Backyard Betty: outdoor fun in and around Charlottesville

by Betty on March 5, 2008

When I had my first son I began to compile a list of all the fun indoor and outdoor activities to do in and around Charlottesville with PreK kids (as a stay-home mom, there was only so much playdough and trains I could take!). After 7 years here’s the list. I think many of these apply to ALL ages. Feel free to add more!

*Ivy Creek
*Take the city bus to Barracks Road and window shop
*Picnic on the UVA Lawn
*Take the free trolley to the Downtown Mall and eat ice cream at Chaps
*Pen Park Nature Trail
*UVA Athletics at (call 924-UVA1), (though I wish they would lower their prices for kids)
*Monticello trail – this is a beautiful hike year round (I found this great website with further ideas)…
*Belmont Park water play
*Sugar Hollow hike
*Humpback Rock hike (Blue Ridge Parkway)
*O-hill hike (love the candy and dog treats that await you at the top!)
*Polo games in the late spring and summer out 5th street and at King Family Vineyards
*Drive-in at Fork Union (we’ve actually never found a movie we are willing to take our kids too, but some day…)
*Putt-Putt Miniature Golf on Rio Road
*Wine Festivals (we’ll bring the jug of lemonade for the kids)
*Carter Mountain (fruit picking and fall festival)
*The Berry Patch Of Free Union (963-0659).
*Chile’s Orchard
*Fry Spring’s Beach Club (pool and Volleyball for memebers)
*Washington Park pool
*ACAC Outdoor Water Park (for members)
*fly a kite at Darden Towe Park
*Farmer’s Market at Meade Park and Downtown (check Betty directory)

(?for some reason I can’t get my links to work tonight, except the last one – i promise that’s not intentional)

Tune in tomorrow for rainy day, indoor activities.


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