Attractions & Museums
Steeped in American history, Charlottesville is home to many world-class attractions and museums. From famous tourist attractions like Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Michie Tavern to local favorites like the University of Virginia Art Museum. Even just strolling Charlottesville's charming Historic Downtown Mall there are places to see and things to do for everyone. Be sure to visit the following attractions and museums on your next trip to Charlottesville.
Carter Mountain, Chiles and Spring Valley Orchards
Since 1912, the Chiles family has welcomed guests to its orchards from spring through early winter. Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyard offers pick-your-own peaches and apple, in season, and a Wine Shop along with breathtaking views, hayrides, Peach Festival, Thursday Night Sunsets, and other seasonal events. Spring Valley Orchard in beautiful Afton opens seasonally for pick-your-own sweet cherries. Chiles Peach Orchard offers pick-your-own strawberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins, in season. Enjoy Old FashionedPeach Ice Cream Days, Pancake Breakfasts, and other festive events. The country stores at Chiles and Carter Mountain offer fresh produce, baked goodies, and specialty food items. School field trips and groups are welcome, packages are available.
America's oldest continuously operated show cave, voted #2 in America by Parade magazine, and a National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns is a stately and powerful example of nature's handiwork. Gigantic stalactites point down from above. Equally imposing stalagmites thrust upward from the caverns floor. Cathedral Hall measuring 280 feet long and over 70 feet high is one of the largest rooms of any cavern in the east. Massive columns, beautiful draperies, rippling flowstone, and hundreds of rare "shield" formations create a variety of fascinating sights. Come and experience the unique beauty of this cavern and the unparalleled hospitality of park staff.
Enter the world of Thomas Jefferson by exploring the iconic house and scenic grounds of Monticello, his mountaintop plantation and autobiographical masterpiece, designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years. Experience the renovations to the dining room, kitchen and wine cellar, and the exhibition "The Crossroads." Be sure to watch the introductory film and see the children's discovery room at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Reserved tickets are available online.
Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors of all ages for over 90 years. It is the only cavern in Virginia with elevator service, so only the sights are breathtaking. Admission includes four attractions for one low price! See antique window displays at Main Street of Yesteryear. Be awed by the size of the 27 parade floats in American Celebration, and then check out the live beehive and unique gift shops in the Yellow Barn. Conveniently located only 2 minutes from I-81 exit 269 in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
The Market at Grelen
The Market At Grelen is a new destination farm market and garden shop located on Grelen Nursery’s 600-acre farm in Somerset, VA. It boasts spectacular 360 degree views and combines local produce with an exclusive array of flowers, plants and gardening products. The Market is an experience for the whole family, with pick-your-own adventures, and lovely display gardens. Gardening lovers will be in heaven and the picturesque patio is sure to be popular among guests. Please plan a trip to see us soon and be sure to ask about hosting events at this exciting new venue.
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