local things to do this spring in Lynchburg, VA

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Find out all about Lynchburg, Virginia's fun summer activities that are right in our own back yard. When it comes to local things to do in Lynchburg, VA, some people think there aren't many options. In reality, Lynchburg, VA and the surrounding areas have a huge variety of activities, recreation, and more. You are sure to find something that fits your interests! Check out this list of some of our favorite local things to do during the summer in Lynchburg, VA. 


Visit the Zoo

Spend a summer day learning about and visiting unique animals at a local zoo. Both kids and adults can enjoy this activity. We challenge you to visit all three zoos near Lynchburg, VA this summer! 

VA Safari Park:

  • This 180-acre drive through zoo is located in Natural Bridge, VA and is Virginia's only drive-thru safari adventure.

  • Address: 229 Safari Lane Natural Bridge, VA 24578

  • Contact Info: (540) 291-3205

  • Opening day is March 10th

  • Cost: $21.95 (ages 13-64) | $20.95 (ages 65+) | $13.95 (ages 3-12) | Free for children under 2

Natural Bridge Zoo

  • Address: 5784 S. Lee Hwy Natural Bridge, VA 24578

  • Contact Info: (540) 291-2420

  • Opening day is March 24th

  • Cost: $10 (ages 3-12) | $14 (ages 13-64) | $12 (ages 65+) | Free for children under 2

Mill Mountain Zoo:

  • This beautiful 568-acre regional park is maintained by Roanoke Parks and Recreation and offers an abundance of recreation opportunities.

  • Address: Mill Mountain Spur Roanoke, VA 24014

  • Contact Info: (540) 343-3241

  • Cost: $9 for adults | $7 (ages 3-11) | $8.25 for seniors | Free for children under 2


Ride Bikes

Lynchburg, VA has many different bike trails that let you explore the area safely and peacefully. Don't have a bike? Don't worry! You can always rent one at Bikes Unlimited to ride Lynchburg's premier trails. Here are some trails to check out and enjoy on a lovely summer day:

For more bike trails, check out our parks in Lynchburg, VA page.


Go to a Baseball Game

Here in Lynchburg, VA we have our very own minor league baseball team! The Lynchburg Hillcats not only play great baseball throughout the summer, but they also have some great themed nights, fun events, and free giveaways. Check out their schedule for some baseball fun.

Go on a Brew Ridge Tour

Brew Ridge Tours is Lynchburg's original brewery tour where you do all the tasting, and they do all the driving. Summer is the best time to check out great local breweries, cideries, and vineyards, along with their beautiful scenery. Get some friends together to take a Brew Ridge Tour this summer. Make sure to check out their site for dates and pricing information! 


Canoeing & Kayaking

The summer season is one of the best times to get outdoors and enjoy Lynchburg, VA's beautiful natural areas. Explore Lynchburg and cool off on a canoe or kayak. There are several different places to rent these boats if you don't already own one. 

  • James River Adventures offers the opportunity to not have to travel too far to explore the James River on a canoe or kayak.

  • James River Runners gives you the chance to go fishing or camping while also renting tubes, canoes, kayaks, or rafts.

  • Wilderness Canoe Co. offers camping grounds, kayaks, canoes, rafts, and tube rentals.

For ideas of where to canoe and kayak in the Lynchburg, VA area check out our Water Activities page.


Farmer’s Market

If you want to get out of the house and walk around while also supporting local farmers and makers, check out a nearby farmers market! You will find Lynchburg, VA's freshest, locally grown and produced goods from your local farmers, producers, and craft vendors.



Lynchburg, VA is a hot spot for local music. In the warmer months, there are many concerts by local artists to enjoy. Show your support and enjoy great music by attending the concerts that take place nearly every weekend. Check out our event page to find one!



Visiting festivals in the summer with friends is so fun! There are a ton of festivals in Lynchburg, VA and the surrounding areas to celebrate all kinds of things. Check out our event calendar!


Go Camping

Camping is always fun! The summer season provides great weather to enjoy the outdoors. Just make sure you check the weather ahead of time! We created a list of the top 15 places to camp near Lynchburg, VA.


Play golf, Disc Golf, or putt putt

Here in Lynchburg, VA, there are quite a few places to get your golf clubs out and go golfing or mini golfing for the day. There are also some parks near by where you can play Disc Golf.

Places in Lynchburg, VA to play Golf:

Places in Lynchburg, VA for Miniature Golf:

  • Tiny Town Golf

    • Address: 7427 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502

    • Contact Info: (434) 239-7527

  • Putt Putt Fun Center

    • Address: 8105 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502

    • Contact Info: (434) 237-7888

Places in Lynchburg, VA for Disc Golf:


Source: lynchburgmuseum.org

Source: lynchburgmuseum.org

Learn About lynchburg, VA's History

Lynchburg, VA has such an interesting and rich history that some residents don't even know about. During the Civil War, this city was the second wealthiest city in the country and had a happening music scene. There are tons of different historical sites and museums you have to check out in Lynchburg, VA. Some of those places include:

Make sure to check out all the different historical sites near Lynchburg, VA.



Gardening can be a great stress reliever. Plus, it gives you a reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you want to make a large in-ground garden, get a few large pots to plant some herbs, or even just put some cuties in your windowsill, It always feels good to put some natural greenery into your life. 


Marathon Races

Lynchburg is a hot spot for runners, races, and marathons. We have many races throughout the year, and summer is no exception. Check out our event calendar to find a race coming up!


Fly a Kite

Lynchburg has many different parks to get outside and fly a kite. Stand with your back to the wind, hold up that kite, and let the line out to watch your kite soar! Flying a kite is always a fun way to spend your windy spring afternoon. If you can't, or don't, want to fly your kite in your backyard, here's some parks in the area where you can do so:

  • Ivy Creek Park

    • Address: 118 Clemmons Lake Pl. Lynchburg, VA 24501

    • Contact Info: (434)-455-5858

  • Miller Park

    • Address: 2100 Park Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501

    • Contact Info: (434)-455-5858

  • Peaks View Park

    • Address: 170 Ivy Creek Ln. Lynchburg, VA 24502

    • Contact Info: (434)-455-5858

  • Riverfront Park

    • Address: 1100 Jefferson St. Lynchburg, VA 24504

    • Contact Info: (434)-455-5858

  • Riverside Park

    • Address: 2238 Rivermont Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24503

    • Contact Info: (434)-455-5858

There are many more parks in Lynchburg, VA so be sure to check our page!


There are things going on every week—if not every day!—in Lynchburg, VA. For more ideas, check out our events calendar and Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA pages for even more ideas. Don't forget to share your summer experiences with us on social media using #NewInLynchburg

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