Apr 3, 2007

Outside fun: Some great low-cost and free activities in the Hill City

by Carrie Caldwell, Life! Reporter
The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer and the urge to get outdoors and enjoy the climate is even stronger.  It is springtime, and that means breaking out of your winter ways of being cuddled up in your room and start taking advantage of the warmer temperatures. Here are some great things to do around Lynchburg that will make you want stay outdoors and play in the sunshine.
Attend a Sporting Event

There is no better way to spend your evening than rooting for your local minor league baseball team with some of your closest friends. Opening night for the Lynchburg Hillcats is Thurs., April 5 at 7:05 p.m. against the Potomac Nationals. Get there early, because it is bobblehead night and the first 1,000 fans to enter receive a free Brandon Inge bobblehead. Tickets for general admission are only $7.

The Hillcats also have promotional nights throughout the season. Look out for special nights like “Feed your Face” which is offered every Tuesday. For $10, you can get general admission plus all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and peanuts — a promise that you will not leave the park on an empty stomach. For more information about Hillcats ticket prices and promotional events, call (434) 528-1144. 

If you want to watch something without spending any money and you do not want to leave campus, then check out Liberty’s spring season sports, as they are already off to a sizzling start. Cheer on our baseball, softball, tennis and track teams.  This weekend, Liberty’s baseball team will be playing Marshall at 3 p.m. on Fri., April 6 and on Sat., April 7 at 11 a.m.

Enjoy Nature

With over seven miles of multi-use bikeways and 14 miles of dirt-packed trails, Blackwater Creek Bikeway and Riverwalk is the perfect place to enjoy the natural scenery.  The natural area is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

The park consists of hundreds of acres of paved, shaded bike paths linked by bridges over the James River.

These trails are popular among bicyclists, hikers and even everyday strollers.  If you do not have a bike, then check out Blackwater Creek Bike Rentals. They will rent you one at a reasonable rate based on hourly, half-day or even full-day rentals.

Blackwater Creek Bike Rentals also rents canoes for those who are interested in paddling down the James River.

The rental shop is located across from the parking area for Percival’s Island next to the James River in downtown Lynchburg. For more information, call Blackwater Creek Bike Rentals at (434) 845-4030.

Go Downtown

Throughout the year, the Hill City offers different events to get you out and enjoy the community. Starting on Sun., April 15, the RiverFlicks Film Series returns to the riverfront for its fourth season. This is your chance to enjoy the starry night and the breeze from the river as you eat your popcorn and watch a movie in the open night air. 

RiverFlicks is a free community event that uses an outdoor theater to show family-friendly movies of a variety of genres to appeal to most audiences. RiverFlicks is located in the parking lot of Amazement Square on Main Street. RiverFlicks starts at 6 p.m. and usually lasts till 10:30 p.m.
So put away those winter boots and bring out your flip-flops, because spring is here and the weather is perfect for going outside and enjoying the sunshine, a local sporting event or a nighttime movie downtown with friends and lawn chairs.

Contact Carrie Caldwell at cacaldwell@liberty.edu.
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