Charlottesville and Albemarle County are playgrounds for the whole family. Walk in the region of rich history, absorb the passionate arts community, and explore our area's breathtaking landscape. A trip here will activate the minds of your young ones while transforming traditional learning opportunities into plain old fun!
Inspire your family with an unparalleled experience at the only home in the United States to be named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. You can witness how Jefferson brought his genius to life with a visit to his historic home. A tour provides insight into the innovative mind that authored the Declaration of Independence-a lesson appreciated by students of any age! Charlottesville also is home to one of Jefferson's proudest legacies, the University of Virginia. Between Jefferson's architectural brilliance on display in the form of the Rotunda, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the climate steeped in academic integrity, Mr. Jefferson's University is a field trip you don't want to miss!
And believe it or not, bringing your kids on vacation doesn't have to be difficult! Charlottesville and Albemarle County's easygoing, kid-friendly pace will allow you and your family to enjoy all that the area has to offer at your own speed. And there's no need to worry about getting bored, there's something to do for every member of the family! Stimulate your child's senses with a trip to the legendary city farmers' market, shop and stroll on the historic Downtown Mall, pick your own produce at Carter Mountain Orchard, marvel in the Virginia Discovery Museum or stretch your legs with a hike in Shenandoah National Park. And don't worry about leaving your beloved pooch at home; Charlottesville is in the running for Best City for Pet Travelers! See below for all of our family friendly events happening soon!
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