Things to do in Virginia 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!
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!
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!
A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!
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!
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.
Luray Zoo is a privately owned rescue zoo where your admission goes straight back to helping the animals you are meeting!
Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center!
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.
Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species!
One of the Tri Cities top attractions, Creation Kingdom Zoo is home to animals from all around the world, with daily keeper talks & more!
Hop aboard the Safari Train, enjoy a guided tour, and explore animals from all over the world in Richmond!
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!
Natural Bridge Zoo is home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in Virginia!
Animal fun with this free-range zoo, filled with creatures from 6 continents, and a petting zoo to hand feed llamas, deer and goats!
All things butterflies at this butterfly house, with programs, walks, and a fun experience for kids to walk through these colorful creatures
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!
Visit one of the most popular family aquatic playgrounds in Northern Virginia, with slides, pools, water attractions and snacks!
Acres of slides, sprays, flumes and interactive play features away, all circled by Rattlesnake River - all with an Old West theme!
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!
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!
A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!
A year round indoor waterpark AND seasonal outdoor waterpark in Virginia - great family fun with slides, rivers and a fortress!
Great water park fun for all in Virginia, with slides, waves, and even mini golf! Make a splash!
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!
Enjoy a glimpse of how life was lived in Western Virginia, with rotating exhibits on the people, industries and events that have influenced the region.
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....
Virginia's natural heritage comes alive through living exhibits that encompass the state's geographic regions from mountains to the ocean
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!
Amazement Square is Central Virginias first hands-on children's museum where kids can climb, slide & discover over four floors of exhibits!
Explore over 90,000 sq of rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War artifacts, paintings and much more at the Mariners Museum!
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.
Hands-on & interactive exhibits in Western Virginia, offering fun science-based learning through play for kids of all ages!
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.
A museum dedicated to kids and their families learning through play, with exhibits designed to develop those inquisitive minds and bodies in Richmond!
A fascinating history on drugs, drug law enforcement and the DEA in the USA - an interesting museum for the older kids in Arlington
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.
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.
A fascinating museum in Virginia Beach exploring the history of wartime aircraft, and you can even be the pilot of one!
The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum brings to life the rich agricultural heritage of Loudoun County, showcasing 250 years of agricultural history!
The Chrysler Museum of Art not only houses amazing collections of art works, but also offers glassblowing workshops too!
This Tank Museum has the most extensive collection of International Tank & Cavalry artifacts in the world!
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....
A beautiful museum in Virginia Beach which hopes to preserve and exhibit the story of waterfowl - through the history, through artifacts and through art.
This Virginia museum has transportation displays that fascinate everyone from train-happy toddlers to the most experienced rail fan!
Explore the historic home of artist Gari Melchers, with nature, art galleries, and trail.
A hands-on, interactive museum where curious kids and their families can explore and learn together with activities including culture, science and technology!
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!
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!
features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 36 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers' kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama that includes the Tuskegee Airmen and Women's Airforc....
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.
It's playtime! Kids can create, play and explore in this indoor creative playroom perfect for infants to 12 years.
A fun and entertaining indoor play center for toddlers and children up to 10 years old - filled with creativity and fun!
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!
Indoor bouncing fun for younger kids AND laser tag for the older ones in this fun Virginia Bounce House,
10,000sq ft of bouncing fun in Virginia, great indoor play for active kids aged 2 to 10 years!
Romp n'Roll West End is indoor fun for younger kids under 6 years with open play, classes, gymnastics, music, art & more!
18 fun holes of indoor blacklight mini-golf, a games room AND a haunted house room! Great glow in the dark fun for kids!
Motor World is "your place to race" in Virginia Beach, Virginia featuring 11 go-kart tracks, plus mini golf, amusements and rides to enjoy!
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!
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!
A 10,000 plus square foot facility providing programs, special events and open gym for ages 18 months and up in Loudoun County.
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 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!
Enter another world of lights, sounds and lasers as you prepare for combat against mysterious forces and other players!
Not just exciting laser filled combat fun with your friends! They also have "Build A Bear" and a Mega-Arcade Redemption Center!.
Not only go-karting fun, but archery tag, lasertag and paintball too! It's all happening in Virginia!
Race against friends and family at this indoor karting track in Virginia!
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....
Indoor rock climbing fun in Virginia Beach for all ages with rappelling, bouldering, and a realistically textured wall. Great to keep those kids active!
Fun paint your own pottery in Fairfax, Virginia, with open painting on pre-made pottery, or scheduled classes and activities.
Visit 48 acres of nature's classroom at this Chesapeake Arboretum, with gardens, trails, and amazing nature to explore!
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 beautiful outdoor beach playground in Virginia with 100% accessible oceanfront park!
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!
Visit the site of that infamous first landing of the colonists in 1607 - also Virginia's most visited state park!
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!
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!
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.
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!
A beautiful 763 acre park and campground in Chesapeake, with year round nature fun including hiking, fishing and boating!
Visit the largest intact remains of an incredible habitat that once covered over 1 million acres. Hiking, biking, wildlife, fishing and amazing Virginia wilderness!
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
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!
Kids can learn from experts about panning for gold, and enjoy boating, fishing and seasonal swimming, as well as trails to enjoy!
A beautiful Virginia State Park with outdoor fun - with hiking, camping, boating and picnicking. Even an aquatic center!
A 19 acre park surrounded by a canal and river, with playground and picnics too. A great spot in nature in Chesapeake
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!
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!
Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!
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!
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
Charter Boat Fishing and Sightseeing on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay convenient to Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, and Gloucester, VA.
Cruise the waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River with these fascinating cruises on the Victory Rover
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!
Enjoy a range of lunch and dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises and speciality cruises around the spectacular Norfolk waterfront!
Virginia caverns at their best for you to explore via family friendly tours. Underground adventure in stunning natural wonder awaits!
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!
Amazing underground adventure in Virginia with the USA's oldest show cave - an impressive example of what nature is capable of!
Underground amazement at Natural Bridge in Virginia, with guided tours through some incredible caverns - 34 stories into the earth!
Skate N Fun Zone offers public skating for all ages, plus skating classes and play zone for children. They even have laser tag!
Indoor fun with roller skating and a play zone - great for kids of all ages! Active family fun in Roanoke at the State Center!
Public skating, skating classes and lessons, hockey, figure skating, and lots of ice related fun in Charlottesville for kids as young as 3 years!
Indoor skating fun at this Chesapeake ice rink, with public skating, lessons, and hockey!
Rollerworks is a family-owned & operated, family-friendly skating center with emphasis on FUN! Their music is censored, and parents are ALWAYS welcome!
A fun and adrenaline packed snow sports center with skiing, snowboarding and tubing - ideal for all ages and abilities.
A historic, and HAUNTED, antebellum mansion for those curious travelers in Virginia.
Visit the home and burial place of Patrick Henry - the voice of the American Revolution. Great historic and family fun in Virginia.
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
A trip through history at this fascinating 19th century mansion listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.
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 moving experience at a Memorial in Arlington that honors those men and women who served, and still serve, the United States Air Force.
An incredible journey through history in the very home Thomas Jefferson built, lived, and is now buried. History comes to life in Virginia.
Maritime adventures in Norfolk with the USS Wisconsin, exhibits covering maritime history and 3D movies too!
Experience this unique 18th century historic home in Old Town Alexandria, and re-live history!
Visit the home and final resting place of George Washington - a fascinating historic experience for kids!
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.
features scenes of Virginia and Natural Bridge history where the curtain opens on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Confederacy, all perched on narrated sets.
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.
Pamplin Historical Park provides a full day of exploring and learning about the Civil War and life in the antebellum South
Year round farm fun in Virginia with fruit picking, Christmas trees, and that famous Fall Festival!
Four super fun go-kart tracks at this Williamsburg, with bumper boats, mini golf, kiddieland rides and more!
Go Karts for younger and older child drivers, basic mini golf plus batting cages.
A beautiful outdoor playground for kids that also caters for those who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, as well as sensory development disabilities.
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!
Go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, driving range, arcade, Rt. 66 bowling, birthday parties & banquet center! Its Playtime!!!
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!
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 programs available at this fascinating planetarium, where kids can learn all about the wonders of space from Chesapeake!
Putt your way through an 18th century pirate themed mini golf course in Williamsburg! Great family fun for those buccaneers in the family!
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!
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!
A family friendly campground with a lake, beach, pool, playgrounds, arcades, and more, all set in the beautiful Historic Appomattox County, Virginia!