When the weather turns wet, there’s no reason to despair. There are loads of fun things to do in Charlottesville VA on a rainy day. You may not want to spend time strolling the Downtown Mall or hiking a trail, but you can still experience some of the most fun things to do in Charlottesville VA, no umbrella required.
Here are a few ideas…
A big draw to Virginia is the extensive relics of American history. James and Dolly Madison’s home, Montpelier, is open to the public. You may not want to spend loads of time on the grounds if it’s raining, but inside the house you’ll find an incredible pastiche of life in early America.
For one thing, the Madisons are known as the Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and America’s 1st First Lady, respectively.
Learn more about the programs and exhibits at Montpelier on the historic estate’s website.
No matter how many times you’ve been to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, there’s always something new to see and experience. Of all the amazing historical American giants who left a mark on the region, Jefferson is arguably the most influential.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Charlottesville VA on a rainy day, you could spend the entire time at Monticello and not run out of activities.
Jefferson’s vision is very much alive and constantly being reevaluated and presented in new ways at Monticello. The Griffin Discovery Room gives Monticello visitors—especially those ages 6 to 11—the chance to literally get in touch with Jefferson’s life and times through hands-on elements and activities, including reproductions from the house and plantation
To learn more about the exhibits and programs at Monticello, visit Monticello.org
Fun for the Whole Family
If you’re looking fun things to do in Charlottesville VA that’ll help stimulate the minds and expend some energy for the littler members of your party, The Virginia Discovery Museum is the place to go. Fun fact: the Museum features a historic, restored carousel, the last of its kind.
While the Virginia Discovery Museum is closed most holidays, it is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and often open when schools close. The museum was the 2014 winner of the Charlottesville Family Favorite Award and was voted Best Children’s Museum and Favorite Rainy Day Location by the readers of Albemarle Family magazine.
Indulge in a Relaxing Retreat
No matter what you choose to do in Charlottesville on a rainy day, you can be sure you’re returning to a cozy, historic retreat when you stay at Prospect Hill. A stay in one of our cottages promises unique furnishings, working fireplaces, luxurious robes, and superlative dining.