Fun Things to Do in Virginia

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Whether you tour historic sites or take yoru kids to the zoo, you will find plenty to do in Virginia.

Free Fun

As you search for things to do with your kids in Virginia, why not consider some of the state’s many free attractions. For instance, Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center (www.newsomehouse.org) in Newport News is free to visit. It contains exhibits highlighting African American culture and history in the region.  At Fort Eustis, your kids can tour the exhibits that highlight the history of transportation in the military at the US Army Transportation Museum (http://www.transchool.lee.army.mil/), and admission is free here as well.

Educational Fun

Educational fun options center around your children’s ages and interests. If you have younger children, consider the Children’s Museum of Virginia (www.childrensmuseumva.com). The museum has hands-on activities as well as workshops, classes, and camps to get kids interested in learning more about the world around them. It is located in Portsmouth. The Virginia Discovery Museum (Www.vadm.org) in Charlottesville is another popular choice for younger children, and it often has touring exhibits and special events to make every visit more interesting. For older children who are interested in science topics, the Science Museum of Virginia (www.smv.org) offers exceptional exhibits centering on all aspects of science, as well as an IMAX theater. It is in Richmond.

Environmental Fun

Sometimes the best place to teach kids about the environment is a zoological park, where they can get close to the world’s most exotic animals. Virginia Zoological Park (http://www.virginiazoo.org/) in Norfolk is one such park, offering the chance to learn about over 115 different species of animals. If you want your kids to specifically learn about the animals native to Virginia, head to Newport News to visit the Virginia Living Museum (www.thevlm.org), which only has animals that are native to the region but has over 250 species. If you prefer a less structured opportunity to see nature, visit Great Falls Park (http://www.nps.gov/grfa/) on the Potomac River, where you can watch the breathtaking display of water and let your kids roam the 800-acre park.

Seasonal Fun

When Christmas hits, you will want to take your kids to one of the many light shows along the 100 Miles of Lights (http://www.100milesoflights.com/), which cover Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Newport News. In the fall, Mount Vernon (http://www.mountvernon.org/) turns into an amazing fall festival complete with straw bale maze and games that were played in Washington’s time.

Just for Mom Fun

Virginia is filled with vineyards, and you may want to take a free tour and have a sample of the vineyards wine when you get some time to yourself. You can usually find a vineyard near your location in most areas of Virginia, but some popular options include Mountain Cove Vineyards (http://www.mountaincovevineyards.com/) in Lovingston and Hill Top Berry Farm (http://www.hilltopberrywine.com/) in Nellysford.

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