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ACE Adventure Resort
Remember the magic of summer vacation? Running barefoot through sprinklers and chasing fireflies. Back then, every day was a new adventure and details didn’t matter. THAT was freedom. Now is the time to reclaim that freedom; to share it with your family and friends at ACE Adventure Resort!
Whitewater Rafting. A waterpark… on a lake. Dining, cabin rentals and more. It’s all here!
Carter Mountain Orchard & Chiles Peach Orchard
Just minutes from downtown Charlottesville, Carter Mountain overlooks lush groves and breathtaking views of the valley below. Guests can pick sun-ripened peaches and crisp apples while breathing in the fresh mountain air.
1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Email: [email protected]
Within reach of downtown Crozet and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chiles Peach Orchard offers fields of pick-your-own fruit, a Farm Market & Bakery and more.
1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet, VA 22932
Email: [email protected]
DMR Adventures provides professional performing arts training FROM the professionals! We offer opportunities for all levels and produce shows, classes, camps (including technical theatre), and run a youth leadership program. Our award-winning performing arts academy trains students ages 4 through 18, with some training for adults. Our students have appeared on Broadway tours, on screen and in professional productions throughout the country. We offer private voice and acting, a pre-professional training program, and many opportunities for group classes. Our youth after school program (YAS!) has expanded, and we now provide some transportation from area schools. We welcome beginners as well as experienced performers and technicians.
Madison County has been a crossroads of history for over 11,000 years.
Paleo-Indians, the royal governor Alexander Spottswood and the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, as well as Civil War Generals Stonewall Jackson and J. E. B. Stuart along with their men have all been visitors to Madison County.
We are proud to invite you to this beautiful, historic and exciting region of Virginia. Let us help you plan your visit!
A breathtaking property, Massanutten Resort® features 6,000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Massanutten has secured its spot as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast.
Massanutten Resort® offers many unique amenities including the Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark, Ski and Adventure Park area, two fantastic golf courses, farm-to-table dining experiences, shopping and recreation options, along with a day spa for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten is easily accessible from many major cities.
Virginia Safari Park
Experience Virginia's Only Drive-Thru Safari Adventure.
Take a drive on the wild side at the Virginia Safari Park. Explore our beautiful 180-acre drive-through safari park home to over 1,200 animals–delight in feeding huge bull elk, bison, zebras, deer, and more while on safari. You will find no shortage of animal diversity on your journey through the park and in the Village walk-about area. Get up close during unique animal encounters with two-toed sloths, African penguins, and rhinos! Feed one of our giraffes, enjoy the free flight budgie aviary, and explore the popular kangaroo walk-about. The Virginia Safari Park is in Rockbridge County, at exit 180/ 180-B off I-81 in Natural Bridge, and is open mid-March through late November, except for Thanksgiving Day.
Green Valley Book Fair
Located just south of Harrisonburg, in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. Save up to 90% off retail on over 30,000 different titles in more than 60 different categories.
Ivy Life & Style Media
Ivy Life & Style Media is home to some of Virginia’s most engaging and inspiring niche titles, including Wine & Country Life, Wine & Country Weddings, Wine & Country Table, CharlottesvilleFamily and the Charlottesville Fun Fair & Camp Expo.
Natural Bridge Zoo
The Natural Bridge Zoo opened its doors in 1972 and has been growing ever since. The Natural Bridge Zoo has been breeding threatened and endangered species for over 45 years and offers elephant rides, pet feedings, tours and more.
Piedmont Family YMCA
The Piedmont Family YMCA is a community supported organization that offers affordable, family friendly programs and activities structured to encourage healthy lifestyles in a wholesome and safe environment for all!
Shenanigans Toys and Games is a charming toy shop that caters to kids of all ages. You will find games, books, STEM toys, art supplies, dolls, dress up, stuffed animals and more! Gift wrapping is always free and on-site parking is available. Shop our full range of toys in-store or online!
Triple C Camp
Triple C Camp offers day camp programs for rising K-10th graders. Additional year round program options include a challenge course, school's day out programs, environmental education, birthday parties, sports, crafts, nature activities, & more.
Blue Ridge Music Together
Want to get involved in a fun, musical community of families learning together? We offer children's music classes in Charlottesville and Crozet!
Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival
With over 120 fine artists and contemporary craft artisans exhibiting, this bi-annual festival is Central Virginia's premier juried arts event.
This 155 acre golf course in the heart of Charlottesville will challenge your game while stimulating your senses with panoramic mountain views.
Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area serves over 6,000 local soccer players seasonally, and offers programs for young and old at various levels.
The Paramount Theater
Enjoy movies, live broadcasts, performances, and more with the family all year long. See a full listing of events on The Paramount Theater's website.
Located on the east end of the historic Downtown Mall, Ting Pavilion is the city's premier outdoor venue for live performances.
For over 30 years the Toy Lift has been collecting and distributing toys for local area children.
Virginia Discovery Museum
The Virginia Discovery Museum fosters intellectual curiosity & development for all children of our community, inspiring them to be lifelong learners.
Virginia Festival of the Book
A program of Virginia Humanities, enjoy virtual programming year-round + the annual Virginia Festival of the Book on March 16-20, 2022.