Virginia

Things to do in Virginia

There is never a shortage of things to do in Virginia. From tours of Presidential homes and battle sites, to shopping, spas and skiing: Virginia has it all. Visit colonial Williamsburg, and afterward head to Busch Gardens for great rides, animal shows and concerts.

For the horse lover there are so many things to do in Virginia. Visit Virginia in the fall to see the steeplechases races at Glenwood Park. Held in October, fans of horse racing will love visiting the oldest continually run racetrack in the country. Spectators can also watch a mock fox hunt being performed, as well as other races. During the month of October, visitors can also see the Gold Cup weekend races, which are held in Virginia’s horse country every weekend.

If you’re wondering what to do in Virginia visit the historic battlefield of Manassas. Reenactments are conducted annually at these sights, for times and schedules check the event calendars. The University of Virginia, in the gorgeous city of Charlottesville is a monument to learning designed and built by Thomas Jefferson. After visiting the university take a stroll around the beautiful grounds of Monticello, Jefferson’s historic home. Read this guide for a taste of what to do in Virginia.

The outfitter has everything you need to paddle into the wilderness. For a lazier way to keep cool, try a three-to-five-hour tubing trip. Chow down on char-grilled steaks over an open campfire after your day on the river (part of a dinner-and-canoe package).

The most festive time to visit Virginia's horse country is during Gold Cup race weekends, which happen in October and May every year.

With more than 20 years of experience, Atlanta-based travel agent Ellen LeCompte is often called upon by national publications, including The New York Times and Travel Agent Magazine, for her expert knowledge.

The Tarara Winery opened in 1989 and was founded by Whitie and Margaret Hubert. The winery sits on a 475-acre farm and is dedicated to promoting local Virginia vineyards. A tasting room is open daily, and wines can be sampled alongside cheese, charcuterie, or chocolate.

A horseracing tradition for almost a century, this annual steeplechase event takes place during the third weekend in April at the Glenwood Park Racecourse.

Luxuriate in the 98-degree waters of the hot spring–fueled Jefferson Pools, established in 1761.

in 1770, Jefferson sold some of the land surrounding Monticello, his sprawling Palladian home up in the hills just outside Charlottesville, to an Italian grower whose experiments with hybrid American-European grapes were among the first such plantings this side of the Atlantic.

Owned and tended by the same family for nearly 200 years, Stribling was one of the first PYO orchards in the Shenandoah Valley.

L.A. architect, Randall Stout's new building for the Art Museum of Western Virginia sits in the center of Roanoke's revitalized downtown district like a postmodern Noah's Ark washed up on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Experience the horseracing traditions of Middleburg’s hunt country at the annual Virginia Fall Races, held the first Saturday and Sunday in October. Dating back to 1955, the steeplechase races take place at Glenwood Park, the oldest continually operated racecourse in the state.

Take a soak in the natural mineral-spring waters—renowned for their restorative qualities—at the Jefferson Pools.

Join WBRF radio Friday evenings for live bluegrass broadcast from the historic theater.