15 Cool Fall Destinations for Kids

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 | Updated: Sep 12, 2016

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Updated August 24, 2015.

Fall is a busy season and the whole family counts down the hours until the weekend. At least, that’s true in my house. What to do and where to go with little ones in tow? Here are 15  ideas to set your wheels in motion for beautiful outdoor explorations.

 

BRYCE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK – BASYE

Bryce Mountain Bike Park

Bryce Mountain Bike Park

Bryce Mountain Bike Park offers a learning center to teach mountain biking, as well as a multitude of trails designed for every level of rider. Extreme trick features are available for the experts or daredevils in your midst, while others may stick to the more forgiving trails.
Parents Will Like: The Quad Lift takes you back uphill – perfect for foliage peeping

 

WATERFALLS IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls

Have a little explorer on your hands? The promise of a waterfall is enough motivation for anyone to get up, get moving, and keep going. Head to Shenandoah National Park and ask about the Junior Ranger Program (ages 7 to 12; download notebook) to keep them engaged.
Parents Will Like: Rent an equipped Explorer Backpack for each kid for the day ($5); available at the Byrd or Dickey Ridge Visitor Centers.

 

ROPE ADVENTURE PARK – Luray

Rope Adventure Course

Rope Adventure Course

This fun obstacle course is comprised of both high and low routes – High Ropes, Low Ropes, and Little Adventurer.
Parents Will Like: Additional on-site fun, like the Garden Maze, gem sluice, and Luray Caverns itself.

 

VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM – NEWPORT NEWS

Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum offers a nature playground with a seasonally-appropriate spider web to climb. The favorite highlight, however, is the Hobbit House! It’s perfect for imaginative play. Additionally, the 3/4-mile Boardwalk Trail has a walk-through aviary with pelicans, herons, and other coastal fowl. Keep an eye out for the sweet, fun-loving otters, too!
Parents Will Like: Overnight Camp-In

 

THE ADVENTURE PARK AT VIRGINIA AQUARIUM – VIRGINIA BEACH

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

New to Virginia Beach is The Adventure Park, a ropes course that’s perfect for the big kids. They’re sure to love the rope bridges, zip lines, and sheer exhilaration of being Tarzan and Jane.
Parents Will Like: Virginia Aquarium “Soak It Up” App

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON – MOUNT VERNON

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Pick up a kids adventure map at George Washington’s Mount Vernon to become more immersed in the tour. Those who solve the puzzle win a prize!
Parents Will Like:  National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets Tour

 

HOGBACK MOUNTAIN PAINTBALL – LEESBURG

Paintballers (ages 10 to 17), check out Hogback Mountain Paintball. Ten scenarios are open to walk-ons Saturdays and Sundays.
Parents Will Like: Equipment rental available.

 

EASTERN SHORE HANG GLIDING CENTER – WEIRDWOOD

Hang glide! The Eastern Shore Hang Gliding Center offers hang gliding for ages four and up. This is one awesome way to enjoy Virginia’s fall foliage, for sure!
Parents Will Like: Chatham Vineyards will calm your nerves.

 

CHILDREN’S GARDEN AT LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN – RICHMOND

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

If you haven’t visited the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, you’re missing out on a big, beautiful treehouse built for, oh, I don’t know … 20?! It’s amazing and the view from up there is equally amazing. A long, winding ramp helps you “climb up” to the treehouse, so friends of all abilities can enjoy it. Lewis Ginter was voted one of the “Best Public Gardens in North America” by USA Today readers.
Parents Will Like: Robins Tea House, on-site, with a children’s menu

 

ADVENTURE PARK AT SANDY RIVER RETREAT – RICE

Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

Sixty-one obstacles, including 17 zip lines, await ages 7 and up. Cargo nets, rope bridges, logs, and more challenge you as you make your way through the fabulous foliage.
Parents Will Like: The ability to stay overnight, should the whole family be tired or want to go again the next day

 

CREEPER TRAIL ZIPLINE – WHITETOP

Creeper Trail Zipline

Creeper Trail Zipline

The Creeper Trail Zipline is thew newest way for you to experience the foliage of the Highlands in Whitetop. Ages 6 and older can slip-slide down four cables worth more than 3,000′ of fun.
Parents Will Like: Coasting downhill on the Virginia Creeper Trail from Whitetop to Damascus on bicycles

 

WINTERFROST FARMS – RADFORD

Winterfrost Farms

Winterfrost Farms

Saddle up with a rescue horse at Winterfrost Farms. This program rehabilitates equines and makes them available to you for trail riding (ages 7 and up), and also places them in new homes. Trail rides last from one hour to three and shows off the beauty of open pastures, wooded trails, and gentle streams.
Parents Will Like: Contributing to the cause of saving neglected horses and ponies.

 

CALEDON STATE PARK – KING GEORGE

Caledon State Park

Caledon State Park

Caledon State Park is is a National Landmark, thanks to its old-growth forest and high concentration of American Bald Eagles. Grab the binoculars and take to the trails to seek out this treasured bird as a family.
Parents Will Like: Caledon State Park Trail Guide | Hike-in tent-only camping sites available for $11; primitive

 

SPEARHEAD TRAILS – SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

Spearhead Trails

Spearhead Trails

Take the scenic drive that the majority does not – the Spearhead Trail System in Saint Paul! Presently, there are now more than 90 miles of trails blazed from easy  (green) to expert (black), so there’s something for every style of ATV, side-by-side, and dirt bike rider. PLUS, check out the brand new Original Pocahontas Trail in the Town of Pocahontas!
Parents Will Like: No need to buy equipment; everything you need can be rented.

 

CORN MAZES AND PUMPKIN PATCHES – STATEWIDE

The Corn Maze In The Plains

The Corn Maze In The Plains

Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are where it’s at! Search for the perfect jack-o-lantern candidate and then conquer the corn mazes, bounce in the inflatables, pet the farm animals, and fill up on country fair-inspired delights! MAP
Parents Will Like: 
The options! There’s tons to do!

 

 

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Deb
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Which ones are free? Most of these cost $

Rita McDonald
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I Love Virginia with all my Heart !!! I would like to know where the photo, at the top of this page, was taken. 🙂

Joseph. Mitchell
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What. Is. Going. On. In. Williamsburg VA. What. A. Great. Place. To. Visit. Close. To. Everything. And. Have. Great. People in. Williamsburg

Amber@san francisco wine tours
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Thanks for sharing! This is prominent fun for kids.

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