Eat, Stay & Play – Plan Your Family Vacation to Fredericksburg, Virginia

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by
In full disclosure, we were provided with some meals, lodging, lessons, accommodations, and attraction tickets in Fredericksburg, Virginia as well as suggestions on locations to visit to make this post possible.  We appreciate the support of the merchants in supporting Jersey Family Fun to find fun family travel locations.  As always, opinions are my own.


“You can’t sit still.”

It’s something my husband says to me often. I don’t stay still or stay put for very long. A day with no sports, a week with no school, they’re all great reasons to get out and explore. Whether it’s a day trip in New Jersey or exploring a vacation spot for New Jersey families, we’re off. This past spring break was no different. On the way back from visiting family in North Carolina we enjoyed a mini vacation to Fredericksburg, Virginia. Our friends at Visit Fred helped us plan a Fredericksburg, Virginia vacation filled with a mix of indoor and outdoor fun that was educational, interactive, and more.


A vacation to Fredericksburg is a step back in time with a mix of modern day. The site of one of the most famous battles of the Civil War, the area has 4,400 acres of Civil War battlefields, buildings, and monuments that memorialize heroes and significant historical events. Learn through reading, touching, seeing and watching… in some cases even with ipads.


Fredericksburg Virginia Visit Fred Walking Tour


Walking a path in the Historic District, one building may be historic. The next might be a modern art studio or local winery. Steps ahead is an eatery to grab lunch. Yet with all of this in Fredericksburg nothing seems out of place. It all comes together for a vacation with something everyone can love in a beautiful picturesque setting on the Rappahannock River.


Make Your Vacation to Fredericksburg, Virginia Historic with a stay at the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District by Marriott!

Fredericksburg is such a cute and convenient town to visit. Everything seems to feel just steps away from each other. You really could just park your car in the parking garage and enjoy the rest of your vacation on foot. Or even better leave the car at home and take the train in…. again the Fredericksburg train station is not far from the center of town. And there in the center of it all, is the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District by Marriott, a great hotel for families taking a vacation to Fredericksburg. Click over to Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District by Marriott read about our stay.
Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District


Enjoy great family friendly dining at these Fredericksburg Virginia restaurants

We actually ended up eating most of our meals on the road or at the attractions themselves, but these restaurants were recommended to us by our friends at Visit Fred.

  • Eileen’s Bakery and Café, where all pastries and breads are handmade fresh daily. 1115 Caroline St.
  • Amy’s Café. This historic tavern building dates back to the 18th century. Dine on classic American fare served with casual country elegance. 102 West Cambridge St.
  • Carl’s Frozen Custard. Visitors have been flocking to this 1940’s art deco ice cream shop for a sweet tooth fix for the last 50 years. With only three flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, the custard is churned in 120-gallon Electro-Freeze ice cream machines. 2200 Princess Anne St.
  • Enjoy traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex and Latin American dishes for dinner at Soup and Taco. 813 Caroline St.
  • You can visit the Visit Fred site for more information about local Fredericksburg, Virginia restaurants.



Have some family fun exploring these Fredericksburg, Virginia family attractions

Any vacation to Fredericksburg can’t begin without a visit to the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. It’s at the heart of Fredericksburg’s 40-block National Historic District across the street from the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District. Here, families can buy a pass to the region’s museums and historic sites, get a trolley ticket, learn about the local art galleries and studios, or plan a meal at the more than 40 chef-owned restaurants within easy walking distance. Watch a short orientation program and get events, lodging, parking and additional travel information. Plus they have great souvenirs like these.



You can also read about the Fredericksburg adventures we had in these articles. 


5 Must See Must Do Fredericksburg Attractions for Kids

Click over to read about our experiences our favorite Fredericksburg attractions for kids with details about the Trolley Tours, the Visit Fred’s Kids’ Walking Tour, Central Park Funland, Ferry Farm, and more.


Must See Must Do attractions in Fredericksburg VA for Kids


Earning Junior Ranger Badges at the Fredericksburg Battlefield

We had an educational journey on the Fredericksburg Battlefield. Read about our experiences earning Junior Ranger Badges at the Fredericksburg Battlefield.


Earning our Junior Ranger Badges at Fredericksburg Battlefield



Make a visit to Fredericksburg, Virginia your family’s next vacation.



For more photos from our visit to Fredericksburg, Virginia, see our Facebook Albums.


Click over to see the rest of our Family Travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia series or Visit Fred’s site for help in planning your trip.


Family Travel to Fredericksburg VIrginia


To arrange a feature on your location contact Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun publisher.

In full disclosure, we were provided with accommodations and attraction tickets in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as suggestions on locations to visit to make this post possible. We appreciate the support of the merchants in supporting Jersey Family Fun to find fun family travel locations. As always, opinions are my own.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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