7 Quick Day Trips

dan cone

updated may 2018


Are you looking for a fun day trip with the family or a quick road trip for an enjoyable yet convenient staycation? New In Lynchburg has compiled some great options in Lynchburg and the surrounding area. Day trips are a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, experiencing the many amazing aspects of our communities. 

Greensboro Children’s Museum

Distance from Lynchburg: 2 hours

Address: 220 North Church St. Greensboro, NC 27401

Contact Info: (336) 574-2898

Greensboro Children’s Museum offers a fun, hands-on, interactive learning experience for kids and their families. Prices are reasonable at $10 (plus tax) for adults and all children older than 12 months while seniors are $9 (plus tax).

Treat the kids to a hot dog and ice cream from Greensboro's classic restaurant, Yum Yum Better Ice Cream, after an exciting day at the museum.

Williamsburg - Patriot Tours and Provisions

Distance from Lynchburg: 3 hours

A quick road trip to Williamsburg opens you to several opportunities for fun outside and learn all that Williamsburg has to offer. Whether it’s trying something new with a segway tour, taking advantage of the warm fall weather with bike rentals and even kayak and paddleboard rentals, Williamsburg will serve your active and adventurous side well.  

Segway Tours:

  • New Quarter Park

    • Address: 1000 Lakeshead Dr. Williamsburg, VA 23185

    • Contact Info: (757) 969-5400

    • Cost: $65 per person | 90 min. off road adventure tour

  • Fort Monroe

    • Address: 1 Ruckman Rd. Fort Monroe, VA 23651

    • Contact Info: (757) 969-5400

    • Cost: $65 per person for 2 hours of Historical tour | $30 per person for 1 hour Breeze tour

  • Yorktown*

    • Address: 321 Water St. Yorktown, VA 23690

    • Contact Info: (757) 969-5400

    • Cost: $65 per person for 2 hours of Historical tour | $30 per person for 1 hour Breeze tour

* Yorktown location offers kayak, paddleboard, and bike rentals as well. 

Drink Williamsburg- Williamsburg Tasting Trail


Distance from Lynchburg: 3 hours

Address: 1006 Richmond Rd. Ste 300 Williamsburg, VA 23185

Contact Info: (757) 818-9511

Link up with a group of friends and take a stress-free brew tour through the variety of Williamsburg breweries and distilleries. Beat the crowds and eliminate any worries and let Drink Williamsburg take care of everything as you relax with friends and have fun meeting new people.   

After a long excitement filled day of outdoor adventures or sharing drinking with friends, wind down and satisfy your hunger with some barbecue at Old City BBQ. This restaurant is located at 700 York Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185. Feel free to contact them with any questions at (757) 378-5125.

Kings Dominion


Distance from Lynchburg: 2.5 hours

Address: 16000 Theme Park Way Doswell, VA 23407

Contact Info: (804) 876-5000

Kings Dominion is a great place for family fun! Enjoy rides ranging from kiddie rides to the wild roller coasters. The park offers seasonal shows that run multiple times daily. Step into the life of a paleontologist and discover the amazing 43 life-sized dinosaurs at Dinosaur Alive! Make the most of your fall with Kings Dominion’s Fall Flash Sale and Fall Daytime and Haunt experiences. Get in the fall and Halloween spirit with the family friendly fall fast and the Halloween themed mazes, scare zones and shows.  

Roanoke- Hiking McAfee Knob

Distance from Lynchburg: 1 hour

Address: Catawba Valley Dr. Catawba, VA 24070

Experience for yourself why McAfee Knob is the most photographed part of the historic Appalachian Trail. The trial features breathtaking views and is great way to get outside embracing the beautiful Virginia landscape. As the foot of the trial is located only 20 minutes from the center of Roanoke, you can enjoy the amazing hike and return to town and enjoy a well deserved meal. McAfee Knob Trailhead 

Blue 5 is just one of many great dining options in the Roanoke area. Blue 5 offers southern style cuisine and was awarded with Virginia’s Best Beer Bar by Craft Beer. They feature seasonal beers and regularly present new brews for the likes of every beer drinker. Blue 5 is located on 312 2nd St. Roanoke, VA 24011. Their contact number is (540) 904-5338.

Charlottesville- Open Gate Farm

Distance from Lynchburg: 1.5 hours

Address: 548 Three Pond Lane Earlysville, VA 22936

Contact Info: (434) 978-7446

Charlottesville has a rich history of agriculture and has worked to establish learning opportunities for kids and families. Open Gate Farm offers tours and interactive learning experiences to teach kids in a fun and engaging way. Tours are by appointment only. 

Downtown Lynchburg


The emerging downtown scene of Lynchburg has more to offer than just its night life.  With this quick day trip resource, we have mapped out a great day for you at Lynchburg's riverfront with many possibilities.  

Bed and Breakfast:

Stay in one of Lynchburg’s Bed and Breakfasts before or after an exciting day in Lynchburg, experiencing all it has to offer.


It is essential to start off this full day with a great breakfast and coffee at one of downtown’s great breakfast locations. Some of those locations are:

Things to Do:

Lynchburg offers many different things to do for everyone. Explore the Riverwalk and Blackwater Creek Trail on foot or on bike. Bring your fishing rod and cast into the James River just yards off the trail. Parking and accessibility to the trail are very easy from different locations for your convenience. Located in the heart of the riverfront is Bikes Unlimited, where you can rent a bike then step out of their door and be on the trail and start pedaling. 

Also, be sure to check out our events calendar for all the events happening in Lynchburg, VA.

Lunch & Dinner:

Check out our best restaurants in Lynchburg, VA for a complete list of all the places you can try.

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