For Families

Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, but do you know just how much there is to do in every Virginia vacation experience? From the boardwalks and battleships of Coastal VA, to the birthplace of country music and country trails on horseback in Southwestern VA, to the coasters and colonists of Central VA, there’s plenty for the whole family to do, and within a stone’s throw from your stay. Come discover why a Virginia vacation is all that you love, all in one trip.

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Kids Running - Virginia Beach

Welcome to Virginia Beach, where family memories are made, laughter is heard around every corner, and adventure awaits at every turn. Our specially curated family trip includes a blend of educational experiences, natural wonders, and unforgettable moments.

Stop 1: Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Start your trip with a stroll down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. This vibrant heart of Virginia Beach offers the perfect backdrop for a family photo and is lined with playgrounds, live entertainment, and the inviting sands of the beach itself.

Stop 2: Virginia Beach Aquarium

Dive into a world of marine wonder at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. With hands-on exhibits, a touch tank, and mesmerizing aquatic displays, it's an educational journey through the ocean's depths that will captivate the young and the young at heart. 

Stop 3: Cape Charles

Spend the day exploring the Eastern Shore. An hour drive from Virginia Beach sits the charming streets of Downtown Cape Charles. Explore the local shops and restaurants before venturing into the natural beauty of Kiptopeke State Park. Here, families can discover local wildlife, hike scenic trails, and enjoy a peaceful day immersed in Virginia's breathtaking landscapes.

Stop 4: The Battleship Wisconsin

Step aboard the historic Battleship Wisconsin in Norfolk for a journey back in time. This floating museum captivates with its stories of bravery and exploration at sea, offering an educational outing that's as entertaining as it is enlightening.

Stop 5: Elizabeth River Sailing Cruise

For a change of pace, embark on a family-friendly sailing cruise along the Elizabeth River. It's a relaxing way to see the sights and Norfolk skyline from a new perspective while enjoying some quality family time together.

COASTAL & CENTRAL

Colonial Williamsburg

Dive into Richmond's eclectic neighborhoods, where every corner tells a story and there's a vibe for everyone. Take a time-travel trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, then amp up the adrenaline at Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens. Chill out and reconnect with nature at Maymont Park to wrap up an adventure that's as rich in history as it is in thrills and relaxation.

Stop 1: Richmond Neighborhoods

Dive into the heart of Central Virginia with a journey through Richmond's diverse neighborhoods like Jackson Ward, Church Hill, and Carytown. Each area offers its own unique charm, from historical landmarks to family-friendly dining and shopping, ensuring an enriching experience for all ages. Unlike any other, Carytown beckons with its mix of quaint boutiques, delightful eateries, and entertainment options that cater to every member of the family. From the historic Byrd Theatre's family movie nights to interactive shops, Carytown offers a variety of activities that promise a rich, engaging experience for visitors of all ages. 

Stop 2: Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown

Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, the world's largest living history museum. With costumed interpreters, historic buildings, and engaging workshops, families can experience life in the 18th century, making history come alive in a way that's both educational and entertaining.

Stop 3: Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens 

Thrill-seekers rejoice at Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens, where exhilarating rides, captivating shows, and themed areas await. Both parks are an easy drive from Richmond, offering a variety of rides and attractions for all ages. At Kings Dominion, enjoy roller coasters, water slides, and kid-friendly areas like Planet Snoopy. Busch Gardens, with its European themes, provides exciting rides, cultural experiences, and shows suitable for the whole family. Richmond is the ideal base for your trip, giving you easy access to both parks along with convenient city amenities and accommodations.

Stop 4: Maymont Park 

Discover the natural beauty of Maymont Park, a 100-acre Victorian estate with stunning gardens, a children's farm, and a nature center. It's a peaceful retreat where families can explore outdoor wonders and enjoy a picnic by the water.

Stop 5: Fredericksburg

Explore the rich history and charming streets of Fredericksburg, where you can visit battlefields, museums, and quaint shops. It's a place where history and hospitality meet, offering a quieter alternative to the bustling attractions.

 

CENTRAL & SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Hawksbill Mountain

Kick off your family’s Charlottesville journey with a taste of history at the iconic home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello. Within a short drive you can find Luray Caverns and the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park. This trip’s the perfect blend of natural wonder, historical exploration, and breathtaking scenery.

Stop 1: Monticello

Step back in time at Monticello, the iconic home of Thomas Jefferson. Through hands-on tours and engaging exhibits, families can explore the life and legacy of one of America's founding fathers, making history accessible and exciting.

Stop 2: Luray Caverns

Marvel at the natural wonder of Luray Caverns, where spectacular formations and the echoing sounds of Stalacpipe Organ create a magical underground world. It's an awe-inspiring experience that sparks curiosity and wonder in explorers of all ages.

Stop 3: Shenandoah National Park

Immerse your family in the beauty of Shenandoah National Park. With scenic drives, over 500 miles of trails, and countless opportunities to spot wildlife, it's the perfect place to reconnect with nature and each other.

Stop 4: Carter Mountain Orchard

Savor the taste of Virginia at Carter Mountain, where the orchards offer more than just apple picking. Enjoy panoramic views, fresh cider, and family-friendly events that celebrate the richness of the region. Don’t miss the Apple Cider donuts!

Stop 5: Blue Ridge Parkway & Skyline Drive

For a scenic adventure, take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 496-mile drive from the Shenandoah Valley down to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. As you reach Shenandoah National Park, you’ll find Skyline Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world and the only public road through the park. With breathtaking vistas, picnic areas, and hiking trails, it's a scenic journey through the heart of Virginia's natural beauty.

NORTHERN

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Embark on a journey through Northern Virginia, where you and your family can delve into the rich tapestry of American history and nature. From exploring George Washington's Mount Vernon to strolling through Old Town Alexandria and enjoying the natural beauty of Great Falls Park, there's a diverse array of engaging and educational experiences for visitors of all ages.

Stop 1: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Visit George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon to step back in time and explore the life and legacy of America's first president. With hands-on activities, beautiful gardens, and engaging tours, it's a historical journey that fascinates both young and old.

Stop 2: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Marvel at aviation and space history at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. See iconic aircraft, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and engaging exhibits that inspire future pilots and astronauts.

Stop 3: Old Town Alexandria and the Waterfront

Stroll through the charming streets of Old Town Alexandria, enjoy the waterfront views, and discover interactive history, delightful shops, and family-friendly dining in this picturesque neighborhood.

Stop 4: Great Falls Park

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle, this natural oasis offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River as it cascades over rugged rocks. Great Falls Park is a perfect outdoor classroom, with easy-to-navigate trails and scenic overlooks that are safe and accessible for family members of all ages.

Stop 5: Arlington National Cemetery and the DEA Museum

Visit Arlington National Cemetery, where the entire family can learn about the USA’s military history and visit the graces of U.S. heroes. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a solemn, must-see event that captivates visitors of all ages. 

Spend an afternoon at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum to learn about drugs and drug law enforcement and its impact on society through interactive exhibits and educational programs. Kids can even become DEA Junior Special Agents.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

Natural Bridge State Park

A family trip to Roanoke is an adventure into the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you explore downtown Roanoke’s museums and boutiques or enjoy the endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, you’re in for an unforgettable trip for everyone in your family.

Stop 1: Natural Bridge State Park

Explore the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge State Park, a natural wonder that has captivated visitors for centuries. Enjoy the walking trails, the beautiful vistas, and the educational visitor center that brings the area's history to life.

Stop 2: Downtown Roanoke / Mill Mountain

Discover the heart of Roanoke and the iconic Mill Mountain. Visit the famous Roanoke Star for breathtaking views and enjoy the city's vibrant downtown area, full of family-friendly museums, shops, and dining options.

Stop 3: Virginia Safari Park

Experience the thrill of a safari in Virginia! The Virginia Safari Park offers a unique adventure where you can drive through and interact with animals in a free-roaming environment—a fun and educational outing for the whole family.

Stop 4: Claytor Lake State Park

Spend a day on the water at Claytor Lake State Park, a 21-mile-long reservoir on the New River formed by Claytor Dam. Whether you're boating, fishing, or simply enjoying a picnic by the water, these spots offer serene beauty and outdoor fun. Check out Mountain 2 Island at the rockhouse marina for rentals and daily entertainment.

Stop 5: Hike the Cascade Falls Trail

For an easy, family-friendly hike, Cascades Falls is a popular option that also serves as a great spot for a picnic. The trail is a 3.7-mile out-and-back trail that leads to the breathtaking sight of a 69-foot waterfall cascading into a crystal-clear pool below. Ideal for families seeking a balance of activity and relaxation, Cascades Falls promises a memorable outing.

 

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Take a trip to the heart of Virginia Music Country and dive into a rich musical heritage, offering visitors a unique blend of live music, history, and a vibrant community spirit, making it a must-visit for anyone craving a taste of authentic Americana.

Stop 1: Spearhead Trails

Embark on an exhilarating family adventure through the beautiful landscapes of Southwest Virginia with an ATV ride on the Spearhead Trails. Experience the thrill of the trails together, creating unforgettable memories amidst the region's natural beauty.

Stop 2: Carter Family Fold

Immerse your family in the roots of American music at the Carter Family Fold. Enjoy live performances in a family-friendly atmosphere, where the legacy of country music comes to life.

Stop 3: Main Street Bristol

Discover the charm of Main Street Bristol, a hub of culture, shopping, and dining. Its welcoming atmosphere and variety of activities ensure there's something for every member of the family. 

Stop 4: Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Explore the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, where interactive exhibits and fascinating stories illuminate the origins of country music and its impact on American culture.

Stop 5: VA Creeper Trail

Adventure awaits on the Virginia Creeper Trail, where families can bike or hike through stunning landscapes, crossing bridges and streams, in what is truly one of the most beautiful trails in the country.