Virginia offers a vibrant historical scene that will entice your whole family

By Aria Wozniak

When the competitions have ended and your family is looking for post-game entertainment, few states can rival Virginia when it comes to historical attractions and natural wonders.

As the home of the first American colonists, Virginia has a host of historic destinations that date back more than 400 years. Virginia is also a four-season destination with an abundance of adventures. Its outdoor experiences are virtually endless, from the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the tranquil Chesapeake Bay, the beauty of Virginia’s landscape is legendary. 

Here are some attractions that will appeal to the whole family:

Blue Ridge Mountains: Incredible beauty

These iconic mountains are one of the most beautiful natural attractions of the American landscape.The mountains are home to the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, known as America’s Favorite Drive, and a portion of the Appalachian Trail, one of the most visited footpaths in the world. The Blue Ridge Mountains are an excellent place to hike and bike and are home to more than 130 species of trees and 1,600 plant species that serve as a vital part of the local ecosystem. They also serve as part of the reason Virginia’s Blue Ridge is known for its stunning natural beauty.

Fredericksburg: Tales of The Past

Watch history come to life in Fredericksburg, George Washington’s boyhood home. Ferry Farm, where the country’s first president grew up, was excavated by archaeologists in 2008 and has been beautifully preserved.

The cobblestone streets of Fredericksburg’s historic district are thick with original 18th and 19th century architecture. The City Trolley Tour showcases the most significant spots in town. Civil War history comes alive at the four battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Virginia is full of amazing views and trials for travelers to enjoy
Virginia is full of amazing views and trials for travelers to enjoy

Henrico County: Outdoor Paradise

If you love being in nature, head to the greater Richmond region, which holds many first-rate recreation areas and parks. Deep Bottom Park & Four Mile Creek is a beautiful area along the James River, perfect for fishing, boating and picnicking. Venture to Deep Run Park and Recreation Center to witness the serene ponds, walkways, playgrounds and gazebos.

Loudoun County: Country Life

Small towns like Middleburg and Leesburg are great places to explore cute boutiques, art galleries and charming cafes. Experience the county’s rich equestrian history through horseback riding or horse races and shows. The area also abounds with highly rated wineries.

Lynchburg: Adventure and History Collide

Tucked against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is a delightful blend of history, natural beauty and outdoor activities. The Lynchburg Museum occupies a historic courthouse that preserves the city’s fascinating past. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is a secluded plantation retreat where the founding father found peace and inspiration. If you’re looking for something to get your adrenaline rushing, year-round skiing and snowboarding at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre provides memorable experiences.

Prince William County: Family Fun

Take advantage of the family-friendly activities in Prince William County. Potomac Mills Mall is a top shopping and entertainment hub that includes over 200 stores, restaurants and activities. The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico has interactive exhibits and historical artifacts. The area also has a mix of parks and trails, like Prince William Forest Park, where there are options to hike, bike and relax amidst natural beauty.

NASCAR races and more in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond: Sports, History and Art

Richmond, the vibrant capital city of Virginia, offers the thrill of sports as well as cultural and historical activities. Whether you’re viewing a NASCAR race at Richmond Raceway or cheering for your favorite soccer team at City Stadium, there’s never a dull moment in Richmond. For those looking to immerse themselves in the city’s rich heritage, the Virginia State Capitol and historic Church Hill neighborhood are must-sees. Art enthusiasts should visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which displays an impressive collection that spans thousands of years.

Stafford County: Civil War and More

Stafford County hosts Civil War sites, excellent golf courses, and fantastic wineries and breweries. Points of interest include Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery, which features gorgeous views, and Stafford Civil War Park, where 135,000 soldiers in the Army of the Potomac encamped during the winter of 1863.

Virginia Beach: Coastal Comfort

Home to a number of sports centers, the coastal charm of Virginia Beach is perfect if you’re looking to slip away and engage in other fun activities. Not only does the lively beachfront area promise sand and surf, but it holds a range of entertainment and dining opportunities. The vibrant boardwalk stretches for three miles.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, a great educational attraction with a family-friendly atmosphere, offers dolphin watching and sea turtle tours.

Williamsburg: Travel Back in Time

You can’t visit Virginia without visiting Colonial Williamsburg, which provides a peek into early American history. Find yourself enveloped in the sights, sounds and tastes of the past by interacting with historical interpreters and exploring restored buildings in Virginia’s first capital. Nearby, Busch Gardens amusement park is another crowd-pleaser.