that is just what Charlottesville brings to the table.
The little tikes will love letting their curiosity run wild inside the Virginia Discovery Museum. Six-thousand square feet of space is on a single level, free-flows, and offers two galleries that house 15 exceptional hands-on play area of fun.
One of the cool interactive fun things that your little family members can enjoy is sorting letters at the Post Office. Match the mail in the bins that are numbered and colored, then head out for delivery.
With no route to follow, let the kiddos explore, however they want and as slow or fast as their heart’s desire. Cognitive, physical, and social skills will be unleashed in this extraordinarily little rule problem-solving museum of adventure.
It is never to soon to think about college. While in Charlottesville, head over to the University of Virginia. See what the buzz is all about at the Rotunda. See how students and faculty come together to interact and learn.
As we continue the learning vibe, take a trip to Darden Towe Path and the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center. Explore, create, and discover as you and the family engage in the exhibits. Lewis was from Albermarle County, and next to the center is where Clark’s family resided.
Take the dirt path down to the river overlooks or enjoy the short hiking trail. The center is an excellent place to explore and learn about history.
A shoppers paradise awaits the family at the Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall, one of the largest in the United States, at 8-blocks long. Shop as much as you like or find a seat and people watch as the children ride on the carousel.
Visit the galleries, catch a concert at a small venue, or even catch a performance at the Paramount Theater. Free tours behind the scenes are available, so do not forget to ask.
Even a complimentary trolley operated by Charlottesville will make stops at the University of Virginia, the pedestrian mall, and many other downtown areas.
Pack the families hiking boots and hit the Rivanna Trail that circles the city. For 20 miles, your family can explore streets, greenways, and parkland. To keep the walk simple, hit Riverview Park, a segment down along the river.
Crabtree Falls trail is extremely popular, as Crabtree is the Eastern United States longest vertical cascade. Add in a series of other waterfall cascades, and you have a total of 1,200 feet of pure enjoyment!
You will encounter an uphill walk that is steady when you leave the lower parking lot. Do not worry; it is not that challenging. The hike is especially gorgeous when the leaves are changing in the fall.
After a fun-filled adventure of exploring Charlottesville, head to your room at Boar’s Head Resort for a great night of sleep before starting your fantastic outdoor excursion again.