This Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Visiting With Kids post is the final post is a 4-part summer 2014 travel series by Kathleen Bunn. She’s a travel blogger who writes about her amazing adventures at Life with 4 Boys.
Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Learn About a Legend
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson is located in Charlottesville, VA. In stark contrast to the rather quaint dwelling located just down the road at Ash Lawn-Highland, Monticello sits as a living monument high atop a hill, overlooking the once flourishing fields that were so dear to Jefferson during his life. Monticello itself was designed and redesigned almost all of Jefferson’s life, a perpetually unfinished project. It is here that children can step back in time and learn about the legend who was Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Book a Family Friendly Tour
Your visit to Monticello should start with booking a spot on a family friendly tour. Held throughout the day, these tours will take you by shuttle up the hill to Monticello for a tour. It is the only way to see the inside of the home, and the family-friendly tours are built just for families with children. Be aware though, no photography is allowed inside the home.
Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Tour the Cellar and Grounds
While waiting for your tour to begin, the cellar of the home is available for self-paced touring, and has several interactive exhibits for children to learn about life at Monticello when Jefferson was alive. Touring the garden and small pond is another family friendly activity. See the garden alive with all the vegetables of the day, and enjoy looking out over the rolling hills.
Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Informative Video
If you are traveling with older children, you might think of taking in the informative video shown ever half hour near the main entrance at the visitor’s center. This short film tells about the life of Thomas Jefferson and his love for Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson Monticello: Visit the Griffin Discovery Room
This is a great area for children, particularly those that are younger. Take a turn of fanning a blacksmith’s fire, try building your own Monticello with blocks, play a game of chess and experience so many other fun facts about Thomas Jefferson and the happenings of the time in which he lived.
Monticello is open to the public year round, and admission is $25 for adults and $8 for children 5-11. For more information, you can visit Monticello.org.