Six Ways to Have Fun on a Rainy Day in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 | Updated: Jun 20, 2017

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A rainy day every now and again is inevitable. Don’t let it spoil your vacation. Embrace it!

 

1. GO TO A THEME PARK

Seriously. A drizzly day at Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion is the best day. (I can’t believe I’m letting this cat out of the bag.) Park guests are fewer in number and as long as it’s not lightning, there’s nothing you can’t do. There are many shows and places to duck in for a while, so why not live a little? Those water rides are a great deal more appealing if you’re already a little damp, am I right?

busch gardens

 

2. CHECK OUT A CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Little ones will run and play and blow giant bubbles and …

Hopefully, they’ll give you a moment to sit and watch or photograph them in a happy moment.

Where To Go:

Amazement Square, Lynchburg

Children’s Museum of Blacksburg, Blacksburg

Children’s Museum of Richmond, Richmond

Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth

Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester

Virginia Discovery Museum, Charlottesville

More Museums

 

The fun always shines here. #childrensmuseumva #hrva #children #757 A photo posted by Childrens Museum Of Virginia (@childrensmuseumva) on

 

3. GET MUDDY ON AN ATV

Arguably the best time to ride an ATV is after or during the rain. Okay, that’s my opinion, but I’m sure there are many who would agree. It’s an adult’s version of jumping in puddles, and your kids will squeal with delight! Trust me on this.

Where To Go:

Appalachian Adventures, Luray

MotoCove Offroading, Gore

Spearhead Trails, Multiple Trail Heads in Southwest Virginia

More Options

 

Mud bath on the #spearheadtrails #loveva @linnybug A video posted by Dave Neudeck (@daven10) on

 

4. HIT UP A MUSEUM

‘Tweens and teens in the mix? Introduce them to something new. From amazing paintings and sculptures to science and history, every single one of you will learn something when you take the time to visit a museum.

Tip: There are various programs that save you money on admission. Blue Star Museums offers active duty military and their families free admission to more than 80 Virginia sites. Museums on Us® gives Bank of America cardholders one free admission the first weekend of every month.

Where To Go:

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

National Air & Space Museum, Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

National Firearms Museum, Fairfax

Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

South Hill Model Railroad Museum, South Hill

The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News

Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond

Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville

Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Portsmouth

And Many, Many More

 

 

Big and small with this #squad in #JapaneseTattoo. Photo by @dawnareee. #VMFA A photo posted by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (@vmfamuseum) on

 

 

5. GO UNDERGROUND

In rain, snow, sleet, and heat, Virginia’s eight show caverns are an awesome place to be. Their constant 50-something-degree temperature is perfect for summer anyway.

Where To Go:

Dixie Caverns, Salem

Endless Caverns, New Market

Gap Caverns, Ewing

Grand Caverns, Grottoes

Luray Caverns, Luray

Natural Bridge Caverns, Natural Bridge

Shenandoah Caverns, Quicksburg

Skyline Caverns, Front Royal

 

 

 

6. DANCE IN IT

There’s no way you thought I would omit dancing in the rain. 

Dancing in the Rain / Puddle Jumping - Casey Higgins

Many times moms don’t want to deal with wet kids and therefore, wet clothes and shoes scattered everywhere. Vacations are the exception to many rules. Let them have a magic moment – WITH YOU – that they will never forget. Whether you’re on the shifting sands of a beach, hopping over cobblestones somewhere historic, or purposefully landing in mud puddles under a canopy of old growth forest in the mountains, this is your time and place. This is your moment. Don’t miss it.

Your turn! What do you like to do with the kids when it’s raining? Please feel free to leave a kind comment.

 

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