Summertime fun in Staunton–Gypsy Hill Park

Living in the Shenandoah Valley means there is lots to do for summertime fun!  Over the next several posts I’m going to focus on places you can go to keep your kiddos entertained. Today’s post zeros in on one of my favorite places: Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.

We all know about the playgrounds and duck pond at the park.  But what else is there?  At 214 acres, there is SO MUCH to do at the park.  It is the home to the National Guard Armory, the oldest community band, and a summer league baseball team.

Here are 9 fun activities for you and your family. Be sure to check with the Staunton Parks and Rec for programs that take place throughout the summer.

1) Outdoor Concert Series.  Throughout the summer months, there are concerts at the park 4 nights a week. They are located at the band stand.

  • Monday: Stonewall Brigade Band
    • The Stonewall Brigade Band is the oldest, continuous community band in the country.  Offering music from patriotic to broadway, the band plays every Monday night at 8pm through August 25. This will be the bands 126th year playing at the park.
  • Tuesday: Praise in the Park
    • Starting July 8th, Praise in the Park brings in Gospel and Christian music. Sponsored by Linden Heights Baptist Church, Praise in the Park is in it’s 12th year. Start time varies, please click on link for further details
  • Wednesday: Blue Grass in the Park
    • Beginning July 27 and running through the end of August, Wednesday Night Bluegrass draws a huge crowd.  All concerts start at 7pm.
  • Thursday: Jazz in the Park
    • Starting July 10, Jazz in the Park is in it’s 27th year.  Featuring regional and national acts, Jazz in the Park has become a Staunton tradition.  Start time is 7pm.
2)  The Gypsy Express.  This wonderful train has been around as long as I can remember (57 years to be exact). For only $1 children (and their parents) can take a ride.  On Independence and Labor Days, kids ride free.  The train operates from May-October.
3) The Pool. Having just undergone a major rehab, the Gypsy Hill Park Pool is open from 11am-6pm (1pm-6pm on Sunday).  The children’s pool now has zero entry and there is a massive water slide into the main pool.  Cost is $3 ages 4 and up. Swim lessons are available as well.
4) Gypsy Hill Golf Club.  A 71 par golf course, Gypsy Hill Golf Club is a public course.  Various rates are offered, including the $18 for 18 holes.  The golf course is open from 7:30am to 8pm.
5) Lake Tams. This is a 3 acre, storm water retention pond.  It is stocked with largemouth bass and trout.  
6) Staunton Braves Baseball.  In June and July the smell of peanuts and Cracker Jacks arises from the south side of the park.  Founded in 1915, the Braves are a member of the Valley League (1923). They boast past, present and future MLB players.  Each game is sponsored which allows for fans to visit the sponsoring business to get free tickets.
7) Action Skate Park.  Open from 6am to 8pm, the skate park has ramps for skate boarders and bikers alike.  In July, Operation B Sting is held, which includes competition, a battle of the bands and food vendors.
8) Tennis and basketball courts.  If you are looking for a physical outlet, there are both tennis and basketball courts available for your use; free of charge.
9) Family Night Flix. Sponsored by the Staunton Parks and Rec, Family Night Flix are shown on Fridays at the bandstand.  Movies start at dusk.

June 27:  DESPICABLE ME 2

July 18:  SAVING MR. BANKS

August 1:  GRAVITY

August 15:  THE LEGO MOVIE

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