Maintained by the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department, the Historic Downtown Mall is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. This pedestrian mall is home to a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants located in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street Charlottesville.
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Enjoy dining at a number of fine restaurants, shop the unique boutiques, see a movie, play or show, or simply relax and enjoy the flowers. Garage parking is available and many merchants offer free two hour parking validation.
Children and families that visit the Downtown Mall can also stop by the Virginia Discovery Museum on the East End. The Museum is interactive and encourages hands on participation in learning with many exhibits that change during the year.
The Downtown Mall is also home to some of the best entertainment venues in Central Virginia. The nTelos Wireless Pavilion hosts a number of outside concerts from Spring to Fall featuring nationally known musical talent. The Paramount is a renovated historic theater that brings in comedy acts, musical theater, and some of the country's best singers. The Jefferson Theater hosts a wide variety of live shows year-round. Live Arts is a community theater providing full season productions, several special series, and extensive education programs.