Give yourself a break this Labor Day Weekend in Fredericksburg, VA
You might not want to travel as far this year for Labor Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the weekend fun and give yourself a well-deserved break.
We’ve rounded up a list of things for you to do in Fredericksburg to help plan your socially distanced road trip or staycation:
Fredericksburg’s newest attraction, the minor-league baseball team Fredericksburg Nationals may have delayed its opening season, but the stadium continues to be a spot for all kinds of family fun. On Saturday, September 5, from 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm will be hosting the Kentucky Derby on the Diamond Party. There will be live races on the videoboard, gaming, fun dining experiences and more. See the latest details here.
Open for outdoor and little bit of indoor fun is Fredericksburg’s FunLand. Their three-story go kart track— the first of its kind in Virginia— is open, as are other select outdoor activities. FunLand is located in Central Park, which is an easy destination for families looking for shopping and dining in one convenient location. Like the ballpark, FunLand is limiting park capacity and has safety measures in place. You can buy tickets and more info here.
Looking to explore and get a little exercise? See what SUP Yoga Virginia is up to on their Facebook page. They do sunrise and sunset paddles and yoga classes on the Rappahannock River. Or take a scenic walk on the River’s Heritage Trail.
If your interests are more freewheeling, try Fredericksburg’s new Traipse app. Available for free download, the app guides you and your group on a scavenger hunt through the city. There are two walks to choose from: one about presidential history and one about African American history. Once you’ve completed those, there are additional scavenger hunts coming to the app in the coming months. The city was called home by George Washington, James Monroe and hosted many other historical figures. Few places can claim such long and varied American history like Fredericksburg. Find out more and how to download, here:
Are you a history lover? Take a carriage tour or trolley ride to get an overview of the city. Book a private Civil War Tour to see one or a few of the hallowed battlegrounds. You can see that history is alive here by touring George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm. Or visit his sister’s home, Historic Kenmore, which features breathtaking plaster ceilings. See the wide expanse of local history at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. We encourage you to book your tickets ahead of time for the tours and museums, you can view all the information you need here:
In the mood for an adult beverage? Explore the Fredericksburg Area Beer Trail and our regional wineries. We have all the locations and details in one place for you, here. Enjoy brunch at Spencer Devon Brewing, get a pint inspired by the owners’ Celtic heritage at Red Dragon Brewery or on Saturday, September 5, 11am – 5pm enjoy the Fall Market at Strangeways Brewing. Quick tip: Pick up a FAB Trail Passport at the Downtown Visitor Center or any of the breweries and start collecting the brewery stamps!
After working up an appetite, consider a picnic with takeout from one of Fredericksburg’s locally owned restaurants. Throughout downtown, restaurants have implemented online ordering and easy curbside pickup to cater to the situation. Foode at 900 Princess Anne St. has Southern staples from breakfast to dinner, while upper Caroline Street’s Eileen’s Bakery and Cafe has sandwiches and fresh baked goods ready to-go. With Soup N Taco on the 800-block of Caroline Street dishing up its namesakes all day, and Vivify at 314 William St. serving handmade burgers, fries and shakes, there’s a little something for any al fresco diner. Old Mill Park, Hurkamp Park and Market Square are all ideal places for a picnic. People-watchers can perch on a bench, as well, and watch the bustle of Fredericksburg’s perennial commercial thoroughfare along Caroline Street.
If Hurkamp Park is your chosen destination, check out the new installation on the local LOVE sign. The sign, which is part of the Virginia LOVEworks campaign, currently pays tribute to front-line workers caring for others during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a timely photo opportunity and just one of the ways artists are supporting pandemic efforts. Quick tip: Fredericksburg Farmers Market is at Hurkamp Park on Saturdays from 7am – 1pm. On Saturday, September 5 is Art in the Park, where local artists share and sell their creativity with the community.
Fredericksburg’s artists have been busy at work these past few months. Taking in their creative paintings, drawings and sculptures is a wonderful way to spend time in the city both indoors at one of our many galleries and outdoors throughout downtown. New murals by prominent local artists Bill Harris and Gabe Pons are on the exterior of Sunken Well Tavern on the corner of Hanover and Littlepage streets. And if you keep an eye out while strolling downtown, you’ll be sure to see a few more popular outdoor murals, as well as the public sculptures in our current Public Sculpture project installation. The city has no shortage of public art! The public sculpture project has brought 3D works to the gateways of the city and its parks, while murals are visible around many corners downtown, whether that’s near public parking, in the Old Mill District, on the side of Sammy T’s restaurant or in the historic neighborhood of Darbytown.
Art galleries are also open with new work to view and purchase. LibertyTown Arts Workshop at 916 Liberty St. is open again for visitors, as long as patrons wear a mask.
As you can see Fredericksburg is the perfect place for your staycation or mini getaway! Fredericksburg practices COVID-19 safety measures. Visitors are required to wear masks in all of our stores, restaurants and galleries, in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines. Our businesses are taking extra safety and cleaning precautions to keep you safe while enjoying Fredericksburg on your staycation weekend! You can learn more about Fredericksburg Region’s COVID-19 updates here.