LOCAL FAMILY ACTIVITIESDuring times of grief is it important to remember that children grow and grieve through play. Region 2000 has tremendous outdoor and indoor offerings for families. Below is a sampling of things you can do with your children, many of which are free.
This is not an exhaustive list. If your family has a favorite place that is not included please let us know
Discover Lynchburg is a great website to find local activities:
Interactive and Arts
Amazement Square: The Rightmire Children’s Museum
is dedicated to motivating children and adults of all backgrounds toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hands-on learning. The Museum's exhibits and educational programs encourage all participants to explore the arts and humanities, culture, science, technology and their interdisciplinary relationships. Located in the historic J.W. Wood Building in downtown Lynchburg, Amazement Square offers four, spacious floors of interactive exhibitions, workshops and educational programming. Amazement Tower, a meandering tangle of pathways, tunnels, illuminating stairs and glass elevator, connects all the Museum's exhibitions, and is the tallest indoor, interactive climbing structure in the United States.
27 Ninth Street Lynchburg, VA 24504
The Academy Center of the Arts
Built in 1905, will be the centerpiece of a regional visual and performing arts center. The complex includes a studio Theatre and a historic theatre, which is undergoing renovation. The Theatre showcases a variety of performances including jazz, opera, improv competitions, magic shows, and professional road shows. The Arts Education Building includes classrooms for visual arts, music, pottery, photography, and dance. The Academy Center of the Arts, anchored by the historic Academy of Music Theatre, inspires, engages and educates the diverse population of Central Virginia in the performing and visual arts.
600 Main Street Lynchburg, VA 24504
434-528-3256 Website: https://academycenter.org
The Nature Zone
Located in the historic Kemper Street Station, this hands on museum allows you to touch, feel, feed and totally experience natures live works of art. Turtles, opossums and even snakes are all waiting to meet you 'up close and personal'!.The Nature Zone also boasts a gift shop on site. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
301 Grove Street Lynchburg, VA 24501
Ellington Fellowship Playhouse
Presents renowned artists several times a month to perform concerts and conduct workshops. Call for more information or schedule of events.
421 Rivermont Avenue Lynchburg, VA
Opera on the James
An organization of music lovers in Central Virginia seeking to further the appreciation and enjoyment of opera through community education and quality performance.
701 Main St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504
434-528-3397 Website: www.operaonthejames.org
The Lynchburg Symphony
One of the cultural jewel of the Central Virginia area and provides quality classical music each season. Begun in 1983 this talented group of instrumentalists exudes exceptional quality for a city of Lynchburg's size. Diverse yet united in their love of music, the symphony works together with the city schools music program, even inviting young school musicians to play in the orchestra.Call the box office for a schedule of performances.
621 Court Street
Lynchburg is home to an impressive twelve sites on the Civil War Trails. Enjoy discovering Lynchburg as you follow these historic markers from downtown, to midtown and beyond.
757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg VA 24502 434-832-0162
This 1808 Federal-style home was taken over by Gen. David Hunter and used as Union headquarters during the Battle of Lynchburg. This was the base camp from which Union leaders plotted further strategies in their unsuccessful plans to burn Lynchburg. The Civil War Center on the grounds of Historic Sandusky offers exciting displays and an impressive surround-sound theater.
Quaker Meeting House 5810 Fort Ave, Lynchburg VA 24502
Confederate cavalry watched the Federals advance toward Lynchburg from here, fighting a delaying action until Early moved into position.
Fort Early Fort Ave and Memorial Ave, Lynchburg VA 24502
This is a series of earthen forts built in 1863. Early began moving troops into the line June 17, with Fort Early at the center, guarding the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. It was defended successfully June 18.
Fort McCausland 2055 Langhorne Rd, Lynchburg VA 24501
Built earlier in 1864 to protect the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, the fort was used by Confederates defending the right flank during Hunter's attacks. The earthen wall still stand today.
Old City Cemetery and Pest House 401 Taylor St, Lynchburg VA 24501 434-847-1465 This wonderfully restored cemetery, founded in 1806, includes a well-interpreted Confederate and Civil War section. There were 2,200 Confederate burials here. The Pest House Medical Museum offers a glimpse of 19th–century medical practices. The building was a quarantine building for Confederate soldiers. The Cemetery Center includes a museum featuring antique mourning items and a small gift shop. KIDS' HAVEN HAS A GARDEN HERE, COMPLETE WITH A SWING TO ENJOY!
Civil War Lynchburg Ninth and Jefferson streets, Lynchburg 24504
This marker describes Lynchburg's role in the war, focusing on its critical role as a major transportation hub with 3 railroads, the James River and the Kanawha Canal. It also describes Lynchburg as a major supply center.
Civil War Hospitals 12th Street and Dunbar Drive, Lynchburg VA 24504
Tour sign located near buildings which were used as Confederate hospitals during the war. Thirty-two hospitals treated 3,000–4,000 patients at a time, many more after major battles, making Lynchburg the second largest hospital center during the Civil War.
Spring Hill Cemetery 3000 Fort Ave, Lynchburg VA 24501
Gen. Early moved troops into the cemetery during the battle to bolster his lines at the Salem Turnpike. Today, Confederate Gens. Thomas T. Munford, James Dearing and Jubal Early himself are buried here.
The Lynchburg Museum in the Old Courthouse 901 Court St, Lynchburg VA 24504 Located in the 1855 Court House, the museum's displays describe the area’s history including much on the Civil War. Flags, artifacts from the 1864 Battle of Lynchburg, and items used by Gen. Jubal Early are on display.
Point of Honor 112 Cabell St., Lynchburg VA 24504
Trails sign located at the house museum tells the story of its wartime resident, Col. Robert Owen, president of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. The home also may have been visited by Union spies before the 1864 Battle of Lynchburg. The 1815 Federal-style building is part of the Lynchburg Museum system.
Packet Boat Marshall Trails sign in Riverside Park off Rosemont Ave Road map (park entrance)
The restored iron hull of the packet boat that brought the body of Stonewall Jackson from Lynchburg to Lexington is preserved here in a special structure. Jackson’s remains were shipped by train from Richmond to Lynchburg following his death in May 1863, then taken for burial to Lexington on this boat.
Prisoner of War Camp Corner of Memorial and Langhorne. This was the site of a Confederate training camp and Union prisoner-of-war camp during the Civil War. Lynchburg was an obvious choice for a prisoner-of-war camp because of its superior rail system and its remoteness from the front lines. No medical services were available, and many deaths occurred in the tent encampment.
Local: 434 847-1811
Peaks View Park Nestled in Lynchburg City is a park with tennis courts, Frisbee golf course, walking and running trails, baseball diamonds, large playground and open fields. Dogs are welcome.
An easy and beautiful forty-five minute drive, Natural Bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a historic Virginia Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, this marvel of nature soars 215ft. high. Nearby you will find the Natural Bridge Wax Museum, Toy Museum, Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum, Dino Kingdom, and the east coast’s deepest commercial cavern, descending 34 stories into the earth.
15 Appledore Lane
Natural Bridge, Va
Local: (540) 291-2121
Holiday Lake State ParkDeep in the heart of Appomattox- Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill is popular, and a nearby Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries delayed-harvest trout stream allows anglers to fish for brown and rainbow trout. Swimming at the park’s guarded beach and the “Critter Hole” play area are visitor favorites. Park features include hiking, biking and equestrian trials, a campground, picnic shelters, interpretive programs, two playgrounds, canoe, rowboat, sit-on-top kayaks, and paddle boat rentals, a seasonal concession stand and gift shop, and a boat ramp. Holliday Lake is just minutes from the famous Appomattox Court House National Historical Park where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1865.
Route 2, Appomattox, VA 24522
Local: (434) 248-6308
Toll-Free: (800) 933-7275
Lynchburg Hillcats are a minor league baseball team in Lynchburg, Virginia. They are a class high A team in the Carolina League, and are currently a farm team of the Cincinnati Reds. The Hillcats play home games at the Calvin Falwell Field; refurbished and renamed in 2004, the stadium seats over 2,000 fans. Check out the link to their website for this season's schedule and come out and enjoy a game.
Calvin Falwell Field
3180 Fort Ave Local: (434) 528-1144
Putt Putt Fun Center Classic Golf! Fun For All! The original and still the BEST.
Go-Karts! Feel the SPEED.
Single and Double Seat Carts Batting Cages
Practice Your Swing.
Baseball and Softball Cages
Blaster Bumper Boats. If you enjoy getting WET, you'll LOVE this ride.
Pavilion Zone has seating for up to 100! Great for picnics
8105 Timberlake Road Lynchburg, VA 24502
Falling Creek Park has an 18 hole disc golf course, shuffle board, picnic shelters, charcoal grills, children’s playground and a series of fitness stations located around the 1/3 mile paved walking path. So bring your bike, your disc golf bag, hiking boots, running shoes and your family out for a day in the park!
Directions: Falling Creek Park is located 20 miles west of Lynchburg. Take U.S. 221 to Bedford. Take a left on Independence Boulevard, left on Main Street and left on Country Farm Road.
1229 Country Farm Road
Beaver Creek Canoe RentalsThis four mile section of the James River offers abundant wildlife and seclusion. Also canal era historical sites such as the six mile bridge trestle, dating from 1850, and beautiful stone remains of the Beaver Creek aqueduct and Archer Creek culvert (1838), are easily accessible by canoe.
Relax and enjoy - Beaver Creek
Approximately a 4 hour float.
237 Mt. Athos Road Lynchburg, VA 24504
High Peak Hang Gliding"Come fly with us”. Take a tandem flight and see the beautiful Virginia Blue Ridge, like the hawks and falcons do. Let us make your "DREAM" of flying come true. No previous experience is necessary. High Peak Hang Gliding and Paragliding also offers lessons for beginners, with continued and advanced USHGA certification available. You will never forget your first mountain launch. Our training facility is located in central VA, just off Rt 29, north of the town of Amherst. Look for Airsports Drive. We have several mountain launch sites available for some great flying. With our training hill, scotter tow and aerotow capabilities we offer a complete flight experience for beginner to advanced pilot. Glider sales and service are available. For more information, call Greg Mick or fax us. Virginia is for Hang Gliding too.
237 Airsports Dr. Amherst, VA 24521
Liberty Mountain Slowflex CentreWinter sport enthusiasts can now enjoy snow sports at an outdoor, year-round ski slope in Lynchburg...the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. The synthetic ski slope features Snowflex, the most innovative technology in the snow sports industry. Originating in Europe, Lynchburg's Snowflex is the only one of its kind in the United States. Hours are 5pm to 10pm daily with other hours on a variable schedule. Please call for further details.
Candlers Mountain Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Rise Up Climbing is a climbing gym located in downtown Lynchburg, VA providing beginner to advanced indoor climbing services. With its focus on climbing performance improvement and introducing new climbers to the sport, Rise Up is the premier climbing facility for the region.
- 40' roped climbing including lead and top rope.
- bouldering with top outs.
- retail shop.
- instruction for beginner to advanced.
- programs for kids.
Come visit us during our Open Climb program. Our instructors will take you climbing - no previous experience necessary. Firday 7-9 PM and Saturday 12-2 PM.
1225 Church St Lynchburg, VA 24504
Riverfront Skate Park
The Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skateparkis a 14,000 square foot outdoor hybrid complex with a street course and bowl. Enjoy the 9,000 square foot padded Street Course which includes Multiple Flat Bars, A Bench, Pyramid w/Hubba, 2 Quarter Pipes, Concrete Platform w/Ledge, A Concrete Bank, Stairs (2 & 4 Set), Spine Ramp, Mini Ramp and Quarter Pipe. The Bowl features the only concrete bowl in the area with a must see shallow 5' section, 2 hips and a deep 8' section. Plan a Skate Party, take private lessons, be a mentor or be mentored! Skate all day for $5. Rental gear available. Hours subject to weather.
27 Ninth Street
Riverside Park SpraygroundThis 1900 sq foot facility is a great way to cool off when you need to beat the heat! The sprayground offers an array of fun and thrilling water play activities such as dumping buckets, spraying lake fish, pop jets and tulip sprays. The sprayground is open to the public daily from 11am to 7pm Memorial Day through October 1st. For more information call 434 455-5858.
2270 Rivermont Ave
Local: (434) 455-5858