Virginia tourism is reopening, so take a look at these family adventures in the Shenandoah Valley and nearby Blue Ridge. Always check destination websites for the latest updates or call directly. Get out and get some fresh air!
Winchester Kids Trail Family Adventures
Spend the day on the heart of the VA Kids Trail, Winchester. Here you’ll find something for each family member. The area offers fresh air, exercise, locally sourced food, and old fashioned fun.
Take a Hike. Spend some time in the Shenandoah National Park. Or visit Virginia’s Shenandoah River State Park. South of SRSP, you’ll find Virginia’s newest day use park, Seven Bends. Get the latest Virginia Park updates here.
Head to that Virginia Classic Dinosaur Land. What can you say about a place with 50 gigantic prehistoric creatures? This roadside attraction has entertained generations. While Dinosaur Land is outdoors, it’s “high touch,” so make sure you have your hand sanitizer.
Paintball is Back! Skyline Paintball, has reopened. There’s plenty of room for social distance splatting!
See a movie under the stars. Drive-ins are having a resurgence in family fun. Stephens City Family Drive-In Theatre leads the way with online ticket sales, a concessions app, socially distanced parking and rigorous cleaning. Tickets sell out quickly!
Get Outside in Loudoun County
Just to the east of Winchester and Clarke County is Loudoun County. Have a history buff in the family? Then make a route out of five western Northern Virginia Regional Parks featuring the Civil War. Or spend time hiking through Sky Meadows State Park. The Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship is also open for nature hiking.
Harpers Ferry Family Adventure
Across the river in nearby West Virginia, you’ll find outdoor adventure and history. Visitors now have access to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. And Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is also now open for all activities Thursday – Monday (closed Tues/Wed). Book online for tubing and white water rafting and kayaking, along with zip lining, rope aerial courses, and Segway tours.
Outdoor Family Adventure in Harrisonburg
With mountain ranges and national forests, the Harrisonburg area at the southern end of the VA Kids Trail is great for outdoor family adventure.
Go exploring with your “quaranteam”. Experience an amazing custom outdoor adventure with Wild GUYde Adventures LLC. Canoe the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers. Enjoy a day hike and then cool off by a waterfall in the George Washington National Forest. Or try rock climbing and rappelling in the Blue Ridge.
Take in natural beauty. South of Harrisonburg you’ll find a classic Virginia State Park, Natural Bridge. Here you’ll find six miles of scenic trails, as well as an amazing 215′ high “bridge” carved out of limestone.
Looking to Future Family Fun
How encouraging to see tickets go on sale for the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. The festival is practicing social distancing, while selling every other row. The first performance is August 21st with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives.
Always Know Before You Go
Before heading out on your Blue Ridge family day trip, call ahead or visit destination websites for latest info. And be sure to visit our Facebook page and Instagram feed for updates as well. We look forward to seeing you on the Kids Trail.