$10 or Less: Virginia Fun for Kids

by Casey Higgins | Posted on July 25th, 2014

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Make your dollars go further when you can mix in some affordable fun with your family vacation! The attractions mentioned within this post are priced at $10 or less for admission (parents, too!). Enjoy!

LOVE at Maymont. Photo by Casey Higgins.

LOVE at Maymont. Photo by Casey Higgins.

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Parks and wilderness areas are go-to destinations for nature lovers, but consider some of Virginia’s cooler community parks, like Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. It’s 165 acres and offers a street course skate park with a deep bowl and competition-sized vert ramp for your skater dudes. While free, a pass application must be completed and submitted when you come to the park. Details

Buzzing through the metro Richmond area? Have a picnic lunch at Three Lakes Park and Nature Center in Henrico. The Nature Center includes a 50,000 gallon aquarium along with live exhibits of native wildlife.

Maymont is another fantastic Richmond destination. At 100 acres, the gardens are extensive. Do visit the Children’s Farm. Find a LOVEwork there!

Bluebird Gap Farm is a 60-acre farm in Hampton. It’s home to about 150 animals and includes a picnic area with charcoal grills, a nature trail and large playground.

If you have a child who is into the Transformers movies, he or she needs to see the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was filmed right there and your kid will recognize Blackbird immediately.

Bluebird Gap Farm

Bluebird Gap Farm

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A genuine Old School Virginia roadside attraction is Dinosaur Land in White Post. More than 50 dinosaurs have graced this attraction for 50 years. Great #selfie opportunities! $6 per person aged 11 and older; $5 per person 2 to 10.

Regardless of the season, Snowflex in Lynchburg is a fun destination for those who love to ski and snowboard. Seriously! Ski or snowboard for $5-$7 per hour. If you require equipment, the rental fee is $12 per person, per day. Complete a waiver before your arrival. Details

Speaking of a winter sport, why not ice skate year ’round, too?

The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville always has something fun and creative going on – something to keep your child’s attention. Watch for “Night at the Museum” sleepover opportunities! Admission is $5 per adult and $3 per child.

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth includes state-of-the-art interactivity that’s built for family fun. Check out the Hall of Fame inductees and play a bit of their sports while you’re there! $7 per person; children 2 and under are free.

The 18-hole Perils of the Lost Jungle miniature golf course in Herndon is one the Top 5 Miniature Golf Courses in America as rated by Newsweek, Men’s Journal has called them one of the Best Miniature Golf Courses in America, and The Putting Penguin rated them #1 in the country! You can experience this adventure for just a couple coins on top of $10 (what’s 50 cents?). Adults are $10.50 and children 12 and under are $9.50.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm National Park in McLean lets your kids get hands-on with history in a pre-American Revolutionary War setting (a small, low-income 1771 farm). Special events include the heritage animals that call the farm home, harvesting tobacco, tidying up with autumn chores, and more. Farm site admission is $3 per adult and $2 per child. Admission for Market Fair (a special event with select dates) is $7 per adult and $3 per child.

When in Lynchburg, check out Amazement Square: The Rightmire Children’s Museum, home of the Amazement Tower, the tallest indoor, interactive climbing structure in the United States. Admission is $9 per person unless you plan to visit on a Family Fun Night (second Saturday of each month), in which case the fee is just $3 per person!

Hunt Club's Petting Farm

Hunt Club’s Petting Farm

Who doesn’t love a zoo? Head to Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Zoo to see more than 175 animals. Inquire about the special Breakfast with the Animals experience (additional fee). Admission is $7.50 per adult and $5 per child.

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13 Comments

kelly says:

Fearcliff indoor skatepark in woodbridge, va is $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends for all day skating! http://Www.fearcliff.com

Mother Nature says:

Don’t forget all Virginia State Parks are affordable and offer some amazing experiences!

pixie fae says:

Virginia Renaissance Faire, Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551 http://varf.org/index.html May 9 – June 7, 2015 10 am – 5pm Weekends only, $10

sue says:

Virginia Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame http://www.patrickchamber.com/profile.cfm?ID=388

Casey Higgins says:

Is it still open? The Museum’s website is dead.

Jason says:

Visit the Perils of the Lost Jungle soon! They plan to close down at the end of the season. A great place to visit and I will miss them when they are gone.

Anne says:

The Richmond Metro Zoo should be on the list. It is a fantastic zoo. I highly recommend it!

Casey Higgins says:

It is a great zoo, but unfortunately, it’s not $10 or less. Current rates: http://www.metrorichmondzoo.com/visit/hours-and-pricing/

sinclair says:

Also the train museum in Crewe va is FREE with a donation bucket!!! Open thurs-sundays 10-4/5

Cristina says:

While the Udvar-Hazy center is free, parking is $15 and there’s nowhere free to park nearby.

Marie M. says:

Hello, just fyi after a certain time (I believe it’s 4pm) parking is actually free at udvar hazy :)

Jonathan says:

Do not forget any of Virginia’s 9 minor league baseball teams, 3 Coastal Plain League teams, 3 Ripken League baseball teams, and the Virginia Valley League teams. All of these towns that host baseball teams, you can get tickets for less than $10.

Casey says:

Fantastic point, Jonathan! Thanks for including that idea! Have a great day!