13 Spring & Summer Activities in Virginia for $20 or Less

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 | Updated: Dec 19, 2019

Comments: 21 Comments

While it is nice to imagine a luxury trip without worrying about finances, most of us have to consider costs when making plans. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with TV shows and video games for entertainment. With a reasonable budget in mind, we researched fun activities that are also friendly to the wallet and came up with these 13 spring activities that won’t break the bank. Add these plans into the mix to make your weekends enjoyable AND affordable.


1. Rent kayaks or paddleboards at your nearest water outfitter’s location

Richmond Kayaking

More Information: Although prices vary depending on location, most Virginia State Parks rent out kayak, canoe, and paddleboard equipment. Here are a few other companies that have affordable rentals:


2. Admire exotic blooms at the botanical gardens

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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3. Discover the wonders of the world at a museum

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4. Attend a Festival in Virginia

HarborFest Norfolk

More Information: Prices vary for each event, but many are free or less than $16.


5. Pick Tulips and Daffodils at Burnside Farms

Burnside Farms

More Information: Entry is $6 per person during the week and $8 per person during the weekends. Season pass for the farm is $10. Children under two are free. Tulips are $1 each and daffodils are 2 for $1.


6. Take the bikes out on a trail day

  • More Information: Free entrance to trails, although some parks may require an entrance fee.


7. Explore the wilderness at one of Virginia’s National Parks

Old Rag Mountain

More Information: #FindYourPark. Entrance fees vary, but the park service has several fee-free days during 2019.


8. Play a round of miniature golf

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9. Learn about interesting animals from around the world at the zoo

Fort Chiswell Animal Park

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10. Cheer on a local team at a Minor League Baseball game

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11. Tour Virginia Caverns


More Information: Here are some of the popular caverns that are less than $16:

  • Gap Caverns in Ewing: Adults $8, children 5-12 are $4. No children under 5 admitted.
  • Dixie Caverns in Salem: Adults 13 and over $14, children 5-12 $6, children under 5 are free.
  • Endless Caverns: Adults 13 and over $20/tour, children 4-12 $9, 3 and under free


12. Take in a scenic sunset from a lighthouse

The Cape Charles Light was completed in 1828.

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13. Learn about Virginia’s rich history

More Information: Find all historic sites in Virginia, or visit a few of the popular destinations:



Although this is a good start, there are plenty of other inexpensive activities throughout the state that work with any budget. Tell us what your economical ideas are for spring fun in Virginia!



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Chris D says:

Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County will take you back to the 17th centurywith costumed interpreters, re-created buildings, goats, pigs and chickens. $9 for adults and $7 for children. Also enjoy the 4.5 walking path and fishing docks for free.

Taylor says:

Did you forget about the Roanoke area? I see only 3 options, if you count the BRP. Salem has a minor league baseball team, with tickets between $8-15. You can rent kayaks on Carvins Cove for $7-15 dollars for 1-2 hours, plus a $3 parking fee. Taubman Art museum is mostly free, and the Transportation Museum has admission for just $10. All of the Center In The Square museums are under $20/person as well for all day admission. Plus there’s multiple disc golf courses all over, ranging from free to well under $10.

Glenna Casto says:

thanks sooo much……great suggestions !!!

whitney says:

Just wanted to say thanks, I bought a new home in Front Royal by D.R. Horton and I love it, however, i wanted to go light on my wallet for a few months and this list was a life saver. thanks so much. and the comments are awesome.

Cathy Herbert says:

Go to Luray! The most impressive caverns, a small nonprofit zoo (all rescue animals), festivals along the 2-mile scenic Greenway (even fishing contests for kids), bike races….. a small walkable town that is the way small towns were meant to be… friendly, convenient, accessible, beautiful

Gary says:

Did you catch the inexpensive part. Luray Caverns price is ridiculous.

Jennifer says:

^Exactly why they’re not on the list. I live 45 minutes from Luray Caverns and don’t go because of the price tag.



morgana says:

Petersburg has a baseball team – Petersburg Generals – play out by Richard Bland, tickets only about $4.00 . Nice little stadium.

wandering virginia says:

Petersburg Generals are not playing in 2017. They were a member of the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate league that does not start playing until May 30 – not exactly Spring. Many Virginia towns have summer league teams, between the Coastal Plain League and the Valley Baseball League.