Each weekend offers families a chance to catch up on family time, take care of chores, enjoy the outdoors and take a break from the weekday routine.
Saturdays are often busy days, filled with chores, youth sports, grocery or clothes shopping, catching up on laundry, doing yard work and running errands.
Sundays are less busy and more relaxed for many families. Whether your family members are early risers or like to sleep late, here are 10 ways to enjoy Sundays in Central Virginia.
Go to church together. Lynchburg, the City of Seven Hills, is also the city of many churches. You'll find Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches as well as churches of other denominations and non-denominational churches all around Lynchburg.
Enjoy breakfast or brunch out with the family. Market at Main, Famous Anthony's, Cracker Barrel and I-Hop in Lynchburg and Carol's Place in Forest all offer breakfast seven days a week. Several other restaurants offer Sunday brunch. Start a new Sunday tradition.
Play a round of disc golf at Peaks View Park. If you don't have discs, stop at Play It Again Sports and pick up a few or use Frisbees instead. Play in teams or each person for themself.
Ride bikes or walk at Percival's Island. Have a race and see who gets to the bridge first. Take time to walk down by the river and explore too. Blackwater Creek Bikeway is another great place for riding bikes. The flat trail is shaded for comfort.
Go fishing at Ivy Creek. In season, you can also rent canoes or kayaks and enjoy a paddle on Clemmons Lake. Walk on the nature trail and watch the ducks and geese on the lake.
Take a hike in the woods of Lynchburg. Hike the Alpine Trail at Riverside Park or one of the trails off the Blackwater Creek Bikeway. Look for deer, squirrels, birds and wildflowers.
Head to the Peaks of Otter. Enjoy the views of the mountains and lake. If your family is adventurous, hike one of the trails. The Sharp Top Mountain trail is the most popular, but you can also hike Flat Top Mountain, Harkening Hill, Elk Run or the Johnson Farm Trail. Travel a few more miles on the Parkway to Fallingwater Cascades National Recreation Trail, another great family hiking spot.
Go for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to bring your camera. Stop at the overlooks to explore and take family photos with a beautiful, natural backdrop. Several overlook areas offer access to the Appalachian Trail, the perfect place for a family hike.
Head indoors and enjoy a day of family fun at Amazement Square. Your kids will learn a lot with the hands-on exhibits. There's plenty for parents to enjoy too. Your family may also enjoy bowling at AMF Lynchburg or Fort Hill Bowling, miniature golf at Putt-Putt Family Entertainment Center or Tiny Town Golf, skating at FunQuest or LaHaye Ice Center, skiing or snowboarding at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, indoor play at Bounce About or Kids Cove or a movie at one of the local theaters.
Explore Lynchburg or Central Virginia's rich history at Lynchburg Museum, Point of Honor, Historic Sandusky, the Legacy Museum of African-American History, Monument Terrace, Old City Cemetery, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Appomattox Court House, the Museum of the Confederacy, the National D-Day Memorial, Patrick Henry's Red Hill or the Anne Spencer Garden. Visit DiscoverLynchburg.org or stop at the Lynchburg Visitor Center to learn more about these and other historic sites.
After a day of family time, plan a family dinner at home. Work together in the kitchen preparing the food. Invite friends or neighbors to join you or enjoy just having the family together around the table. Relax together and share the best part of your day.