FINALLY! Spring has arrived! Green is sprouting and flowers blooming. Time to get outside and go! Whether you’re looking for some weekend fun or Spring Break activities, here is an awesome list of places to go and things to do!
Richmond Flying Squirrels
RVA’s favorite minor league baseball team is back. The 2019 season starts Thursday, April 6th. Like any minor league franchise, baseball is only half the fun. The between-innings excitement is where it is at, the price of admission is not too bad, and there is always a wacky promotion or giveaway. Every Friday and Sunday kids get to run the bases post-game. From fireworks to Bark in the Park nights, you can always find a great time at the Diamond.
VA State Parks
There is plenty of outdoor adventure around RVA. From Maymont to Pocahontas, exploring nature is everywhere. You can hike, ride, and search for creatures of all sorts. Each park offers its own unique experience. If you are looking for a chance to soak up nature a little longer, you can always find a place to setup camp for an overnight experience as well. Explore the entire list of state parks at their site.
If you are looking for a little more excitement, there are other options as well. With Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens not too far a drive from Richmond, you can spend the day at either of these family fun theme parks packed with rides and roller coasters for any level of thrill seeker. As it warms up, the water parks will open and offer a great way to cool down as well.
Richmond Metro Zoo
This one probably belongs with the parks, but it is a Butler family favorite. Since we have lived in Chesterfield, we have bought season passes every year. About 30 minutes west of Richmond, it is a hidden gem for animal lovers and kids. The zoo is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm year-round. Over 2,000 feathered, scaled, and furry animals on the premises with the new ones added every year. The parakeet house is always kid favorite and where else can you feed giraffes! And if the kids are a little older, you can also check out the treetop zoofari.
Brushing up on some History
If you paid attention in history class, you VA is rich in historical landmarks. Several presidents were Virginians, making their homes awesome exploration sites. And to the east you have Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. At these living history sites you can throw axes, dig at archaeological, and really take a step back in time. You can even climb aboard the re-created ships from 400 years ago.
While it is it is Spring, IT is Central VA, so it is going to rain. And you don’t want to burn Spring Break or any weekend for the matter, stuck in the house with the kids. VA boasts several cool museum spots. In RVA alone you have the Science Museum of Virginia and the Children’s Museum. The Science Museum has rotating exhibits that kids love, and the hands on experience of the Children’s Museum will burn that energy up too. You also have the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Virginia Museum of Natural History you can check out.
I could easily keep going on with the other historical sites in RVA, as well as family-friendly activity options around the city, but you can see there are lots of options where you can spend some quality time around RVA. The variety is great, and you can maximize the quality time!
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