Fredericksburg Travel Guide

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Fredericksburg Local History

Fredericksburg's strategical location at the falls of the Rappahannock River, is partly the reason why it's had such a long and interesting history. The fall line was the colony's first frontier. Fredericksburg became an official inland port in 1728 and through the tobacco trade, became a prosperous town. The town contributed a great deal to the Revolutionary War. Munitions were manufactured here, five generals left their families here to fight and conciderable fortunes were committed to the fight.

In 1777, Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Fredericksburg came under heavy attack for three years from 1862 to 1864, when the armies of the blue and the gray clashed during the Civil War. Today Fredericksburg's downtown historic district is marked with Colonial structures and reminders of the people who lived and worked here.

Fredericksburg Attractions

Fredericksburg Shopping

You'll find many fine shopping opportunities in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford areas, from outlet centers and shopping malls to a variety of eclectic stores. Try to visit as many as you can.

The historic streets of Old Town Fredericksburg is lined with boutiques, restaurants, galleries and over 30 antique shops. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center for a complimentary antique shopping guide, complete with map.

You are guaranteed to find what you're looking for, whether you are shopping for souvenirs for family and friends, or for that special something for yourself.

Fredericksburg Activities

Central Park Funland - 1351 Central Park Blvd, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 785 6700. This Park offers fun and entertainment for the whole family. Both indoor and outdoor activities are available. Indoor activities include things like Laser Tag, Fun Maze, Rock Climb, Video Arcade, Airplane and Roller Coaster Simulators and much, much more. You and your family will be entertained for hours. Open Monday to Thursday,10 am to 11 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am to 1am, Sunday 11am to 11 pm.

Slapshotz Indoor Recreation - 12220 Five Mile Road, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 785 4625. Fredericksburg's indoor sports complex provide enetratinment for all ages and abilities. You can skate to music provided by a live DJ or play skating games. There are also video games and a snack bar on the premises. In-line skates can be rented for $3.00. For an alternative way of getting rid of that extra energy, you can exercise at the Open Gym, open on Sundays from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. It will cost you $6.00 per visit. Flip from the tumble trak into the foam pit or take a ride in a "donut." Kid's Programs and "Open Skate" takes place on Friday nights from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The price of admission is $6.00.

Fredericksburg Historic Cycling Tour - 706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 373 1776. Take a cycling tour with the kids and discover Fredericksburg. The tour will take you through three centuries of American history and some of the most handsome and historic spots in the city. En route you will see some of Fredericksburg's oldest homes and its beautiful vistas. You can choose between a tour of either three miles, nine or twenty miles. Pick up a brochure at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.

Fredericksburg Parks & Gardens

Kenmore - 1201 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 373 3381. Kenmore was built by Fielding Lewis for his wife Betty, George Washinton's only sister. This is one of the most elegant Colonial mansions in America and it lies in the heart of historic Fredericksburg. In 1929, the gardens of Kenmore were restored by the Garden Club of Virginia.

They redesigned and replanted the gardens because none of the original plans were found. They also added a Wilderness Walk in the southwest corner of the property. Open January to February, Saturdays only, 11 am to 5 pm. From March to December, open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission, Adults $6; students age 6 to 18, $3.

Old Town Fredericksburg Garden Walking Tour - 706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 373 1776. Collect a brochure at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center for a self-guided walking tour of twelve public and private gardens in Old Town Fredericksburg.

First Saturdays In The Garden - Stafford County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extensions Tel (540) 899 4020. This monthly event features gardens and plants in the Fredericksburg area. The program was organised to provide a spotlight for some of the many wonderful garden attractions in the Fredericksburg area such as Kenmore, Ferry Farm, Mary Washington House, Chatham, Belmont, James Monroe Museum and Downtown Greens. Phone for more information.

Fredericksburg Restaurants and Bars

Fredericksburg Restaurants

Colonial Tavern - 406 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 373 1313. At the Colonial Tavern, you will be welcomed by staff dressed in colonial, period costumes. The restaurant features authentic Irish cuisine, from traditional Shepherds Pie and Fish & Chips to Lamb Cutlets and Gaelic Steak.

While you enjoy your meal meal, you will be entertained by the staff performing a show of colonial live music. Other live entertainment is also available seven nights a week. The traditional Irish Pub, situated next to the Tavern, serves a variety of peel and eat shrimp, Celtic nachos, wings and beer battered mushrooms. Open Monday to Sunday from noon to 2 am.

Augustine's at Fredericksburg Square - 525 Caroline Street Located in Fredericksburg Square, Fredericksburg tel (540) 310 0063. This restaurant is recommended for a fine and stylish dining experience. The restaurant specialises in exceptional dishes prepared from only the finest of ingredients available to the chefs.

You will have a choice of over 130 wines from more than 12 countries. You will be served by exceptionally well trained waiters and white glove service is the rule in the restaurant. Food is served on gold charger plates and tables settings are full European. Soothing music and candlelight throughout the dining area, create a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Fredericksburg children's activities

Central Park Funland - 1351 Central Park Blvd, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 785 6700. This Park offers fun and entertainment for the whole family. Both indoor and outdoor activities are available. Indoor activities include things like Laser Tag, Fun Maze, Rock Climb, Video Arcade, Airplane and Roller Coaster Simulators and much, much more. You and your family will be entertained for hours. Open Monday to Thursday,10 am to 11 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am to 1am, Sunday 11am to 11 pm.

Slapshotz Indoor Recreation - 12220 Five Mile Road, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 785 4625. Fredericksburg's indoor sports complex provide enetratinment for all ages and abilities. You can skate to music provided by a live DJ or play skating games. There are also video games and a snack bar on the premises. In-line skates can be rented for $3.00. For an alternative way of getting rid of that extra energy, you can exercise at the Open Gym, open on Sundays from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. It will cost you $6.00 per visit. Flip from the tumble trak into the foam pit or take a ride in a "donut." Kid's Programs and "Open Skate" takes place on Friday nights from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The price of admission is $6.00.

Fredericksburg Historic Cycling Tour - 706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg Tel (540) 373 1776. Take a cycling tour with the kids and discover Fredericksburg. The tour will take you through three centuries of American history and some of the most handsome and historic spots in the city. En route you will see some of Fredericksburg's oldest homes and its beautiful vistas. You can choose between a tour of either three miles, nine or twenty miles. Pick up a brochure at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.

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