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Things to do in Lynchburg

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Amazement Square is an exceptional, award-winning hands-on "science/fun place" for kids that's so well done that it's a joy for adults too. From the active arts and music areas to the "amazing" science displays, no one will get bored because nothing is designed to just be looked at or watched; it's engaging and wonderful. Lynchburg is blessed to have such a place; if you have kids, this is a Go-To place! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“One of Thomas Jefferson's favorite summer homes. Home to annual wine festival.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for a walk or run. 7 miles of nearly flat trails that run through Downtown Lynchburg. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Underground pizza and beer scene. Great pizza! plenty of beer on draft. Fresh made pizza. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great menu, but especially good gluten-free options, including pizza and pasta.”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Remember Lynchburg’s wilder side with the best burgers and brews in town. You may feel like you’re entering a speakeasy through our lower level entrance, but you’ll know you’re home when you sample our brews and burgers. Enjoy their relaxed, warm, but modern dining area for a weekday dinner or weekend celebration. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Diner
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“Market at Main serves breakfast all day and was recently named the Best Breakfast in Lynchburg by Lynchburg Living.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“This local farmer's market is a must see for those who like to eat! Open Tuesday through Saturday 7AM to 2PM. Savor the local foods and treat yourself to a variety of homemade creations. Established in 1783 it's considered one of the oldest markets in the nation! The market has both an open air and indoor experience to be enjoyed by all.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Combining style and substance perfectly, {RA} Bistro is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg and features seasonally inspired American cuisine. The polished casual design and sophisticated atmosphere is built around the 75 year-old rustic commercial dry cleaning building with open truss ceilings, painted brick, cityscape art, alluring front and back patios, and a Turkish tree root Martini bar. {RA} Bistro is a showcase of American diversity and cuisine. With an eye for detail and a passion for food, we will guarantee hand-selected, quality ingredients and the absolute freshness of every item we serve.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“El Jefe is an eclectic tequila bar serving simple, fresh tacos. Walk into our beautifully restored building and enjoy a unique dining experience with an open kitchen, friendly bar service. Their well-stocked bar boasts 85 tequilas available in short or long pours.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Liberty University's Snowflex Centre is most definitely worth a visit whether you want to ski or snowboard or ride inner tubes on plastic snow or if you simply want to have a hot cup of coffee in a ski lodge with fantastic views out over Lynchburg from the top of a mountain. It's amazingly easy to get to and well worth the trip.”
  • 22 locals recommend
History Museum
“Point of Honor is more or less The Tourist Destination in Lynchburg with organized tours daily and an impressive history. The property and "restored" (not "renovated", but kept in its original grandeur). I'll not blah, blah, blah, but the "Honor" of this point goes back to dueling and the grounds are gorgeous. And...Very Close to Downtown (across the Rivermont bridge).”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Conveniently located along the James River, The Depot Grille has been a staple in the downtown Lynchburg restaurant scene since 2004. Converted from Lynchburg’s own freight train station, The Depot Grille boasts a wide variety of hand crafted cocktails, wines by the glass or on tap, and fifteen local craft beers on tap! With a menu offering everything from crab dip to fall off the bone pork ribs, we have something for every member of the family! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
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“I love all coffeehouses particularly ones which offer live music as White Hart does. It's a relaxed atmosphere with added bonus of gluten free items to choose from.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Neighbors Place is a locally owned restaurant tucked away in the Wyndhurst community of Lynchburg, VA. Their passion for American Cuisine and Southern Hospitality will leave you with a memorable experience every time you choose to dine with us.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Wonderful local coffee shop. Can be packed at times but they are environmentally conscious and have wonderful selection of coffees, specialty drinks and eats!”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Underground pizza and beer scene. Great pizza! plenty of beer on draft. Fresh made pizza. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great menu, but especially good gluten-free options, including pizza and pasta.”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Remember Lynchburg’s wilder side with the best burgers and brews in town. You may feel like you’re entering a speakeasy through our lower level entrance, but you’ll know you’re home when you sample our brews and burgers. Enjoy their relaxed, warm, but modern dining area for a weekday dinner or weekend celebration. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Diner
“Market at Main serves breakfast all day and was recently named the Best Breakfast in Lynchburg by Lynchburg Living.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Combining style and substance perfectly, {RA} Bistro is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg and features seasonally inspired American cuisine. The polished casual design and sophisticated atmosphere is built around the 75 year-old rustic commercial dry cleaning building with open truss ceilings, painted brick, cityscape art, alluring front and back patios, and a Turkish tree root Martini bar. {RA} Bistro is a showcase of American diversity and cuisine. With an eye for detail and a passion for food, we will guarantee hand-selected, quality ingredients and the absolute freshness of every item we serve.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Conveniently located along the James River, The Depot Grille has been a staple in the downtown Lynchburg restaurant scene since 2004. Converted from Lynchburg’s own freight train station, The Depot Grille boasts a wide variety of hand crafted cocktails, wines by the glass or on tap, and fifteen local craft beers on tap! With a menu offering everything from crab dip to fall off the bone pork ribs, we have something for every member of the family! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“I love all coffeehouses particularly ones which offer live music as White Hart does. It's a relaxed atmosphere with added bonus of gluten free items to choose from.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“The Neighbors Place is a locally owned restaurant tucked away in the Wyndhurst community of Lynchburg, VA. Their passion for American Cuisine and Southern Hospitality will leave you with a memorable experience every time you choose to dine with us.”
  • 20 locals recommend

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