Monticello, the historical estate that once served as the home of Thomas Jefferson, is probably Charlottesville's biggest claim to fame. All ages will most likely be able to find something interesting at the former homestead, now a tribute to both the founding father and to the enslaved people who lived and worked here.
A day pass gets you access to the grounds, parking, guided tours, and several museums and exhibitions, not to mention the gift shop. Tours last about 30 minutes, and Yelp reviewers rave about the tour leaders. If you’re traveling with kids, the children’s tour keeps kids’ attention with historical toys and appropriate answers to each child's questions. Kids under age 5 get in for free. Tours of the grounds are available seasonally.
Naturally, it’s busier during the peak summer season, but that’s a beautiful time to enjoy the grounds and the gorgeous views of the surrounding country. Consider eating at the visitor’s center with its lovely outdoor patio.
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902