13 Spring Activities in Virginia for $16 or Less

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 | Updated: Jul 12, 2016

Comments: 17 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 Spring Festival in Virginia


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. 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 2016.


7. Play a round of miniature golf

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

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9. Cheer on your local team at a Minor League Baseball game

Virginia Baseball Stadium in Salem

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10. Take the bikes out on for a trail day

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


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.
  • Sand Cave in Ewing: Free


12. Take in a scenic sunset from a lighthouse

Assateague Lighthouse

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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:

  • Mount Vernon: Adults $17(okay, splurge a little here), Youth 6-11 $9, children under 6 are free
  • Monticello: Gardens and Grounds are free to tour, house tours start at $9 for children and $20 for adults
  • Jamestown: Free to local residents, Adults are $17 (another splurge trip, but worth it!) and youth are $8
  • Yorktown Victory Center: Adults $9.75, youth $5.50



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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17 Comments on "13 Spring Activities in Virginia for $16 or Less"

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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

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


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


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




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

wandering virginia

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.


Yorktown Victory Center is only $9.75, and $5.50 for kids. They offer a lot of fun hands-on activities as well as daily cooking and musket demonstrations! I go there all the time!

Kate Pittman

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach) is $7.70 for adults and $5.50 for students/military/seniors!

Shellie Anne

Virginia State Parks are well under $16 for a carload!

Explore the parks all day, hike the trails, take in Park Interpreter led special events that are FREE.

Website here: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ and the Events Database to find family friendly fun is here this Spring: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-events


Booker T Washington National Monument is FREE! There are guided tours, hikes and special events In Franklin County Va.


The event listing for Burnside Farms Festival of Spring is here – http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BurnsideFarmsFestivalofSpringHollandinHaymarket/


Under Museums – New Market Battlefield Military Museum, building looks like the Arlington House.