The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth showcases 20 varieties of sport in a kid-friendly interactive environment. Spar with offspring in imbibing information about national pastimes such as basketball, baseball, football, soccer, auto racing, and auto racing-soccer. The exhibits focus on game-changing people, moments, and events in collegiate athletics, Olympic contenders, infamous moments, medicine and health, and the media. Admission for children aged 2 and younger is free.
Deemed "among the top museums in the country" by a Washington Post critic, the Chrysler collection features more than 30,000 masterpieces from around the world, encompassing thousands of years of painting, decorative art, photography, and sculpture. The household membership entitles two adults and their children or grandchildren under 18 to a cornucopia of benefits, including free admission (and visitors' guest passes) to the museum's special exhibitions, invitations to members-only events, and discounts at The Museum Shop and Chrysler Café. Current exhibitions include Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey which tells the story of the mischievous monkey’s creators’ narrow escape from Nazi troops during World War II. Members can wind down with free admission to the museum's weekly seasonal Warm It! and Cool It! series of after-work concerts and discussions, geared toward young professionals and well-behaved dancing bears.
Before visitors to the AZA-accredited Virginia Zoo see any of its live animals, a life-size statue of an African elephant greets them. The zoo's 53 acres of landscaped grounds have welcomed new sculptures, enclosures, and eco-friendly innovations in recent decades that build on a 100-year legacy of conservation.
Mammals such as African lions and kangaroos, birds such as rhino hornbills and African crowned cranes, and a variety of snakes and amphibians roam themed habitats—some of which are interactive or equipped with viewing bubbles that protect visitors from any monkeys with paintball guns. Visitors can view these protected creatures by walking or by taking a narrated ride on the Zoo Train, a one-third scale working model of a C.P. Huntington steam engine. Zoo staffers work to preserve 16 of the resident species through cooperative breeding, field projects, and reintroduction initiatives as part of the AZA's Species Survival Programs.
Each year, Virginia Zoo staff and volunteers work together to design and plant 10 themed gardens filled with colorful exotic plants, many of which are given as treats to their 400 animals. In the garden, visitors can learn about composting, using rain barrels, and ticketing littering garden gnomes. Projects, such as recycling old tires into planters and industrial spools into stepping stones, teach children about reuse, too. The zoo also builds on its conservation efforts with an array of environmental conservation programs. Staffers use only natural rainfall and drip irrigation to water the gardens, establish rain gardens to absorb runoff, and educate visitors on environmentally friendly gardening practices in the eco-garden—earning the zoo a designation as a Virginia Green attraction.
Marshmallows and hot dogs roast above flickering bonfire flames.Children pet farm animals while surrounded by colorful lights. Santa even makes appearances, greeting the crowds and granting children's holiday wishes. This is the scene at the Winter Wonderland at Hunt Club Farm?a celebration of the festivity-filled season intended for family members of all ages. While touring the 5,000 square feet of animated displays, families can view intricately staged scenes featuring lifelike reindeer pulling sleighs, penguins standing atop snow banks, elves diligently crafting Christmas toys, and more. Additionally, the Winter Wonderland includes a shopping area with a full-service Christmas tree market as well as booths selling the holiday-themed wares of local bakers, artisans, and snowflake chislers.
The experienced guides at Ocean Eagle Kayak Adventures maintain a thorough knowledge of their local waters, allowing them to usher visitors through the Atlantic surf or secluded groves of shady water plants. On tours, they guide their participants to get up close with local wildlife and navigate alongside dolphin pods. On kayak fishing trips they help anglers ensnare a roster of seasonal fish. Groups paddle aboard sit-on-top ocean kayaks, and guides always prep them with ample paddling training and advice on how to recognize a fish's turn signal in heavy traffic. When not leading tours, staffers conduct fitness training atop the same kayaks, helping guests during interval training to build paddling power, sweep, and maneuvering skills.
Apart from the number of respective members and guests, the benefits of the Otter and Crab memberships are exactly the same. Both grant you a year of unlimited admission—including express entry through the mythical members' entrance—and, if you travel in an especially large school, both grant up to four additional guests half-off entry when accompanied by a cardholding member (per day). Although prices vary, today's deal offers you a year's access to the aquarium at a cost comparable to a single day's admission for the same number of people.