Sightseeing in Virginia

$20 for a Dickens' Christmas Towne Season Pass at Nauticus ($40 Value)

Dickens' Christmas Towne | Nauticus

Norfolk

Guests explore a winter wonderland of Christmas characters, carolers, sweet treats, children’s activities, crafts, and more

$40 $20

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Valentine Richmond History Center Outing for Two or Individual or Family Membership (Up to 51% Off)

Valentine Richmond History Center

Capitol District

More than 1.7 million objects & artifacts inspire guests to examine Richmond history & members enjoy discounts & special events

$16 $8

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$25 for a Haunted Pub Tour for Two from Nightly Spirits ($49.90 Value)

Nightly Spirits (Terror Tours, LLC)

Old Town Tour

Starting at one of Alexandria, VA’s historic pubs, guides draw on hours of research to spin tales of haunting history at several pubs

$49.90 $25

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Admission for Two or Four to O. Winston Link Museum or History Museum of Western Virginia (Up to 52% Off)

History Museum of Western Virginia

Multiple Locations

Two museums explore 10,000 years of Native American heritage via ancient artifacts, and more recent locomotive history through photographs

$15 $8

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One-Year Family Membership or Admission for Two at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Portsmouth

Family membership and admission grants guests access to a museum dedicated to Virginia’s athletic icons with interactive exhibits

$100 $49

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Zoo Visit for Two or Four to Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center (50% Off)

Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center

Franklin

USDA-licensed, nonprofit exotic-animal sanctuary hosts a tiger, foxes, wolves, and a grizzly bear, among other animals

$24 $12

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Grapes to Glass Winery Tour with Cheese Platters and Logo Glasses for Two or Four at CrossKeys Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

CrossKeys Vineyards

Ashby

Daily tours of the vineyards and winemaking facility; cheese and cracker platter and souvenir wineglass for each guest after tour

$30 $15

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4 or 10 Groupons, Each Good for Admission for One to Virginia Discovery Museum (50% Off)

Virginia Discovery Museum

Downtown

Interactive children's museum features such hands-on activities as a mini Panera Bread, a frontier cabin, a post office, and a bee hive

$6 $3

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (56% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Blacksburg

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

$16 $7

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Winery Experience, Tastings, Cheese and Salami Plate, and $15 Gift Card for Two or Four (Up to 47% Off)

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards

Blue Ridge

Scenic winery educates guests about winemaking as they taste samples; gift card can purchase wine accessories

$44 $25

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Battleship New Jersey Visit for Two or Four (Up to 51% Off)

Battleship New Jersey

Waterfront South

Visit a nearly 900 ft. long, 45,000-ton battleship that survived three wars

$37 $18

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Shenandoah Caverns Tour for Two or Four in Quicksburg, VA (Up to 41% Off)

Shenandoah Caverns

1

National Geographic has featured this cavern; on a one-hour tour, you can see its crystalline formations and rainbow lakes

$46 $27

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Home and Grounds Visit for Two or Five Adults at Gunston Hall (Up to 56% Off)

Gunston Hall

Mason Neck

Guided tours through 18th-century Georgian mansion with period furnishings and historical recreated grounds

$20 $9

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library (52% Off)

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

$50 $24

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Hot Air Balloon Ride for One or Two with Sparkling-Cider Toast from Valley Ballooning (Up to 44% Off)

Valley Ballooning

Woodstock

Pilots lift passengers high above Shenandoah Valley’s picturesque terrain & diverse wildlife in calm air of sunrise or sunset

$220 $129

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90-Minute Ghostly Tour of Historic Williamsburg for Two or Four from AxWild Tours (Up to 56% Off)

AxWild Tours

Williamsburg

On a 90-minute walking tour of historic Williamsburg, guide Allison Wildridge recounts more than 10 tales from the city’s storied past

$40 $20

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Museum-Visit Package for Two or Four at Virginia Museum of Natural History (50% Off)

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville

Natural-history museum’s new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

$20 $10

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Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 53% Off)

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Altavista

During 90-minute tours, explore a restored 1901 mansion whose grounds include six other historical buildings and a family cemetery

$10 $6

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Tour for 2 or 4 with Take-Home Cheese and Charcuterie Baskets from Mediterranean Cellars Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Mediterranean Cellars Winery

Marshall

Tour family owned and operated vineyard and cellars and take home a gift basket stocked with cheese, charcuterie, and a corkscrew

$56 $29

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$5 for $10 Worth of Museum Visits — George C. Marshall Museum

George C. Marshall Museum

Lexington

Parents: children under twelve are always free, so bring the kids!

$10 $5

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Zoo Visit for Two or Four to the Virginia Zoo (Up to 50% Off)

Virginia Zoo

Norfolk

Inside a 53-acre zoo, more than 400 animals roam continent-themed habitats and 10 eco-friendly gardens bloom

$22 $11

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5K or 10K Running Tour from Richmond Runs (Up to 51% Off)

Richmond Runs

Capital Fountain

Runners can receive a bottle of water, Health Warrior chia nutritional bars, and digital photos

$30 $15

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DC Bus Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Georgetown Trolley Tours (Up to 59% Off)

Georgetown Trolley Tours

Alexandria

See the White House, Capitol building, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, WWI Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial

$110 $49

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Day Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Heritage Museum (Up to 58% Off)

The Heritage Museum

Harrisonburg

Vast collection of artifacts illustrates the history of the Shenandoah Valley

$16 $8.50

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Visit to Home of President James Monroe for Two or Four at Ash Lawn-Highland (Up to 43% Off)

Ash Lawn-Highland

Charlottesville

Residence of President James Monroe features tours of the home and estate that illuminate 18th- and 19th-century living

$28 $16

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Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to 50% Off)

National D-Day Memorial

Bedford

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

$20 $10

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Tour with Souvenir Wineglasses and Cheese and Crackers for Two or Four at Miracle Valley Vineyard (Up to 64% Off)

Miracle Valley Vineyard

Marshall

Groups of two or four tour the grounds of the vineyard, then enjoy cheese and crackers and take home wineglasses as souvenirs

$39 $15

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Winery Tour for Two or Four People at The Williamsburg Winery (Up to 53% Off)

The Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg

Historic vineyard tours weave through facilities reminiscent of 18th-century Europe before guests sip wines in tasting room

$20 $10

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Historic City Trolley Tour for One, Two, or Four from RVA Historic Tours (Up to 53% Off)

RVA Historic Tours

Shockoe Slip

Two-hour trolley tours take guests through Richmond’s historic sights

$35 $19

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Vineyard Tour, Souvenir Wine Glasses, and Charcuterie for Two or Four at Philip Carter Winery (Up to 62% Off)

Philip Carter Winery

Marshall

Tour a winery and vineyard helmed by a 12th-generation Virginian, learn about wines, and sit down to a private picnic of charcuterie

$85 $34

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Individual or Family Membership atThe Watermen's Museum in Yorktown (Up to 52% Off)

The Watermen's Museum

Yorktown

Non-profit museum explores the rich history of the men and women who have made their living on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay

$40 $20

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60-Minute Segway Micro Tour of City Landmarks for One or Two from Segway of Richmond (54% Off)

Segway of Richmond

Shockoe Slip

Segway tours glide through River District, Shockoe Bottom, and retrace Lincoln’s visit to Richmond nine days before his death

$50 $25

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Private Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two at D&D Ballooning in Woodstock (44% Off)

D&D Ballooning

Woodstock

Family-run balloon company has soared above the Shenandoah Valley's forests and mountainsides for more than 30 years

$700 $389

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$16 for Choice of Tour for Two from Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours (Up to $28 Value)

Spooks & Legends Haunted Tours

Multiple Locations

Costumed guides lead 60-minute tours through Williamsburg’s historic streets, narrating true tales of eerie events and mysterious legends

$28 $16

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$16 for Choice of Tour for Two from Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours (Up to $28 Value)

Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours

Multiple Locations

Costumed guides lead 60-minute tours through Williamsburg’s historic streets, narrating true tales of eerie events and mysterious legends

$28 $16

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If Cape Henry Lighthouse was a history book, its authors would be two of the nation's founding fathers. President George Washington authorized the lighthouse's creation and Alexander Hamilton oversaw its construction in 1791. Renowned architect John McComb brought their vision to reality, finishing the job in 1792 to produce not just a lighthouse, but a symbol of how the fledgling American government could protect its citizens.

The lighthouse performed the role of protector beautifully. For nearly a century, it stood sentinel over the coasts of Virginia and Maryland to ensure the safety of incoming ships and giant bottles filled with hundreds of letters from Europe. The lighthouse was finally replaced in 1881, but it wasn't finished. In 1930, Preservation Virginia took over the building, giving the public access to climb its twisting iron stairs.

Today, families still gaze out from the observation deck, soaking in 360-degree views of the water and surrounding forests. Meanwhile the staff?most of whom have been guides for years?happily answer questions about the lighthouse's history.

583 Atlantic Ave.
Fort Story,
VA
US

Great White Water Sports creates a harmony with the gentle crash of waves, the powerful growls of jet skis, and the excited yelps of families as they launch a variety of jet-ski rentals right from the sands of Chesapeake Bay. Ranked second on the Norfolk activity list by TripAdvisor, and backed by favorable attention from USA Today, their lifeguard-trained team also saddles up jet skis in waters warmer than the Atlantic and with smaller waves. Their jet skis are not equipped with any speed-restriction devices, allowing guests to rev up their engines and feel the wind hit their faces as they send wake waves rolling shoreward.

1000 E Ocean View Ave.
Norfolk,
VA
US

Carafe's micro-wineries brew and bottle their own grape blood on-site, harvested from the fruit of the world's many vine varieties. Tapping into the thrills of kiddie chemistry experiments, the wine-masters at Carafe custom-mix each bottle of inebriation-fuel at their creation station, imbuing brews with the extra love and care that enables them to mature into responsible citizens of stomachs everywhere.

1036 Volvo Pkwy
Chesapeake,
VA
US

Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.

Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.

3140 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington,
VA
US

Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public.

Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.

3000 E Marshall St
Richmond,
VA
US

Peninsula Fine Arts Center isn't a passive art museum where guests stare silently at paintings and statues. Instead, the center uses rotating exhibitions of paintings, photographs, and pottery to inspire visitors to create their own artwork. To that end, the exhibiting artists often teach in the center's Studio Art School. Classes range from single-day workshops to 10-week sessions, during which instructors might teach small groups to paint with watercolors or change out a flat pottery wheel. The instructors keep their schedule balanced, leading classes that suit all ages and skill levels. Other classes, such as Little Helping Hands Adventure in Clay, let kids and adults create artwork together.

Kids don't need to sign up for classes to try out their art skills, however. In the Hands On for Kids interactive gallery, young patrons draw on a chalkboard wall, build with blocks, and complete various projects inspired by the exhibitions.

101 Museum Dr
Newport News,
VA
US