17 Things to (DEFINITELY) Do in Lynchburg in 2017

Take it from me – Lynchburg is anything but boring.

From concerts to trails to history to cuisine, Lynchburg has a vibrant, thriving culture. Our community is bursting with opportunities to discover and connect. Exploring local activities together is a great way to bond with your tribe, too. So when you’re ready for a uniquely local adventure, step out and try these 17 activities in 2017:


1.) Enjoy a morning of exploration at the Lynchburg Community Market. Local vendors sell fresh produce, crafts, honey, baked goods, décor, and more. 1219 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Lynchburg Community Market)


2.) Get caffeinated with a cup of joe from White Hart Café. They roast their own beans, so their coffee is a genuine Lynchburg invention, just like Chapstick (FYI: Chapstick was invented in Lynchburg. Seriously. Google it). 1208 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: White Hart Café)


3.) Walk across the Percival’s Island bridge for stunning views of the James River and downtown Lynchburg. Concord Pike and Jefferson Street, Lynchburg, VA.


4.) Visit the grave garden at Old City Cemetery and try out the swing at the pecan tree. You’ll also find the largest public collection of antique roses in the state of Virginia. 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA.


5.) Pack a picnic lunch and head to Hollins Mill Waterfall. Part of the Blackwater Creek Trail, this waterfall makes a picturesque backdrop, so snap a few selfies while you’re there. 521 Hollins Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Megan Vaughan Photography)


6.) Enjoy the sounds of the Hill City with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. LSO is celebrating its 35th year in 2017 under the baton of Dr. Christopher Swanson. 621 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: LSO)


7.) Pick your own produce from a local farm like Yoder’s. Spring produce includes strawberries and hydroponic tomatoes, and there’s always a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. 1134 Browns Mill Road, Rustburg, VA.


8.) Enjoy some frozen delights from Mister Goodies. Kids will appreciate the giant inflatable ice cream cone and the retro music. It’s already open for the 2017 season. 21556 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Mister Goodies)


9.) Check out the Bluffwalk in downtown Lynchburg. Stop in for a burger at Bootleggers while you savor views of the James River. 50 13th Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Bootleggers)


10.) Attend “Cheers to the Weekend” Friday night concerts. Enjoy this Lynchburg summer tradition with an 8-week concert series at Riverfront Park every Friday from 6-9 PM between June 30th and August 18th. Follow @cheerslynchburg on Instagram for updates. 1001 Jefferson Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Cheers Lynchburg)


11.) Visit Poplar Forest and see Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Lynchburg getaway. The guided tours really bring history to life. 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA.


12.) Volunteer with a local nonprofit like Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Virginia. You’ll make our community a better place. http://bigcva.org/ (photo credit: Sincerely Liz Photography)


13.) Take some photos with our LOVE sculpture created by homegrown artist Paul Clements. 1600 Concord Turnpike, Lynchburg, VA.


14.) Take the kids to the free splash park at Riverside Park. This 1,900-square-foot water park features dumping buckets, spraying fish, pop jets, tulip sprays, and it uses re-circulated, chemically treated water – so it’s green and clean. The splash park is open daily from the beginning of May until the end of September. 2238 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA.


15.) Climb the steps at Monument Terrace, take in the view, and appreciate the history it commemorates for those who have served our country. Church and Ninth Streets, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: Lynchburg Museum)


16.) Visit the new exhibits at Amazement Square and see for yourself why this interactive children’s museum was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the White House in 2015. 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA. (photo credit: @aftonmae)


17.) Sample local cuisine at Food Truck Thursdays. Taste the culinary sensations of local food trucks including tacos, barbeque, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream, apple cider donuts, and more. It happens in Miller Park from 11 AM – 2 PM on Thursdays from April – October. 2100 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA.


So… which ones are you DEFINITELY going to try in 2017?

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