A National Historic Landmark, this bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it provides a unique, ... More
A National Historic Landmark, this bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it provides a unique, historic, picturesque, and natural experience. The bridge is over 100 million years old and it stands 215 feet tall, as well as 90 feet wide.
The bridge itself is amazing, and its trail has great places to explore including a Monacan Indian village. The wax museum is very educational and interesting. The caverns are kind of small, but still a fun learning experience. I do not like the toy museum - a lot of toys, old and not so old, that the kids cannot touch.
You might find it very difficult to get to all the attractions in one day with children - they will get too tired. The whole area is best experienced in a weekend, but if you only come for the day, check the bridge and wax museum - they are the best.
Plan on walking the bridge trail leisurely. It is a mile long, and plenty of things to look at - tadpoles, fish, a little bit of rock climbing, a waterfall, Indian village. You can easily spend hours on the trail - bring a lunch; there are picnic tables.
You should plan on about 45 - 60 minutes in the wax museum to see it all.
About 2 miles from Natural Bridge is a drive thru safari.( NOT THE PETTING ZOO- Look for signs near a KOA campground for a "Drive Thru Safari) What a fantastic time we had! You can buy buckets of pellets to feed to the animals. There were llamas, buffalo, camels, zebras, watusi... and the list goes on! All animals were extremely friendly and not at all shy about coming up to your car for food! Great fun for the family.
We went to see the Natural Bridge a year ago and are going back this weekend. Natural Bridge is a neat natural wonder to admire, there are paths along the river and under the rock formation that are easy to navigate, even for those with disabilities. There is a replica of an Indian Village there which is pretty interesting as well. The big welcome center where tickets are purchased has lots of little touristy things to do and buy. There is a Monster Museum, which is rather cheesy, but fun if you enjoy that type of thing (think Mystery Spot or Ripley's museum).
My favorite part of the trip was a Safari Park just a couple miles away. We bought some buckets of feed for the animals and just drove our car through. It was idyllic! It looked like what I have always imagened the Garden of Eden to be like, rolling hills and lightly forested areas where peaceful animals from all the continents roam. It took about 3 hours for us to ever so leisurely drive through and feed all the animals. They had camels, llamas, emus, alpacas, gazelle, big-horn sheep, giraffe, zebra, bison, water buffalo, big-horn rams, ostritches, wild donkey, emus, goats, and a number of other herbivores that I couldn't identify off the top of my head. It was just an amazing experience for an animal lover.
Nearby, about 15 minutes drive, is the city of Lynchburg, which is just beautiful. We only drove through the old town section and part of the historic district and enjoyed some southern cuisine, but plan to see more of the city and VMI this time around.
Lots to do in this area, scenic drives between attractions!
My wife and I went this Summer and we are going back with our Daughter and some friends at the end of October.We had a wonderful vacation with more than enough to do in the area.Highly recommend the Safari in nearby Salem.Only disappointment was the cavern not as exciting as others we have been to.
We are going back for the Halloween special event at the Monster Museum.
We stayed at the cottages and were pleasantly surprised at how nice they were for the price.
The Hotel serves wonderful meals at a reasonable price
I went here around March with my wife and daughter.We stayed at the hotel on a package deal.We got 2 days breakfasts and one nights dinner.Both were buffet and very good.We also got tickets to everything.The walk under the bridge was very cool and the indian village was neat.Since it was winter still no one was home.The trail has lots of cool stops as well.Back at the center we went to the toy and wax museum.If your in your 20's early 30's you'll appreciate all the toys from your childhood it brought back alot of fond memories.The wax museum was very cool,my first!Finally we drove just up the road and went to the cave.It's haunted so watch out!Fun trip saw lots of bats.All this for apx $200,not bad! Look at their website for deals/packages.A day of fun for the family.
Natural Bridge is a unique
place. Nothing has changed at the Bridge since George Washington surveyed this place. The Hotel is quaint and has great potential. The walking trails are interesting and well as the gift shop with its trinkets.
There are few places to dine there. The eating establishments area always closed at the visitor center and there are few other reasons to stop at Natural Bridge than to just see the Bridge and move on to Roanoke or Lexington. This area could be the top attraction in Virginia if anyone had any vision there.
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