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1891 Evelyn Byrd Ave
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: (540) 433-7100
Fax: (540) 437-2144
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens of James Madison University isn't just for students and faculty of the university. This scenic gem is open to the public so that everyone has a chance to take pleasure in the blooming wonders of nature. Here is a place where a person can forget their troubles and simply enjoy their day. Not only do the staff ensure the arboretum and gardens are well kept, but they also make time to provided guided walks and other activities that highlight the beauty of the outdoors. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk.
The Virginia Quilt Museum is a one of a kind museum that exhibits the quilt culture that Virginia is famous for. The museum is a non-profit organization that deals with trying to show the public how quilts are an important part of the culture in Virginia since it is a form of art. The intricacies and the detailed work that goes into quilt making is something to be amazed at. They even have a few events from time to time such as the English Teas, Silent Auctions and Raffles, and all the proceeds go to the maintenance of the museum as it is a volunteer-run organization. Check website for further information.
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is the main performing arts center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This venue is comprised the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance and the Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance. The Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance venue contains three stages, the Mainstage Theatre for large performances, the Studio Theatre for contemporary and experimental theatre, and the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre where the dancers and choreographers are the main attraction. The Shirley Hanson Roberts Center for Music Performance has the large Concert Hall and more intimate Recital Hall available for performances.
Children will enjoy exploring and learning more about themselves and their world while at this hands-on, interactive museum where children ages two to twelve can partake of a wide range of activities including drama, creative arts, culture, science, and technology.
The Court Square is one of the most bustling areas in Harrisonburg. The main town square, this place is surrounded by art, architecture and history. Buildings like the Town Hall, the Court Square Theatre, the One Court Square and the Harrisonburg Court Square Spring House, all exist here. The Square is a prime location for the annual Valley 4th Festival.
Spread over a sprawling area of 12,000 square feet, Back Home on the Farm is a greenhouse and an animal center that lets you reconnect with nature. You can indulge in various activities apart from buying plants and veggies. Try the Corn Maze, that is sure to set an adventurous spirit among the young ones. Go to the Pumpkin Patch and catch a marvelous glance at the huge pumpkins, or simply try lifting one of the huge ones, quite a challenge. The Straw Maze, Pedal Tractor, Sounds Garden and Barnyard Golf is definitely going to thrill your kids. Attend one of their pig races and see your kids tumble with laughter as the pigs stutter to the finishing line. At Back Home on the Farm, they also organize birthday parties for kids and group tours for schools. Call for reservations.
Its all about lavender at this beautiful White Oak Lavender Farm. This place is a farm-cum-retail center which grows lavender through the summer months and then uses it to make beauty products and sell them. The farm is open to everyone and the management offers tours through the farm and their personal distillery where all the lavender is processed into fine products. If you are on the farm when they are harvesting, they also allow you to lend a helping hand. You can buy one of their soaps or lotions or creams. Make sure you invest in the lavender pillow for it is the best souvenir of the place. You can also buy produce and product from their online store by visiting their website.
An open event space administered by the Rockingham County Fair Association, the Rockingham County Fairground is the limelight of this region. Hosting the ever popular Rockingham County Fair, the ground is vast and the varied sections within the ground facilitate easy organization. Massive events and local festivals like horse races and circuses are frequently held here. It's the perfect place to grab some large scale entertainment.
Romp n' Roll offers a huge variety of fun kids classes. They offer age-specific kids gym classes, art class, music class and more for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. Check out their "Open Gym" times where they do away with class structure and offer unstructured indoor play for kids. And, on the weekends they turn into a party place for kids. Private and personalized birthday parties for children is their specialty.
Have some watery fun on your visit to McGaheysville with some memorable time at Massanutten Water Park. This is a state-of-the-art park which offers indoor and outdoor rides and pools where you can enjoy to glory. Try sliding down the multiple slides or take a leisurely stroll on the lazy river. The park fountain outdoors is a popular attraction among the kids. Try surfing on the artificial wave pool to get a kick. When you are tired of all your activities, drink some nice coffee and warm up in the cafeteria or simply satisfy your hunger pangs at one of their restaurants. Visit the website for opening hours and further details.
The Grand Caverns is one of the many splendid manifestations of nature. Formerly known as Weyer's Cave, this massive limestone cavern has been in existence since 1806 and is the oldest show cave of America. The dark caves are characterized by stalactites and stalagmites and mud blocks, debris and ravines. The Grand Caverns are surrounded by parkland and greenery where natural trails can be enjoyed. Beautiful flowers and wildlife can be found in these areas. Hiking and biking are also done, along with group picnics. The Grand Caverns is a day-long adventure. Call them or visit website for more information.
Elk Run Cemetery houses the graves of the martyrs of the American Civil War. Spread across 23 acres, this cemetery is maintained by the Public Works Department for the Town of Elkton. About 48 Confederate soldiers are buried here. There also exists a 'slave graveyard' that is made distinct by a stone inscription. A walk down the Elk Run Cemetery takes you back to the savagery that war brought with it. The prominent Miller Kite House is just a few yards away. Call the Public Works Department for more details.