free things to do in lynchburg, va this summer

natalie rogers


If you're on a tight budget this summer, or just want to be wiser with how you spend your money, we made this list for you! Find out about Lynchburg, Virginia's free things to do right here. Here are some free things to do in and near Lynchburg, VA that you can do with your friends and family this summer. 


Check Out a Local Park 

There are many different parks right here in the Lynchburg, VA area for you to hang out and have some fun with your kids or friends. Whether it's to play at the playground with the kiddos, or just to enjoy a sunny afternoon, we've created a list of all the parks in Lynchburg, VA for you to choose from. Lynchburg has a park for everyone!

Go to the Library

Campbell County Libraries, Forest Library and Lynchburg Public Library have so many different summer programs and events occurring this summer. There are many different locations, so you're bond to find a library near you and the best part about is that all of their programs and events are usually free! So, go get involved at your local library this summer for free.


Blue Ridge Parkway

I'm sure you've heard of the Blue Ridge Parkway before, but there's so much to explore and gorgeous views to see that it never gets old. Drive through the mountains and stop for a picnic or hike sometime this summer. You won't regret it! 


Camping + Bonfires

Enjoy the summer evenings with some friends or family members by camping and bonding around a bonfire. It can feel so great to get away from the city, enjoy nature, and connect with your friends and family on a new level. If you need some ideas of places to go check out our Top 15 Places to Camp Near Lynchburg, VA.


Disc Golf

Get outdoors this summer and play some disc golf at Peaks View Park. Never played? Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a frisbee at the target. It's called "disc golf" because the rules are very similar to golf and is often played on a course of 9 or 18 "holes."



Geocaching is a fun activity for kids and kids at heart! There are millions of geocaches hidden around the world—including right here in Lynchburg, VA. It's pretty much the world's largest treasure hunt. Participants use their GPS or mobile device to hide and seek geocaches at specific locations marked by coordinates. 



There are so many places to go hiking near Lynchburg, VA. You not only have the Blue Ridge Parkway that's full of trails like Sharp Top and Flat Top, but you also have hikes like Devil's Marbleyard and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. For more hiking ideas check out our Top 10 Best Hikes Near Lynchburg, VA.

Lynchburg Dog Park

Take your furry friend to the Lynchburg Dog Park this summer to meet some doggy friends! It's a great way to spend some quality time with your dog as you enjoy each others company.


LU Astronomical Observatory

View the night sky at the Astronomical Observatory located off Sunnymeade Road near the back of the Liberty University Equestrian Center grounds. Their site offers prime viewing for stargazing with open space and minimal light noise.

Summer Cleaning

You've heard of "spring cleaning," but now you can try summer cleaning! It's a good practice to deep clean the dirtiest areas of your house at least once a season. Obviously, not everyone loves cleaning, but it does have to get taken care of. If you get bored this summer and don't know what to do, clean!


Check Out Free Local Events

Lynchburg has tons of free events happening every single weekend. Make sure to check out our events calendar for all the latest free things happening in Lynchburg this weekend!



Self-Guided Historic Tour of Downtown Lynchburg

Downtown Lynchburg, VA is filled with so many historical places to check out! Make a day out of it and visit all the historical sites Lynchburg has to offer right in Downtown. 


First Fridays

First Fridays is a monthly cultural event that occurs right here in Lynchburg, VA that highlights local artists, performers, exhibits, and more every first Friday of the month. If you want to check out some amazing art in the area, you don't want to miss these events. 


Learn Some Adulting Stuff

Maybe it's time you learn how to do some "adulting" stuff. Learn how to change a tire or fix your sink's faucet. You don't even have to leave the house to find free things to do!


Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun because they can bring a group of people together to work as a team. You can find a lot of different scavenger hunts to partake in in the Lynchburg, VA area. 


Make Progress on Your To-Read List

We all have an ongoing list of books on our bookshelf that we hope to read one day. Accomplish two things at once by grabbing a book and read in a park to start checking off your list while also enjoying the beautiful weather!


For a list of more free things to do check out our Free Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA page. Don't forget to share your summer experiences with us on social media using #NewInLynchburg

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