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.
2. Paddleboard down the Rappahannock River
SUP down the Rappahannock River with gear for all levels, plus a guide, at River Rock Outfitters.
3. Picnic at the Wilderness Run Vineyards
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!
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.
7. Pick-your-own berries on the 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.
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.
12. Carl’s Frozen Custard. Enough said.
Come taste the Food Network and PBS featured ice cream of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.