Learn About History & Culture at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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African American Heritage Center

The Jefferson School was Charlottesville’s first African American high school and was built in 1926. Today, it is home to the African American Heritage Center. Here, visitors can explore exhibits that tell the story of African American history and culture in the Charlottesville community. The mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage of the African American community in … Read More

Rock Climbing in Charlottesville

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woman rock climbing

Adventurers, thrill-seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts are right at home in the rolling hills and mountains of Charlottesville. However, with colder days approaching, adrenaline junkies will soon be confined to the indoors. But don’t worry! For those who love all things adventurous or those who want to try something new, you’re in the right place. Charlottesville is home to both a … Read More

Visit the Virginia Film Festival

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venue for the virginia film festival

Marking its 32nd year, the Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia showcases the work of local filmmakers. From October 23rd-27th, they will display 150 films. In addition to films, there will also be a gala, parties, panels and a variety of special guests in attendance. Attendees include actors, internationally-recognized directors and a variety of other guests who come … Read More

Enjoy the Taste of Fall at These Charlottesville Cideries

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apples on a tree at an apple orchard

It’s finally fall, and you know what that means! Pumpkin patches, cool air, and beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow on the trees. If you love all things fall, then you are ready to welcome the season. If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate, you’re in luck. With the highest concentration of cideries in the state, Charlottesville is … Read More

Explore the Charlottesville Art Community on the Monticello Artisan Trail

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monticello artisan trail

The Monticello Artisan Trail is a network of local artisan studios throughout the Charlottesville area. The self-guided trail links local hotspots such as restaurants, galleries, studios, lodging, and agri-artisan farms. Partnered with the Artisans Center of Virginia, local business owners, officials, and citizens developed the Monticello Artisan Trail. The trail helps to enhance the region’s artisan industry and tourism activity. … Read More

Beat the Heat at Meade Park Water Park

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As one of the few water parks in Charlottesville, the Onesty Family Aquatic Center at Meade Park is a popular summer spot for families. Opening in the summer of 2009, it is named after Louis A. Onesty. He is considered the “Father of Swimming” in the Charlottesville area due to his support of youth swimming programs.  In addition to a … Read More

Hit the Greens at Golf Courses in Charlottesville

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golf courses in charlottesville

The lush, rolling hills of Charlottesville make it a prime location for golf courses. Sprawling green fairways and beautiful country clubs are the perfect backdrops for a round of golf. Whether you have time for 18 holes or prefer to hit the driving range for a quick bucket of balls, there are plenty of golf courses in Charlottesville.  Birdwood Golf … Read More

Explore the Night Sky at Leander McCormick Observatory

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leander mccormick observatory

For a fun date night or evening out with friends, go stargazing in Charlottesville at the Leander McCormick Observatory. Leander J. McCormick donated the Observatory to the University of Virginia in 1885. Once considered the second-largest telescope in the world back in 1885, the Leander McCormick Observatory is an impressive astronomical piece of equipment. Up until the 1960s, the telescope was … Read More