6 Great Things to Do in Harrisonburg Virginia

Harrisonburg is the perfect place to think of when planning weekend getaways in Virginia! From breweries and wineries to outdoor activities of all kinds to shopping and historic destinations, there’s so much to do here! Located only two hours from Washington, DC and Richmond, Harrisonburg is a perfect point to start exploring the Shenandoah Valley. But besides the prime location minutes away from the Shenandoah National park, George Washington National Forest, and Blue Ridge Parkway, Harrisonburg also offers a variety of arts and cultural attractions.  Several museums, galleries, shops, and portions of two National Historic Districts are all in a walk-able 10-block stretch of downtown Harrisonburg attractions. For the full list of activities, events, and other things to do in Harrisonburg, we recommend downloading our free Vacation Guide. Our top 6 favorite attractions in Harrisonburg include:

Harrisonburg Attractions

Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive

Harrisonburg, VA is located in the beautifully scenic Shenandoah Valley which is home to the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive. Cruise the 105 mile drive, winding around the mountain top along the spine of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains taking in the natural beauty of Shenandoah. There are 75 scenic overlooks that offer stunning views as well as ample opportunities to witness wildlife in their natural habitats. For those looking for a more active way to see the park, take to any of the 500 miles of trails located within the park and get an up close look at Shenandoah’s splendor.

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Located at James Madison University, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is the perfect place for those who enjoy live plays and performances. Forbes puts on a wide range of performances from dance, to music and theatre acts. Check their calendar for a schedule and find the perfect show to attend.

Brewery, Cidery, Vineyards Near Harrisonburg VA

Virginia is home to a number of breweries, cidieries, and vineyards, most of which offer tours and tastings. Enjoy local spirits and learn more about the history and process that goes into creating Virginia’s delicious wines, beers, and ciders.

Harrisonburg Activities

White Oak Lavender Farm

The White Oak Lavender Farm offers beautiful views, relaxation, and “U-Pick” during the summer and fall bloom seasons. Visit the farm and enjoy the quiet of Shenandoah Valley with beautiful mountain views and the sweet smell of lavender. Pick your very own lavender as well and get a chance to try their signature Lavender Blueberry ice cream!

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

For those looking to enjoy a satisfying hike or to bike some of Virginia’s most scenic trails visit the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Located on the James Madison University campus, this urban garden aims to promote the preservation of native plant species and to provide a space for research and botanical education. Take in the variety of wonderful plant and flower species located in the Arboretum while hiking the many trails or relax in the shade while taking in the natural beauty of this great attraction.

Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market

Open from 8:00am to 1:00pm Tuesdays and Saturdays, the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to find fresh local products, local artesian jewelry and art, and more. Visit the market and experience some of the best that Harrisonburg has to offer.

For many more Harrisonburg attractions, activities, events, restaurants, and more, be sure to download our Vacation Guide!

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