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Harrisonburg

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Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 53,078. Harrisonburg is the county seat of the surrounding Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes into the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a 2011 estimated population of 126,562.Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University (JMU), a public research university with an enrollment of over 20,000 students, and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), a private, Mennonite-affiliated liberal arts university. Although the city has no historical association with President James Madison, JMU was nonetheless named in his honor as Madison College in 1938 and renamed as James Madison University in 1977. EMU largely owes it existence to the sizable Mennonite population in the Shenandoah Valley, to which many Pennsylvania Dutch settlers arrived beginning in the mid-18th century in search of rich, unsettled farmland.
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Garden
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Children’s Museum
Explore More Discovery Museum
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Playground
A Dream Come True Playground
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Harrisonburg

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National Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry
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Duration: 8 hours
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Scenic Drive
Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park
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Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Monticello Charlottesville
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Canyon
Luray Caverns Luray
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Harrisonburg

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Observatory
John C. Wells Planetarium
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Mineral Museum
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Harper's Statuary and Water Gardens
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Harrisonburg

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Farmers Market
Harrisonburg Farmers Market
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Flea Market
Shenandoah Heritage Market
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Antique Store
Rolling Hills Antique Mall
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mint
2.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Harrisonburg

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Specialty Museum
Virginia Quilt Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Museum of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Harrisonburg

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Educational Site
James Madison University
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

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