I already know what you’re thinking… there aren't that many things to do in or around Harrisonburg, but that’s why I’m here! Ever since COVID-19, it’s been a little hard to feel comfortable socializing, trying new things, and just being out enjoying life itself. There are a couple of attractions around town that allow you to have fun while also having your space!
Here are 3 things you MUST do while in the Valley!
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Described as a “woodland sanctuary”, the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a beautiful public garden located on the east side of James Madison University’s campus. The arboretum prides itself on its preservation of native plant species and the tranquility that comes with the walkthrough experience. There are gorgeous flowers, walking trails, creeks, and much more. The scenery is the perfect place to relax, unwind, or clear your head alone or with a group! Everyone is welcome to visit the arboretum, as it's not only open to JMU students and staff. So, bring your friends & family for a fall-filled day at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum!
Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market
On Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8 AM to 1 PM, local farmers and artisans come together with products that they’ve grown or made for others to see and potentially buy! At 228 S. Liberty St. in Harrisonburg, VA, there’s a community of people waiting to bring you the best quality of goods they possibly could. This farmers’ market is open year-round, providing visitors with quick access to fresh and nutritious produce and crafts while giving vendors the opportunity to market their products. It’s the perfect place to get a piece of Harrisonburg!
Now here’s the perfect place to find some peace and quiet as you take a nice walk! The Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park are less than 10 minutes from JMU’s campus; so it's easy for you or a group of friends to get together for a quick hike. It includes a nature trail that’s a little over a mile, so there’s enough room to run, hike, or even mountain bike. It’s definitely worth checking out if you want to enjoy a small picnic or a convenient place to relax!
So, before your time in Harrisonburg ends, be sure to check these places out! Bring a group of friends along or take these places on solo! You can’t say I didn’t try to help haha!