Known as a two college town and a furniture shopping destination, Farmville, Virginia is also a charming town to take a family day trip.
An hour drive from Richmond will take you to the longest bridge in the state, several museums, unique restaurants and a quaint downtown square. Virginians hunting for VA LOVEwork signs will happily find a historically-fitting LOVEwork in this historic district.
Families with young children yearning for activities to burn kids’ energy will be pleased with the option of two nearby state parks!
Farmville offers something for every kind of family, including those with athletes-in-training to retirees looking for a new place to walk and enjoy lunch.
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Things to do in Farmville, Virginia
- High Bridge State Park (1446 Camp Paradise Road; Rice, Virginia): is the longest bridge in Virginia, and a Virginia Historic Landmark. The bridge is roughly a mile long with overlooks along the way. Young children will enjoy playing in the sand and water under the bridge. The 31 miles of trails are suitable for walkers, runners, and cyclists.
- Walker’s Diner (307 N Main Street; Farmville, VA): is a family owned restaurant directly across from the LOVEwork sign in downtown Farmville. The diner has outdoor seating only, quick service and delicious meals and treats for after walking the High Bridge.
- Farmville’s LOVEwork (North Main and Depot Street; Farmville, VA): is a one of a kind LOVEwork sign with an image of High Bridge and trains from both the Union and Confederacy. A photo in front of the unique LOVEwork is a perfect souvenir from a Farmville day trip.
- Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (129 N Main Street; Farmville, VA): is a gallery dedicated to helping the community connect art to everyday life. Admission is free, and children receive gift bags filled with art supplies.
- Robert Russa Moton Museum (900 Griffin Blvd. Farmville, VA): is housed in the former Moton High School. Visitors can learn about the courage behind the Moton story, and how instrumental this school and its students were in the educational rights movement of the 1950s.
- Sailor’s Creek State Park (6541 Saylers Creek Rd; Rice, VA): is a site of one of the last events of the Civil War. It offers fishing, boating and walking on the trails.
Richmond residents are lucky to have the historic district of Farmville close by. Farmville boasts activities for adventure seekers, history buffs, and families; offering a memorable day trip for all.
— By Lindsay Garrison
Richmond on the Cheap publisher Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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