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Spring Break

It’s time to start planning your family’s spring break vacation, and there is no better place for a spring break getaway than in Virginia! You’ll find countless things to do during spring break, from thrilling visits to theme parks and indoor water parks to educational trips to museums, exhibits, and historic sites to keep your kids (and yourself!) thirsting for knowledge. Nature enthusiasts can explore Virginia’s State Parks, National Parks, and National Refuges; if you’re in need of pampering, there are dozens of spas and resorts throughout the Commonwealth that provide luxurious services; and seasonal spring festivals allow you to welcome the warmer weather with a memorable family-friendly event.

Spend your spring break in Virginia this year to create lasting memories with your family and friends! Read on for more information about the best things to do over spring break in Virginia.

Theme Parks

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Make plans to hit a theme park. Enjoy the countries of Busch Gardens in Williamsburg or the family roller coaster park of Kings Dominion near Richmond.

Indoor Waterparks

Massanutten Indoor Waterpark

Massanutten Indoor Waterpark

Outdoor waterparks are closed until the summer season, so check out the indoor Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Williamsburg and the Massanutten Resort Water Park in McGaheysville.

Get Back to Nature

Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park

Get back to nature at Virginia State Parks, voted "America's Best." Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife watching. Do a little research to see if there are geocaching opportunities.

If you and your family love creature-seeking, you'll enjoy adventuring about Virginia's nature centers, zoos and Natural Area Preserves. Meet aquatic life at indoor aquariums, touch pools and in interactive living exhibits.

Children are thrilled to visit the eerie worlds created by dripstone stalactites and stalagmites in Virginia's Caverns. Did you know that some of the caverns were discovered by curious children and their dogs?

On the Atlantic Ocean

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

This is a great time to enjoy one of Virginia's Beaches. The water might give a refreshing tingle, but you can play volleyball, build sand castles, fish from a pier or sunbathe. Many hotels offer heated pools so the kids can still get in their waterplay.

Hot History

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

"History is fun," say the folks at Jamestown Settlement. Did you know that 2007 marked the 400th birthday of our nation's founding by the English who settled in Jamestown in 1607?

Another fun, historic place to visit is Colonial Williamsburg, where you and the kids can pretend you're living in colonial days. The entire town stays in character 24 hours a day.

Dive into Virginia's presidential history in a fun, kid-energized way to learn about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.

Somewhat Unexpected



If your family enjoys Weird & Wacky attractions, Virginia has a complete list of off-beat things to do. For example, visit Dinosaur Land, home to more than 50 fiberglass prehistoric creatures — lifesized! Or you might want to visit Virginia's Childhood Totems, such as Route 11 Potato Chip Factory or the Birthplace of Mr. Peanut.

Try your piloting skills in an official NASA Shuttle Landing Simulator at the Air & Space Center in Hampton. For more flight and space explorations, see Out-of-this-World Vacations.

Joyful Music

Floyd Country Store

Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store

If your family enjoys country and bluegrass music, why not take a trip along The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail that takes you from the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, with plenty of family- friendly music venues along the way?

Museums and Exhibits

Hall of Ancient Life at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Plan a visit to a Virginia museum to discover excitement and education all in one place. Younger children will enjoy the hands-on experience of the Children's Museum of Richmond, Charlottesville's Virginia Discovery Museum, and Amazement Square in Lynchburg. Want something that will interest both adults and kids? The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and the Science Museum of Virginia all combine science and visually stunning displays to enthrall every audience.

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