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Enjoy summer fun in Central Virginia

Whether your family enjoys outdoor fun or spending time together indoors, there's plenty of family-friendly activities in Central Virginia
Whether your family enjoys outdoor fun or spending time together indoors, there's plenty of family-friendly activities in Central Virginia
Sandy Wallace

Summertime means fun in Central Virginia. Whether your family enjoys outdoor fun or indoor activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer.

The Sprayground at Riverside Park is open daily from 11-7 for free water fun
Sandy Wallace

At the Lynchburg Macaroni Kid website, you'll find a calendar of family-friendly local events. Sign up to receive a free weekly email update, filled with fun for all ages.

In Lynchburg, two favorite places to enjoy a summer day are the Sprayground water park at Riverside Park and the water fountain at Riverfront Park.

Sprayground is a ground-level water park which features water jets, buckets, spraying fish and lots of fun. Sprayground is open to the public daily from May through the end of September and it's all free.

The water fountain at Riverfront Park, also open seasonally, is perfect for younger kids. Like Sprayground, the free water fountain is ground level so all kids can enjoy the fun. There's no overhead water features so the little kids may like this park better.

Kids Cove is a great place for free indoor fun with kids. Located in Thomas Road Baptist Church on Candlers Mountain Road, there are climbing and play areas for kids up to age 10, including a special toddler area.

Spend the day at Splash Valley Water Park. Splash Valley, located at 7415 Wood Haven Road in Roanoke, features two 34-foot high enclosed water slides, a ground-level entry pool, a current river, a water playground for the kids with fountains, buckets, spraying jets and slides and a concession stand.

Splash Valley Water Park is open seasonally to the public and offers a discount for Roanoke County residents. Each Wednesday, Splash Valley features $6 admission for all ages, regardless of where you live.

Take a hike in the woods or on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is 2,180 miles long, stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia north to Katahdin, Maine.

About a quarter of the Appalachian Trail is located in Virginia, including 226 miles in Central Virginia between the southern end of the Shenandoah National Park and Pearisburg.

Spend a day of fun at the park. Riverside Park offers a fun train-themed playground beside the Sprayground, basketball and tennis courts and hiking trails. At Peaks View Park, enjoy riding mountain bikes or playing disc golf. Ivy Creek Park offers nature trails, a fishing lake and canoe and kayak rentals on the weekend during summer.

Enjoy the outdoors at the Peaks of Otter, located at MP 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Bedford. Enjoy an easy hike around Abbott Lake, hike to the top of Sharp Top Mountain, visit Johnson Farm or take other hikes around the area. Bring a picnic lunch to make a day of fun.

Have fun together playing mini-golf at Putt-Putt Fun Center or Tiny Town Golf, both located on Timberlake Road. Your kids will enjoy trying to make a hole in one while learning to play.

Head downtown to Amazement Square, located at 27 Ninth Street. Amazement Square is a hand-on children's museum with lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. Normal hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Ride bikes together on the Blackwater Creek Bikeway. Bike riding is a great family activity that you can feel good about. You can enter the bikeway from the Langhorne Road Ed Page entrance and ride for miles across the connecting trails down to Percival's Island or to the Hollins Mill Tunnel.

Enjoy a day of snow fun in the summer at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. Snowflex is located above Liberty University on Candlers Mountain Road.

Snowflex features a synthetic material that can be used all year long for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. You will enjoy great family fun at Snowflex.

Go out for ice cream or shaved ice. Lynchburg has plenty of places to enjoy a sweet summer treat, including Mister Goodies on Timberlake Road, various locations of Sweet Frog, Dairy Queen and Bloop.

Enjoy summer days making family memories together. All too soon, the school bells will be ringing in Central Virginia. Whether you prefer outdoor fun or time spent indoors, summertime is for families.

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