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The next time you pick up your kids from school, why not take them to a fun location to do homework? Skip the routine and try something different to get them thinking in a new light. Taking kids outside not only boosts their mood and vitamin D intake, but it also fosters creativity and inspiration. Here are 8 unique locations around Lynchburg to take your kids for study time:
1. Point of Honor lawn
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Formerly the home of Patrick Henry’s physician, Point of Honor is situated on a peninsula overlooking the James River and downtown Lynchburg. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy stellar views of Lynchburg’s city skyline.
Address: 112 Cabell St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
2. White Hart Cafe
The White Hart Cafe is a staple coffee shop in downtown Lynchburg boasting authentic Lynchburg cuisine and – of course – coffee. Treat the kiddos to a hot chocolate or a snack, and soak in the smell of freshly-ground coffee beans from their roaster. The back room even has a cute little play area with books and toys for your littles.
Address: 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
3. Stairs to Monument Terrace and The Lynchburg Museum
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This Lynchburg icon is a prominent landmark in downtown Lynchburg – and for good reason. A commemorative site to local service men and women, the steps at Monument Terrace lead up to The Lynchburg Museum (formerly Lynchburg’s Courthouse) and provide viewers with inspiring vistas of historic Lynchburg.
Address: 901 Court St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
4. Givens Books and Little Dickens
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Okay, so maybe the toy store at Givens Books and Little Dickens could be a little distracting, but after your kids finish their homework, let them play as a reward! There’s a playground outside, tons of entertainment inside (including a school supplies/curriculum section if you’re homeschooling), and the Drowsy Poet coffee shop where you can order coffee and fresh pastries. I mean, besides, there’s nothing like studying in a bookstore. It just feels so… academic.
Address: 2236 Lakeside Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24501
5. Barrick-Falwell Lodge at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre
Inside the Barrick-Falwell Lodge at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, you’ll find a warm and inviting ski chalet atmosphere complete with a fireplace, big couches, comfy armchairs, and a large table perfect for homework. You may find yourself enamored by the views of Lynchburg, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and snowboarders doing tricks on the slopes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Address: 4000 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503
6. Ivy Creek Park
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Once you sit on your picnic blanket or lawn chair on the hillside by this lake, you may never want to leave. Ivy Creek Park is Lynchburg’s newest park, having just opened in 2011. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the park (in season).
Address: 118 Clemmons Lake Place, Lynchburg, VA 24501
7. The deck at the Farm Basket
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The Farm Basket is an eclectic shop/market/restaurant in Boonsboro. The deck overlooks Ivy Creek, and you can order fresh homemade appetizers, sandwiches, salads, drinks, and more from the cafe.
Address: 2008 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501
8. Hollins Mill Waterfall
Hollins Mill Park is one of my favorite places in Lynchburg (and possibly Lynchburg’s best kept secret). It’s tucked away on the Blackwater Creek Trail, but it’s easily accessible. Study at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the soothing ambiance of this picturesque waterfall.
Address: 521 Hollins Mill Road Lynchburg, VA 24503
So try taking the home out of homework – and replace it with fresh air, creative ideas, and lasting memories.