30 Adventures to Experience, 16-30

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    Click on the Adventures you want to try #16-30:

    (16) ATV Tour | (17) Tally Ho! | (18) Coastal Kayaking
    (19) Whale Watching | (20) Dig Archaeology? | (21) Triathlon
    (22) Travel with Dog | (23) Space Adventure | (24) Hang Ten!
    (25) SCUBA | (26) Hike/Bike Virginia Trails | (27) Mine for Gems
    (28) John Smith Trail | (29) Go Geocaching | (30) Kiteboarding
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    Wild ATV Tour

    three men ATVing at Primland Resort

    16. Enjoy riding an All Terrain Vehicle along hiking trails, logging roads and jeep trails at Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan. You can either rent an ATV at the resort or bring your own. The guided tours last about three hours!

    Dirt bikes are welcome alongside ATV's at Slades Park in Surry. Navigate twelve miles on 300 acres, including a Pee Wee track for beginners and kids!

     

    Tally Ho!

    17. Experience horseback riding like it was done in Colonial Virginia. Stonehouse Stables in Williamsburg offers instruction associated with fox hunting, English saddle and jodhpurs! If you've always wanted to jump over timber fences and race over hill and dale, this style's for you!

     

    Coastal Kayaking Adventure

    18. Spend a week creeping over the eel grass beds up the Pocomoke River and Bay waters on a kayak, learning about the coastal flora and fauna from a new perspective. It's an all-inclusive package with The Marine Science Consortium on Wallops Island.

     

    whale swimming off the coast of Virginia Beach  

    Go on a Whale Watching Expedition

    19. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center leads expeditions during the winter to watch the whales feeding off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    The Whale Watching Boat Trips are available from late December to mid-March.

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    Dig Archaeology?

    20. Want to go on an archaeology dig? Learn from the experts at an authentic site! The Alexandria Archaeology Museum offers Family Dig Days, where everyone can participate and learn secrets from the experts.

    Historic Jamestowne, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2007, features an ongoing archaeology dig at the James Fort excavation administered by the APVA and the National Park Service. Volunteers are encouraged to help!

    Henricus Historical Park also presents workshops, such as "What Archaeology Reveals about Early Virginia."

    runners at the Mountain Do Triathlon The Mountain Do Triathlon at Hungry Mother State Park 
     

    Enter a Triathlon

    21. Triathlons feature three consecutive events - usually a swim, a run and a bike race - and take place in glorious settings. Even if you participate in only one competition in this lifetime, you can say you're a Triathlete! You can put it on your resumé and impress future generations! (Wow! Grandma was a triathlete!)

     

    Bring Your Dog Along

    22. Traveling with your dog is exciting if you plan ahead! Virginia offers about 500 pet-friendly accommodations. And if your dog is on a leash, he or she is welcome at all the Virginia State Parks, too. Read all about Traveling with Pets!

    Some shopping centers, theme parks and outdoor eateries feature special events for pets and their companions, too.

     

    Journey to Outer Space

    23. Why not visit a planetarium and see if you'll like outer space before you book your flight on the first passenger shuttle in 2020 ... or until you save about $20 million for the ticket?

    Science Museum of Virginia's Ethyl Corporation IMAX® DOME & Planetarium in Richmond

    Science Museum of Western Virginia's Hopkins Planetarium in Roanoke

    Virginia Living Museum's Planetarium in Newport News

    Chesapeake Planetarium in Chesapeake offers free programs; reservations required.

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools Planetarium is open to the public and offers free programs.

     

    Hang Ten, Dudes!

    24. The history of surfing on the East Coast begins in Virginia Beach and is the site of the East Coast Surfing Championships every August!

    Learn everything from your stance on the board to diving under waves and surfing whitewater!

     

    SCUBA at Lake Rawlings

    25. Lake Rawlings is the only privately-owned scuba and camping park open to the public in the state of Virginia. The park features very clear lake water for scuba diving and snorkeling.

    diver with an American flag

    The reason the lake's so clear is because granite rock bottom forms most of the bottom and 80 percent of the shoreline.

    Don't miss the submerged school buses, the CD forest, plenty of rocks and crannies and other wild attractions! You can take SCUBA lessons, fish and camp at Lake Rawlings, too.

     

    Hike and Bike Virginia's Trails

    family ready to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail

    26. Virginia's most popular trails include the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail.  

    Virginia is home to 544 miles of the Appalachian Trial, more miles than any other state. And 101 of those miles lie in beautiful Shenandoah National Park and parallel Skyline Drive.

    The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail can be accessed from Damascus and is 34.3 miles long. It began as a Native-American footpath. Daniel Boone even used the Trail while exploring the area. It got its name from the early steam locomotives that struggled up the railroad's steep grades.

    Cycling the Commonwealth could never be easier with 838 miles of United States Bicycle Routes 1 and 76 running through it, plus others, such as the 54-mile Virginia Capital Trail, unique bicycle and pedestrian route linking the first settlement in Jamestown, the Colonial Capital in Williamsburg, and Virginia's modern seat of government in Richmond. Download your free Bicycling in Virginia map with all the trails.

    Lucky Lake Gem and Mineral Mine of Virginia  

    Mine for Gems

    27. Lucky Lake Gem and Mineral Mine of Virginia in McKenney has a partially covered, accessible flume where you can sit and sift through your dirt. Treasures will unfold before your eyes as the water washes them clean!  The Morefield Gem Mine in Amelia offers something for both the amateur or advanced rock hunter alike. Find amazonite, topaz and garnets. 

     

    Captain John Smith Trail

    28. This land and water trail follows the James River from Jamestown Island to the falls in Richmond, which stopped John Smith and Christopher Newport from traveling farther upriver.

    Be adventurous and follow the Water Trail, which highlights the James River Park System-Pony Pasture and goes through Richmond's historic canals, riverfront and Citie of Henricus, where Pocahontas wed John Rolfe. It goes through a wildlife refuges, plantations, Indian lands and forts.

     

    Go Geocaching!

    29. Geocaching employs the use of a GPS to find the cache or treasure. The rule is usually "take some stuff and leave some stuff" according to the history of the adventure, which first began in May 2000, soon after the accuracy of GPS technology greatly improved.

    To get started, visit the Geocaching in Virginia site. There, you will select the city you want to explore and the type of terrain you want to walk. You'll need to purchase a logbook to record what caches you've visited, your personalized rubber stamp to stamp the cache's logbook, a pencil to make comments and an item to leave in the cache, replacing the item you take.

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    Kiteboard

    kiteboarder at Cape Charles, Va.

    30. Learn the exciting sport of kiteboarding - the fastest growing sport on the water - at the SouthEast Expeditions Kiteboarding School at Virginia's Eastern Shore in Cape Charles.

    This is the ideal spot to learn, with flat, shallow water and consistent side shore breezes.

    Kiteboarder magazine calls this place "the best-kept secret on the East Coast!"

Last Updated: 3/27/2013 9:42 AM
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