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  • Winter Family Fun in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on January 24th, 2013

    It’s January and the kids are feeling a tinge of cabin fever. Is this true in your house? If so, check out all the great places to sneak a peek at wildlife, burn off energy and reconnect in a fun way during the winter months.

    Wintergreen Resort

    Wintergreen Resort


    Virginia’s ski resorts are hopping with activity after receiving a few rounds of fresh, new powder. Not only are there great ski lanes, but there’s also tubing, boarding and activities for tiny tots. A winter zip line will be enticing to your older kids while spas will hit the spot for mom.

    Fans of ice skating? Don’t miss out on all of the rinks around Virginia. There are plenty of indoor rinks to choose from and a few outdoor rinks, too.

    Virginia Beach is one of our favorite summertime hot spots, but it’s pretty nifty in winter, too.

    The Virginia Aquarium & Marine
    Science Center
     boasts seals, huge turtles, crocodiles, sharks,
    komodo dragons, hedgehogs (so sweet!), sting rays, sea horses, otters and a great deal more. Two buildings are connected by boardwalk through a marsh habitat, plus they have a 3D IMAX theater and
    you can pay for a premium experience with the seals or turtles.

    Make a trip in the next few weeks if you can because the Winter Wildlife Watching boat trips are spotting many humpback whales this year and their migration season won’t last much longer. The Oceanfront Inn has a deal that includes a two-night stay plus tickets for the Aquarium, IMAX and the boat trip.

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    Norfolk Botanical Garden is beautiful all 365 days it’s open and it’s one of the only botanical gardens that offers tours by foot, tram or boat. To top that, February is “Fun Month” and guests are invited to bring their bikes to tour the gardens. Admission
    will be reduced by $5/person in February
    .

    The Virginia Zoo is located in Norfolk, too, and they have an amazing opportunity for families –Zoo Snoozes. It’s a slumber party with nighttime flashlight tours and more, for just $30/person. Keep an eye on their calendar for the next one.

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    Virginia is fortunate to have several great children’s museums. Take your pick for a unique experience at each one:

    Sports fans big and small will want to visit the Virginia Sports Hall of Famein Portsmouth. Not only can you see inductees’ memorabilia, but the interactive stations let you see just how fast your fastball is, shoot some hoops, take the wheel behind a simulated NASCAR engine and more. It’s a great place to burn off some energy, stay warm during the winter and increase your sports trivia knowledge, too.

    Build your trip around an upcoming family fun event. Here are a few of our faves:

    For more inspiration to fill your family’s winter weekends, check out Cool Places for Kids.

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