$10 or Less: Virginia Fun for Kids

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jul 25, 2014 | Updated: Jun 15, 2015

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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.

Virginia’s State Parks welcome you with a simple parking fee. Provided you’re not arriving in a 15 passenger van or other high occupancy vehicle, the fee is minimal … $3 to $10. Many state parks offer free programs that your children will enjoy, like learning to fish, bouldering, scavenger hunts, and crafts. Want to swim at a state park? Rates are $2 to $8 per person, depending on the park, for day guests.

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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Amy says:

Colonial Beach free swimming beaches! Cute town!

Shalimar Fields says:

Can you share Dog Friendly options?

Molly says:

The picture lead into this story is of a swimming lake but I don’t see it listed in the article. Does anyone know where that is?

Casey Higgins says:

The large image across the top is a header for the blog itself. That’s the Virginia Beach oceanfront. 🙂

lindajoy5 says:

Yes, I also have been looking for a Lake to swim in her in the tidewater area of Virginia,,anyone know of one please let me know,, thanks in advance!!!!

Jillian says:

It looks like Hungry Mother State Park…

Jillian says:

It looks like Hungry Mother State Park…

Stacy says:

Hungry Mothers Park in Marion VA has a lake beach. It is well maintained and a small fee to go out on and swim. Has life guards on duty.

Tasha says:

It says 30 fresh water swimming holes…

Brandy P says:

Very cool and informative blog post! Thank you!!!

Brian says:

Parking at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly costs $15 before 4 pm & then it’s free after 4 pm.

Lauran says:

Don’t forget the Virginia Living Museum and Mariner’s Museum (Newport News, VA) and the VA Air & Space museum with IMAX theater and the famouse old working carousel outside (Hampton, VA).

Casey Higgins says:

We love those attractions, but they do not fit into this article as their tickets are more than $10. Hampton Carousel being the exception, of course. At last glance you could take one spin around for $2.

Gabbi says:

I wish these were mapped out. Planning a trip toward the end of the summer and seeing the locations would have made it so much easier.