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Things to do in Chesapeake with kids

Endless waterways, forested wetlands, family fun parks, culture and museums, and year round play, why wouldn't you want to visit Chesapeake in Virginia?!

It's a beautiful city that lets you mix nature with urban fun, and great for all budgets! There are FREE attractions such as Great Bridge Lock Park, and Chesapeake City Park, and amazing experiences from attractions such as the Chesapeake Planetarium.

Got active kids? Great! There is outdoor fun galore with 111,000 acres of wetlands at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and Northwest River Park. Did we mention there were beaches too?! It's a place that can surprise you every day!

Kids will love amusement parks like Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and water fun with Busch Gardens, and parents will love kids loving the culture at places like USS Wisconsin!

This stunning Virginia city really does have it all, and it's waiting for YOU to explore it!

Indoor skating fun at this Chesapeake ice rink, with public skating, lessons, and hockey!

Visit 48 acres of nature's classroom at this Chesapeake Arboretum, with gardens, trails, and amazing nature to explore!

90 acres of nature for families, with open space and reforested pine trees. Great park space within the city of Chesapeake, with playgrounds, skate park and activities for all!

Over 10,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines in a 20,000sft facility. Our trampoline field features over 50 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks and a few surprises up in the ceiling to test your....

A 19 acre park surrounded by a canal and river, with playground and picnics too. A great spot in nature in Chesapeake

Public programs available at this fascinating planetarium, where kids can learn all about the wonders of space from Chesapeake!

Kids can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist and more in the roleplay settings, plus interactive fun: once your child has experienced standing inside a bubble, science will never be the sam!e Includes Lancaster Antique Train and Toy collection and dis....

Enjoy a range of lunch and dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises and speciality cruises around the spectacular Norfolk waterfront!

Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Day and evening cruises showcase the best of America's greatest seaport. Sail majestically by giant merchant and navy ships, tugs, fishermen

Maritime adventures in Norfolk with the USS Wisconsin, exhibits covering maritime history and 3D movies too!

Cruise the waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River with these fascinating cruises on the Victory Rover

The Chrysler Museum of Art not only houses amazing collections of art works, but also offers glassblowing workshops too!

Meet over 350 amazing animals at Virginia Zoo! Take a ride on the train, explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains. A fairytale family day.

Indoor rock climbing fun in Virginia Beach for all ages with rappelling, bouldering, and a realistically textured wall. Great to keep those kids active!

An environmentally friendly park with playgrounds and a skate park, that was created on a former land fill site! A popular Virginia Beach attraction for all ages!

A beautiful and colourful 155-acres with thousands of plants of display, as well as a number of diverse gardens, including a children's garden

Race against friends and family at this indoor karting track in Virginia!

A beautiful 763 acre park and campground in Chesapeake, with year round nature fun including hiking, fishing and boating!

Visit the only Petting Farm in Virginia Beach, with a host of adorable animals, and seasonal events too all on this 28 acre family-owned and operated farm!

A fascinating museum in Virginia Beach exploring the history of wartime aircraft, and you can even be the pilot of one!

Motor World is "your place to race" in Virginia Beach, Virginia featuring 11 go-kart tracks, plus mini golf, amusements and rides to enjoy!

Visit the site of that infamous first landing of the colonists in 1607 - also Virginia's most visited state park!

A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!

Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center!

Creative fun and learning at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, with permanent and changing exhibitions to immerse families in the amazing world of art.

Arrrr...family adventures on the high seas with Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures! Get out and search for treasure on their pirate ship tours complete with water cannons - swashbuckling!

Dolphin watching cruises, sunset cruises and wildlife cruises (including whale watching!)...all with Virginia Beach's Ridee Tours. Take the family on a very special family day out off the Virginia coast and out into the ocean!

Dozens of hands-on air and space exhibits await the whole family at this premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight! With actual historic aircraft!

A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!

A beautiful museum in Virginia Beach which hopes to preserve and exhibit the story of waterfowl - through the history, through artifacts and through art.

A beautiful outdoor beach playground in Virginia with 100% accessible oceanfront park!

Visit the largest intact remains of an incredible habitat that once covered over 1 million acres. Hiking, biking, wildlife, fishing and amazing Virginia wilderness!

Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!

Explore over 90,000 sq of rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War artifacts, paintings and much more at the Mariners Museum!

Virginia's natural heritage comes alive through living exhibits that encompass the state's geographic regions from mountains to the ocean

A super fun and bouncy experience for anyone 3 and up!

Charter Boat Fishing and Sightseeing on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay convenient to Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, and Gloucester, VA.

Dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class adventure!

300 acres of natural waterfront for your family adventure! Located on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, this campsite has lots of kids fun to be had!

Water fun in Williamsburg with this super cool water park, with interactive river adventures, geysers, and pools all set to a 50s and 60th surf theme! Let's surf safari in Virginia!

Enjoy fun kayaking tours with Bay Country Kayaking - a family owned and operated kayak eco-tour company offering guided, narrated tours within Virginia - and fun for the whole family!

Putt your way through an 18th century pirate themed mini golf course in Williamsburg! Great family fun for those buccaneers in the family!

It's playtime! Kids can create, play and explore in this indoor creative playroom perfect for infants to 12 years.

Indoor bouncing fun for younger kids AND laser tag for the older ones in this fun Virginia Bounce House,

Zip, swing, and climb through the trees at this Williamsburg ropes course! Kids can enjoy zip lines, Tarzan swings, and awesome obstacles 40-50 feet in the trees!

Four super fun go-kart tracks at this Williamsburg, with bumper boats, mini golf, kiddieland rides and more!

Gloucester's largest park (1340 acres) is located in the central part of the county and surrounds a 635-acre lake. Beaverdam Park is open 7 days a week year-round and only closes on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours of operation through Labor ....

Go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, driving range, arcade, Rt. 66 bowling, birthday parties & banquet center! Its Playtime!!!

Pamplin Historical Park provides a full day of exploring and learning about the Civil War and life in the antebellum South

A fun and entertaining indoor play center for toddlers and children up to 10 years old - filled with creativity and fun!

Families with kids over 14 years can see Richmond in a whole new light - on a Segway! A fun way to see a city!

History tours, plantation tours, and more on these iconic Richmond Trollies. A great way to see the city! Perfect for the family

A beautiful Virginia State Park with outdoor fun - with hiking, camping, boating and picnicking. Even an aquatic center!

Not only go-karting fun, but archery tag, lasertag and paintball too! It's all happening in Virginia!

Maymont is home to many native Virginia animals including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Hundreds of animals, representing more than 100 species, reside within Maymont's groundsat the Children's Farm, in the Wildlife Exhibits and in t....

Everywhere you look there is something cool to do to — move the earth, explore space, solve a crime, ride a Segway... This science museum in a historic train station has something for all!

A museum dedicated to kids and their families learning through play, with exhibits designed to develop those inquisitive minds and bodies in Richmond!

Feel the need for speed as you race around this Indoor Karting track in Richmond, Virginia! League, adult, and kids racing all ready to be enjoyed!

Hop aboard the Safari Train, enjoy a guided tour, and explore animals from all over the world in Richmond!

Romp n'Roll West End is indoor fun for younger kids under 6 years with open play, classes, gymnastics, music, art & more!

Get ready for those hair raising thrills at Kings Dominion, with theme park fun AND water fun spills! Over 400 acres of Virginia entertainment awaits you!

Farm fun in Virginia, with berry fields, a petting zoo, nature trails and play areas for the kids! Charming farm for your family day out!

Over 20 rides and attractions in this fun indoor/outdoor amusement park, with 7 acres of rides, laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, and more!

Explore the historic home of artist Gari Melchers, with nature, art galleries, and trail.

Kids can learn from experts about panning for gold, and enjoy boating, fishing and seasonal swimming, as well as trails to enjoy!

Explore three floors of Civil War medical displays in an 1860 railroad hotel retakes visitors in time, and also showcases the history of Gordonsville, VA.

Visit the home and final resting place of George Washington - a fascinating historic experience for kids!

Visit one of the most popular family aquatic playgrounds in Northern Virginia, with slides, pools, water attractions and snacks!

Visit the home and burial place of Patrick Henry - the voice of the American Revolution. Great historic and family fun in Virginia.

Rollerworks is a family-owned & operated, family-friendly skating center with emphasis on FUN! Their music is censored, and parents are ALWAYS welcome!

An incredible journey through history in the very home Thomas Jefferson built, lived, and is now buried. History comes to life in Virginia.

Experience this unique 18th century historic home in Old Town Alexandria, and re-live history!

Not just exciting laser filled combat fun with your friends! They also have "Build A Bear" and a Mega-Arcade Redemption Center!.

Great water park fun for all in Virginia, with slides, waves, and even mini golf! Make a splash!

A hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history, and nature. Families are encouraged to explore the Museum together - visitors of all ages are free to touch, play and explore.

Public skating, skating classes and lessons, hockey, figure skating, and lots of ice related fun in Charlottesville for kids as young as 3 years!

A fascinating history on drugs, drug law enforcement and the DEA in the USA - an interesting museum for the older kids in Arlington

A family friendly campground with a lake, beach, pool, playgrounds, arcades, and more, all set in the beautiful Historic Appomattox County, Virginia!

A moving experience at a Memorial in Arlington that honors those men and women who served, and still serve, the United States Air Force.

Visit the final resting place of over 400,000 active duty service members, as well as one of the most famous Presidents - John F. Kennedy

Indoor and outdoor rock climbing for all ages, for the whole family!

Explore a historic mansion once belonging to Robert E. Lee and his family, that once owned the land that is now the Arlington National Cemetery

A fun day of outdoor adventure in Arlington, with a fun water park, mini golf, batting cages, walking trails and lots of park fun!

Fun paint your own pottery in Fairfax, Virginia, with open painting on pre-made pottery, or scheduled classes and activities.

With a 770 foot lazy river, interactive children's area plus slides, bubblers & fountains, you will have a SPLASHdown in Virginia in this family water park!

Skate N Fun Zone offers public skating for all ages, plus skating classes and play zone for children. They even have laser tag!

A beautiful outdoor playground for kids that also caters for those who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, as well as sensory development disabilities.

Enter another world of lights, sounds and lasers as you prepare for combat against mysterious forces and other players!

Aviation and space excitement for the whole family in Virginia! With two HUGE hangars filled with thousands of artifacts, including the space shuttle Discovery, this center is great for kids to learn, explore, and be inspired.

Fun indoor play designed to encourage role playing, socializing and imagination skills, with tons of different attractions that will provide hours of fun for kids in Virginia!

Year round farm fun in Virginia with fruit picking, Christmas trees, and that famous Fall Festival!

Preserving Fairfax County's rural heritage which recreates the era of 1920-1950 for educational value, while the younger kids greet the friendly farm animals and take a wagon ride through the fields.

Acres of slides, sprays, flumes and interactive play features away, all circled by Rattlesnake River - all with an Old West theme!

Visit Roer's Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia, where you can experience an open air safari bus tour, meeting animals up close and personal at a petting zoo, & more! It's a WILD day out for the kids!

Amazement Square is Central Virginias first hands-on children's museum where kids can climb, slide & discover over four floors of exhibits!

A fun and adrenaline packed snow sports center with skiing, snowboarding and tubing - ideal for all ages and abilities.

A fun high-tech, futuristic experience for kids over 6 with LaserNation, where kids can work as a team to out shoot the opponents in a fun, futuristic combat style game!

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum brings to life the rich agricultural heritage of Loudoun County, showcasing 250 years of agricultural history!

A 10,000 plus square foot facility providing programs, special events and open gym for ages 18 months and up in Loudoun County.

10,000sq ft of bouncing fun in Virginia, great indoor play for active kids aged 2 to 10 years!

This Tank Museum has the most extensive collection of International Tank & Cavalry artifacts in the world!

Danville Science Center delights all ages with its hands-on exhibits and special programs that make science fun for everyone. Friendly staff and volunteers stand ready to encourage you to explore your world.

Amazing underground adventure in Virginia with the USA's oldest show cave - an impressive example of what nature is capable of!

A year round indoor waterpark AND seasonal outdoor waterpark in Virginia - great family fun with slides, rivers and a fortress!

21 acres of animal fun with native and exotic animals, as well as petting and feeding areas, indoor playground, and fun park activities such as pony and wagon rides, and live animal shows!

A fun an unusual experience as you take the family out to trek with llamas! Head out into the Virginia wilderness and enjoy the local wildlife as the whole family enjoys this fun day out activity!

Underground fun in Virginia in Luray Caverns with an incredible range of stalactite and stalagmites, as well as an amazing reflecting pool! Great above adventure too with museums and history!

Luray Zoo is a privately owned rescue zoo where your admission goes straight back to helping the animals you are meeting!

Go back in time to the lives of those early immigrants before they emigrated to the USA at this fascinating Virginia museum, showcasing traditional rural buildings from Germany, Ireland and even West Africa.

Challenge yourself with zip lines and rope bridges in this fun canopy tour through the Shenandoah River State Park - perfect for those active kids over 10 years!

A hands-on, interactive museum where curious kids and their families can explore and learn together with activities including culture, science and technology!

In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, housekeeping cabins, camping, picnicking, a visitor center and interpretive programs.

Virginia caverns at their best for you to explore via family friendly tours. Underground adventure in stunning natural wonder awaits!

Go back into the Mesozoic times at the roadside attraction of Dinosaur Land where you can roam the park WITH the dinosaurs! Lots of prehistoric sized kids fun in Virginia!

Virginia Safari park is Virginia's only Drive-Thru Zoo. A great place to visit to get up close and personal to some of the amazing animals.

Natural Bridge Zoo is home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in Virginia!

features scenes of Virginia and Natural Bridge history where the curtain opens on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Confederacy, all perched on narrated sets.

Underground amazement at Natural Bridge in Virginia, with guided tours through some incredible caverns - 34 stories into the earth!

18 fun holes of indoor blacklight mini-golf, a games room AND a haunted house room! Great glow in the dark fun for kids!

A fun interactive animal experience where kids can pet and hold a whole range of creatures! Ready to come face to face with a Llama at Infinity Acres!

Capture the sense of fascination and excitement you had as a child. At the Discovery Museum, families come to feel that wonder, together. The hands-on exhibits and programs, focused on the sciences, mathematics, the humanities and the arts, ignite cr....

Explore wonders of the world at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, with exhibits on local natural history, dinosaurs, fossils and animals of the world!

Go Karts for younger and older child drivers, basic mini golf plus batting cages.

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