The love of history and nature seems to find a wonderful common ground with the young and the young-at-heart. And Virginia is full of great offerings where those of several generations can discover, explore and revel. Below are 10 great itineraries for your next grandparent/grandchild getaway.
Bring the Family to Abingdon – Abingdon
Catch a world-class children’s theatre performance at the historic Barter Theatre. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a gourmet cupcake from BabyCakes Cupcakery Walk a lake trail, rent a paddle boat or just lay out on the beach at Hungry Mother State Park. Take a walk along the Creeper Trail and more!
Grandparent/Grandchildren Day in Wytheville – Wytheville
Are there zebras and camels in the mountains? Absolutely! Gather the grandkids and get ready for a day filled with fun and fur. Enjoy hands-on exploration of primitive skills, including handmade replicas of tools, baskets, weapons, pottery and tanned animal hides. Grab a cone of handmade ice cream while enjoying the beautiful scenic view!
Have Grandkids, Will Travel – Lynchburg
Visit Amazement Square Children’s Museum, a four story hands-on museum that is sure to excite the grandkids. Tour Appomattox National Historical Park. Enjoy dinner at variety of Lynchburg eateries. Let the grandkids try their hand at winter sports year-round at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre and/or the LaHaye Ice Center.
Richmond Region Students and Family – Richmond
From rafting on the James River and riding the roller coasters at Kings Dominion to watching a film at the only IMAX DOME in Virginia and traveling back in time at Meadow Farm Museum or Henricus, the Region has something for the whole family.
Grandkids Tour – Williamsburg
Tour the site where the American Revolutionary War was won! Take a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg, an incredible living museum encompasses 301 acres, which includes 88 original buildings and 500 re-constructed buildings. Depending on the season you could enjoy both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
It’s All About the Grandkids – Virginia Beach
Explore the Boardwalk on foot, or all together on a 4 or 6-seat surrey bike. Snap a photo with King Neptune. Spend some time with the creatures of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Take your group to Hunt Club Farm for a hayride, petting zoo and farm market.
Family Matters, a Multi-Generational Adventure – Prince William/Manassas
From history buffs to nature lovers, there is something for every member of the family here. Discover where Stonewall Jackson got his nickname, shop at Virginia’s largest outlet mall, take part in some friendly competition, soak up the sun, and enjoy time with the family.
Fredericksburg Grandparent/Grandchild Tours – Fredericksburg
Visit Rising Sun Tavern, where you will be greeted as if you stepped of a stagecoach in the 18th century. Have fun at Central Park Fun Land with go karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag and more. And no trip to Fredericksburg is complete without a stop at Carl’s for frozen custard.
Explore More Family Fun – Harrisonburg
Harrisonburg boasts an extensive selection of museums, parks, playgrounds, art activities, and kid-friendly eateries. And, with close proximity to several other road trip attractions off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, Harrisonburg makes a convenient stop-through for road-tripping families.
Grand Adventures for Grandparents and Kids in the Shenandoah Valley – Woodstock
Marvel at the sparkling calcite crystals of Shenandoah Caverns. Take a tour of the Route 11 potato chip factory. Take a scenic drive through Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge. Enjoy the amazing scenic hikes, drives and more of the incredible Shenandoah Valley.