Capture the memories as you indulge your senses and rejuvenate your soul in the heart of Virginia's Hampton Roads region, Newport News, this holiday season.
The kids will love the Virginia Living Museum and its mountains-to-sea live exhibits and Laser Holidays show (Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve). The Museum is an amazing place for them to connect with nature and for you to relax knowing they're having fun! Revive the troops with a snack at Wild Side Cafe and then you're off to explore the next habitat.
Nearby, your early dinner awaits! Crab Shack on the James is a locally-owned restaurant serving a variety of fresh dishes. They've even garnered a mention in Coastal Living Magazine. While you're there, take a walk out on the longest fishing pier on the East Coast.
Cap off the day with an illuminated two-mile drive through Celebration in Lights at Newport News Regional Park, part of 100 Miles of Lights. Two hundred displays (70 animated) will be as exciting for you as it is for your little ones!
Go to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, where the kids can explore at the "Hands On For Kids" gallery. It's an interactive, educational space for younger children. Treat yourself to a comfortable atmosphere at nearby The Lunch Bell. They're serving up southern breakfasts and a simple lunch board of soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches.
Care to give them some history along with their nature and art? Take a holiday flavored tour of Endview Plantation or Lee Hall Mansion. The kids might just run into St. Nick somewhere along the way! For dinner, consider Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar.