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The Best Things to See and Do in Fredericksburg

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Four different Civil War battles raged in and around Fredericksburg, making the city a huge draw for Civil War buffs. But there’s much more in this charming colonial town, including Revolutionary War history (George Washington was born across the river), wine-tasting, unique shopping, and more.

Historic Sites

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
The 9,000-acre historic park in and around Fredericksburg includes four battlefields—including the famous Sunken Road—and four historic buildings.

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
The fifth U.S. President established his law practice in town in 1786. This museum housed in his original office showcases permanent and changing exhibits related to his life and times.

Historic Kenmore
George Washington’s sister lived in this stately colonial home dating from 1775. The Crowningshield Museum on the grounds displays Virginia-made furniture and family portraits.

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Six-year-old George Washington and his family moved to this farm in 1738, where he may or may not have cut down the proverbial cherry tree.

Shopping

Old Town Fredericksburg
More than a hundred boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and studios line the the town’s charming 40-block national historic district.

Greenbrier Shopping Center
Discount clothing retailers and restaurants occupy this shopping center located one mile from the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel.

Central Park
More than 200 retailers sell clothing, gifts, household items, pet supplies and more at the East Coast’s largest outdoor mall.

Potomac Mills
Virginia’s largest outlet mall, located 30 minutes north of Fredericksburg in Woodbridge, features more than 200 stores.

Family Fun

Paramount Kings Dominion
A 400-acre amusement park with more than 60 rides (including 13 roller coasters and a 20-acre water park) located about 35 miles south of Fredericksburg.

Adventure Park at Wilderness Presidential Resort
Kids of all ages enjoy an adventure course featuring a rickety bridge, spider’s web, canyon jump, zip line and more.

Children’s Theater at Riverside Center
Take the kids to see a live show geared toward the younger set.

Indoor Bounce House
Enjoy the region’s biggest and best indoor play center, including bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses.

Culture

Art Galleries
Fredericksburg is an artist’s haven, with dozens of art galleries dotting the historic downtown area. Be sure to stop by Liberty Town Arts Workshops, with more than 25 unique artist studios.

Broadway at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater
Enjoy a Broadway musical production at Virginia’s only dinner theater.

Klein Theatre of the University of Mary Washington
This intimate, state-of-the-art, 233-seat theater has staged theater and dance productions since 1952. Four main-stage productions are produced each academic year.

Sightseeing

Fredericksburg’s Olde Towne Carriage Tours
Hop aboard a romantic carriage for an exploration of Fredericksburg’s colonial heart in style.

Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg
Explore historic Fredericksburg by 75-minute narrated trolley tour. Tours begin at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.

Fredericksburg Hauntings
Fredericksburg is one of the America’s most haunted cities. Wander the town’s dark streets as you hear tales of lives and events of the still lurking dead.

Outdoor Adventure

Abel Reservoir
This 185-acre reservoir in Falmouth features a fully stocked fishing area, boat ramp, hiking and picnicking.

Canal Path
This paved 1.8-mile pathway winds along the canal from Fall Hill Avenue to Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Skydiving Center
See Fredericksburg from new heights on a tandem skydive from 12,000 feet.

Lake Anna State Park
More than 13 miles of hiking trails, a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, and a boat ramp highlight this scenic, 2,304-acre park on Lake Anna, in Spotsylvania.

Golf
You’ll find excellent golf courses in the Fredericksburg area, including Gauntlet Golf Club, Lee’s Hill Golfer’s Club, and Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania.