What to do with the kids this summer

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With the kids out of school, your family will have some extra time to make special memories. There are so many things to do in Lynchburg, Virginia that there’s no time to feel bored! Here are a few Lynchburg summer activities that are fun for the whole family.


Visit Riverside Park Sprayground

On those extra-hot days, cool off at Rivermont Park Sprayground. This family-friendly mini water park includes dumping buckets, tulip sprays, spitting frogs, and more. This is fun for the little ones and the bigger ones; there’s no age limit, and admission is free all summer long.


Slip 'N Slide

Remember when you were a kid and you spent hours slipping and sliding in your backyard? Why not let your kids do the same thing! Get a slip 'n slide and put it right in your backyard (or front, whatever works for you guys! The kids will be back there for hours just sliding away! 



Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids the importance of serving others. Best of all, it can be fun in Lynchburg, especially when done as a family! There are so many options—some ideas include the Lynchburg Humane Society, the Nature Zone, Adopt-A-Trail, and your local church. For more ideas on how to give back in Lynchburg, VA, check out our Ways to Give Back blog.


Play putt Putt Golf

Kids of all ages (even adult-age kids!) love putt putt golf. This is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Lynchburg summer weather. There are a few places to choose from in Lynchburg, including Fun Center Putt Putt and Tiny Town Golf, and just down the road in Bedford there is KJ’s Food and Fun Zone and Bedford Mini Golf.


go to an Indoor Playground

Even on hot or rainy days, you can still take the kids to an indoor playground to help them get their energy out. Bounce About at the River Ridge Mall is open 7 days a week for kids under 12. Jump Lynchburg is perfect for older kids, and also has special play times for children under 6 and children with special needs.


Go Swimming

If your kids are like little fish and love to swim, Miller Park Pool is open 7 days a week throughout the summer. It’s a great way to cool off during the hottest part of the year! For a complete list of pools to swim in this summer, check out our list of Pools in Lynchburg, VA.


Visit the Library

The Lynchburg Public Library, Campbell County Libraries and Forest Library have all kinds of events made just for kids throughout the summer. Plus, letting your kids check out books from the library is a great way to instill a love of reading and learning in them from an early age. 


Visit Local Parks and Playgrounds

Take advantage of the warm weather by spending an afternoon at a local park and let the kids run around on the playground. Don’t forget to pack a lunch! Check out this list of parks in Lynchburg, VA.


Get Ice Cream or Donuts

Lynchburg has some delicious food! Visit one of our local donut or ice cream shops to treat the family to some sweets. There are so many that we made a whole page to help you find the best desserts in Lynchburg, VA for your family! Also, be sure to check out I Scream Ice Cream for all your ice cream cravings this summer.


Plant a garden

Another great way to teach your kids about nature is by planting a garden. Whether you have room for a large garden or just a few small pots in the front yard, some fun plants to grow with kids include tomatoes and herbs.


Visit a museum

Did you know that during the Civil War, Lynchburg was the second wealthiest city in the country and the only major southern city not captured by the Union Army? Visit a local museum (some are free!) to learn all about Lynchburg’s interesting and surprising history. For the younger kids, check out Amazement Square for some educational fun. (Be sure to check out more interesting fun facts about Lynchburg, VA.)


Play in the Sand

Just because Lynchburg isn’t near the ocean doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun in the sun! Take a day trip to Smith Mountain Lake to check out the public beaches and outdoor recreation options. Smith Mountain Lake State Park has over 1,000 acres of dog-friendly, public beach and many other activities to enjoy such as trails; seasonal live music; playgrounds; canoe, paddle board, and jet ski rentals; and more! Smith Mountain Lake Community Park has walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a fishing pier. Here's a list of beaches near Lynchburg, VA and some water activities you can do with your family near by!


Play ball

Gather a few of your kids’ friends and some sports equipment for an afternoon of fun, friends, and fitness! Some ideas include kickball, soccer, football, street hockey, catch, wiffle ball, and any other sports your kids enjoy. Here's a list of local parks in Lynchburg, VA for you guys to play in!


have a Picnic on the Blue Ridge Trail

Just a few minutes down the road is an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pack a lunch, take a scenic drive, and stop at a roadside picnic area while you soak in the spectacular views. 

There is no shortage of things to do this summer in Lynchburg for the whole family to enjoy together. Pick a couple of these every week and this will be a summer to remember for everyone!

For even more ideas check out things to do with the kids in Lynchburg, VA and fun things to do in Lynchburg pages. Also, don't forget to share your summer experiences with us on social media using #NewInLynchburg

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