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Natural Bridge Zoo Park
5784 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578
The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is home to the most complete collection of animals
and birds in the state of Virginia and is a breeding and rescue center for rare
and endangered species. African Elephant rides are held on the weekends along
with a chance to feed the elephant. At scheduled times, photo opportunities with
specific baby animals, such as white baby tigers, are held. Take a walk on the
wild side with mountain lions, tigers, bears, serval, zebras, various antelope,
alligators, and more. Monkey around with numerous species of baboons, capuchins,
gibbons, lemurs, macaques, and spider monkeys. Feed herds of Giraffe, llamas,
pygmy goats, exotic donkeys, camels, fallow deer, and pot-bellied pigs.
Photograph rare cranes, hornbills, and Virginia’s first colony of breeding
flamingo. More than 100 babies are born each year. Picnic areas and free parking
Virginia Zoological Park
3500 Granby St
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Phone: (757) 441-5227
The Virginia Zoological Park seeks to increase understanding of the world's
flora and fauna and to add to the growing body of knowledge about them; to
display animals respectfully, in a natural way that encourages their natural
behavior; to conserve animals and their habitats; and to offer opportunities for
learning and enjoyment to the public. It will strive to fulfill this mission
through education, conservation, research and recreation.
Mill Mountain Zoo
PO Box 13484
Roanoke, Virginia 24034
Phone: (540) 343-3241
Mill Mountain Zoo exhibits 45 species of exotic and native animals on a ten acre
site. Winding pathways and observation areas provide close viewing of such
animals as a Siberian Tiger, Red Pandas, Golden Lion Tamarins, Hawks, Tree
Kangaroos, and reptiles. A popular contact area includes goats and small mammals
which children can learn about up close. During the summer season, programs are
presented on the Zoo's amphitheater located at the top of Mill Mountain with
beautiful views of the Roanoke Valley below.
Luray Reptile Center, Dinosaur Park and Petting Zoo
1087 US Hwy 211 West
Luray, Virginia 22835
Phone: (540) 743-4113
Over 87 different species are exhibited in all! The main building contains over
80 reptile exhibits, ranging from adorable geckos, to roaring alligators! Here
you will find most every type of venomous snake that reside in the United
States. Mammoth pythons, king cobras, and some very interesting lizards
and turtle species are also on exhibit. In the outdoor section of the center one
can roam with tame animals in the petting zoo. The loose animals in the petting
area love to be hand fed and loved on. Our African pygmy goats are the star
attraction, small, cute, animated, and friendly, the goats are a huge hit with
kids and adults. Also in the petting zoo are Fallow deer from Europe, Sicilian
donkeys, llamas and sheep. Food for the animals may be purchased at on site
Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
Phone: (434) 352-8987
Walk the old county lanes where Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of
Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all
United States forces, on April 9, 1865. Imagine the events that signaled the end
of the Southern States' attempt to create a separate nation. The National Park
encompasses approximately 1800 acres of of rolling hills in rural central
Virginia. The site includes the McLean home (surrender site) and the village of
Appomattox Court House, Virginia, the former county seat for Appomattox County.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Phone: (540) 371-0802
Approximately 110,000 casualties occurred during the four major battles fought
in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Virginia making it the bloodiest ground on
the North American continent. In 1927 the U.S. Congress established
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Memorial National Military Park to
commemorate the heroic deeds of the men engaged at the battles of
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.
Shenandoah National Park
Phone: (540) 999-3500
Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between
Pennsylvania and Georgia. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along
the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, provides vistas of
the spectacular landscape to east and west. The park holds more than 500 miles
of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Trails may follow a
ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to
waterfalls in deep canyons.
Great Falls Park
Phone: (703) 285-2965
Great Falls Park, a site that is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway,
is an 800 acre park located along the Potomac River 14 miles upriver from
Washington D.C. The park is known for two things, it's scenic beauty at the head
of Potomac River fall line and the historic Patowmack Canal.
Prince William Forest Park
Phone: (703) 221-7181
Prince William Forest Park is the largest natural area in the Washington, DC,
metropolitan region, consisting of over 17,000 acres (27 sq. miles). The
park offers many recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing,
solitude, picnicking, fishing, 37 miles of hiking trails, and 11 bicycle paths.
The park also features a variety of overnight experiences, such as family and
group tent camping, backcountry camping, family and group rustic cabin camping,
and a full-service, concessionaire-operated RV campground.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Phone: (804) 224-1732
Today this 550-acre park memorializes George Washington and the place of his
birth. The park includes: Visitor Center; the brick foundation of the house
where he was born; the Washington family cemetery where George’s father,
grandfather, and great-grandfather are buried; the historical area with the
Memorial House, kitchen, and typical plantation surroundings; the picnic grounds
with a nature trail; and the Potomac River beach area.
Colonial National Historic Park
Phone: (757) 898-2410
Colonial National Historic Park (NHP) administers two of the most historically
significant sites in English North America. Jamestown, the first permanent
English settlement in North America in 1607, is administer jointly with the
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, and Yorktown
Battlefield, the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1781.
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (888) 639-7386 / (703) 284-3544
The Newseum, the interactive museum of news, takes visitors behind the scenes to
see and experience how and why news is made. Visitors can be reporters or
television newscasters; relive the great news stories of all time through
multimedia exhibits, artifacts and news memorabilia; and see today’s news as it
happens on a block-long video news wall.
Ashland, Virginia 23005
Phone: (804) 752-7200
View the sky through a 12" Cassegrain reflector. Call ahead for public
600 College Drive
Phone: (434) 984-9822
The Home of Thomas Jefferson.
Virginia Discovery Museum
East End of the Downtown Mall
524 East Main Street
Post Office Box 1128
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 977-1025
Located on the east end of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia, the
Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on the
arts, sciences, humanities, history and nature. Families are encouraged to
explore the Museum together -- visitors of all ages are free to touch, play and
explore. Learning and fun are the goal. Creative play is the way!
Museum of Natural History-UVA
104 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Phone: (434) 982-4605
Programs include children's activities, outreach education, a lending library of
teaching materials, field trips, exhibits, summer programs, lectures, and more.
The Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220
Exhibits, shows, programs, films, classes, outreach activities, IMAX theater and
Virginia Air and Space Museum
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, Virginia 23669
Phone: (757) 727-0900
Great exhibits, IMAX theater and much more for everyone in the family.
Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Hampton Roads, Virginia
The museum is an official U.S. Navy-institution that studies and interprets
220-plus years of Naval history in the Hampton Roads region. In partnership with
Nauticus: The National Maritime Center and the City of Norfolk, the museum is
also responsible for the artifacts and day-to-day management of the battleship
Wisconsin, which visitors can tour.
Experience Life in the 18th Century at the country's largest outdoor museum.
Amusement Parks & Water Parks
7500 Ben Lomond Park Drive
Manassas, Virginia 20109
Phone: (703) 361-4451
11 acres of family water fun. Water slides, rides, thrills, twists, pools,
kiddie rides and many other fun attractions for the family.
Dominion & WaterCountry USA
Phone: (804) 876-5561
Family rides, kiddie rides, water rides, some of the best thrill rides and
roller coasters in the US and many more attractions for the whole family. Great
selection of rides for younger children, including many popular theme based
Busch Gardens - Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187
Phone: (757) 253-3350
Rides and attractions for the whole family and for any age. With dozens of
thrilling rides and attractions, eight main stage shows, a wide variety of
authentic foods and shops, and a magical children’s area, Busch Gardens
Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class adventure.
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Family Vacation Hot Spots (Beaches, Lakes, etc.)
Virginia - Chincoteague Island, Virginia's only resort island, is one of
the many and perhaps the most beautiful island that dots Virginia's Eastern
Shore. World famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, this picturesque island
is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore. The first time
visitor to Chincoteague Island will enjoy the outdoor recreation at its very
best. Chincoteague Island offers a way of life for those fun minded adventurers
who enjoy the land and the water.
For those who would rather stay in town, try exploring the unique shops, or just
enjoy the peace and quiet contentment of our small town atmosphere. The island
provides services to suit every need and taste, from modern motels, shady
campgrounds and Vacation Rentals to permanent home sites. To see beautiful
sunrises and sunsets, cool summer breezes, animals in their natural habitat,
beaches that go on forever and friendly people is truly a blessing from God.
Virginia Beach, Virginia - Beaches, amusement parks, shopping and a
whole list of other activities for families.
Virginia Beach, Virginia -
helpful site with hotel and beach home rental information, calendar of events,
answers to frequently asked questions about the area and more.
Virginia - Colonial beach offers clean public beaches on the Potomac
River. Some of the beaches have public volleyball nets, and playgrounds, making
your day at the beach an enjoyable one. Tourists and locals alike, enjoy taking
a stroll down our tree lined boardwalk which borders the beach, taking in the
spectacular water views which are endless. There are several new playgrounds
bordering the boardwalk, and for our outdoors minded there is a free Town pier
offering fishing for Rockfish, crabs, Bluefish, Flounder, Spot and more. There
are many shops that are a must to visit, including around a dozen or more
Antique and specialty shops, all within walking distance of one another.
Norfolk, Virginia -
Norfolk, Virginia is packed with galleries, museums, a variety of shopping
options, and a wealth of Military History! Theater, opera, ballet and
rock-n-roll are also on the agenda. Norfolk sits at the center of the East coast
at the base of the historic Chesapeake Bay. A trip to Norfolk can include
wonderful activities ranging from attending outdoor concerts, to shopping and
dining at Norfolk's Waterside, to historical tours and cruises.
Lake Anna -
Boating, fishing and camping. This is a scenic lake located off U.S. 522 and
Virginia State Route 208 at Wares Crossroads, which is about 35 miles northwest
John H. Kerr Reservoir (Kerr
Lake) - Boating, fishing, swimming, skiing and camping. This is
one of the largest manmade lakes in the southeast. There are several State
Parks located around the lake including Occoneechee on the Virginia side and
Satterwhite on the North Carolina side. Located along the Virginia / North
Carolina State line off Virginia State Route 4.
Smith Mountain Lake
- Boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, picnicking and other recreational
activities. The lake is next to Leesville Lake (divided by a dam) and
features many coves and forks in its 18 miles of length. The lake itself
forms from the Roanoke River and is located 11 miles southeast of Roanoke off
the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Zoos, Museums, National Parks, Amusement & Water Parks
and during summer months some of the
Winter Park links below will show you
summer activities that are available at the parks.
Winter - Family
Vacation Hot Spots (Ski Resorts, etc.)
Basye, Virginia 22810
Bryce Resort where you can be on the links, the lake, the slopes, or the trail
in two hours from Washington, D.C. Bryce has everything you'd want -- golf,
skiing, hiking, swimming, tennis, fishing, dining, lodging, and great scenery --
groomed by mother nature. You'll feel yourself relax as you enter Bryce's
The Homestead Resort
U.S. Route 220 Main Street
Hot Springs, Virginia 24445
Phone: (800) 838-1766
Nestled amidst the beauty of Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead
boasts 15,000 acres of relaxation and recreation for the whole family. Winter,
spring, summer or fall you may choose from among dozens of activities to please
a variety of discriminating tastes - from such indoor pursuits as bowling,
billiards and movies, to outdoor adventures including mountain biking, shooting
and fly fishing. And for those less activity minded, we also offer a
full-service Spa and Salon featuring massages, mineral baths, facials, manicures
and much more for men and women. The Homestead boasts nine downhill ski
runs and an Olympic-sized ice rink at the base of the slopes. We also offer
snowboarding, snow tubing, equipment rentals and a Ski Shop and Restaurant.
Renowned in the area as the perfect family and learn-to-ski area, our top-rated
Ski School is directed by Austrian instructors, and our Bunny School offers
lessons for children ages five to eleven.
A great four seasons resort with skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter
to golf, biking, hiking and more in the summer.
Zoos, Museums, National Parks,
Amusement & Water Parks and
vacation hot spots listed above.
Helpful websites and services
Trekaroo – A trip planning website with things to do, places to stay for
families with kids of all ages.
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