Nine Summer Getaways for Families, Part One

by Casey Higgins | Posted: May 7, 2015

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Beaches, mountains, theme parks, historical sites, cities, music, lakes … there are so many options for weekend and week-long memory-making escapes in Virginia. So where do you begin? Use these suggestions to kick-start your vacation daydreams, and stay tuned for part two.

 

— WILLIAMSBURG: SUMMER FAMILY FUN —

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement

When school’s out for summer, it’s time to hit the road and make some memories! Williamsburg has so much history, shopping, great dining and family fun! Plus, a beach is not far away at all. >> Check It Out

 

— THE CHESAPEAKE BAY: FOR FAMILIES WHO LOVE THE OUTDOORS —

New Point Comfort Lighthouse

New Point Comfort Lighthouse

Myriad marinas and boat ramps provide opportunities for motorboating and sailing. Look for native wildlife, such as bald eagles near Caledon State Park, soaring majestically overhead during a canoe or kayak excursion. Travel Route 3 to Route 14 to experience the best of the Bay. >> Check It Out

 

ALSO SEE: 10 Summer Vacation Ideas for Families

 

— GIGGLES AND GRINS IN WINCHESTER —

Family Drive-In, Winchester

Family Drive-In, Winchester

This exciting getaway for families includes hands-on exploration at a children’s museum, fresh air and mountain views, fun on the farm, and two classic retro attractions that parents will love, too! >> Check It Out

 

— FAMILY LAKE GETAWAY IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA —

Staunton River State Park

Staunton River State Park

Virginia’s largest lake is a fantastic summer getaway destination for families. Take your pick from several campgrounds and enjoy hiking, horseback riding and fishing. Locals say it offers the “best bass fishing in the state!” >> Check It Out

 

— METRO RICHMOND FAMILY FUN —

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Climbing Tree

Lewis Ginter Botanicals

Families can find lots of fun in metro Richmond. Museums, parks and gardens, historical attractions, and even a theme park! Center yourself in Richmond and day-trip all around. >> Check It Out

 

— CLAYTOR LAKE STATE PARK GETAWAY —

Claytor Lake State Park

Claytor Lake State Park

Thirteen cabins, three lodges and a multitude of camping options await you at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin. The 4,500-acre lake is the crown jewel of the park with a beach swimming area and dive tower, plentiful fishing and four miles of hiking and biking trails. Plus, there are many things to do outside of the park, if you know where to look (and we do!). >> Check It Out

 

— FAMILY FUN, EASTERN SHORE STYLE —

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

A water themed, island-feel summer retreat is in order this year. Find a hotel or rent a vacation rental home to make some new memories. >> Check It Out

 

— BYWAYS, BARNS & BARBEQUE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA —

Scenic Burke's Garden

Scenic Burke’s Garden

The scenic roads and byways of Southwest Virginia are filled with beautiful, four-season natural beauty and dramatic farm landscape, as well as some unique eateries, shopping and lodging. >> Check It Out

 

— MUSIC AND OUTDOOR FUN IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA —

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Visit Northern Virginia for music events presented at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. This fabulous outdoor amphitheater presents more than 90 performances of every musical genre, and includes Children’s Theater-In-The-Woods for the little ones, as well as The Barns music venue (pictured). >> Check It Out

Watch for part two for nine more summer getaway ideas for families.

 

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