Now that you’re filled with freedom from cleaning your home, how will you spend your free time?
Consider exploring some of what the Lakeside community has to offer:
- The Lakeside area was originally known as “Springfield” due to the many natural springs and lakes in the area. The name was later changed to “Lakeside” to reflect the neighborhood’s natural features.
- The Lakeside Roller Coaster was a popular attraction in the neighborhood during the early 20th century. The coaster was built in 1917 and was located in Lakeside Park. It operated until 1950, when it was dismantled and sold for scrap.
- The Lakeside Farmers Market is one of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in Virginia. It has been operating in the neighborhood since the early 20th century and features a wide variety of locally grown produce, meats, and baked goods.
- The historic Lakeside Diner has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1935. It is known for its classic diner fare and has been featured in several movies and TV shows.
- The Lakeside Avenue Halloween Parade is an annual event that has been held in the neighborhood since the 1990s. The parade features costumes, floats, and marching bands, and is a popular community event.
Other places to visit in Lakeside include:
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: a beautiful botanical garden featuring a variety of themed gardens, including a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and a children’s garden.
- Bryan Park: a large park featuring walking trails, a lake, and several picnic areas.
- Lakeside Park: a small park located in the heart of the neighborhood that features a playground, picnic areas, and a basketball court.
- Final Gravity Brewing Co.: a local brewery that features a variety of craft beers and hosts events and live music.
- The Keep Restaurant: a restaurant that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and has outdoor seating with a view of the historic Lakeside Farmers Market.