YOU want the grandkids to learn. THEY just want to have fun. Lynchburg has just what it takes to ensure a memorable vacation for both generations.
Day 1: The scenic Blue Ridge Mountains come into view as you travel to National D-Day Memorial. D-Day pays tribute to the Allied Forces participating in the invasion of Normandy. It is only a short drive from D-Day to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway features picturesque overlooks, picnicking, and restored canal locks on the James River. Upon returning to Lynchburg, a visit to Amazement Square Children’s Museum, a four story hands-on museum, will help expend the last bit of energy left in the grandkids.
Day 2: Spend the morning touring Appomattox National Historical Park, the site of Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant, leading to the end of the Civil War. The exhibits in the Lynchburg Museum, reveals local history, from the native Monacan tribes to the present. Lunch time finds you and the grandkids eating at one of the local spots before visiting Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, his personal retreat. Poplar Forest provides glimpse of Jefferson as a father and grandfather.
On your way back, a stop at Putt-Putt Fun Center allows for loads of family. Jump into the driver’s seat and race head-to-head against grandkids in the Race Zone. Or, the WetZone allows you to stay cool with some splash time in brightly colored bumper boats. And, Putt-Putt Golf allows for 18 holes of competition and is suited for all ages. Enjoy dinner at variety of Lynchburg eateries.
Let the grandkids try their hand at winter sports year-round at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre and/or the LaHaye Ice Center. Snowflex features snowboard, skiing, and tubing in the nation’s only year-round ski slope. At the conclusion of your trip, you’ll reflect on the wonderful time you had and the lifelong memories you made.
Last Updated: 3/8/2011 9:00 AM