Fun Things to Do beyond Fairfield near Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University is located in the Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's within an easy ride of the picturesque town of Fairfield. This lovely area is filled with places to visit and sights to see.

The Toy Museum at Natural Bridge
6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
(540) 291-9920
www.awesometoymuseum.com

This museum is a great place to visit with your children, since it has some 45,000 toys of all types and shapes and chronicles the history of toys. It has something for every age group as well and has a wonderful collection of "collectibles." After touring it, be sure to go outside to the nearby Natural Bridge, which is located right on US 11 and 130, I-81 exits 175 and 180, and off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This breathtaking rock bridge spans Cedar Creek and was carved by mother nature. The bridge was worshiped by the Monacan Indians. It was bought by Thomas Jefferson, whose home was not far from it.

Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578
(540) 291-3205
www.virginiasafaripark.com

Just a short ride from Fairfield, the Virginia Safari Park is a magnet for the young and old. The largest and only drive through zoo in Virginia, it features over 1,200 animals roaming on a 180-acre site. Visitors can view herds of elk, zebras, deer, antelope and many other kinds of wildlife as they drive the three miles of roads through the lovely Shenandoah Valley. There are animals from some six continents to see and a petting area where kids can feed animals. The zoo is open March 12–May 29 from 9 am to 5pm daily, with the last car admitted at 4PM; May 30–Sept 5 from 9am to 6pm daily, with the last car admitted at 5pm; and Sept 6–Nov 27 from 9am to 5pm daily, with the last car admitted at 4PM. It is closed Thanksgiving day.

Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9820
www.monticello.org

No far from your Fairfield inn and Southern Virgina University, Monticello, the magnificent home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the fifth President of the United States, amazes the visitors with its attention to detail both inside and outside. Designed by Jefferson himself, it is open every day of the year except Christmas. It gives the visitor a sample of Jefferson's immense talent as a designer and engineer of his grounds that boasted varieties of plants and trees as well as wildlife.

Valley of Virginia Wildflowers Meadows
76 McClure Blvd
Fairfield, VA 24435
(540) 348-5885
www.antiquesvirginia.com

Right in Fairfield is this wonderful area filled with wild flowers that attract birds and butterflies as well as those interested in partaking of this idyllic scene. With a dramatic backdrop of blue mountains, the effect is quite stunning and certainly worth the ride from your charming Fairfield bed and breakfast. The wildflower season runs from May to October, with a variety of flowers always ready to bloom as others pass their prime.