As we sit in the gazebo at Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast, we’re contemplating a fun summer for our guests. From wild animals and hiking trails to summer concerts and festivals. Here are six fun things to do around Lexington VA this summer.
- Safari – For a wild time, go on safari! The Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridges provides rides through 180 acres of open space. Unlike a zoo, the animals roam free. See bull elk, buffalo, kangaroo, tigers and more. And if you don’t see the llama, they will come to see you. Llamas and several other animals might stick their head into your car window seeking friendly pats and tasty treats. For additional close-up animal encounters, walk around the village and visit the petting zoo.
- Concerts – Summer concerts always hype up the energy and there are multiple venues near Brierley Hill, such as Lime Kiln Theater and Boxerwood Garden’s summer series. Take your lawn chair and blanket for Music in the Garden Picnic Concerts on various Fridays May through August. These fun summer evening events are free.
- Gardens – Boxerwood Gardens offers an opportunity for an all-day experience. As an environmental education center, a community cultural resource, and a place for all nature lovers, you will enjoy stopping in for their programs and to walk among the 400 types of trees and shrubs, through the wetlands, and by the pond. You will also discover spectacular pieces of art.
- Hiking – Explore the woods, the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Natural Bridges State Park, and more. Hikers love Virginia and Brierley Hill is a great stepping off point.
- Festivals – The Balloons over Rockbridge Festival on July 5 and 6 is an awesome sight to behold from the ground. Or take a piloted hot air balloon ride for a bird’s eye view of the world. Held at the Virginia Horse Center Oak Hill Property, you’ll find fun activities, foods, music, and vendors. This event is free to attend but also raises money for local organizations and charities. Fireworks will be on display at the Horse Center the evening before, on Independence Day. Another great festival taking place on July 3) is the Freedom Food Festival. Expect live music, vendors, and an abundance of beer and wine for sale.
- Spirits – In addition to the Freedom Food Festival, wine tastings at Washington Street Purveyors and Haywood’s are scheduled throughout the summer. Explore the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail for area tours of beer and cider makers. Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Great Valley Farm Brewery are big on growlers. Devils Backbone is also hosting a four-course Summer Solstice Beer Dinner on June 21. In September, the Rockbridge Wine and Beer Festival will be held at Lime Kilm Theater.
Needless to say, there is plenty to do around Lexington Virginia this summer. After a day of fun in the sun, we hope you join us on the veranda for some much-need rest and relaxation.