Guest blog by Matt Rhoney. Edited by VisitCBVA. Cover photo by Michelle Thrasher Inderrieden.
Even though summer is more than half over, there’s still so much more to enjoy in the great state of
Virginia. Whether you’re planning an end-of-summer family vacation or are tired of hearing the kids say,
“We’re bored!” Check out some of these family-friendly summer activities throughout Virginia.
Head to the Beach
With dozens of beaches throughout Virginia, you could spend the rest of the summer beach-hopping. Check out Colonial Beach. According to Reader’s Digest, Colonial Beach is the Nicest Place in Virginia! Here you’ll enjoy a place rich in history, friendly, boardwalks, a beautiful beach and wonderful restaurants.Regardless of which beach you visit, make sure to check out details ahead of time like parking, beach rules, and park regulations.
Go for a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Is a hot air balloon ride on your family’s bucket list or are you just looking for a new and unforgettable adventure? Check out The Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival, August 17 & 18. The Flying Circus Air Show recently performed right here in Colonial Beach during our WWI & WWII Commemoration Day.
Have Fun at Camp
There are several camp programs for kids throughout Virginia. In Colonial Beach, kids can participate in Messy Mondays, hosted by Colonial Beach Recreation Association. Older kids, 14 years and up, can join Sea Scouts at The Boathouse Marina and learn to sail on Monroe Bay and the Potomac River. Look to local YMCAs in King George, Westmoreland, Fredericksburg (35 miles from CBVA) and Richmond (70 miles from CBVA) for other kids camp activities.
Share Your Love of Animals
During the school year, schedules are often too busy to spend the day at the zoo or other animal farms in Virginia. Summer is the perfect time to take a day trip to Westmoreland Berry Farm, where kids can pet and play with the resident goats. Elsewhere in the state, visit Smith Mountain Lake Farm in Hardy to pet alpacas, Hunt Club Petting Farm in Virginia Beach, the Rescue Zoo in Luray, or the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke.
Visit a Museum
Spending the day at a museum is not only fun, but it’s a great way to educate the kids during
summer break. The Northern Neck, where Colonial Beach is located, is rich in history, including George Washington Birthplace National Monument (also consider George Washington’s Mount Vernon), Stratford Hall, and James Monroe Birthplace.
More unique museums around the state include Roanoke Pinball Museum, a “must visit” if you have older arcade or gaming fans. Not only do you learn the history and science behind the iconic arcade machines, but you can play pinball on one of the many machines at the museum. If you have a budding astronaut in your family, there are several planetariums worth checking out like the Beazley Planetarium in Portsmouth or the JMU Planetarium in Harrisonburg (Free Saturday shows start up again on August 31.) Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Williamsburg is a favorite for all things “odd.”
Whether you plan a weekend getaway across the state or a day trip to your favorite museum in your city, Virginia is full of family-friendly activities that will make your summer unforgettable.