Virginia Things to Do

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Virginia Things to Do

  • Canal Walk

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Busch Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    If you are in Virginia and fancy going to a theme park you will do no better than visiting Busch Gardens near Williamsburg. There are 7 roller coasters , 7 shows and 5 different events as well as other attractions to keep you occupied. Try the roller coaster ride if you are brave enough.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Richmond Things to Do

    Fascinating state capital, from 17779, surprised to see references inside to the House of Burgess and the paintings and statues of our founding fathers. Capital is in the center of capital square on a hill with the new and modern entrance on Bank Street. Capital now has a visitor center, cafe & gift shop with a ramp, steps & elevator up & into the...

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  • Governor's Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hollywood Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Richmond Things to Do

    The land that Hollywood Cemetery currently stands on was once part of William Byrd III's estate. Later, it was owned by the Harvie family and was known as "Harvie's Woods Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling historic cemetery in Richmond, It is characterized by rolling hills and winding paths overlooking the James River and final resting place...

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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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  • 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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  • Ash Lawn Highland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • White House of the Confederacy

    Richmond Things to Do

    Charlie gave us a :45 tour of the White House, unfortunately we couldn't take pictures inside. He shared info about the families, decorations and reproductions. The White House of the Confederacy is a gray stuccoed neoclassical mansion built in 1818 by John Brockenbrough, who was president of the Bank of Virginia. The Brockenbrough family sold the...

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  • Bruton Parish Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    Although the congregation was establish in 1694, this church that stands today was not built until 1715. It is an Episcopal church and has continuously served the congregation for 300 years. The church is open to the public for visiting other than services. Those hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Virginia Marine Science Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Michie Tavern

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Monument Avenue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Richmond Things to Do

    Monument Avenue was oringinally conceived during a site search for a memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee after his death in 1870. City plans as early as 1887 show the proposed site, a circle of land, just past the end of West Franklin Street a premier downtown residential avenue. The plan for the statue included building a grand avenue...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • George Wythe House

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    George Wythe was a prominent lawyer and was the first Law Professor in Virginia, joining the faculty of the College of William and Mary in 1779. Wythe was close friends with Thomas Jefferson and was the first Virginian to sign the Declaration of Independence. The house here was built in the 1750's by Richard Taliaferro (pronounced "Tolliver")....

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  • The Old Coast Guard Station & Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Thomas Jefferson Home

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Museum of the Confederacy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Richmond Things to Do

    The museum was founded 25 years after Lee's surrender in Appomattox in the historic home that served as the White House of the Confederacy when the Ladies Hollywood Memorial Association saved the home from destruction two blocks north of the Virginia State Capitol. Opened as the Confederate Museum on February 22, 1896. The historic home was named a...

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  • Merchants Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Montpelier

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Agecroft Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • American Civil War Museum at Historic...

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • St. John's Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • College of William & Mary

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • IMAX Theater and Planetarium

    Richmond Things to Do

    Richmond has its own IMAX theater which is co-located at the Science Museum of Virginia. Because of its location, offerings focus on enviromental and science related movies. There is also a functioning planetarium with shows educating visitors about the heavens. The great thing about where the IMAX is located is that the Science Museum of Virginia...

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  • Peyton Randolph House

    Williamsburg Things to Do

    The deep red Peyton Randolph House is one of the oldest, most historic, and without doubt most beautiful of Colonial Williamsburg's original 18th-century homes. The original structure was built in 1715. The west wing of the impressive house has stood at the corner of Nicholson and North England Streets since about 1715. Among the historic figures...

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