High energy and full of life, 'tweens are hungry for great big fun. Browse these "big kid" options!
There are more than 65 Cool Places for Kids in Virginia:Cool Places for Little Angels | Cool Places for Grade SchoolersCool Places for Teens
Statewide - Have a horse lover in your midst? Treat them to some trail riding, lessons and more at one of Virginia's horse farms!
Williamsburg - Just minutes from downtown Williamsburg is Go Ape! Treetop Adventure and Treetop Junior, an interactive ropes course with five sections of obstacles, trapezes, net bridges, five zip lines and more. One participating adult for every two kids between 10 and 15 years of age.
Prince George -Swaders rocks out the fun with go-karts, mini golf, 50+ arcade games, batting cages and so much more!
Roanoke -Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke is a great place to see trains - models, electric, diesel and steam! Also, see autos, trucks, carriages and the African-American transportation exhibit. Plenty of hands-on exhibits make this museum extremely kid-friendly.
Manassas -Splashdown Waterpark features five different water areas with two fast cannonball slides and two 70-foot waterslides as well as a beach area, lap pool and lazy river.
Richmond - Find everything imaginable for inquisitive kids at the Science Museum of Virginia. From bugs to space and what's inside human bodies ... explore! The IMAX DOME & Planetarium is the biggest in Virginia and puts the audience in the middle of all the action!
McLean - Visit a small tenant family farm at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The one-room farm house, animals and crops of the 18th century encourage children to try their hand at farm chores like feeding the animals, repairing fences and churning butter!
Williamsburg -The Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge is a four-story, interactive treehouse with a waterfort, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, eight waterslides, four pools, two giant hot tubs, a spacious outdoor pool and huge wave pool.
Norfolk -Nauticus, The National Maritime Center features more than 150 interactive exhibits, giant screen films, exotic aquaria, touch pools and shark petting experiences!
Lynchburg -Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children's Museum has the tallest indoor climbing tower in the nation with all sorts of pathways, tunnels and a glass elevator.
Sandston - The Virginia Aviation Museum has a cool supersonic spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird! Get up close to replicas of three Wright Brothers' gliders, see Richmond's own Admiral Richard E. Byrd's plane that flew over Antarctica, as well as look at World War II dioramas, antique automobiles and other aviation exhibits.
Martinsville -Meet Triceratops at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Special events include Saturday programs for kids and field trips throughout the year.
Natural Bridge -Virginia Safari Park is Virginia's only drive-thru zoo. It's just like being on a real African safari! See hundreds of animals roaming free! Children can feed, touch and observe camels, zebras, elk, llamas, bison, ostrich, deer and antelope as well as giraffes.
Winchester -Get interactive at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. The Emergency Room in "Our Town" is great for future medical professionals.
Cool Places for Other Ages
Last Updated: 05/26/2016
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