Spring break is just around the corner. Whether your children are toddlers, ‘tweens or teens, a Virginia spring break vacation offers something for everyone. If the blustery winds of winter have you feeling down, visit the Virginia Tourism Corporation website and start planning for spring.
Easter arrives early this year on March 27, so don’t wait too long to start planning for spring break 2016. Treat your family to sunshine, sand castles and seashells at Virginia Beach. Now’s the time to snag hotel rooms and make plans for toes in the sand.
Virginia State Parks are the perfect spring break destination for outdoor loving families. Rent a cabin or campsite or take a day trip to your favorite Virginia State park to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, geocaching, fishing and special spring break programming.
If your family loves history, plan a spring break vacation at Colonial Williamsburg or Jamestown Settlement. Learn about the history of Virginia, enjoy hands-on activities and take a stroll back in time.
Continue your historic spring break by visiting the birthplaces of U.S. presidents. Eight American presidents called Virginia home, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Virginia is also home to many Civil War battlefields and military memorials, where your family can learn more about Virginia during times of war.
Many museums offer hands-on activities for younger children. Some favorites include Lynchburg’s Amazement Square, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Blacksburg, Harrisonburg’s Explore More Discovery Museum, and Charlottesville’s Virginia Discovery Museum.
Your school age kids will love a trip to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, Richmond’s Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton or the Danville Science Center. With hundreds of museums throughout Virginia, you’ll run out of time before you run out of places to learn.
Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are perfect spring break family destinations. Take in a few shows, ride the roller coasters and enjoy a family getaway. Virginia also offers a variety of zoos, including Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk. With more than 350 animals, your children will fall in love with the antics of the monkeys, elephants and tigers.
Day trips offer an economical way to enjoy spring break with your family. Choose a favorite destination and spend the day or pick a few places to visit during the week. It’s only a short drive to Washington, D.C. where youf family can enjoy many free museums, monuments and historic sites.
Looking for outdoor adventure over spring break? Hike the Appalachian Trail with your teens for spring break. Pick a starting point and enjoy an adventure you can continue on future trips to the woods. Visit your favorite local park and enjoy hiking or mountain biking together too.
Virginia’s four-season resorts offer year-round fun for families. Massanutten Resort, located near Harrisonburg; Wintergreen Resort, located in Central Virginia; Bryce Resort, located in the Allegheny Mountains; and the Omni Homestead, located in Hot Springs provide fun outdoor activities for all ages.
Make Virginia your spring break destination in 2016. Spend a week at a resort or a quiet day in the woods. Whether you prefer a day on the beach or a walk through history, Virginia is a great place for spring break lovers.