U.Va. Graduate Guide

Area Amusements

Amusement Parks

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA | (800) 772-8886
Hours: Vary by day and season.
Rates: One-day pass (ages 7 and up) $40.99, Two-day pass (ages 7 and up) $49.99, Season pass (ages 7 and up) $99.99

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Paramount's Kings Dominion

Doswell, VA | (804) 876-5000
Hours: Hours vary by day and season.
Rates: One-day pass (ages 7 - 54) $38.99, Season pass (ages 7 - 54) $79.99
Special Group Rate: 15 or More People Only One-day pass $28.50

Paramount's Kings Dominion

Arts & Crafts

The Glass Palette-Interactive Glass Art Studio

110 5th Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 977-9009
Hours: Tues-Fri 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11:00 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Mon closed
The Glass Palette is a fun and friendly environment where adventurous people of any age are invited to explore the limitless possibilities of creating with glass. We supply the materials, tools and instruction, and you bring your creativity and an open mind!

The Glass Palette


A.M.F Kegler's Lanes

2000 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 978-3999
Hours: Sun-Tues till midnight, Wed till 1 a.m. (open late for karaoke night), Thur till midnight, Fri-Sat till 2. a.m.
Rates: Shoe rental $3.50 per person; Lane fees $3.75-$5.25 per person per game (depending on day and time)

Golf Courses, Miniature Golf & Driving Ranges

Boar's Head Golf Course

Route 250 West, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 293-4653
Eighteen-hole golf course and driving range
Hours: Open daily. Call ahead for a tee time.
Rates: March 18-November 25: Mon-Thur before 5 p.m. $20/person, Fri-Sun before 5 p.m. $35/person, any day after 5 p.m. $12/person; November 26-March 17: Mon-Thur before 2:30 p.m. $12/person, Fri-Sun before 2:30 p.m. $20/person, any day after 2:30 p.m. $10/person
Cart Fees: $36/18 holes or $18/9 holes (two people in cart)
* Rates are for University of Virginia students only; for additional price information consult the Web site.

Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete's Mini Golf

10421 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, VA | (434) 985-2765
Driving Range (with grass & mat tees), Teaching Center, Short Game Practice Area, Night Lights, Miniature Golf Course
Hours: Open Daily & Year Round (except for January); precise hours vary by season (call or visit website for exact hours)
Range Balls: prices depend on type of tee (artificial mats or grass areas)
Regular Bucket (38 balls) $4 - $5; Large Bucket (76 balls) = $7 - $9; Super Bucket (114 Balls) = $9.50 - $12.50
Miniature Golf (18 holes): Adult = $6; Junior (12 yr. & under) = $5

Highlands Golf Park

Putt-Putt Golf Course

1525 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 973-5509
Miniature Golf
Hours: Every day 9 a.m.-12 a.m. (Hours vary in winter-it is best to call ahead.)
Rates: 1 Game (18 holes) $4; 3 Games (36 holes) $8 (All 3 games do not have to be played the same day.)
Special Group Rate: (10 or More People Only) 2 Games for the Price of 1 (Games must be played the same day.)

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Bear Balloon Corporation

Charlottesville, VA | (434) 971-1757
Hours: All flights are at sunrise, weather permitting. Reservations are required. Flights last approximately one hour.
Rates: March-December $165/Person
Special Group Rate: 8, 9, 10, or 16 people $100/Person (30 minute flight)

Bonaire Charters

22 Maplevale Drive, Palmyra, VA | (434) 589-5717
No rates or times are available. Please call for more information.

Ice Skating, Snow Tubing, Skiing & Snowboarding

Charlottesville Ice Park

230 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 817-1423
Hours: Hours vary daily; call for public skating times.
Rates: Mon-Wed daytime $3 per session; Thur-Fri daytime $5.50 per session; Nights and weekends $6.75 per session

Snowslide at Ingleside

Near Staunton, VA | (540) 248-7888
Snow tubing day and night
Directions: Take I-64W to I-81N. Take Exit 225, turn left on Rt. 275 to Rt. 11. Take first left into Ingleside.
Hours: Tues-Thur 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Rates: 2 hours for $12; weeknights, all you can tube for $10 between 5:30 and 9:30. Special rates apply during holiday periods.

Massanutten Resort

Harrisonburg, VA | (800) 207-MASS or (540) 289-9441
Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing (eight slopes)
Hours and rates vary. Group rates and twilight specials are available.

Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen, VA | (434) 325-2200 or (434) 325-2100
Skiing and snowboarding (twelve slopes)
Hours and rates vary. Group rates and twilight specials are available.

Mountain Biking

Walnut Creek Park

Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 296-5844
Twelve miles of twisting single-track trail designed with the intermediate rider in mind. An easier route follows the lake's dam.
Hours: 7 a.m. to dark
Fees: Albemarle County resident day fee $3; non-county resident $4.50; seasonal fee $50 for county residents and $75 for non-county residents

Sports & Fitness

Charlottesville Sports & Social Club

P.O. Box 971, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 825-9804
The Charlottesville Sports and Social Club strives to provide high quality sports leagues, social events, tournaments and membership perks. We've got something for everyone; whether you want to play some sand volleyball or join our incredibly popular and fun kickball leagues, or come out to social events such as Foxfield and league sponsored happy hours.

Charlottesville Sports & Social Club


In addition to the U.Va. indoor pools at the Aquatic Fitness Center and Memorial Gym, there are a number of public pools in the Charlottesville area:

Indoor pools

  • Smith Recreation Center, (434) 977-1960, Cherry Avenue at Buford Middle School
  • Crow Recreation Center, (434) 977-1362, Rose Hill Drive (Take Rt. 250 to the Meadowbrook exit)

Outdoor pools (open Memorial Day to Labor Day)

  • Meade Park, (434)295-7532, Meade Avenue
  • Washington Park, (434) 977-2607, Preston Avenue

Miscellaneous Activities

Newcomb Hall Game Room

(434) 924-7652
Billiards, Ping-Pong, Arcade
Hours: Mon-Thur 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m.;Sun 1 p.m.-midnight
Rates: Pool and Ping-Pong Tables $0.05/minute


Splathouse, Inc. | 946 Grady Avenue, Charlottesville, VA | (434) 977-5287
Hours: Fri 7 p.m.-11 p.m. (public night); All other nights by reservation only

$10/person, $5/gun, $18/500 rounds or $7/100 rounds
$25/person (with your own equipment and supplies)

Special group rates exist. Call for information.


Skydive Orange | Orange, VA | (540) 943-6587
Hours and rates vary. Reservations are required. Call for further details.