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Things to do in Rockingham County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“There are beautiful views year round, but if you can hit the parkway between October and November you will get to experience the beautiful color change of all the trees. Words can't describe! ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Route
“If coming from I-66 out of D.C. or from I-64 From Richmond, consider picking up Skyline Drive. All along the drive you pass through Shenandoah National Park and look West across the bucolic Shenandoah Valley all the way to the Allegheny range - Those mountains you see in the distance across the Valley is where you are headed to Rawley Springs. You would exit Skyline Drive near Elton (ignore the icon on the map that is farther North) and take rt. 33 West to Rawley Springs. It's a lot slower than taking rt. 81 (speed limit 35mph) so you should leave yourself plenty of time to stop at the pullouts and take in the views.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Resort
“Skiing in winter, bike trails in summer, plus festivals & golf year-round. A 30-minute drive from Harrisonburg.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very hip spot with a nice 'dining out' vibe that features fresh local meats and produce -- and housed in a very cool historic building. You'll love it.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“If you are hungry for pizza but not the restaurant chain verity, try Bella Luna. Great seating area or eat at the bar (they also have great drink options served by great bartenders). I haven't had a bad pizza there but a couple of favorites are: The Don, Bella Bianca, and the Ring of Fire.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Vineyard
“One of my favorite local vineyards. Growing their own and creating some amazing blends!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“My wife and I loved to eat here and is our go to spot in downtown Harrisonburg to eat and listen to live music.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Winery
“Lovely view, patio, and tastings. They have snack cheeses, salami, and treats for sale -- a plus if you like to linger and taste!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cave
“one of the best caverns in the Valley. Located next to a park which includes a trail with fitness stations and runs along a river.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Zoo receives animals that are retired zoo animal ambassadors, retired zoo animals from conservation programs, unwanted pets, confiscations, and sadly occasionally abused animals.”
  • 11 locals recommend
University
“JMU is a public university in Harrisonburg. Campus is beautiful and perfect for an afternoon of exploring or a welcome place for kids to run around outside on a nice day.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Visit the burger place that started the Jack Brown's craze! this is the original burger bar. We recommend the classic cheese burger and an order of fried oreos! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“The best breakfast in the city. Try the pancakes! They also specialize in vegetarian/vegan foods.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great environment to get a beer and order free delivery from local restaurants! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests stretch along the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and even cross into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“(38 min)"State Historical park;historic American Civil War battlefield and national historic district located near New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia. The district encompasses the site of the Battle of New Market, a battle fought on May 15, 1864, during Valley Campaigns of 1864."”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Very hip spot with a nice 'dining out' vibe that features fresh local meats and produce -- and housed in a very cool historic building. You'll love it.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“If you are hungry for pizza but not the restaurant chain verity, try Bella Luna. Great seating area or eat at the bar (they also have great drink options served by great bartenders). I haven't had a bad pizza there but a couple of favorites are: The Don, Bella Bianca, and the Ring of Fire.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“My wife and I loved to eat here and is our go to spot in downtown Harrisonburg to eat and listen to live music.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Visit the burger place that started the Jack Brown's craze! this is the original burger bar. We recommend the classic cheese burger and an order of fried oreos! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“The best breakfast in the city. Try the pancakes! They also specialize in vegetarian/vegan foods.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our fine dining restaurant. The food is not disappointing and neither are the drinks. If you don't want to spend too much on food, enjoy the small bar area, super cozy in the winter with a fire going and summertime sipping with porch seating. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cuban burger has some of the best burgers in Harrisonburg. Their Cuban sandwiches and the "chop-chop" are also delicious options. They also have a bar area where their menu is also available. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Arcade
“Great place for pizza and games! Duckpin bowling, ping pong, pool and more!”
  • 11 locals recommend

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