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Swift Creek Mill Theatre - Preserved as both an historical landmark and a cultural outlet for the talent of local artists, skilled actors, directors, designers and technicians whose efforts have made possible the artistic achievements of the Mill. Also produces a youth series.

The Playroom - A fun, indoor play & party center for toddlers & children up to 10 years old. Not just great inflatables, lots of fun toys and more. Play area is fully visible and floor is foam-tiled.

Ash Lawn-Highland - Home of the Fifth President James Monroe. They offer educational tours and classes including Candle making Corn Husk dolls, paperquills and much much more. There are also historical gardens with walking trails, musical festivals, plantation days and more.

Agecroft Hall - For hundreds of years, Agecroft Hall was the distinguished home of England's Langley and Dauntesey families. From Elizabethan England, to the banks of the James. Built in England about 500 years ago, Agecroft Hall now overlooks Virginia's James River.

Albemarle County Historical Society - Works to nurture and promote an awareness and appreciation of the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County through exhibits, walking tours, publications, and other programs.

Children's Museum of Richmond - Experience one of the East Coast's most exciting, innovative children's museums! Learn through interactive play- sit in an eagle's nest, explore a cave, tinker in the Inventor's Lab, create an artistic masterpiece, and more! Age-appropriate areas for toddlers to grade 5. Stroller rental.

Museum of the Confederacy - A private, nonprofit institution that maintains the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of military, political and domestic artifacts and art associated with the period of the Confederacy, 1861-1865.

Danville Science Center - Allows you to discover the secrets of how things work. Explore the impact of science on your life. They offer hands-on exhibits that fill the exciting center that is fun for the whole family.

University of Virginia Art Museum - Exhibits art from around the world dating from ancient times to the present day. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum presents an ongoing schedule of changing exhibitions, accompanied by related programs and publications.

Amazement Square - Central Virginia's first multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum! Climb, slide and discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities and programs.

Poplar Forest - Tour Jefferson's octagonal retreat and see restoration and archaeology in progress. In summer, experience the hands-on history tent, which features Jefferson-era activities including brickmaking, building a bucket, and writing with a quill pen.

Kings Dominion - 400 acres of ultimate entertainment for the entire family! They've got the most hair-raising rides, the wettest water park, the most sizzling stage shows, and tons of other cool stuff everyone can enjoy.

Swaders Sports Park - Come and play some Mini Golf, Drive around on one of multiple Go Kart Tracks, challenge your friends to a game of laser tag, or hit the batting cages. There is a lot to do at Swaders Sports Park.

Old City Cemetery - Was established 1806. It is a Virginia Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in operation. You can learn Genealogy or see the beautiful Gardens or both!

Maymont - The 100-acre Victorian country estate of Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley. They feature a house museum, formal gardens, native wildlife, nature center, a carriage collection, and children's farm. A favorite is the expansive 100-acre tract of parkland and gardens, still very much as the Dooleys left it.

Henricus Historical Park - Imagine it is 1611. You are one of 300 settlers led by Sir Thomas Dale to build the Citie of Henricus, a settlement that the Virginia Company of London hopes will become the principal seat of the colony, replacing the unhealthy environment of Jamestown. Today, Henricus Historical Park is re-creating the second successful English settlement in the New World.

Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel - Stands silent watch over a rich past that intertwines Civil War medicine, military actions of the Army and the mighty railroads of Virginia. The museum offers an unique building with a experience through time of Gordonsville's personal history through medical, military, town, and hotel history exhibits.

Virginia Discovery Museum - Located on the east end of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history and nature. Families are encouraged to explore the Museum together -- visitors of all ages are free to touch, play and explore. Learning and fun are the goal. Creative play is the way!

Scottsville Museum - Brings the town's history to life, from its beginnings as an 18th century James River settlement to its shining era as a bustling 19th century river and canal port. Additionally the Museum depicts Scottsville as a center of Civil War activity through its re-emergence as a thriving community in the 20th century.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum - Provides a retreat into early nineteenth century Richmond where Edgar Allan Poe lived and worked. The museum features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse and focusing on his many years in Richmond.

Virginia Museum of Natural History - A place where scientific research about the Commonwealth of Virginia's natural history and public understanding merge. Exhibits, education programs for all ages, and publications translate the Museum curators' scientific research into easily understood language and concepts.