Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5 Must-Visit Places Around Grounds and Charlottesville

It's not secret that UVA is a beautiful place to live and go to school, not to mention its status as a World Heritage Site. Plus, the city of Charlottesville has a quaint downtown area and is a short drive from some gorgeous mountains and hiking sites. So, with all that beauty surrounding you here are some suggestions of the places you should make sure you stop by.

1. The Fralin Museum of Art
If you want to feel grown up and artsy the Fralin is a great place to go. They have a variety of exhibits so there's something for everyone. Even if you're not really into art, check out the Object Study Gallery that has things like ancient Mediterranean coins.

2. The chapel
Whether or not you attend a service or a concert here I still highly recommend stopping by inside on your way to the Rotunda if only for the stained glass windows.

3. The pavilion gardens
Prettiest when it feels a little more like spring, the gardens are great places to study or hang out that feel a little secluded from all the activity around the university.

4. Brooks Hall
Though today it is the home of the anthropology department, it was originally built as a natural history museum in 1876, which explains its rather quirky architecture including carved animal faces. Plus inside there's an elephant, which in itself is a reason to go.

5. Mellow Mushroom
You will be treated to some crazy, colorful, psychedelic decor and really awesome pizza, which you deserve after walking all over grounds.

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