From historic districts and an interactive aquarium, here are the best things to do in Lynchburg, Virginia for groups large and small
Also known as the Hill City, our view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the James River makes Lynchburg a unique destination for travelers seeking new adventures while being immersed in a historic downtown setting, and surrounded by natural beauty. Here are just a few of our must-see experiences in Lynchburg. We can’t wait to host you.
Duration: 3 Days
Ideal for: Adults
Day 1: A railroad-themed restaurant, historic hoods and more things to do in Lynchburg, Virginia
Begin your experience as you arrive in Lynchburg with lunch at the Depot Grille in Historic Downtown. This railroad-themed restaurant overlooking Riverfront Park and the James River is housed in a former fright station and a local favorite. Next, get introduced to and explore the rich history of Lynchburg and Central Virginia at the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Courthouse. The museum shares stories about the people and fascinating events that shaped the region through exhibits including antique toys, military items from all wars, furniture & silver made here, and much more.
Sit back and relax on the motorcoach as Lynchburg Historic Tours guides you through the must see seven historic districts of Lynchburg. These prosperous neighborhoods sprang up during the 19th century when tobacco tycoons, shoe production, doctors and attorneys made Lynchburg the wealthiest city in the nation for its size. After checking in to your hotel of choice for the next two nights, journey downtown for your Lynchburg Dining Experience, a foodie’s paradise. Dinner is on your own this evening, so walk through the doors of any of our restaurants and you’ll meet extraordinary flavor and attention to detail which will make you want to stay for hours, or at least until the motorcoach takes you back to the hotel.
Day 2: Home of a celebrated poet, an interactive petting zoo aquarium and more Lynchburg, Virginia must-do activities
Day two begins after a nice breakfast at your hotel by visiting the home of the internationally acclaimed poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum. Anne Spencer was the only black woman and the only Virginian included in the Norton Anthology of Modern American and British Poetry. Established in 1806, the restored Old City Cemetery and Arboretum is a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic places. Walk through the cemetery that features a Confederate section, significant African-American history, and four small museums equipped with push-button audio.
Next, visit Seaquest, an interactive petting zoo aquarium where you can experience earth’s majestic wonders while interacting with the innumerable species with which we share this planet. Enjoy lunch at Charley’s Restaurant which has grown into one of Lynchburg’s favorite restaurants with steaks, seafood, salads and more. A short drive from the restaurant, walk the grounds and take in the secluded retreat of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, now a National Historic Landmark. A mature and innovative architectural masterpiece, Jefferson designed the octagonal house during his second term as President of the United States.
Head back to your hotel to freshen up for your evening on the town. Offering fine cuisine in an upscale industrial setting, Shoemakers American Grille is located in the Craddock Terry Hotel and treats guests to big city dining in the heart of downtown Lynchburg. The shoe themed rooms and décor reflect Lynchburg’s rich history in the early 1900s as the mecca of all things shoes and tobacco. Next, enjoy an evening of entertainment at The Historic Academy of Music Theatre before calling it a night.
Day 3: A stroll back in time and a farmer’s market like no other
Your final day begins after breakfast with a visit to Point of Honor. Discover the charm and surroundings of life in the early 1800’s as you explore the house and grounds of the original owner and builder, Dr. George Cabell, whose patients included American patriot Patrick Henry. A tour of this remarkable Federal style home, with its classic architecture and rich furnishings, echoes true grace and southern hospitality. Before heading out of town to the next destination, see why Lynchburg takes to heart the Buy Local Trend. Visit the Lynchburg Community Market, the third oldest farmer’s market in the country or dip in to one of the many local shops that feature local artisans and crafts persons, where you’ll find special reminders of your trip to Lynchburg.
Andrew Marks, Sales Manager Office of Economic Development & Tourism City of Lynchburg, Virginia Andrew.Marks@Lynchburgva.gov
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