1. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
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.
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3. 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.
4. Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg
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!
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Water Country USA, Williamsburg
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.
8. 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, and strives to be the family destination of choice for locals and tourists alike. A typical season runs from the weekend before Memorial Day to the weekend after Labor Day. Ready to float down the quarter-mile Adventure River? How about another turn, or four, on the monster slide complex Neptune’s Revenge? Maybe the thought of just sitting poolside with a funnel cake in one hand and a book in the other makes you break into a full grin. The zero depth entry million-gallon wave pool gives you the option to ride the waves or relax in the shallow end. Even the littlest buccaneers can go on a high-seas adventure in the water playground with a pint sized pirate ship, and tipping bucket in Hook’s Lagoon. No matter how old, young or daring—you will get more smiles per gallon from your visit to Ocean Breeze Waterpark.
9. The Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville
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.
10. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen
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.
11. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond
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.
12. Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge
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!
13. Mill Mountain Zoo, Ronaoke
2404 Prospect Rd SE, Roanoke, Virginia 24014
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Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates! The Zoo offers year round educational and recreational opportunities!
14. Keswick Hall, Keswick
701 Club Dr, Keswick, Virginia
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Keswick Hall has wonderful restaurants, tennis, golf, swimming, fishing, hot air balloons, archery, a vineyard, croquet, garden tours and a spa.
15. Lyric Blacksburg, Blacksburg
135 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Since 1998, the Lyric has operated a not-for-profit movie theatre and community center in the heart of downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. They are located on College Avenue across the street from Virginia Tech’s main campus.
16. Wilderness Presidential Resort, Spotsylvania
9220 Plank Rd, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Wilderness Presidential Resort is full of fun and adventure for the family. There are crafts, pools, lakes, an adventure course and more!
17. Rise Up Climbing, Lynchburg
1225 Church St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
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Whether you’re a season veteran climber with specific training goals or just looking for things to do in Lynchburg, Virginia, Rise Up Climbing is the place! Do you have kids with you? No problem— they specialize in youth programming. Have you never climbed before? Again, no problem— their Basic Skills class can have you off the ground and having fun in 30 minutes or less.
18. Putt Putt Fun Center, Lynchburg
8105 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
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Entertaining Central Virginia families for more than 50 years and open 364 days a year! Featuring go karts, a multi-level laser tag arena, bumper cars, bumper boats, batting cages, an arcade, and the best and original Putt-Putt Golf.
19. Hahn Horticulture Garden, Blacksburg
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The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Established in 1984 by Horticulture faculty, the garden serves undergraduate students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.
20. The Rising Sun Tavern , Fredericksburg
1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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This beautiful home was built by Charles Washington, the youngest brother of George, as his private residence. It was turned into a tavern in 1792, and stayed that way for years to come. When you visit today you’ll be greeted by “tavern wenches” as they take you through the house and show you what is was like to live centuries ago!
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