Attractions with character. Whether your entertainment preferences range from tame to extreme, Harrisonburg has attractions to get your heart pumping, your mind expanding or to let you simply meander and relax. In addition to the many excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, scenic touring, museums, events, festivals, and trails and guided tours, Harrisonburg serves up an infectious sense of place and lots of friendly comradery with each and every adventure. And that you won’t find just anywhere.
Lots to do. Lots of character and warmth.
Come feel why Exploring is Better in the ‘Burg.
Farms & Gardens | Artisan Centers | Historic | Local Spirits | Museums | Performing Arts | Planetarium | Playgrounds
Back Home on the Farm Adventures
2915 Willow Run Rd. Harrisonburg, VA 22802 | 540-442-6493
Butterflies to barnyard fun, this is a relaxing, fun filled environment where we host a variety of events throughout the season. Visit the Virginia Carousel, and farm fun activities like hayrides, outdoor picnics and concerts.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 | 540-568-3194
Walk winding woodland trails landscaped with native plants and botanical gardens. Stroll through the gardens, attend an event or just spread a blanket on the lawn and relax.
Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market
228 S. Liberty St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | Turner Pavilion, in the City Municipal Parking lot
The Harrisonburg Farmers Market is proud to be a source of fresh local foods and high quality local handcrafts. We are a producer only market, offering only the freshest and best locally grown and produced items.
Mt. Crawford Creamery
795 Old Bridgewater Road Mt. Crawford, VA 22841 | 540-828-3590
A small family owned and operated dairy farm. Everything processed and bottled comes off their own farm; the milk never leaves the farm from cow to bottle. You can also purchase milk, butter, cream and more at te on-farm store.
White Oak Lavender Farm
2644 Cross Keys Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (GPS) | 540-421-6345
A small family owned farm only a few miles from Harrisonburg. We grow our own lavender plants and will have a “U-Pick” in the summer and special events throughout the year. Buy lavender; enjoy our homemade lavender lemonade, and lavender products.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft
103 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-442-8188
The district’s only cooperatively-owned arts gallery that has served the community seven days a week over a decade. OASIS features original works from about 45 artists using all different types of media. A must see!
Spitzer Art Center
486 West Market Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-433-2199
We provide art for the community by bringing workshops and speakers from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to our area, presenting workshops and events and providing classes to children and adults, taught by members with diverse artistic backgrounds.
You Made It Pottery
1019 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-4500
Design your own pottery and fused glass studio in Harrisonburg.
212 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-8935
The Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center is a multi-use facility. Inside on the first floor you will find Visitor Services, Rocktown Gift Shoppe, The Valley Turnpike Museum, The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center and Heritage Bakey & Cafe.
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Civil War Orientation Center
212 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-8935
Located in the historic Hardesty-Higgins House, the center opened in fall of 2009 making it easier for visitors to explore the Civil War sites throughout the area, including Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and parts of southern Page and northern Augusta counties.
Lucy Simms Center
620 Simms Avenue Harrisonburg, VA 22802 | 540-437-9213
The center hosts the permanent exhibition that celebrates the life of pioneering African-American educator, Lucy F. Simms, and the school named in her honor. The Lucy F. Simms School was built soon after her death and served African-American students from all over Rockingham County and beyond between 1938 and 1965. This exhibit at the center, spanning 150 years of history, tells the story of the school in terms of its place at the heart of local community life.
Rockingham County Courthouse & Springhouse on Court Square
Court Square, Harrisonburg VA
The courthouse grounds were used as a prison pen following the first battle of Winchester in 1862. Soldiers and townsfolk quenched their thirst at the springhouse in the southwestern corner.
Turner Ashby Monument
1164 Turner Ashby Ln. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Gen. Turner Ashby, in command of Jackson’s cavalry, was mortally wounded at this site now marked with a monument and a small park. His death, June 6, 1862, immediately preceded the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic.
Located off E. Market Street. This historic cemetery was founded in 1850 by community leaders as a non-denominational, non-profit community cemetery. Among the points of interest are the graves of Joseph White Latimer, Boy Major (VMI) in the Civil War; Confederate General John Robert Jones (Harrisonburg’s only Civil War general); a large square plot of 270 Confederate soldiers’ graves; “Little Arlington” of WWII veterans; family and community mausoleums.
Brothers Craft Brewing
800 North Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-421-6599
Enjoy a variety of locally-brewed beers at Brothers Craft Brewing, a popular brewery located inside a renovated Coca-Cola bottling plant that is dedicated to producing quality and unique craft beer utilizing the support of the local community.
Pale Fire Brewing Company
217 S Liberty St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-217-5452
Enjoy a variety of locally-brewed beers, enjoy the patio, and tasting room located at the Ice House. “Salad Days” American Saison won Pale Fire the Bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
241 East Market St. Harrisonburg, VA | 540-217-5939
This Harrisonburg facility has a 4 barrel brewing system, where they are testing out new recipes by brewing small batches of unique beers. Every Friday the brewery releases a new beer brewed in the ‘burg by their resident brewer Mary Morgan.
Wolfe Street Brewing
120 W Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA | 540-217-0366
Aiming to provide Harrisonburg a laid back unpretentious environment to enjoy beer of all types and styles.
Old Hill Cider at Showalters Orchard and Greenhouse
17768 Honeyville Rd. Timberville, VA 22853 | 540-896-9795
The Old Hill cidery is an addition to Showalter’s Orchard in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where Shannon and Sarah’s family has been growing apples on their Old Hill for more than 40 years. Tastings Wednesday-Saturday 10-5 or by appointment.
4828 Spring Creek Rd. Bridgewater, VA 22812 | 540-828-0099
Bluestone Vineyard is a local winery and vineyard producing wines from the grapes of the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia. Offering a tasting room, sales, and incredible views. As you sip locally produced wines, nothing comes between you and the majestic mountains of the Shenandoah Valley.
Brix & Columns Vineyard
1501 Dave Berry Road McGaheysville, VA | 540-421-0339
Brix & Columns Vineyards is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, just 20 minutes from Harrisonburg and 10 minutes from Massanutten Village. We invite you to enjoy our wines and panoramic views of Blue Ridge Mountains.
6011 East Timber Ridge Rd. Mt. Crawford, VA 22841 | 540-234-0505
CrossKeys Vineyards welcomes visitors to discover, taste and experience the good life. Situated in the heart of the Valley, minutes from Massanutten Resort and downtown Harrisonburg, enjoy panoramic views of vineyards and the mountains with courtyard and front terrace seating.
5887 Cross Keys Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841 | 540-578-0059
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Marceline Vineyards is anchored by a beautiful log barn surrounded by patios, gardens, and a hill of wine grapevines. Our wines will be beautifully paired with hand crafted, natural treats that will compliment the variety of flavors we have to offer. We are committed to creating the best wines possible for our customers. We are currently crafting six astounding wines that we will be offering.
The Purple WOLF Vineyard
While visiting White Oak Lavender Farm, you are welcome to walk one of the vineyards and taste our delicious wines available for sampling. Current wine list includes: Traminette; Riesling (We have a limited supply of Sparkling, too!); Viognier; Chambourcin; and Cabernet Franc, We also have a warm Lavender Mulled Wine by the glass on Wine Down Wednesdays and weekends!
Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg Children’s Museum
150 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-442-8900
Experience the Explore More Discovery Museum and the new exhibits of Harrisonburg’s community-inspired museum designed to engage young minds through interactive, multi-sensory learning experiences that promote greater understanding of themselves and their world.
Larry W. Shifflett Fire Museum
3rd Floor, Public Safety Building 101 N. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-7703
The Fire Museum is an in-depth look at one of the city’s most exciting departments- the Harrisonburg Fire Department. In addition to old fire memorabilia such as uniforms, medals, an old fire alarm, photographs and equipment, the museum provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of our nation’s heroes.
Hugo Kohl’s Museum of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing Company
217 South Liberty St., Ste. 103 Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-564-2755
Hugo Kohl’s vision was to design a museum that will give visitors a visual, audible and sensory experience of jewelry manufacturing. An elevated floor plan allows people to browse the retail store while watching artisans create in the workshop below. Sign up for a guided tour here or explore the self guided tour at your own pace.
Valley Turnpike Museum
212 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-432-8935
Relive the history of settlement in the Shenandoah Valley by visiting the Valley Turnpike Museum. The museum explores the history of the road known by many names, now known as US Route 11. Along this historic route, many small towns grew and prospered.
Virginia Quilt Museum
301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-433-3818
The Virginia Quilt Museum is a galleried art museum as well as a resource center for the study of quilts as pieces of art and cultural artifacts. As the Official Quilt Museum for the state of Virginia, the museum offers opportunities to view rotating exhibits of both traditional and contemporary quilts. Located in the Warren-Sipe House, the museum offers three floors of exhibit space, a gift shop, and hosts a variety of regularly-scheduled programming.
Court Square Theater
61 Graham Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-433-9189
Located in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, our 250-seat theater presents a slate of cultural programs, including live music and theater, as well as foreign and independent films in a beautiful intimate setting. Court Square Theater also may be rented for special events and meetings.
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
147 Warsaw Avenue Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807 | 540-568-7000
Experience the excitement of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University, featuring five remarkable venues, each unique and acoustically designed to perfection. The Forbes Center will captivate your spirit with its soaring floor-to-ceiling glass lobbies, comfortable seating with ample legroom, and upgraded audience amenities.
John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University
91 East Grace Street Harrisonburg, VA 22807 | Visitors may park in the M-lot next to Miller Hall
The Wells Planetarium will offer free shows for the public on Saturdays through the fall and spring semester. Each show is followed by a 25-minute “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Also on site The James Madison University Meteorite Collection. Featuring fragments of meteoroids that survived passage through the atmosphere to fall to the earth’s surface as masses of metal or stone. Free admission.
A Dream Come True Playground
1050 Neff Ave. Harrisonburg, VA
A free accessible Harrisonburg city playground with a wheelchair accesible swing called “Liberty Swing.” The playground has separate equipment for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, with features including a rock, rainbow arches, shade structures, roadway, hammock swing, draw wall, pavilion and family comfort stations that are fully accessible.