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University of Virginia students' Bucket List provides road map to local, fulfilling Charlottesville travel experiences.
University of Virginia students' Bucket List provides road map to local, fulfilling Charlottesville travel experiences.
Pamela Perkins Donnelly

For your next trip to Charlottesville, try going collegiate with the UVa Bucket List: 113 Things to Do Before We Graduate. Recapture some of that youthful zeal and innocence of your own recent past by tapping back into the collegiate mindset with this "bucket list".

The Bucket List, as it is commonly known at the University of Virginia (UVa), is a list of things to do and experiences to have, specifically designed for the UVa student population.UVa isn’t alone in this tradition; it’s a national phenomenon. Generally, “college bucket lists” include some form of public nudity (streaking) and other slightly criminal and/or socially questionable activities.

However, the UVa Bucket List also proposes perfectly acceptable, inspiring and refining activities. And, because UVa and the city of Charlottesville are so intertwined, this collegiate bucket list is a great first step to planning an itinerary of activities for a trip to Charlottesville.

Granted some of the items on the list may be too collegiate in nature, but the most bucket list items can certainly be informing and inspiring for the details of Charlottesville things to do like a local: what are the must-eat restaurants; which historical tours are best; and which activities, events, places you shouldn't leave town without experiencing. Besides, those collegiate items on the UVa bucket list probably just need a little reworking to be applicable.

With a little creativity, and the help of the Uva Bucket List, your next visit to Charlottesville could not only provide rest and relaxation, but also a very local travel experience, filled with plenty of good, humanizing, youth-ful memories.

UVa Bucket List: collegiate eating
UVa Bucket List: collegiate eating Pamela Perkins Donnelly

UVa Bucket List: collegiate eating

University students take their first step towards independence from their parents when they set out for a college town far from home. These students make that town their own, and often, the students know where the good times--and the good deals—are. The UVa Bucket List suggests just about 30 ways to enjoy eating in Charlottesville. Some foodie pleasures in Charlottesville are obvious (#6 Bodo’s, #15 Christian's Pizza ), and others, like #44 Spudnuts donuts or #34 Trick or Treating on the Lawn are somewhat random, but well-worth the effort.

Here’s how to use the list: Maybe you can’t eat a Pancake for Parkinson’s (#13), but you could attend a community pancake breakfast event. You have to eat anyway, and your money for breakfast will go to a good cause. And when was the last time you stayed out so late, you needed to eat again before you go home to bed (#10); stay young, by acting young! Have a wild night out, with some adult discernment, but you get the picture.

Eating at every restaurant on The Corner (#98), might take several trips to Charlottesville in order to complete, but the variety of foods available won’t disappoint.

The UVa Bucket List items relating to food, beverage or local restaurants follows:

  • #6 Nab the #1 ticket at Bodo’s
  • #10 Experience late night at Little John’s
  • #12 Tailgate a UVa sporting event
  • #13 Eat a Pancake for Parkinson’s
  • #15 Grab a slice at Christians
  • #20 Relive O-hill brunch
  • #21 Visit the Farmers Market downtown
  • #22 Eat dumplings at Marco and Luca’s
  • #28 Get lunch at Bellair Market
  • #32 Eat something greasy at the White Spot
  • #34 Dress up for Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn
  • #39 Pick Apples at Carter’s Mountain
  • #40 Enjoy some Froyo at Arch’s
  • #42 Check out one of Charlottesville’s breweries
  • #44 Have a Charlottesville exclusive: Spudnuts
  • #50 Take advantage of “Half Price Thursdays” at IHOP
  • #63 Eat a picnic on the Lawn
  • #64 Compete in Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom
  • #69 Grab some BBQ in Belmont
  • #75 Get Artsy at the Fine Arts Café
  • #80 Sing your heart out at Baha Bean Karaoke
  • #94 Go Wine Tasting
  • #98 Try every restaurant on the corner
  • #100 Watch a UVA away game at a local establishment
  • #104 Go to Breakfast at Pigeon Hole
  • #105 Eat at Crozet Pizza
Back to school UVa Bucket List: history lesson
Back to school UVa Bucket List: history lesson Pamela Perkins Donnelly

Back to school UVa Bucket List: history lesson

There are some great tips on the UVa Bucket List for learning about the history of UVa and Charlottesville, as well as things to do around the area. If you visit Monticello, you can wave in the general direction of the Rotunda on the Lawn (#37), something you might still just make out off in the distance, 200-plus years ago. Or, check out the Special Collections at UVa and see the Declaration of Indepenence (#41).

Taking a historical tour of UVa (#26) is a perfect tourist option in Charlottesville. Walk the Grounds at UVa to discover Edgar Allen Poe’s room (#62) or even catch a sunrise on the Lawn (#97), all the while noting the historic architecture and continued growth at UVa (#23).

Get out of town, with an early morning drive to Humpback Rock for sunrise (#33) and then head further into the mountains on Skyline Drive (#93).

The UVa Bucket List items of historical significance follows below:

  • #23 Revisit your First-Year dorm, or where it used to stand
  • #26 Take a historical tour of UVa
  • #33 Watch the sunrise from Humpback Rock
  • #37 Visit Monticello and wave to the Rotunda
  • #41 Check out the Declaration of Independence in Special Collections
  • #48 See the Lighting of the Lawn
  • #52 Visit Carr’s Hill
  • #53 Tell a secret at the Whispering Wall
  • #54 Ride the Trolley
  • #62 Check out Edgar Allen Poe’s room
  • #72 Sled anywhere on Grounds
  • #73 Witness the Purple Shadows on Jefferson’s Birthday
  • #79 Take a picture with Thomas Jefferson
  • #93 Drive up skyline drive
  • #95 Appreciate a horse at Foxfield
  • #97 See the sunrise on the Lawn
  • #110 Visit a Pavilion resident
Add a UVa Bucket List experience to your next Charlottesville visit
Add a UVa Bucket List experience to your next Charlottesville visit Pamela Perkins Donnelly

Add a UVa Bucket List experience to your next Charlottesville visit

Bucket List experiences in Charlottesville or at UVa are definitely trip-agenda worthy. Performances at UVa, or any college town you might be visiting for that matter, are an inexpensive way to plan nightly entertainment (#5, #29, #66). Charlottesville area performances include concerts (#31, #43, #103, #108), movies at Newcomb Hall (#59), sporting events (#70, #71, #83) and outdoor activities like tubing the James River out of Scottsville (#18).

Several music performance arenas are available to the Charlottesville visitor, such as The Jefferson Theater, The Southern, Fridays After Five, The nTelos Wireless Pavilion concert series, the John Paul Jones Arena concert series, among others. This list doesn't include performances at the Paramount Theater or the John Paul Jones Arena. Certainly every trip to Charlottesville should attempt to include one evening of live performance?

The students know The Virginia Film Festival (#57) is another great annual event for which to save the date in advance. Check out the other monthly events Charlottesville hosts.

While a tourist probably wouldn’t run the UVa student 5K (#81), they could plan a trip to coincide with Charlottesville 10 Miler held every spring. And you don’t have to be a student to appreciate the wisdom of the UVa Bucket List item #25; just say “thank you” to a member of the travel industry that helped ease your travel days, instead of saying “thank you” to a University Employee. Or if you take the historical tour of UVa (#26), you could just thank your guide.

The UVa Bucket List items relating to the best experiences and flavors of Charlottesville follows:

  • #1 Sing the Good Ole Song
  • #2 Attend Rotunda Sing
  • #5 Watch the antics of hypnotist tom Deluca
  • #18 Tube down the James
  • #25 Say “Thank you” to a University Employee
  • #29 Watch an improve show
  • #30 Ride the UTS Bus
  • #31 See a concert at the Jefferson or the nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • #43 Go to Friday’s after Five
  • #45 Attend a themed party or date function
  • #49 Go on a real date
  • #51 Rent a DVD from the Robertson Media Center
  • #56 Study in the McGregor Room
  • #57 Go the Virginia Film Festival
  • #58 Ice Skate Downtown
  • #59 Watch a movie at the renovated Newcomb Theater
  • #60 Stargaze at the Open Observatory Night on O-Hill
  • #66 Experience a performance in Old Cabell Hall
  • #70 Attend a non-basketball event at John Paul Jones Arena
  • #71 Cheer for Lacrosse or Soccer Team at Klockner-Stadium
  • #74 Check out a book from the library
  • #76 Get spooked at Brown College hauntings
  • #77 Attend a Professor’s Office Hours
  • #81 Run the 4th Year 5K
  • #82 Attend a student theater production
  • #84 Study in the Dome Room of the Rotunda
  • #86 Go on a random road trip
  • #89 Hang out at a Final Friday Reception at the UVa Art Museum
  • #91 Plan a dorm reunion
  • #103 Go to the Step Show
  • #108 Go to Miller’s Jazz
  • #109 Frisbee at Cornerstone
UVa Bucket List: community consciousness
UVa Bucket List: community consciousness Pamela Perkins Donnelly

UVa Bucket List: community consciousness

UVa is known widely for its strict honor code, so it’s not surprising to find community consciousness items featured on the UVa Bucket List. Besides general volunteering (#11), there’s marketing your favorite cause (#14) and donating blood (#16).

Attending a philanthropic event (#78) and shaving your head to support cancer (#106) are even more radical; perhaps a tamer version for the slightly older, mature, non-collegiate would be to attend any one of Charlottesville’s annual events that function as fundraisers for local charities?

That takes the seed of collegiate inspiration to the next mature level. The Charlottesville Men Who Cook annual event is very mature, combining silent auctions, food, and dancing for an evening of merriment to benefit the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA).

Need another idea translated from the collegiate bucket list? Pull an all-nighter (#61); but don’t do it studying in the library. Do it dancing in the club, or partying at the bar.

The UVa Bucket List items relating to community consciousness follows:

  • #11 Volunteer in the Charlottesville community
  • #14 Chalk for your favorite CIO (Contracted Independent Organization, or student club)
  • #16 Donate blood or support a friend’s donation
  • #27 Befriend a First Year
  • #61 Pull an all-nighter at Clemons
  • #65 Hang out with a professor outside the classroom
  • #78 Participate in a sorority or fraternity philanthropy event
  • #106 Support someone who does St. Baldrick’s
  • #107 Plant in the UVa Community Garden
Collegeiate UVa Bucket List items
Collegeiate UVa Bucket List items Pamela Perkins Donnelly

Collegeiate UVa Bucket List items

The very specific collegiate items on the UVa Bucket List, approximately 30 items, may not actually apply to planning a trip to Charlottesville, but these items are still interesting. And with some out-of-the-box thinking, applications to adult travel might be found.

For example, how many places is it a fairly normal occurrence to see streaking in public? And besides a nudist camp, where else can you walk around in your birthday suit? Apparently streaking students is a fairly common occurrence on the Lawn at UVa; why not streaking tourists? (When in Rome, try #7?)

And while you would not play in Madbowl (# 83), who says you can’t relive your youth vicariously by watching activities in the Madbowl field for a piece of time. Item #20 suggests reliving an O-Hill brunch. O-Hill is a UVa cafeteria and you know what brunch is already; so this item could be the inspiration to plan a lazy brunch as an itinerary item on your next trip. Sounds totally relaxing.

So you cannot actually paint Beta Bridge (#8), you could walk over it and check out what’s been painted on it, right? And you could ride the Wahooptie (#19), a taxi service of Charlottesville with bright colors.

Where there's a will, there is a way. The UVa Bucket List items that are very collegiate in nature follows below:

  • #3 High-five Dean Groves
  • #4 Make a Class Gift
  • #7 Streak the Lawn
  • #8 Paint Beta Bridge
  • #9 Attend a Class of [20XX] Trustees Event
  • #17 Dress up “Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls”
  • #19 Ride the Wahopptie
  • #20 Relive O-hill brunch
  • #24 Order food to Clemons
  • #35 Enjoy a perk from being an Alumni Association Student Member
  • #36 Hug Ms. Kathy in Newcomb
  • #38 Attend a class you are not enrolled in
  • #46 Complete the Dining Hall Marathon: 3 dining halls, 1 day
  • #47 Volunteer at Madison House
  • #55 Attend an AFC drop-in class
  • #67 Plan an IM sport
  • #68 Take Back the Night
  • #77 Attend a Professor’s Office Hours
  • #83 Play in Madbowl
  • #85 Vote in the UVA Student Elections
  • #87 Use the 21 Box on the Lawn
  • #88 Participate in a Sustained Dialogue Event
  • #90 Have a movie night in the Chem Building
  • #92 Sport some 2013 gear
  • #96 Check out a CIO or CIO event that you are not involved in
  • #99 Go to all the gyms on Grounds
  • #101 Wear a cap and gown to final exam
  • #111 Attend a Homecoming event
  • #112 Go to Valedictory Exercises
  • #113 Wear the Honors of Honors
113 Things to do before you graduate: the UVA Bucket List
113 Things to do before you graduate: the UVA Bucket List Pamela Perkins Donnelly

113 Things to do before you graduate: the UVA Bucket List

The full UVA Bucket List: 113 Things to Do Before We Graduate is listed below, for your next-trip-planning-inspiration. The next time you visit Charlottesville, use the UVA Bucket List to reinvigorate your travel plans and agendas with the youth and enthusiasm of collegiate spirit.

Check out the UVA website for more ideas; below is the entire UVa Bucket List.

  • #1 Sing the Good Ole Song
  • #2 Attend Rotunda Sing
  • #3 High-five Dean Groves
  • #4 Make a Class Gift
  • #5 Watch the antics of hypnotist tom Deluca
  • #6 Nab the #1 ticket at Bodo’s
  • #7 Streak the Lawn
  • #8 Paint Beta Bridge
  • #9 Attend a Class of [20XX] Trustees Event
  • #10 Experience late night at Little John’s
  • #11 Volunteer in the Charlottesville community
  • #12 Tailgate a UVa sporting event
  • #13 Eat a Pancake for Parkinson’s
  • #14 Chalk for your favorite CIO (Contracted Independent Organization, or student club)
  • #15 Grab a slice at Christian's
  • #16 Donate blood or support a friend’s donation
  • #17 Dress up “Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls”
  • #18 Tube down the James
  • #19 Ride the Wahopptie
  • #20 Relive O-hill brunch
  • #21 Visit the Farmers Market downtown
  • #22 Eat dumplings at Marco and Luca’s
  • #23 Revisit Your First-Year dorm, or where it used to stand
  • #24 Order food to Clemons
  • #25 Say “Thank you” to a University employee
  • #26 Take a historical tour of UVA
  • #27 Befriend a First Year
  • #28 Get lunch at Bellair Market
  • #29 Watch an improve show
  • #30 Ride the UTS Bus
  • #31 See a concert at the Jefferson or the nTelos Wireless Pavilion
  • #32 Eat something greasy at the White Spot
  • #33 Watch the sunrise from Humpback Rock
  • #34 Dress up for Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn
  • #35 Enjoy a perk from being an Alumni Association Student Member
  • #36 Hug Ms. Kathy in Newcomb
  • #37 Visit Monticello and wave to the Rotunda
  • #38 Attend a class you are not enrolled in
  • #39 Pick Apples at Carter’s Mountain
  • #40 Enjoy some Froyo at Arch’s
  • #41 Check out the Declaration of Independence in Special Collections
  • #42 Check out one of Charlottesville’s Breweries
  • #43 Go to Friday’s After Five
  • #44 Have a Charlottesville exclusive: Spudnuts
  • #45 Attend a themed party or date function
  • #46 Complete the Dining Hall Marathon: 3 dining halls, 1 day
  • #47 Volunteer at Madison House
  • #48 See the Lighting of the Lawn
  • #49 Go on a real date
  • #50 Take advantage of “Half Price Thursdays” at IHOP
  • #51 Rent a DVD from the Robertson Media Center
  • #52 Visit Carr’s Hill
  • #53 Tell a secret at the Whispering Wall
  • #54 Ride the Trolley
  • #55 Attend and AFC drop-in class
  • #56 Study in the McGregor Room
  • #57 Go the Virginia Film Festival
  • #58 Ice Skate Downtown
  • #59 Watch a movie at the renovated Newcomb Theater
  • #60 Stargaze at the Open Observatory Night on O-Hill
  • #61 Pull an all-nighter at Clemons
  • #62 Check out Edgar Allen Poe’s room
  • #63 Eat a picnic on the Lawn
  • #64 Compete in Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom
  • #65 Hang out with a professor outside the classroom
  • #66 Experience a performance in Old Cabell Hall
  • #67 Plan an IM sport
  • #68 Take Back the Night (women’s safety)
  • #69 Grab some BBQ in Belmont
  • #70 Attend a non-basketball event at John Paul Jones Arena
  • #71 Cheer for Lacrosse or Soccer Team at Klockner-Stadium
  • #72 Sled anywhere on Grounds
  • #73 Witness the Purple Shadows on Jefferson’s Birthday
  • #74 Check out a book from the library
  • #75 Get Artsy at the Fine Arts Café
  • #76 Get spooked at Brown College hauntings
  • #77 Attend a Professor’s Office Hours
  • #78 Participate in a sorority or fraternity philanthropy event
  • #79 Take a picture with Thomas Jefferson
  • #80 Sing your heart out at Baja Bean Karaoke
  • #81 Run the 4th Year 5K
  • #82 Attend a student theater production
  • #83 Play in Madbowl
  • #84 Study in the Dome Room of the Rotunda
  • #85 Vote in the UVA Student Elections
  • #86 Go on a random road trip
  • #87 Use the 21 Box on the Lawn
  • #88 Participate in a Sustained Dialogue Event
  • #89 Hang out at a Final Friday Reception at the UVa Art Museum
  • #90 Have a movie night in the Chem Building
  • #91 Plan a dorm reunion
  • #92 Sport some 2013 gear
  • #93 Drive up Skyline Drive
  • #94 Go wine tasting
  • #95 Appreciate a horse at Foxfield
  • #96 Check out a CIO or CIO event that you are not involved in
  • #97 See the sunrise on the Lawn
  • #98 Try every restaurant on the corner
  • #99 Go to all the gyms on Grounds
  • #100 Watch a UVA away game at a local establishment
  • #101 Wear a cap and gown to final exam
  • #102 Take a cooking class at the International Center
  • #103 Go to the Step Show
  • #104 Go to Breakfast at Pigeon Hole
  • #105 Eat at Crozet Pizza
  • #106 Support someone who does St. Baldrick’s
  • #107 Plant in the UVa Community Garden
  • #108 Go to Miller’s Jazz
  • #109 Frisbee at Cornerstone
  • #110 Visit a Pavilion resident
  • #111 Attend a Homecoming event
  • #112 Go to Valedictory Exercises
  • #113 Wear the Honors of Honors