Visit Harrisonburg!

Nestled in the heart of the serene and breathtaking Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg offers visitors a rich historical and cultural experience, a plethora of ethnic dining options, and an abundance of outdoor activities. It’s here you can relax with your activity of choice, whether it be sipping on locally-made beer and wine, digging into farm-fresh dishes, scooping up tickets to see the area’s performing artists, or renting a bike to tour the city’s picturesque landscape and acclaimed trails all during your trip to Harrisonburg.

Harrisonburg is also known for its vibrant downtown; the first designated Arts & Cultural District and the first Culinary District in Virginia. This 10-block walk is rich in Civil War History, iconic 19th century architecture, bike-friendly streets, family-friendly museums, innovative foodie spots, and trendy locally-owned shops. It also lures visitors and residents alike with buzz-worthy festivals and events, including a summer film and music series, weekly live music performances, biannual Taste of Downtown week, and numerous beer, wine and music festivals.

Begin your adventure at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, where you can chat with a hospitable travel expert and learn more about the city's many amenities. With a variety of lodging options that warmly welcome travelers, Harrisonburg is ready to welcome you during your stay. While you're here, our rich supply of recreational activities, local and ethnic dining, boutique shopping, Civil War history and family fun will allow you to see why "It's Better in the Burg."

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Pick Your Own Strawberries! - Chiles Peach Orchard
Crozet, Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5
We've got a big crop - come on out!
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Extreme Deep Opening - Mariners' Museum
Newport News, May 16
Bring the ocean ­floor to the surface and use hands-on technology to explore life at the bottom of the sea! Fly a remotely-operated vehicle over a model of the Titanic’s deck. Control a robotic arm by picking up lava rocks and clams from the sea ­floor while peering through a recreation of Alvin’s four-inch view-port window. Extreme Deep introduces visitors to biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration and the critical role that technology plays in understanding our world and its future. 
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Eye in the Sky Game - Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center
Chantilly, May 16, 23, and 30
Smithsonianithsonian TechQuest, a new, alternate reality game at the Udvar-Hazy Center, will test your powers of observation, your problem-solving skills, and your decision-making abilities as you take on the role of intelligence analyst.  The game will engage you through hands-on activities and secret codes that lead to an ultimate conclusion.  It is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.
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Science Museum of Virginia Camp In
Richmond, May 29-30, 6pm-9am
Camp In guests will be seeing stars in this astronomy-themed sleepover! Create constellations, partake in a flashlight scavenger hunt, learn their galactic address and journey into the Dome to learn the Secrets of the Sun and experience our Violent Universe.
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