As Winter gives way to Spring, many of us rejoice in the returning warmer weather and blossoming flowers. It is a magical time of year and Virginia is a perfect place to experience its beauty. From lush, rolling hills to pristine beaches, small charming towns to stunning mountain views, there is something for everyone in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While no article could possibly cover all this wonderful state has to offer, we’ll do our best to highlight some of the most exciting things to see and do on a springtime trip to Virginia.
A great destination for family fun, Virginia boasts a wealth of entertaining possibilities that are sure to please both kids and adults. Kings Dominion, located just north of the state capital of Richmond, is a sprawling 400-acre theme and water park that offers over 60 exhilarating rides and attractions. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just looking for a fun day out, Kings Dominion is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family. If you’re looking for even more excitement, don’t miss other top attractions such as Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, both located in the historical city of Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history. Located about 20 miles north and west of Newport News, you can spend the day exploring the country’s largest living history museum. Strolling around the former capital of Virginia, you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with dozens of original buildings, homes and shops that have been rebuilt on an area spanning over 300 acres. Be prepared to see people dressed and performing trades as they would have in the 18th century. When you visit you will even have the opportunity to get hands-on experience trying some of these trades yourself, like working as a blacksmith, cooper, shoemaker and much more.
There are many great options for all budgets to make an overnight stop in Williamsburg, and you can even stay in Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection which features authentic period accommodations in the Historic Area where you can immerse yourself in history, right where citizens of the Revolution once lodged.
For the wine lovers in the family, Virginia certainly does not disappoint! There are more than 300 vineyards dotting the state, many offering unique winery experiences like King Family Vineyards in Crozet which hosts weekly polo matches on their stunning property overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other cool experiences include Purple Wolf Vineyard outside Harrisonburg, which is part of White Oak Lavender Farm and offers a number of attractions like an interactive garden space with a petting area, life-size checkerboard, duck pond, lavender gardens, and much more.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk
There are so many fun things to do and places to go, you may have trouble deciding where to stop first. From coastal towns like Virginia Beach and Norfolk to mountain towns like Charlottesville and Lexington, no matter where you go, you’ll experience the southern charm and hospitality Virginia is known for. This includes, of course, great cuisine. From Richmond’s trendy food scene featuring dozens of nationally recognized restaurants to the home-style, farm-to-table cooking in Southwest Virginia, your taste buds will thank you. In Richmond, be sure to stop by Helen’s Restaurant, a landmark since 1935, that has been recognized as one of America’s Best Neighborhood Restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine. The seasonal fare at Helen’s uses fresh, local ingredients and focuses on American cuisine with a sophisticated flair.
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We can’t complete a spring highlight of Virginia without mentioning of all the fun and exciting activities that can be done outside. From the numerous national parks like Shenandoah and Great Falls, to hiking, biking and rock-climbing attractions, Virginia offers so much for those that love to explore the outdoors. In addition to numerous championship golf courses the state features a host of water sports opportunities, ATV trails, shooting ranges, and much more. Whatever peaks your interest, there is sure to be an activity for you in Virginia.
If you are looking for the perfect destination for spring, Virginia is second to none. With its temperate climate, stunning natural beauty and a variety of activities that cater to all ages and interests, Virginia has it all. Imagine being able to explore a theme park one day and walk a living colonial city the next. With its plethora of outdoor activities and vibrant culinary culture, your whole family will have fun. So, don’t hesitate, the people of Virginia are waiting to welcome you with southern hospitality – pack your bags and head to Virginia this spring for an unforgettable getaway.