Escape the Heat - Head to the Water

by AmberlyM

As summer temperatures continue to climb, the locals head to the water. Check out our recommendations for Charlottesville's best watery escapes including options for those who want to swim, kayak, or just relax along the river. Feel free to reach out with questions or further recommendations.


Float the Rivanna River

The Rivanna River offers miles and miles of winding water throughout Albemarle County.  Check out Rivanna River Company's options for a stress-free day on the water. After your trip, walk over to Hogwaller Brewery for a refreshing cold beer or newly opened Sugar Bear for some delicious, local ice cream!

Pools and Splash Parks

Charlottesville has several community pools (indoor and outdoor) and splash parks that are available to non-residents. The most popular in the summer is the Onesty Family Aquatic Center which offers water slides, play equipment and more! View all the community spaces here

Lake Beaches

Two of Albemarle's parks offer swimming beaches on their lakes - Walnut Creek Park and Chris Greene Lake Park. Guests can bring picnics and floaties for a whole afternoon of fun. Kayak and paddlebaord rentals are available as well - more info here!

Sugar Hollow and Blue Hole

You may have heard the name, but an exact route and official description can't be found on Google. This easy "hike" follows along the South Fork of the Moorman River where a deep swimming hole has been carved out. Find a recent family's experience here for some directional clues.

Some of our favorite rentals in Charlottesville, VA for summer:
  • Belmont Oasis: 3 bed | 2.5 bath - An inviting, family-focused home in the heart of Charlottesville
  • Greensview Apartment: 2 bed | 2 bath - High ceilings and simplicity make this space the perfect homebase for a quick getaway
  • Ramsay Estate Cottage: 3 bed | 3 bath - Stunning mountain views plus easy access to vineyards and Shenandoah National Park