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Crush Friday

Crush Friday

20 Things to Crush Friday in the Fredericksburg Region:

Last year, 54% of Americans left 662,000,000 vacation days unused. That’s a lot of vacation days, people. When did we start living to work instead of working to live? It’s time to change that. We’re partnering with Visit Virginia to inspire Americans to take use at least one vacation day to Crush Friday. Things to do in the Fredericksburg region are more than plentiful. The region has events, attractions, dining, and festivals! Trading an 8-hour workday for a day filled with fun things to do in and around the region sounds pretty great to us.

Ready to plan out what to do and where to go in the Fredericksburg region? We’ve got enough fun things to do listed below to make sure you Crush Friday the best way possible.

1. Hike Stafford's Government Island

Trek out for an afternoon hike at Stafford’s Government Island where the stones used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol were sourced.

Government Island
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2. Paddleboard down the Rappahannock River

SUP down the Rappahannock River with gear for all levels, plus a guide, at River Rock Outfitters.

Rappahannock River
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3. Picnic at the Wilderness Run Vineyards

Fill your picnic needs with everything you need at Battlefield Country Store before heading to the beautiful Wilderness Run Vineyards for a relaxing afternoon picnic.

4. Stroll Downtown Fredericksburg

Downtown Fredericksburg provides the perfect backdrop for a timeless stroll along art galleries, antique & book shops, and you won’t want to pass up a stop inside Agora Downtown Coffee Shop for a cup of delicious coffee and homemade treats.

5. Grab dinner and a show!

Whether you’re looking for a matinee show or evening dinner theater performance, the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts will entertain you with their high-quality musical productions!

Dinner and a Show

6. Zip line at the Wilderness Presidential Resort

Challenge yourself as you monkey around up in the trees on an obstacle course and zip line at the Wilderness Presidential Resort.

Wilderness Presidential Resort

7. Pick-your-own berries on the farm

There are few yummier things than fresh picked berries! Experience all the fun things to do at Miller Farms or Braehead Farm.

8. Create your own ceramic!

At Pots and Palettes you’ll be able to create your own masterpiece among local artists’ works of art.

9. Taste award-winning bourbon

Take a tour of and experience Virginia’s Pioneering Spirit and award-winning bourbon at A. Smith Bowman Distillery.

Award-winning bourbon

10. Go back in time on a Trolley Tour

During this 75-minute guided Trolley Tour of old town and the Fredericksburg Battlefield, you’ll be entertained while learning about the historic events that took place in the Fredericksburg region.

11. Walk in George Washington’s footsteps

The Washingtons called Ferry Farm home in 1738. A visit to Ferry Farm brings you up close and personal with Civil War artifacts and an archeology lab where you can see archeologists working.

George Washington’s footsteps

12. Carl’s Frozen Custard. Enough said.

Come taste the Food Network and PBS featured ice cream of Carl’s Frozen Custard.

Carl’s Frozen Custard

13. Listen to aviation legends

Walk among one of the best aviation collections in the country at Shannon Air Museum and hear about the adventures and triumphs of aviation legends.

14. Take a pontoon boat ride!

Crush Friday with a pontoon boat adventure on Lake Anna! There are tons of fun things to do at Lake Anna State Park with more than 13-miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, guarded swimming beach, children’s play area, and so much more.

15. Sip on a craft beer at one of region’s breweries

You could crush your Friday with a regular happy hour, or you could Crush Friday with an award-winning Fredericksburg Beer. When you’re looking for where to go in search of a cold brew or two, our Brewery and Brew Tour List offers you plenty of guided options so you don’t have to drive.

Breweries

16. Watch the sunset at Chatham Manor

One of the most beautiful historic homes in America is Chatham Manor. The notable footsteps of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Walt Whitman (to name a few) have visited the home in its over 200-year history. Experience the sunset from the bluffs overlooking the Rappahannock River with its panoramic views of the Fredericksburg region.

Chatham Manor

17. Dine in the vault of a bank

The National Bank Building where Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps and delivered a speech is now an eatery beautifully renovated. FoodE offers two dining rooms, an open kitchen, and even seating inside the bank vault. This is a dining experience you won’t get anywhere but the Fredericksburg region.

Dine in the vault of a bank
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18. Stroll through an artist’s garden

Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio at Belmont gives you insight into the mind of an artist (and his home) of the 1900s. The restored garden and historic home take you back time as you walk through history and learn about a love story shared through art.

Artists Garden

19. Take a tour through colonial medicine

At Hugh Mercer’s Apothecary Shop you’ll discover how and why methods like crab claws, live leeches, and sulfur were used during the 1700s.

20. Kayak through a natural preserve

Launch a kayak in Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve and admire your surroundings from one of Virginia’s highest land conservations with a ridgeline rising 160-feet above the Potomac and Accokeek creeks.