Exploring Lynchburg doesn’t have to be full of activities that break the bank. In fact, there are many free things to do. Here are a few to get you started.
Admission to the Lynchburg Museum is always free. Here, visitors can explore the rich history that runs through our city through permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum can be found at the top of Monument Terrace, at 901 Court Street.
The Maier Museum at Randolph College hosts a collection of American art, paintings and photographs. The museum features several rotating exhibitions, which are updated every few months. Admission is free and the museum is open year round.
On the first Friday of every month, Downtown Lynchburg comes to life with art and music. First Fridays is a monthly cultural event that has a primary purpose of highlighting the organizations and spaces that are bringing local, regional, and even national art to the Lynchburg community. Check their website for a list of current events.
Grab a seat Thursday evenings at 601 Main Restaurant and Bar (located inside the Holiday Inn) for a night of smooth notes and relaxation. If you’re feeling hungry, a limited menu is available in the lounge.
Movies in the Park
Each summer, the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department offers up a selection of family friendly movies in local parks. Visit their website to see this year’s offerings and show times.
Watch the Stars
Liberty University’s Astronomical Observatory is available to the public on a limited basis. Visitors can sign up the day before their visit, or same day if slots are still available.
Take a Hike
The Peaks of Otter, Crabtree Falls and more are just a short drive away from Lynchburg, and are sure to provide spectacular views. For a full list of outdoor places to explore, click here.
Go for a Run
Lynchburg was named a Runner Friendly City by the Road Runners Club of America, and for a good reason! Every Tuesday, the Lynchburg Road Runners Club hosts a fun run at Riverside Runners (check Facebook for the start times). Participation is free, and all paces and abilities are welcome.
Once a month, The Water Dog hosts a Runners Series, where runners earn points toward prizes. Come for the run, but stay for the food and friendship.
Once a month, on the second Friday, James River Yoga offers free community classes. This Yin style class features a slow paced style of yoga, where mostly seated and supine poses are typically held for 3-5 minutes. Unwind and relax your body!