Some of the most unique and fun activities within 30 minutes of UVA that you didn’t know you were missing out on! From relaxing spa getaways to adventurous outdoor activities, the Charlottesville area has it all.
The Humpback Rock trail is an iconic outdoor activity in the Charlottesville area. Humpback Rocks offers a few trails differing in length and scenic views, making it both pet and family friendly. If the weather permits, this is a beautiful spot to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Indian Summer Guide Service Horseback Riding
Indian Summer Guide Service offers scenic horseback rides through vineyards, breweries, and the backcountry. These horseback ride tours range anywhere from one to three hours and are a perfect outing for friends and family who enjoy the outdoors.
Lower Sherwood Llama Farm
The Lower Sherwood Farm allows people to go on a nature walk with their own llama companion while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Blue Ridge foothills. This farm also provides a large space for people to camp out in complete serenity, enabling a greater connection with the surrounding beauty.
Monticello Country Ballooning
The natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and serene vista makes Charlottesville a perfect location for ballooning. This is a perfect activity for thrill seekers who are looking for breathtaking views of the countryside during sunrise or sunset.
Carter’s Mountain is a perfect spot for all visitors. Specifically from the late spring to mid fall seasons there is an array of activities to do here for people of all ages, whether it’s enjoying the picturesque sunset series, drinks, and food trucks or picking your own apples and choosing some of the delicious treats from the Country Store and Bakery.
Let's Roam Charlottesville
Let’s Roam is an app that facilitates both fun and informative scavenger hunts within the Charlottesville area. There are three different hunts created specifically for Charlottesville– there is a bar crawl hunt, a historical UVA grounds hunt, and a historic Charlottesville hunt. On the hunt, participants are challenged with answering trivia questions and completing photo tasks. This is a perfect interactive way to get to know the Charlottesville area better with friends or family members by your side.
King's Family Vineyards
Kings Family Vineyards are one of many Charlottesville vineyards, but with the exciting addition of Polo matches and food trucks on Sunday afternoon. These matches are free to attend and are a fun family outing. This vineyard is also known for its wine tastings and “Wine Wednesday’s” which have food trucks, live music, and obviously wine.
Darling Boutique is a store in downtown Charlottesville full of unique treasures, including both affordable second hand products as well as artisan crafted goods. This boutique is a great place for shoppers to browse because you never know what you may find here!
O’Suzannah is an artsy gift shop located in downtown Charlottesville. The products sold in this cute boutique range from self-care items, crafty games and paint by number kits, organizational office items, and more. This is a great place to visit if you are in search of unique and fun gifts.
Spa at Boar's Head
The Boar’s Head Spa is the perfect place to visit if you are in need of utter relaxation. The spa staff at this resort offer massages, facials, body treatments, and even spa treatments specifically catered to men. Even if you aren’t interested in the Boar’s Head Spa, the resort is a beautiful place to visit for its serene views of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Paramount theater is a historic symbol of downtown Charlottesville that shows movies and hosts live events and broadcasts each week. Watching performances and films in this beautiful theater will make the experience significantly better.
Hop On Cville
Hop On Cville offers specialized custom crafted tours to Charlottesville’s most well known wineries and breweries including but not limited to Keswick Vineyards, Starr Hill Brewery, and Bold Rock Hard Cidery. This company provides the transportation to and from these locations, taking away the hassle of figuring out designated drivers and allowing clients to fully relax.