If your road trip takes you through Eastern Virginia, make sure to stop in Fredericksburg. It is a great place to visit for families, couples and solo RVers because of the wide variety of activities and sites to see. There are historic sites, museums, outdoor activities and even a National Park to explore nearby.
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History of Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg, Virginia is a very historic place. There were settlements throughout the area in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1671, a patent was granted for one 50-acre tract near the Rappahannock river to Thomas Royston and John Buckner from Sir William Berkeley.
During the Civil War, the largest battle in America (at the time) was in Fredericksburg. The entire Battle of Fredericksburg resulted in significant casualties for both sides. After the Civil War, the city had a struggling economy with slow growth. It was after the arrival of the railroad in 1872, that industrial activities began to transform the city. Learn more about the history of Fredericksburg here.
Six Things to do in Fredericksburg, VA
- Civil War Battlefields
- Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
- Rappahannock River Heritage Trail
- Fredericksburg Trolley Tour
- Washington Heritage Museums
- Shenandoah National Park
Civil War Battlefields
The Fredericksburg, Virginia area is home to two Civil War battlefields, Fredericksburg Battlefield and Chancellorsville Battlefield. These spots are great for history buffs who want to learn more about the battles fought on these grounds.
The Fredericksburg Battlefield offers an orientation film, tours and exhibits as well as the opportunity to walk the historic Sunken Road.
The Chancellorsville Battlefield offers tours and exhibits as well. There are three different options when touring such as the NPS Auto Tour Route, purchasing a touring CD or using the free Chancellorsville Battle App.
Learn more about everything there is to see when checking out the Civil War Battlefields here.
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
The Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is a dinner theatre offering audience members the opportunity to enjoy a three-course, chef-prepared meal served by an experienced waitstaff. Past productions include Grease, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia! and many more memorable shows.
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Rappahannock River Heritage Trail
For campers who love to walk, run or bike, the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail is a great place to visit. The trail is a peaceful paved path offering beautiful views of the Rappahannock River. It is a 1.6 mile path that connects two parts of the Canal Path. This creates a 3.1 mile loop which is great for those who enjoy long walks. The trail is open all day, year round so no matter when you visit, it is always a great place to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.
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Fredericksburg Trolley Tour
The Fredericksburg Trolley Tour is the perfect thing to do on a first visit or for families. It is a 75 minute tour through the downtown Historic District pointing out the best places to shop, eat and explore in the city. The guided trolley tour discusses the many monuments and attractions that Fredericksburg has to offer.
Book your tickets online.
Washington Heritage Museums
The Washington Heritage Museums include the St. James House, Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and Rising Sun Tavern. These museums are an affordable thing to do as adult tickets range from five to seven dollars.
These four properties are from the 18th century and are used as education resources for those who are interested in the historic background of the buildings.
The St. James House is only open for tours during select weeks in the spring and fall while the other three locations are open for guided tours all year.
Learn more and book tickets ahead here.
Shenandoah National Park
For nature lovers and explorers, Shenandoah National Park is a must-do when in the area. The park is the perfect day trip as it is just an hour and a half away from Fredericksburg. Shenandoah National Park offers many activities for all types of people such as hiking, camping, biking, fishing and more.
There are over 500 miles of hiking trails for visitors so there is always something new to see every time you visit. If you are only stopping by for a day, make sure to check out one of the many interactive and informative exhibits at the park. These exhibits discuss the history of the area as well as the ecosystem.
Start planning your trip to Shenandoah National Park here.
Campgrounds in Fredericksburg, VA
- Fredericksburg / Washington DC South KOA Holiday
- Wilderness Presidential Resort
- Aquia Pines Camp Resort
Fredericksburg / Washington DC South KOA Holiday
The Fredericksburg / Washington DC South KOA Holiday is a popular campground in the Fredericksburg area because of the wide range of amenities and recreation activities offered. The RV sites include Wi-Fi, 50 max amp and cable TV. There are so many fun activities for kids and adults right on the campground such as cornhole, gemstone creek mining, a horseshoe pit and more. The campground is located near lots of local attractions and outdoor activities.
Campsites cost around $40+ a night.
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Wilderness Presidential Resort
The Wilderness Presidential Resort is another awesome campground in the area. It has so many activities like mini golf, archery, escape room, geode cracking and more. There is even an adventure park on site with a ropes course and climbing wall.
All RV sites have a charcoal grill, picnic table and offer 30 amp electric service and water. To learn more about pricing information, call 540-972-7433 ext. 1.
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Aquia Pines Camp Resort
The Aquia Pines Camp Resort is a great place to relax after a long day of exploring Fredericksburg. It is a quiet campground with many pull through sites. Each site offers 30 amp, 50 amp, Wi-Fi and full or partial hookup.
If you are looking for a different style of camping this resort also offers luxury cabins for campers. They come with AC/heating, a kitchenette, tub/shower and can sleep five people comfortably.
RV site nightly price ranges from $61 to $72.
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Campers Inn RV of Fredericksburg
Campers Inn RV of Fredericksburg is the RVer’s Trusted Resource for campers. We have RV Matchmakers who are knowledgeable and always willing to help you find the perfect RV for you. They can also answer any questions you have about the RV lifestyle.
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Our highly trained and certified technicians in our parts and services department can help with basic maintenance and care of your camper. We also have a parts and accessories store to pick up any last minute items you might need for your trip.
Fredericksburg, Virginia is packed with so many things to do from historical sites to outdoor activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is a great place to stop on a camping trip to make unforgettable memories.
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