Virginia Things to Do

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Virginia Things to Do

  • Canal Walk

    Richmond Things to Do

    The narrated canal cruise offers a good synopsis of Richmond's colorful history. Along the way, you'll see not just the canal but also part of the James River (the navigable part) and the old Tobacco Row. Maybe, if you're observant, you'll even get to see some local wildlife. Tours run every weekend from early April until mid-November, plus...

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  • Beaches and Activities

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    My girlfriend and I put together a Virginia Beach vacation. We both love outdoors, water, hiking and nature, but we needed something that was totally relaxing. We found Spa Phoenix on the web. Located at Hilltop, a shopping and dining area 1.5 miles from the Oceanfront that we'd discovered on a previous vacation, it's centrally located so that...

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  • Busch Gardens

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Amusement park with rides, shows, and shops. The roller coasters are top notch, in this order: Griffon, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Loch Ness Monster. My tips for making the most of your experience are: Get to the parking area about 20 min before the park opens. This gives the best chance to ride one (and only one, don't waste time running to...

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  • Ash Lawn Highland

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    The marker reads: This estate was the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. In 1793, James and Elizabeth Kortright Monroe purchased 1,000 acres adjoining Jefferson's Monticello. Called Highland, the plantation, eventually totaling 3,500 acres, was their principal residence from 1799 to 1823. Known in foreign affairs for the...

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  • Natural Bridge of Virginia

    Natural Bridge Things to Do

    The Natural Bridge is an unusual rock formation that was formed when the roof of a large underground cavern collapsed, leaving only the section that forms today's Natural Bridge. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, actually owned it for a number of years. He had purchased it from the British government for 20 shillings when...

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  • Virginia Creeper Trail

    Virginia Things to Do

    The Virginia Creeper is a 33 mile hiking and cycling trail from Abingdon, Va to the NC / Va border near Whitetop. If you're a serious mountain biker, this will not be your biggest challenge. But if you just enjoy the freedom of cycling without having to work too hard - read on. The most popular section is from Whitetop to Damascus. 17.9 miles -...

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  • Capitol Square

    Richmond Things to Do

    the virginia state capitol has been in continuous use since 1788 and is the second oldest capitol building in america. the virginia state capitol was designed by thomas jefferson and was inspired by the maison carre in nimes france. during the civil war the virginia state capitol was the second capitol of the confederacy. the virginia state capitol...

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  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    The shop on the bridge is open all year round. Mid September - Mid May 7am - 6pm Mid May - Mid September 6am -10pm You can fish from the fishing pier 24 hours and there are restrooms, fish cleaning stations, and weighting stations. You can see on the map the interstate 13 going across the sea is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

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  • Governor's Palace

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    I've been to the Governor's Palace twice - once in 1962-63 when we lived in Norfolk, and again after my dad died in 1973. These photos are all from 1963 The first photo shows the Palace through the gate which is guarded by a stone unicorn on one side and a stone lion on the other. You need to have a ticket to tour the Governor's Palace and they are...

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  • Monticello

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson for most of his life. Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and died on July 4 1826. He was America’s Third President of the United States, Congressman, Author of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Virginia 1779-1781, US Secretary of State, Minister to France, Founder of University of Virginia,...

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  • Hollywood Cemetery

    Richmond Things to Do

    the richmond confederate memorial is located in the confederate section of hollywood cemetery. this massive pyramid commemorates the 25 confederate generals and over 18,000 confederate soldiers buried in hollywood cemetery. this memorial was erected in 1869.

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  • Cape Henry Lighthouse

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    It was pretty windy and chilly this morning. We were there alittle early and the lighthouse was not open for any tours. Today, the old Cape Henry Lighthouse silently guards the entry way into the Chesapeake Bay. Standing near the spot where in 1607 Captain Newport raised a cross to offer thanks for their safe crossing of the Atlantic, the...

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  • Colonial

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Because we have horses, we know that a blacksmith makes all kinds of objects out of iron. The person who shoes horses is a Farrier which is a kind of blacksmith. The blacksmith James Anderson was appointed public armourer in 1776 by the General Assembly of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia. Anderson began to enlarge his small,...

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  • University of Virginia

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    The University of Virginia is the heart of Charlottesville. It sprawls out on the western edge of the town, with a huge campus and plenty of Palladian architecture. The university is a UNESCO World Heritage Site- in fact, it is the only university in North America with that honor. That designation has much to do with its founding- Thomas Jefferson...

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  • Museum of the Confederacy

    Richmond Things to Do

    "The Museum of the Confederacy’s mission is to serve as the preeminent world center for the display, study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of the history and artifacts of the Confederate States of America." My first encounters with the Museum of the Confederacy were as a student at MCV seeking refuge from professors, patients, and...

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  • Fort Story

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    On August 25, a number of British ships under the command of Admiral Sir Samuel Hood arrived in Chesapeake Bay. They searched for French ships and, finding none, sailed off to New York to join Admiral Thomas Graves' larger fleet. Graves took command of the combined force and sailed for the Chesapeake on August 31, arriving in the area on September...

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  • The Capitol

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    The original capitol of Virginia was, of course, Jamestown. After fire destroyed that building three times, the Burgesses moved the colony government to Middle Plantation (i.e. Williamsburg). The building is a two story H-shaped structure connected by an arcade. What is there today is more or less the same as the one that was finished in 1705,...

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  • Michie Tavern

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    Established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location close to Monticello. Today, visitors can enjoy encountering the Tavern's past, which creates its 18th century life. They have a lovely...

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  • Agecroft Hall

    Richmond Things to Do

    When the Williamses shipped the manor house over from England, they also had Charles Gillette, a prominent landscape architect, design English-style gardens on the grounds of the manor. The English style of gardens includes brick walls, boxwood hedges, courtyards, and walkways. There wasn't enough time to kill before the 1.30pm tour to do a full...

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  • Virginia Marine Science Museum

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    You have to go to the Aquarium while your at the beach, that is a definite must. We took my Mother-n- Law there, it was her first Aquarium. My daughter, Noel, enjoyed showing her grandma around and playing tour guide. this aquarium is awesome. There are touch tanks and sharks...go to the Aquarium when at the beach... Hours of Operation 9 a.m. - 5...

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  • Bruton Parish Church

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    This Episcopalian church has been in service still since 1715. The bell in the white wooden steeple rang out as the local liberty bell during Revolutionary War and now announces services. Colonial Virginia churchyards were not the first choices for burials. The custom was to inter the dead at home. In 1724, the Reverend Hugh Jones, Bruton Parish...

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  • Downtown Mall

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    This is what a pedestrian mall should be. It's lined with shops and restaurants, safe, centrally located, and very attractive. The Paramount Theatre offers live show, while the Regal Cinema has first-run movies. At the eastern end is the Charlottesville Pavilion. At the western end is a large ice-skating rink.

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  • American Civil War Museum at Historic...

    Richmond Things to Do

    The Battlefield park is spread out at many small sites around the city but the visitor's center is at the historic Tredegar Iron works which provided the South with most of its armaments. Here you can get maps for driving tours of the rest of the park

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  • AMC Movie Theatres

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    You will also find a world of entertainment at our new AMC Lynnhaven 18 Theatres. Each theatre offers stadium-style seating, AMC love seats, and digital surround-sound. We fell in love with this theater. You have to check out the other pictures I am putting on here about this theater.

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  • Gaol - Jail

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Every town needs a jail, or gaol is it was once called. Williamsburg was certainly no exception. Its old gaol had a live-in keeper, and a number of very austere cells. Free tours are given regularly, all day.

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  • Meadow Run Mill & General Store

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    Not far from the Tavern, the Michie family owned and operated a mill and general store. At the turn of the century the mill fell from decay. In order to recreate the Michie's Tovern plantation (which stretched for several miles) Historic Michie Tavern relocated The Meadow Run Grist Mill from nearby Laurel Hill, Va. The 18th century mill was...

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  • Old City Hall

    Richmond Things to Do

    the old city hall was built in 1894. it was the first major construction project in the city of richmond after the civil war. this beautiful high victorian gothic building was designed by architect elijah myer. the old city hall is listed on the national register of historic places. today the old city hall is an office building and is open to the...

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  • The Old Coast Guard Station & Museum

    Virginia Beach Things to Do

    This is an actual Coast Guard station that was built in 1903 and was moved to its current spot on Virginia Beach. It is registered as a Virginia landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum has two floors and charges a small fee to enter the actual museum while you can visit the gift shop for free. It is interesting and I think...

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  • House of Burgesses

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    the original house of burgesses was established in jamestown in 1619. a burgess was a freeman of a borough. these elected colonists assembled in the house of burgesses. in 1699 the house of burgesses was moved to middle plantation about eight miles northeast of jamestown. middle plantation was soon renamed williamsburg in honor of king william III....

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  • Thomas Jefferson Home

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    Monticello is a must visit when in Charlottesville. This was the home of Thomas Jefferson and today you can spend several hours walking around the grounds and/or taking several tours. There are tours of the house, the gardens and the plantations all included in the $15 ticket. From the parking lot and visitors center you take a 1/2 mile shuttle up...

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  • St. John's Church

    Richmond Things to Do

    st. johns episcopal church was built by colonel richard randolph in 1741. st. johns is the oldest church in richmond. in 1775 st. johns church was the site of the second virginia convention were patrick henry gave his famous quote "give me liberty, or give me death". for those interested in american history st. johns church should not be missed on...

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  • The Magazine

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    The spark that ignited the Revolution in Virginia was struck where the colony stored its gunpowder, the Magazine in the middle of Williamsburg. This arsenal is the site of the Gunpowder incident of April 1775, an event which led the Southern Colonies into the War for American Independence. The Magazine safeguarded shot, powder, flints, tents,...

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  • Montpelier

    Charlottesville Things to Do

    James Madison, the fourth President, is best remembered as the main author of the Federalist Papers. Having studied the history of republics through the ages, he recommended a system of government that allowed majority rule but respected minority rights. He also advocated separation of powers, dividing the Federal government into three branches:...

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  • Monument Avenue

    Richmond Things to Do

    Along this street are statues of key Confederates in the War for Southern Independence. In the 1970s, city leaders gave over the monuments to the state to prevent some future city government from moving or destroying the monuments. J.E.B. Stuart Monument Located in the centre of Stuart Circle, the monument is a focal point for the Fan...

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  • Merchants Square

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    merchants square is located between the colonial williamsburg historic area and the college of william and mary. this colonial themed shopping and entertainment venue offers over 40 shops, bars, and restaurants. merchants square's outdoor patio bars are a nice place to relax after a day of touring colonial williamsburg.

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  • Maymont Park

    Richmond Things to Do

    Maymont Park was dedicated by a rich couple in the early 1900s. There, you will find all sorts of gardens and landscapes, and there's even a petting zoo for the little nippers to enjoy. My second grade class took a field trip there on 27 May 1977.

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  • College of William & Mary

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    pictured is the wren building on the campus of the college of william and mary. the college of william and mary was founded by reverend james blair in 1693. the school is named after king william III and queen mary II who issued a royal charter to fund the school. the college of william and mary is the second oldest college in the united states...

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  • White House of the Confederacy

    Richmond Things to Do

    pictured is the second white house of the confederacy. the first white house of the confederacy was located in montgomery alabama, confederate president jefferson davis and his family moved into this 1818 townhouse in may 1861. president davis lived in this house until april 1865 just before the fall of the confederacy. the confederate white house...

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  • George Wythe House

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    One of the most influential men of the Revolutionary era, George Wythe ranks among colonial America's finest lawyers, legal scholars, and teachers. Among the young men Wythe trained in the law were Thomas Jefferson, St. George Tucker, and John Marshall. He probably did more to shape Thomas Jefferson's ideas than any other man. Jefferson referred to...

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  • Virginia Aviation Museum

    Richmond Things to Do

    This is a must-see for any aviation buff who visits Richmond. This museum has a number of the more obscure, less-known aircraft that didn't get into the Smithsonian. The most famous is the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance plane. During the Cold War, this aircraft penetrated hostile airspace to perform high-priority missions. There are some very...

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  • Carriage Rides

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Why not see colonial Williamsburg the way the original gentry did, by horse and carriage. TIP: This activity filled up QUICKLY--sign up is advised asap when arriving in Williamsburg. Check at the visitor's center or go to the ticket office. The cost of renting a carriage for 1/2 hr. is $10 per person if you have a general admission ticket; it is...

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  • Richmond's Main Street Train Station

    Richmond Things to Do

    the richmond main street train station was built in 1901. the train station was designed by architects wilson, harris, and richards in the second renaisance revival style. this historic landmark is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture the main street train station is worth a look when in the...

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  • Raleigh Tavern

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Established about 1717, the Raleigh's namesake was Sir Walter Raleigh whose lead bust stood above the door; during Publick Times in April and October, planters and merchants from all over the colony passed beneath it on the way to the court. Some adjourned to play dice in the gaming room or to feast in the dining room. The tavern served many...

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  • Edgar Allan Poe Museum

    Richmond Things to Do

    the richmond edgar allan poe museum has largest collection of poe memorabilla in the world. edgar allan poe was a famous american novelist and poet. the museum's collection includes the poe family bible, his walking stick, and a number of his original manuscripts and letters. the museum is located in the 1737 stone house which is the oldest...

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  • Public Hospital

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    The Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds was the first building in North America devoted solely to the treatment of the mentally ill. The first patient was admitted October 12, 1773. The structure was crowned with a cupola and resembled the Wren Building at the College of William and Mary. Thomas Jefferson, who had different...

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