1. Busch Gardens; Williamsburg, VA
1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Situated three miles east of historic Williamsburg, Va. is Busch Gardens®, an action-packed European adventure theme park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology. The European countries of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy serve as the setting for Busch Gardens’ 100 plus acres of fun-filled world exploration. Busch Gardens offers a wide variety of culinary experiences, world-class shopping, and exciting live shows. The park is also home to more than 100 rides and attractions, including KIDsiderate® areas designed especially for the park’s youngest guests.
2. Kings Dominion; Doswell, VA
16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Virginia 23047
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Fun rides, great food and lots to keep the entire family busy for a day, a weekend or a week!
3. Bronx Zoo; Bronx, NY
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460
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The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo, with some 6,000 animals representing about 650 species from around the world.
4. Smithsonian’s National Zoo, DC
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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The National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Founded in 1889, its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, sustainability and visitor experience.
5. North Carolina Zoo; Asheboro, NC
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, North Carolina
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The North Carolina Zoo is a great place to take the kids and spend a day. Over 500 acres of land, 1,600 animals and more than 52,000 beautiful plants throughout, it also includes a great aquarium.
6. National Air and Space Museum, DC
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that, together, welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. It also is home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
7. The High Line, NYC
New York, NY 10011
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The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.
8. Country Music Hall of Fame; Nashville, TN
222 5th Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is excited to reveal the final phase of its state-of-the-art expansion. The ambitious 210,000-square-foot expansion more than doubles the size of the Museum and augments the institution’s ability to focus on its core mission to preserve, interpret and teach the history of country music.
9. Luna Park in Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY
1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
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Luna Park is the first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with brand new rides, roller coasters, games, an Arcade, go-karts, restaurants, food stands and the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster.
10. Colonial Williamsburg; Williamsburg, VA
101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
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Get caught up in the excitement of a town in revolution! Plus world-class golf, spa treatments, fine dining, pools and much more. See it all at Colonial Williamsburg!
11. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
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Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Experience their hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices.
12. Water Country USA; Williamsburg, VA
176 Water Country Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Water Country USA is just around the corner from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Enjoy drenching rides, slides, pools and fun at Virginia’s largest water park.
13. Nashville Zoo; Nashville TN
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
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Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year. From African elephants and Caribbean flamingos to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals from all over the world. Over three-quarters of a million visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making them the number one attraction in Middle Tennessee. Their master plan will expand the park into the remaining acreage of Grassmere, and when complete, Nashville Zoo will be one of the largest zoos in the country.
14. Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Virginia Beach
849 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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In 1974, Ocean Breeze Waterpark began with three mat slides and the distinction of being the only waterpark in Virginia Beach. Thirty-nine years later, the park has grown to over 30 rides, slides, and attractions. Ready to float down the quarter-mile Adventure River? How about another turn, or four, on the monster slide complex Neptune’s Revenge? The zero depth entry million-gallon wave pool gives you the option to ride the waves or relax in the shallow end. No matter how old, young or daring—you will get more smiles per gallon from your visit to Ocean Breeze Waterpark.
15. The Jefferson Theatre; Charlottesville, VA
110 East Main St., Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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The Jefferson Theatre has hosted several big names like Parachute, They Might Be Giants and Citizen Cope. They’ve got two full-service bars and a restored balcony. They also have theater, screenings and dance performances.
16. American Visionary Art Museum; Baltimore, MD
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
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American Visionary Art Museum is America’s official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Three renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon–all inspired by the fire within.
17. Wintergreen Resort; Wintergreen, VA
39 Mountain Inn Loop. Wintergreen, Virginia
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Wintergreen Resort has something for everyone. There’s a spa, lake, golf, tennis, hiking, archery and more. You’ll never be bored.
18. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; Richmond, VA
1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, Virginia
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a great place for kids to explore. They also have shows and a lovely tea house.
19. Maryland Science Center; Baltimore, MD
601 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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Including IMAX, a planetarium, science encounters, exhibits and programs, you could make more than just a day visit here. Great fun for kids and adults, alike.
20. Virginia Safari Park; Natural Bridge, VA
229 Safari Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
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Located in scenic Natural Bridge, Virginia the 180-acre park is home to over 1,000 exotic animals from 6 continents. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, animals of all sizes, shapes and colors approach your vehicle in search of a tasty bucket of feed! In addition to the Safari Drive-Thru, stroll along the pathways in the Safari Village where you will find a wide variety of exhibits everyone can enjoy!
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