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Family-Friendly Activities

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 a wonderful place for pet travelers! See below for listing of all our family friendly activities.

 

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Monticello

  • 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 984-9822 | Fax: (434) 977-7757
  • Region: Monticello Area
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No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Monticello is the only home in America recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year; outdoo... MORE >>

Michie Tavern ca. 1784 - A Virginia Historic Landmark

  • 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-1234 | Fax: (434) 296-7203
  • Region: Monticello Area
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MICHIE TAVERN, located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful COLONIAL MIDDAY FARE. The rustic tavern setting renders... MORE >>

Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe

  • 2050 James Monroe Parkway
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 293-9539 | Fax: (434) 293-8000
  • Region: Monticello Area
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Restored home of the United States' fifth president and last founding father. The historic house museum on James Monroe's 550-acre estate offers daily guided tours of the Monroe home. Thomas Jefferson encouraged James Monroe to purchase the land adjoining Monticello to form "a society to our taste" in rural Albemarle County. Monroe and his family o... MORE >>

Alakazam Toys & Gifts

  • 100 E Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 29902
  • (434) 971-1717
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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WE ARE A LOCALLY OWNED TOY STORE... opened in the spring of 2005 by us, a couple of California girls who landed in the south after a whirlwind tour of the universe. We knew in our hearts we wanted ... MORE >>

AlbemarleFamily

  • 4282 Ivy Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 984-4713 | Fax: (434) 984-4813
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Ivy Publications is the parent company of AlbemarleFamily Living, a monthly publication dedicated to serving families in Charlottesville-Albemarle with useful comprehensive community resources ... MORE >>

AMF Kegler's Lanes

  • 2000 Seminole Trail
  • Charlottesville, VA 22906
  • (434) 978-3999
  • Region: Route 29 North
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Bowling, pool tables, video games, brew pub & lounge. A great place for a fun family outing, holiday party or corporate event. Full service catering, meeting room and audio visual available. ... MORE >>

Azalea Park

  • Azalea Park
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • (434) 970-3589
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Azalea Park consists of 23 acres of level land located off Old Lynchburg Road at the southern edge of the City near Interstate 64. The City secured the land in two acquisitions from the Bellmead ... MORE >>

Bounce and Play

  • 127 Seminole Court
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 973-1111
  • Region: Route 29 North
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3 & Under – There is a very large closed in area for your little ones to safely play, complete with a ball pit. I like that you can set your little adventurer down and let him/her do what ... MORE >>

Carter Mountain Orchard

  • 1435 Carters Mountain Trail
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • 434-977-1833
  • Region: Monticello Area
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Established in 1974 in an old apple barn, Carter Mountain Orchard’s retail business has grown into one of the most recognized farm markets in Virginia. Open early July through Thanksgiving (and ... MORE >>

Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall

  • Main St
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 295-9073
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Charlottesville’s Dining, Entertainment & Shopping District! A visit to Charlottesville isn't complete without a stop at the Downtown Mall. It is one of the most beautiful and successful ... MORE >>

Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival

  • Lee Park
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 979-1200 | Fax: (540) 832-7485
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Join us in September for the largest vegetarian/animal rights/ecology festival on the east coast. Voted one of the top two outdoor events in Charlottesville with 6,000-8,000 visitors annually. Fun for ... MORE >>

Chris Greene Lake Park

  • Chris Greene Lake Park
  • Room 118
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 296-5844
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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120 land acres. 62 water acres. 2 beach acres. Hours: 7:00am to dark, all year (6:00am peak fishing times). Park Entrance Fee charged from Memorial Day weekend to Labor day. Swimming: daily 10:00am ... MORE >>

City Clay

  • 700 Harris Street
  • Suite 104
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 293-0808
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City Clay is a lot of things, but it is mostly about building a community of people who are interested in the ceramic arts from wheel thrown and hand built pottery to sculpture. In addition to ongoing ... MORE >>

Crozet Library

  • 5791 Three Notch'd Road
  • Crozet, VA 22932-0430
  • (434) 823-4050
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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The Crozet Library is open Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Sunday. The town of Crozet, in western Albemarle ... MORE >>

Dogwood Festival

  • McIntire Park
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 961-9824
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Annual festival in April, with fireworks, parade, carnival and more.

Freedom of Speech Wall

  • 605 East Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 295-4784 | Fax: (434) 296-3621
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Located directly in front of Charlottesville’s City Hall and beside the city’s amphitheater, the monument consists primarily of a two-sided wall of Buckingham slate, approximately 54 feet long (108’ ... MORE >>

Ghost & Murder Walking Tour

  • 112 West Main Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902-0231
  • (434) 760-0525
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Join our Ghost and Murder Walking Tour in historic downtown Charlottesville. Retrace the fatal steps of the mayor and his wife as they returned home from church in 1904, a night that led to the trial ... MORE >>

The Glass Palette - Interactive Glass Art Studio

  • 1304 E. Market Street
  • Ste. W
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 977-9009
  • Region: Downtown Mall Area
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Virginia's only create-your-own glass art studio. Walk in to our open studio any time and create with glass! All ages welcome, no experience required! Classes, workshops, parties. Visit our gift ... MORE >>

Gordon Avenue Library

  • 1500 Gordon Avenue
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • 434.296.5544 | Fax: 434.295.8737
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Gordon Avenue Library. Hours:Monday: 9am - 9pm Tuesday: 9am - 6pm Wednesday: 12 -9pm Thursday: 10am - 6pm Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday - Closed ... MORE >>

Greenleaf Park

  • Greenleaf Park
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • (434) 970-3589
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Greenleaf Park consists of 14 acres of grassy hillsides with hardwood and evergreen trees in a fenced-in area. The land was part of McIntire Park until the construction of Route 250 Bypass cut it off ... MORE >>

Jefferson Youth Theatre

  • 532 Cleveland Avenue
  • Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 249-2803
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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The Jefferson Youth Theater was founded by Peter Ryan in 1995 to bring the joy of performing theater to children. We have done over forty productions, and worked with over four thousand children. From ... MORE >>

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library - Central Branch

  • 201 East Market Street
  • Charlottesville, VA 22092
  • (434) 979-7151
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Jefferson-Madison Regional Library - Central Branch. Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm Sunday: 1pm - 5pm (Closed Sundays Memorial Day to Labor Day). ... MORE >>

Jump Cville Trampoline Park

  • 1005 Gardens Boulevard
  • Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • (434) 284-8248
  • Region: Route 29 North
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Jump is a 20,000 sq. feet indoor trampoline park located on Route 29 North in the Gardens Shopping Center in Charlottesville. We have over 8,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines as well as angled ... MORE >>

Lazy Daisy Ceramics and the Pottery Paintin' Place

  • 1709 Monticello Road
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 295-7801
  • Region: Miscellaneous/ Independent of Region
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Creative pottery and ceramic fun for all ages. Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed Sunday We are party head quarters--birthdays, showers, corporate, team building, troops, holiday ... MORE >>

Leander J. McCormick Observatory

  • Leander J. McCormick Observatory
  • 600 McCormick Rd
  • Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • (434) 243-1885 | Fax: (434) 924-3104
  • Region: University Area
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The McCormick Observatory is open on the first and third Friday night of each month for about 2 hours. 1st and 3rd Fridays, 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Apr.- Oct.; 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Nov.-Mar. Groups ... MORE >>

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