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Indoor Activities near Charlottesville, VA

Five Indoor Activities near Charlottesville, VA

Indoor Activities near Charlottesville, VA. should be in your vacation back-up plan. Maybe the weather isn’t perfect … too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry? Never fear! These five fun indoor activities near Charlottesville will keep you comfortable whatever the weather.

Indoor Activity near Charlottesville:  Create Art in Glass

At The Glass Palette in Downtown Charlottesville you can spend an afternoon or an evening. Make a piece of glass art, glass jewelry, a picture frame, a bud vase, or sandblast your design on plates and mugs. Walk in on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12-6, or on Sunday from 12-5.  Pick your project and learn to create. Prices are based on size of project and begin at $20.  There is no studio fee. Check the schedule of special workshops to learn special techniques (fused glass flowers anyone?). In addition, Adults Night Out Glass Art Experience is held Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. (reservations required). http://www.theglasspalette.net, 1304 East Market Street, Charlottesville. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 16 miles, 30 minutes.

Subsequently, stop for lunch or dinner at Lampo Neapolitan Pizza, just 11 minutes away. Open from 11-2:30, 5-12. Great salads, sandwiches, pizza, antipasti. https://www.cedarspringinn.com/cuisine-here-there/

Indoor Activity near Charlottesville:  Aboriginal Art

The Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the US dedicated to indigenous Australian Aboriginal art. In addition this collection is the largest outside of Australia.  There are more than 1900 works. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5. Currently the museum is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Admission is free. Every Saturday there is a free tour at 10:30am. Also on premise is a fair trade, one of a kind gift shop. http://www.kluge-ruhe.org, 400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 17 miles, 32 minutes.

Subsequently, stop for dinner at Tavola or The Local in Belmont, just 11 minute drive. Open from 5:00 (Tavola) or 5:30 (The Local). https://www.cedarspringinn.com/cuisine-here-there/

Indoor Activity near Charlottesville: Paranormal History

Here is the third in indoor activities near Charlottesville:  The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Medical Museum is a 160-year-old railroad town hotel in Gordonsville, VA. During the Civil War this hotel became a Battlefield Receiving Hospital  Today it is the only one remaining in Virginia. After the Civil War the hotel served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman’s Bureau. Tours are self-guided and highlight the town of Gordonsville and the role the hotel played in the Civil War and after.

In addition known for its paranormal activity, the Exchange Hotel is 15th on the list of Top 100 Most Haunted Places in the US. Both Public and Private Investigations can be scheduled.  For example, experience a real paranormal investigation from start to finish. Open daily from 10-4; closed Friday and some Wednesdays. Admission is $10. Public Investigations scheduled by reservation on some Fridays from 8-12PM.  Tickets cost $25. http://www.hgiexchange.com, 400 S Main Street, Gordonsville. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 18 miles, 28 minutes.

Subsequently, stop for lunch or dinner at the Barbeque Exchange. Open daily from 11-8. http://www.bbqex.com

Indoor Activity near Charlottesville:  Go Underground

The fourth of our fun indoor activities near Charlottesville is underground. There are two Caverns within an hour of Cedar Spring Inn. For example, Luray Cavern is a Registered National Landmark and the largest and most popular cavern in the Eastern US. Caverns are open daily 9-4.  Admission is $28. http://www.luraycaverns.com 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 49 miles, 1 hour 7 min.

On the other hand you might prefer Grand Cavern (formerly known as Weyers Cave). Grand is the oldest American show cavern, opened in 1806. Grand Cavern is open daily 9-5 (10-4 in winter). Call for tour times.  Admission is $20. In addition, Fountain Cave, a former commercial cave not open for 100 years, is available for a 2 hour tour.  Helmets, headlights, knee pads and gloves are provided. Tour price is $50. http://www.grandcaverns.com 5 Grand Cavern Drive, Grottoes. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 43 miles, 1 hour.

Indoor Activity near Charlottesville:  Count Some Pins

The fifth fun indoor activity near Charlottesville: Go Bowling! Kegler’s Bowling Center offers six synthetic lanes with automatic scoring plus Keglers Sports Bar and Grill. Both are open every day but Sunday from 11-Close. Distance from Cedar Spring Inn 10 miles, 18 minutes.

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