Like many across the globe, we are doing our best to stay inside and abide by the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Wondering what to do with extra pent-up energy?  We rounded up a few ways to keep your distance, while still enjoying the scenic route.

Walk Your Way Through History

Experience Fredericksburg’s regional history while taking one of its many self-guided walking tours. Learn about the journey to freedom while you retrace the steps of John Washington along with 10,000 other freedom-seekers on the Trail to Freedom self-guided tour. Or take the Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District Walking Tour and visit significant Civil War sites and battlefields. If you are in downtown Fredericksburg, try the new scavenger hunt-style app, Traipse. Users can choose from two tours – African American Heritage or Presidential Fredericksburg – and explore the city at their own pace while maintaining a safe distance from others. The interactive app allows users to answer questions about each location and offers opportunities to earn bonus points at certain stops along the way.

Explore the Great Outdoors

The Fredericksburg region is filled with serene sites to get away for peace and quiet. Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve along the Potomac and Accokeek rivers are a feat in conservation with 750 acres of marshes and wetlands to paddleboard or hike. Cast a line, launch a kayak or explore the scenic trails along Widewater State Park. This hidden gem is located on the peninsula where Aquia Creek and the Potomac River meet. Visit Lake Anna State Park and explore over 15 miles of scenic trails or launch your kayak and find serenity on the water. Take a walk through the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park and tour major battlefields of the Civil War. For more ways to enjoy the outdoors, click here.

Learn Something New Online

Take the scenic route without leaving your home. Learn about the life and legacy of America’s fifth president with a virtual tour of The James Monroe Museum, or explore the region’s African American Heritage Trail from your computer.  Keep your children entertained with daily story time from the Rappahannock United Way or learn about American History with The George Washington Foundation’s online educational offerings. Need to get physical? Try a family-friendly activity provided by The Fredericksburg Field House – tune in each day at 1:15 p.m. EST.

*Editor’s Note: All activities are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep this post updated with the latest information.

Last Updated:
May 5, 2020