--- GET ACTIVE AT A VIRGINIA STATE PARK ---Virginia's 36 state parks are open year 'round for your exploration and enjoyment. Hike or bike the trails, or get involved with an organized activity. Geocaching is a hit with families. Inquire with a park ranger about a GPS unit to get on your way. #OptOutside: Black Friday goes GREEN! Visit a Virginia State Park between November 26 and 29, 2015 and take photos. Upload those photos for a chance to win a lifetime pass to the parks, gift certificates, and cool prizes from REI. More Information
Douthat State Park
--- GO FOR A HIKE ---Our curated list of 15 Favorite Winter Hikes will give you ideas for great look-outs, waterfall hikes (they may be beautifully frozen!), and even jaunts to fire towers.
Doyles River Trail
--- HIT THE SLOPES ---Snowmaking typically begins early- to mid-December (and sometimes earlier) at Virginia's mountain resorts. Check the slope reports and plan accordingly for a fun time tubing, snowboarding, and skiing. Ice skating is also available at some locations. Snow Reports: - Bryce Resort - Massanutten Resort (don't miss their indoor waterpark!) - Omni Homestead Resort (check out their heated outdoor pool!) - Wintergreen Resort
--- SKATE AWAY, INDOORS OR OUT ---Stars on Ice will have nothing on you guys! Whirl and twirl away a few hours at any of Virginia's indoor or seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks. Skate rentals and warm concessions are typically available, and if you're skating outdoors at night, snow is always in the forecast at select rinks.
Reston Town Center Ice Skating
--- BUNDLE UP FOR A BIKE RIDE ---We identified 10 Virginia Bicycle Routes Perfect for Any Season, and that includes this one. Of recent interest and notoriety is the Virginia Capital Trail winding from Richmond to Williamsburg along Route 5 and the James River. The entire length of the trail is now open and many cyclist have been enjoying the scenery and seasonal beauty.
Virginia Capital Bike Trail: Shiplock Park
Where do you most enjoy taking your friends and family when you need a breath of fresh air? Leave a comment to share.