Teenagers are hungry for grown-up fun. These hot spots will feed the need to run.
There are more than 65 Cool Places for Kids in Virginia:Cool Places for Little Angels | Cool Places for Grade SchoolersCool Places for 'Tweens
Williamsburg -Busch Gardens has some pretty awesome rides, too. From repeatedly inverting spiral runs to a 200-foot, merciless drop, these thrillers aren't for pansies.
Weirwood - Hold on tight! The Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center offers the ride of your life, from 2500 feet to a mile-high! Bring your baby brother or sister, too. Surprise, surprise, this ride is good for ages 4 and up.
Doswell - Kings Dominion's 16 thrill rides include the longest floorless coaster in the world and a 272-foot 72 mph drop ride! WaterWorks is a pretty fun time, too, with a 650,000 gallon wave pool and more!
Wintergreen - Zip line, mini-golf, gaming systems, and more are waiting for a wide range of kids at Discovery Ridge Adventure Center at Wintergreen Resort. All this fun on top of the awesome slopes, boarding and tubing? You betcha!
Rice - The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat is the largest and first of its kind in Central Virginia. Come aboard for 52 obstacles, including 13 zip lines!
Virginia Beach - Check out the skate park at Mount Trashmore! It's an extensive street course with a seven-foot deep bowl and a 13.5-foot tall vert ramp. Sheer adrenaline!
Williamsburg -Water Country USA boasts the most get-wet action. Check out the twistin', turnin', spit-you-out river rafting adventure, along with 415-foot flumes propelling you to a pretty quick 25 mph!
Cape Charles - It's all the rage and you've got to get the knack of this one ... kiteboarding! Take lessons from Virginia's first full-service kiteboarding shop, SouthEast Expeditions, on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Lynchburg - Feel like skiing in spring or summer or do you know how? You can take lessons or go for the gusto on the advanced run. Check out Snowflex Center, a synthetic ski slope that is the only one of its kind in the United States. Rent your skis, boards and tubes on-site.
Chantilly - The National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center features several flight simulators as well as an observation tower to watch flights in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport. The IMAX® and Planetarium are pretty cool places to chill for a bit, too.
Big kids who feel the need for speed (or so they think), will love taking in a NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway or Richmond International Raceway (RIR). If racing isn't on the agenda, you can still see those 850 horsepower beauties at Wood Brothers Racing Museum. Better yet, ride shotgun with the Richard Petty Driving Experience™ at RIR! Teens 14 and older can ride along for three qualifying-speed laps (that's up to 165 mph).
Virginia Beach - Take an Atlantic Ocean excursion with a wildlife watching cruise from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. While you're there, check out the six-story-high IMAX® Theater and burn off some energy at The Adventure Park!
Petersburg - Live the life of a Civil War soldier when you enroll in the Civil War Adventure Camp at Pamplin Historical Park. Leave the Ipod and smart phone behind - those luxuries aren't welcome in the 1800s.
Dinwiddie - Have a racer in the mix? Bring the bikes to Virginia Motorsports Park for motorcross open practice sessions and races.
Portsmouth - Full of simulators and interactive courts to test your skillz, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum showcases 20 sports and more than 200 Virginia athletes, coaches and other influential sports figures.
Danville -The Tank Museum boasts the most extensive collection of tank and cavalry artifacts collection found in the world. Dating from 1509 to present day with all nations represented, the Museums has over 103 tanks and artillery pieces, 150 mid size weapons, over 1500 Tank and cavalry uniforms, 1300 pieces of headgear, pins, patches, and other military memorabilia.
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Last Updated: 09/29/2015
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