For Parents

Please join us for Parent Orientation so you can learn about the student experience at UVA. Most students who attend Summer Orientation bring at least one parent or guest.

Charlottesville Activities

Recreation Facilities

Parents are eligible to use all of the University’s recreation facilities during the time they are registered for Summer Orientation. Show your name tag to the employee at the desk, and explain you are a parent of an incoming student attending Parent Orientation.

Aquatic and Fitness Center
450 Whitehead Rd
Monday–Friday | 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday | 9:00 am, – 8:00 pm
Memorial Gymnasium
210 S. Emmet St.
Monday–Friday | 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North Grounds Recreation Center
510 Massie Rd.
Monday–Friday | 5:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


Ghost and Murder Walking Tour

Investigate a real 1904 murder involving the mayor and his wife. Join us in a gentle two-hour stroll full of history and mystery. Not your typical ghost tour! Handicap and stroller friendly. Tours start at 8:00 PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May through October. Rain or shine.

Adults; $15. Ages 10-17 $5. Ages 0-9 Free with adult. College students, active military and seniors (age 65 +) $10.

Meet in front of Marco & Luca Dumpling Shop on the Downtown Mall. For more information about the tour and where to park, call 434.760.0525. No reservations necessary.


Jefferson's mountaintop home and gardens at Monticello are open for tours every day during the summer. For more information visit the website or call 434.984.9800.

Ash Lawn

Charlottesville also boasts another former presidential residence! Just a few miles away from Monticello, Ash Lawn was home to James Monroe from 1793–1826.

Tours are given every day from 9:00 am–6:00 pm. For more information visit the website or call 434.293.8000.


Charlottesville is reputed for its vast selection and diversity of cuisine. The following are some general tips to dining in the area and the approximate locations of restaurants around town.

The Corner

Restaurants here typically feature burgers, fries, and bar/pub food. Great for casual dining and a UVA experience!

29 North

Large selection of popular national chain restaurants. There is a vast assortment without requiring great travel distance!

Downtown Mall

Upscale dining and unique dining selections. Some restaurants may require reservations.

Theater and Music

Heritage Theatre Festival at UVA Drama

As Charlottesville’s longest-running and only professional theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival at UVA Drama presents a summer full of fun. All productions take place in the Culbreth and Caplin Theatres on beautiful UVA Arts Grounds.

For more information on show times, prices, and ticket availability, visit Heritage’s website or call the box office at (434) 924-3376.

Virginia Film Festival – Free Outdoor Movie Series

Presented by the University of Virginia, the Virginia Film Festival will kick off their 3rd annual Moonlight Movies series this summer, offering six free screenings at locations throughout the Charlottesville area. All Moonlight Movies films are free and open to the public, and begin at sundown (approximately 8:30 PM). Selected films and dates will be announced in late April 2017. For more information, visit the VFF’s website.

Live Arts Theater

At Charlottesville’s Live Arts Theater, productions bring together amateur artists and a bold, modern repertory. Located right off the Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Live Arts will showcase several productions this Summer.

Contact the Box Office at 434.977.4177 x123 or visit the website for show times, prices, and availability of tickets.

Charlottesville Pavilion

If you’d like to enjoy some fresh air while you soak in Charlottesville’s arts and leisure, head out to the Charlottesville Pavilion.

Located at the far end of the scenic Downtown Mall, this venue hosts a wide array of performances throughout the summer months.

For more information on show times, prices, and availability of tickets, call the Pavilion Box Office at 434.245.4910 or visit the website.

Ash Lawn Opera

This summer, the Ash Lawn Opera is performing.

Call the ticket office at 434.979.1333 or visit the website for more information regarding show times, prices, and availability of tickets.

Paramount Theater

Through the past few decades the Paramount Theater has become a significant part of the Charlottesville community. It also provides options that are fun for the whole family with a variety of films, concerts, and plays throughout the Summer.

For more information on show times, ticket prices and availability visit the website or contact their ticket office at (434) 979-1333.