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Kid-Friendly Culpeper: Things to See & Do


Culpeper is ultra-romantic, but kids can have a blast here, too, when you know where to look. We’ve broken down some of our best kid-friendly adventures based on theme for your ease of browsing. Join us soon for a round of great fun!

Old School Adrenaline

Dominion Skating Center | 1550 N. Main Street, Culpeper
Lace up your old roller skates (or rent a pair) and introduce your kids to the nostalgia of a roller rink. Weekend skate times make family memory-making easy, and admission is never more than $5 per person.

One of those hidden gems in Culpeper. #skating #culpeper #culpeperva #iphonephotography

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Mountain Run Bowling Center | 584 Culpeper Town Square, Culpeper
Eighteen lanes of bowling fun plus a giant arcade, billiards, and the all-important snack bar make Mountain Run Bowling Center a fantastic place to duck in from the cold, heat, or rain.

Family bowling night.#peytonsummer

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Farm Tour Fun

Cibola Farms | 10075 Stone Bridge Road, Culpeper
Bison! What are the odds that your children have encountered a bison herd? Take them to Cibola Farms where a self-guided walking tour will have you visit a variety of farm animals, including the bison, goats, chickens, turkeys, and more.

Independence FUNie Farm | Culpeper County
This FUNie farm is available to you for free (donations accepted), but by appointment. Tour around on your own, bring a picnic, enjoy the kids play area, and meet the animal residents. Expect to find pigs, chickens, goats, horses, and cows, of course!

Crazy how they love the high spaces... #iffarm #goatsonaroof #notafraidofheights

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Platinum Alpaca Farms | 10623 Gravel Road, Brandy Station
Call to schedule a farm tour to meet the alpacas who provide the fiber to create the beautiful yarn products available at the farm. Sweet cria (that’s a baby alpaca) are precious to see!

Saddle Ridge Farm | 10208 Jamesons Mill Road, Culpeper
Private or self-guided tours of Saddle Ridge Farm are available if you’ll simply call in advance to request a time. Expect to see hundreds of chickens, plenty of grazing cows, and happy pigs. The Farm Store is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Grass fed straight to Farm Store, doesn't get any fresher then this! #free range #grass-fed Beef #happy cows #saddle ridge

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Appealing History

Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation | 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper
How does a free movie sound? The world’s largest collection of films, television reels, and audio clips is housed here for preservation. Fantastically, the films are pulled out and shown for free on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

So excited to see Harry Potter in the theater again. Also Packard Campus did wonderful posters. #harrypotter #azkaban

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The Graffiti House | 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station
Kids will be intrigued to learn that the Graffiti House is so named because of an upstairs room covered in graffiti left by both Union and Confederate soldier during the Battle of Brandy Station. Thirty-two soldiers have been identified as having left their marks on the walls, including General J.E.B. Stuart, the Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Calvary who went on to become the President of the Confederate States of America.

The Graffiti House was a field hospital for the South for a time and was later a headquarters for the North. Battlefield tours are offered every other Saturday between April and September.

The National Capital Squadron Museum | 12499 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station
If you’re visiting the Culpeper area the second Saturday of the month, you’re in for a treat. That’s when the hangar is open to the public at the National Capital Squadron Museum. Planes of the Capital Wing Commemorative Air Force include a Grumman TBM Avenger, a Vultee BT-13 Valiant, and a Stinson L-5 Sentinel. Member aircraft includes a British Aerospace FA.2 Sea Harrier, an Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, a Piper L-4 Grasshopper, a DeHavilland Chipmunk, and a North American SNJ Texan.

The Red Caboose | 111 Commerce Street, Culpeper
If you have a train lover in your midst, the Train Depot is a stop that should be on your list. Find the Red Caboose, a retired X543, to admire. The odds are pretty good that an Amtrak train will coming rolling through, too! The Cardinal and Crescent lines have twice-a-day service in Culpeper.

Tasty Treats

My Secret Stash – A Candy Bar | 162 E. Davis Street, Culpeper
Your kids (and maybe you) will think you’ve died and went to heaven when you walk into My Secret Stash. The counters are filled and the walls are lined with cAnDy! Expect to find candies you haven’t seen in years, like licorice Scottie dogs, Coke bottle gummies, and more.

Lollipop Station | 179 E. Davis Street, Culpeper
While Lollipop Station is actually a toy store, you’ll find a nice selection of candy, too. If your little one has a birthday coming up, Lollipop Station is a great plafe to party.

Burn Off that Energy

Yowell Meadow Park and Culpeper Skate Park | Blue Ridge Avenue & Route 522, Culpeper
Run wild and free, kids! Skate the day away, shoot hoops, or monkey around on the monkey bars. The skate park was renovated in 2013 to include a 6-foot mini, pyramid with ledges, banks, quarters, two rails, a spine, and a flybox. Your big kids are going to love it.