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Things to do in Roanoke, VA with kids

If you hear the words “I’m bored”, then you’re clearly not in Virginia! Whatever the kids LOVE to do, you will find it here.

You will find beaches, mountains, incredible wilderness, and some of the oldest towns in the entire country…you ready?

Don't forget about those dinosaurs in Virginia with Dinosaur Land, or true hair raising thrills with Kings Dominion.  Kids can cool down at MANY water parks like Splashdown, and the retro Water Country USA.  Animals? Of course they have those! Virginia Safari Park is the ONLY drive through zoo in the state, and they have zoos galore.

Hit the water with Bay Country Kayaking, or why not through a bit of learning fun in there with museums like Virginia Air and Space Center and the fascinating Frontier Culture Museum.

And of course, the incredible wilderness! See it from new heights with Vertical Rock Climbing, or explore the state parks like Pocahontas State Park packed with incredible activities.  Did we mention you can also trek with Llamas? Check out Twincreeks Llama Trekking! 

There are so many fun things to do in Virginia, chances are you will be extending your family days out for much longer adventures! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Providing hands-on, interactive exhibits. Utilizing our planetarium as an educational and entertaining resource. Offering a variety of innovative programs, both on-site and in the community.

A fascinating collection of materials that trace human history in Western Virginia, with over 20,000 objects on display!

Art Venture is a hands-on interactive gallery and art center that is fun for EVERYONE! You can paint a portrait, play a musical painting, design a chair, stage a puppet show, drive a circus wagon, or create a creature made of clay.

Houses lots of steam locomotives including the J611, diesel engines, railcars, trucks, trolleys, carriages, vintage cars, an O-gauge layout (which the small people love) plus many special exhibits and events throughout the year.

Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species!

Indoor fun with roller skating and a play zone - great for kids of all ages! Active family fun in Roanoke at the State Center!

Featuring two 34-foot high water slides, a current river, and a children's play area with spray features, Splash Valley is fun for everyone!

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

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.

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

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

The largest collection of childhood memorabilia on display in the world. The museum collections feature many full sets and series of collectible toys particularly since 1975.

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

Natural Bridge Zoo is home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds 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.

Great Natural History Museum featuring that great family favourite - The Dinisour - check events for up to date info

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

87 acres of parkland with a seasonal water park with slide and lap pools, as well as playground, disc golf, sports facilities and plenty of nature to enjoy!

Amazement Square is a HUGE hands-on children's museum complete with four story play structure with zip line!

A four-level structure also known as Amazement Square. This fab family-friendly learning center offers loads of hands-on interacting fun, including America's highest indoor climbing tower, a "walk-through" model of the human heart, and exhibits that ....

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!

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

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

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.

A historic, and HAUNTED, antebellum mansion for those curious travelers in Virginia.

A trip through history at this fascinating 19th century mansion listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

Animal fun with this free-range zoo, filled with creatures from 6 continents, and a petting zoo to hand feed llamas, deer and goats!

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

All things butterflies at this butterfly house, with programs, walks, and a fun experience for kids to walk through these colorful creatures

The oldest privately owned scenic attraction in Virginia, this spot gives you one of the most amazing views of the Appalachian Mountains you will ever see!

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier offers a full day of exploring about the Civil War and life in the antebellum South

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....

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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 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!

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!

One of the Tri Cities top attractions, Creation Kingdom Zoo is home to animals from all around the world, with daily keeper talks & more!

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

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.

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!

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....

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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!

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

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,

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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 ....

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

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

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

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

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

Explore over 60,000 square feet of 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 all the state's geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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