Conveniently located in Southside, Virginia, and one hour from Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro/Winston-Salem areas of North Carolina, and Roanoke and Lynchburg areas of Virginia, Danville offers much to our community. There’s plenty to do and see in Danville. Millionaires Row along Main St. features beautiful Victorian homes. The newly renovated North Theater provides a venue for theatre, arts and music. Carrington Pavilion hosts top concerts. The “Festival in the Park,” held at Ballou Park in early May, features free live entertainment, craftsmen and artists, and the River City Chili Challenge. The Danville Science Center features hands-on exhibits and special programs. VIRginia International Raceway hosts amateur and professional automobile and motorcycle events, driving schools, club days and private test rentals. There’s also the Danville Braves, the Rookie League team of the Atlanta Braves. Also, during butterfly season (April to October), don’t miss the beauty of the Butterfly Station and Garden, one of only a few butterfly greenhouses in Virginia. Education is an important part of community life.
Averett University offers 35 undergraduate degrees and three master’s degrees. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, in affiliation with Virginia Tech’s faculty, conducts research in the fields of polymers, unmanned systems, high-value horticulture and forestry, and motorsports engineering. Danville Community College offers many educational options, including an affiliation with Old Dominion University.
Outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year thanks to Danville’s mild, four-season climate. The Dan River, which runs through the city, is a beautiful natural resource for fishing and also offers many miles of trails for walking, rollerblading, or bike riding. Bordering the river is Dan Daniel Memorial Park, 170 acres of wetlands and woodlands. There are many lakes within easy driving distance for camping, fishing and boating, including Smith Mountain Lake, VA; Hyco Lake, NC and Buggs Island Lake in Clarksville, VA. The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is less than an hour away, and the beaches of North and South Carolina are within a four-hour drive.