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Day Trips

  • Busch Gardens

    Busch gardens is a statewide attraction and Virginia favorite. Just minutes from the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens offers fun for the whole family during every season. The park consists of five roller coasters, multiple kids areas, fun shows and live animals as you walk or ride around the park. Though a popular summer attraction with the fun card that allows you to pay once and they come again as many times as you want, the park is also open for its famous Howl-o-Scream in the fall for Halloween and Christmas Town in the winter for the holidays.

    1 Busch Gardens Blvd
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    (800) 343-7946
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  • Charlottesville

    Known for its world-class school University of Virginia, Charlottesville is home to a vibrant community tucked away just under the mountains. There is truly something for everyone in this community built on Thomas Jefferson's history at Monticello. For every season, Charlottesville has a fun local favorite, be it strolling the downtown mall for live music at Fridays After Five, picking apples at Carter's Mountain or visiting breweries and festivals on the weekends.

  • Jamestown Settlement

    The Jamestown Settlement tells the story of the arrival of the English colonists in the early 1600s, including cultural encounters and early events that lead to America as it is today. As the U.S.'s first permanent settlement, history is alive when you visit through galleries, films and outdoor living exhibits such as recreations of the Powhatan Indian village, English ships and colonial forts. While you are there, you can dine at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe and visit the gift shop to bring some history home with you.

    2110 Jamestown Rd
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    (757) 253-4838
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  • Kings Dominion

    Within an hour's drive of the region, Kings Dominion is the closest amusement park in the area. With hundreds of rides, a brand new WaterWorks expansion opening in 2015 and family fun around every turn, there's something for everyone at the massive amusement park.

    16000 Theme Park Way
    Doswell, VA 23047
    (804) 876-5000
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  • Massanutten Resort

    Only a few hours from Richmond, Massanutten Resort is the perfect close range vacation for local looking to get away for a few days. Equipped with an indoor water park, beautiful scenery, snow sports, golf, spa and much more, there is an activity for one and all. Massanutten boasts 1,110 feet of vertical when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, which is the most you can find in Virginia, Maryland or Pennsylvania.

    1822 Resort Dr
    McGaheysville, VA 22840
    (540) 289-9441
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  • Metro Richmond Zoo

    The zoo is fun and educational for the whole family. Big news at the zoo recently has been the popular cheetah webcam offering a look into successive cheetah cubs. The zoo also recently added a "Treetop Zoofari," a zip line tour of the expansive park.

    8300 Beaver Bridge Rd
    Moseley, VA 23120
    (804) 739-5666
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  • Norfolk

    In the heart of the Hampton Roads area and only an hour and a half drive from the region, Norfolk and its recreational amenities are just close enough to be in reach. Norfolk houses the Virginia Zoo, great shopping malls, fun on the water and many art galleries and museums such as The Chrysler Museum. Downtown Norfolk is also home to the Seven Venues, which invites huge acts from the Broadway shows like The Lion King and Wicked, to The Admirals hockey team, concerts and the Ringling Brothers Circus.

  • Raleigh, NC

    Just over 2 hours away, Raleigh, NC is an eclectic city with a variety of fun and unique activities to take part in once you arrive. From cafes and pubs, live shows museums, music venues and nightlife are just a few of the things to do in Raleigh.

  • Richmond

    As the state capital, Richmond is a vibrant city that attracts people from all walks of life to its boundaries. There is always something going one with festivals, walking trails, museums, live sporting events, bike races, art, the Metro Richmond Zoo and lots of great local places to eat and shop. Richmond is also the home of the Washington Redskins' training camp.

  • Richmond International Raceway

    Richmond International Raceway strives to be "American's Premier Short Track," doing so by focusing on guest experiences and having a great time. The tack is home to both local and NASCAR races, bringing the thrill of racing within 30 minutes of the region.

    602 E Laburnum Ave
    Richmond, VA 23222
    (866) 455-7223
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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Famous for its beautiful scenery, Skyline Drive and access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is the ideal spot of hiking, camping or even a leisurely drive. Whether you want to rough in a tent or stay in a rustic cabin or resort, the park has everything you need for a relaxing trip back to nature.

    (540) 999-3500
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  • Virginia Beach

    There are countless fun attractions that attract tourists to Virginia Beach, most predominately the sand and water themselves. Out of the water, there is ever more fun to be had including the boardwalk and Neptune's Park on the strip, the Virginia Aquarium, shopping, art galleries, Farm Bureau Live amphitheater and the Virginia Opera.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics

    Become a Ram and join in the "havoc" as VCU athletics faces off in many sports such as basketball, field hockey and soccer.

    Siegel Center 1200 W Broad St
    Richmond, VA 23284
    (804) 828-7267
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  • Washington, D.C.

    Just 2 hours north, the nation's capital is close enough for a day trip to explore all of the history, art and food that lines D.C.'s streets. The city is also home to the National Zoological Park and the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts 1.5 million tourists, as well as many tours, monuments and museums to visit.

  • Water County USA

    Rated the best water park in the nation by Yahoo Travel and only an hour from the region, Water Country USA is the perfect spot on a hot summer day to cool off and have a lot of fun. The notablly clean and friendly park features a myriad of slides, rides and water activities, offering something for everyone from Kritter Corner for kids to Vanish Point for the daring.

    176 Water Country Pkwy
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    (757) 229-9300
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  • Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is the historical epicenter in the state with an entire walking historical downtown area, Jamestown, Yorktown and myriad of museums. Williamsburg is also home a great variety of shopping options including the Williamsburg Premier Outlets, Yankee Candle and many local boutiques and country stores. Busch Gardens also calls Williamsburg home, which is only an hour from the region.

  • Wintergreen Resort

    Whether you want to drive up for a day on the slopes or stay overnight at Wintergreen's resort, you'll have a great experience just a short drive from the region. Skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing are all offered with the options to rent equipment or secure lessons. Resort stay with spa and onsite dining is also available for overnight guests.

    Route 664
    Wintergreen, VA 22958
    (434) 325-2200
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  • Yorktown Victory Center

    The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the Revolutionary period from colonial times to the formation of the new nation. Through indoor displays, outdoor living history and a new museum, the story of our country's founding and battles is told. There are also outdoor recreations of the Continental Army encampment that captures the daily life of American soldiers.

    200 Water St
    Yorktown, VA 23690
    (757) 253-4838
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