Top 10 Things to Do in Charlottesville

August 11, 2022

Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and a great place to live or visit. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is just over a two hour drive from the nation's capital and home to nearly 50,000 residents. It is consistently voted one of the most beautiful places in America and has all the charm of a historic college town with the conveniences and energy of a larger city. In 2022, it was ranked in the top 25 "Best Places to Live" by Livability.

The city has a vibrant cultural scene and features more than 30 wineries and breweries, numerous hiking trails, Monticello and Highland—the homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe—and champion college sports teams. The climate year-round is temperate, and residents enjoy many outdoor activities ranging from cycling and snowboarding to farmer's markets and vineyards.

We asked School of Data Science faculty and staff what were their favorite Charlottesville places and things to do and this is what they suggested.

“I have great memories of rowing in an eight when I was a member of the Rivanna Rowing Club and quiet afternoons spent with my husband kayaking.” — Andrea Kester, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar 
“You can't beat high-quality, inexpensive food in the middle of all the action.” — Alex Kish, Director of Research Administration
downtown mall
“The Charlottesville Downtown Mall for the farmer's market, Fridays After 5, shopping, great restaurants, and breweries.” — Sue Haas, Director of IT
dairy market
“The Dairy Market is one of my favorite places as they offer a variety of culinary delights from decadent Latin flavors to traditional southern food and amazing ice cream. It's also a great spot to congregate with friends.” — Dahlia Hylton, Assistant Dean of Student Life
sugar hollow
“It’s not too strenuous and in the summer you can plop down into the water to cool off.” — Phil Bourne, Stephenson Dean 
club sports
"There's a club sport for everyone, whether through UVA Club Sports or local area leagues. Personally, rugby is the ultimate team sport." — Peter Alonzi, Assistant Professor of Data Science
saunders-monticello trail
“It's a beautiful walking, running, biking trail that is ideal for getting outside in any season. Another plus is the lower half is dog friendly.” — Natalie Kupperman, Assistant Professor of Data Science
virginia film festival
“The Virginia Film Festival is a gem. I'm always surprised and thrilled with the wide range of films, documentaries, and shorts presented each year.” — Emma Candelier, Director of Communications
mint springs
“I like to walk by the water and they're great places to bring the family.” — Siri Russell, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
the lawn
“The Lawn at the University of Virginia is one of my favorite places to visit for many reasons. Many celebratory events and gatherings happen on the Lawn, like Lighting of the Lawn, Trick or Treating, and Commencement.” — Jennifer Kirkham, Manager of Faculty Affairs

What are your favorites?


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