Lots of the folks who visit our fine town visit for the same reasons: the world-class historical sites of which we are so proud. Guess what? As it turns out, there’s a lot to do in Orange that goes beyond living history.
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Specifically, living outdoors makes visiting Orange, Virginia, one heckuva standout when it comes to vacation ideas. The deal sweetens even more when you factor in our hop-skip-’n’-jump distance from Washington D.C., making Orange a fabulous idea for a weekend getaway from the frenetic pace inside the Beltway. So let’s dive into some adventurous ideas, shall we?
Some folks are outdoorsy, and some folks are epic. If you’re in the latter category, you’ll probably want to take your love of Virginia right up to the skies. Come fly with Skydive Orange, the Washington D.C. region’s best and brightest skydiving destination, where great big, powerful planes and downright incredible skydiving adventurists join forces to help landlubbers fulfill their flying dreams. You can even earn your license here and become the bird you always knew yourself to be!
Love horses? So do we! Our part of Virginia has been horse country since time was time, and no place is better to experience those pretty-pony vibes than Oakland Heights Farm. The gorgeous grounds host plenty of jaw-dropping horse shows, and everyone can get in on the action with a trail ride through the surrounding countryside. If you fall bumper-over-teakettle for the sport, you can even take advantage of the world-class horseback riding school on-site.
While zoos can be impressive and run with great care, there’s nothing quite like an animal sanctuary, where you can rest assured that the animal’s very best interests are protected. Located in Orange County, Rikki’s Refuge is a 450 acre local animal sanctuary that invites visitors to learn about quality animal care. From peacocks to horses, pigs, cats, dogs, and more, the residents of this farm are treated with the utmost love and respect. You won’t help but smile if you get the chance to visit this wholesome animal sanctuary in Virginia!
Please note that Rikki’s Refuge is a private facility and is open to visitors on an appointment-only basis. Those interested in planning a visit can reach out to Tours@RikkisRefuge.org.
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There’s nothing like a great hike for a city escape idea, and Grelen Trails just might be Virginia’s best. With more than ten miles of linking trails to choose from, you can arrive stocked up for a full-day excursion, or choose a leisurely post-winery ramble in the close by (and highly photogenic) Nursery. If a sweaty trail run is more your style — or if you have a keen Fido in tow — options abound. Notable: The Grelen walking trails are free, and cheerfully open to the public.
The one that got away is waiting for you under the bubbles at Lake Orange. This classic local Virginia fishing destination is also a great place to just spend a day relaxing on the water. Angler’s Landing, a family-owned and -operated business that’s been welcoming fisher persons seasonally since 2002, offers boat rentals, a stocked tackle shop, a variety of live bait and an open kitchen (complete with ice cream sandwiches, because what summer day on the lake is complete without one)?
Explore the trail system of the Siegen Forest part of the historic site of Fort Germanna and their Visitor Center. This 170-acre trail network is flanked by foliage and Rapidan River views. The Blue Trail, running ¾ mile in each direction, rewards hikers with vistas over the bluffs. Year round water access passes are available through the Germanna Foundation to launch kayaks and canoes onto the Rapidan River.