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    Is everyone excited for the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion next month? Some of the performances will be taking place here, at the Paramount Center for The Arts on State Street. This #theater was built in 1931 and restored to its original splendor in 1991. #oldschoolva #loveva #virginia #vatravel #theatre #photooftheday
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    If you haven't notice, fields of #sunflowers are in bloom throughout the state. This one calls Lickinghole Creek Craft #Brewery it's home in Goochland. This is both an awesome photo and tasting op. 😉 #loveva #virginia #vabeer #vacraftbeermonth #sunflower #photooftheday #drinklocal #craftbeer Photo creds to @lickingholecreekcraftbrewery
    Here's a view of Damascus Old Mill #Inn. Since 1910 the Old Mill has stood along the South Fork #River, serving the community of Damascus as a grist/saw mill until 1965. Now you can rent rooms overlooking the river and this beautiful man-made #waterfall stretching across the South Fork. The river (and falls) are four to five times wider than what you see here. It's breathtaking to stand in the middle of the riverbed like this with the water roaring past. #LoveVa #Virginia #sunset #swva #southforkriver #vaoutdoors #vais4lovers
  • Archive for May 8th, 2012

    6 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures

    by Casey | Posted on May 8th, 2012

    Keep this list in your hip pocket for amazing summer fun or Father’s Day ideas. Or perhaps Mama likes a wild adventure? This IS her weekend, ya know.


    1. Drive a Race Car!

    Richmond International Raceway

    Richmond International Raceway

    Richmond International Raceway – Drive the 3/4 mile “D” oval track for $450 with a professional instructor as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience™.

    Work your way up to the top! What’s the top? Driving a 600 horsepower NASCAR race car for 50 laps at RIR or 70 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway for $2,700!

    There are in-between experiences, too, but hey, you only live once!


    2. Go White Water Adventurin’!

    James River whitewater rafting

    James River whitewater rafting

    Awaken your senses and invigorate your spirit on a white water adventure. Begin with experienced instructors to navigate the river and the rapids, and provide transportation back to your vehicle.

    Central Virginia:  James River Runners, James River Reeling and Rafting

    Shenandoah Valley:  Front Royal Canoe Company, Massanutten River Adventures

    Blue Ridge Highlands:  New River Outdoor Co.

    Heart of Appalachia:  Russell Fork Whitewater Adventures

    Read about Virginia’s Waterways.


    3. Ride 15 Roller Coasters in 12 Hours!

    Griffon at Busch Gardens

    Griffon at Busch Gardens

    Virginia has two theme parks within a 75-mile radius: Kings Dominion in Doswell and Busch Gardens.

    Start the day at Kings Dominion and get in line for the most popular and newest coasters first, followed by the classics, of course. Then, drive south on I-95 to I-64 east to Busch Gardens and ride more!

    For more information on roller coasters, see Roller Coaster Mania.


    4. Fly!

    Skim the tree tops in a hot air balloon. The view is unlike any you’ve ever experienced, with an average flight lasting about an hour. More Information

    Skydive with an instructor on a tandem parachute jump or jump alone from a static line, which automatically opens your chute! Accelerated Free Fall classes teach you everything you need to know for your first solo jump. More Information

    Take an old-fashioned hair-raising Open-Cockpit Biplane Ride at the Flying Circus Airshows in Bealeton, May-October. Goggles are provided; bring your own white scarf.

    Take Flying Lessons in a Cessna 172, Piper Warrior or Diamond Eclipse at one of the airports affiliated with Heart of Virginia Aviation or with Ultralight Introductory Flights! Most instructors offer a Discovery Flight to see if you will take to the sport … but of course you will.

    Hang Glide off a 40-foot-high training hill with an instructor at High Peak Hang Gliding and then move to higher and higher ground.


    5. Drive a Go-Kart!

    Former NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd at VIR

    Former NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd at VIR

    If you didn’t get to ride a go-kart as a kid, now is your chance! Motor World in Virginia Beach offers 11 different tracks and 16 different styles of go-karts.

    Drive high-speed endurance races along a half-mile road course or try an over/under figure-8 slick track. There’s even a Grand Prix track with hairpin turns and windy S-curves.

    Virginia International Raceway provides a 5/8-mile VIR Kart Track. All drivers must be 12 or older.


    6. Go Deep Sea Fishing!

    What does John’s Addiction, Smokin’ Gun, Jamestown Hooker, and Miss Linda have in common?

    They’re all charter fishing boats that sail the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads coastal waters, the Atlantic Ocean, and the inlets of the Eastern ShoreMore Information on Charter Services


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