Sightseeing in Virginia

Up to 53% Off Trolley Tour from RVA Historic Tours

Shockoe Slip

$35 $19

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

Up to 52% Off Winery Tour and Cheese Platter

Ashby

$30 $15

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

Virginia Discovery Museum – 50% Off Museum Visits

Downtown

$6 $3

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

50% Off Visit to Historic Smithfield Plantation

Blacksburg

$16 $8

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

48% Off Flying Experience for One or Two

Manassas

$380 $199

Individuals or pairs start with a brief intro to flight class, followed by a 20-minute flight commemorated with digital videos and pictures

Battleship New Jersey – Up to 51% Off Visit

Waterfront South

$37 $18

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

Up to 41% Off Tour of Shenandoah Caverns for Two or Four

Quicksburg

$46 $27

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

Up to Half Off Visits to Historic Gunston Hall

Mason Neck

$20 $10

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

40% Off Membership to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

$50 $30

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

James Madison's Montpelier – Half Off Visit

Near Charlottesville

$36 $18

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Visit include tour of President James Madison’s home, old-growth forest, enslaved community sites, & admission to a formal garden

Preservation Virginia – Up to Half Off Historic Virginian Site Visits

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Historic sites whisk visitors to the homes of patriots and politicians with architecture ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries

44% Off Hot Air Balloon Flight in Woodstock

Woodstock

$700 $389

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

Up to 56% Ghostly Tour Historic Williamsburg from Axwild Tours

Williamsburg

$40 $20

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

Up to 55% Off Winery Tours and Gift Baskets

Warrenton

$56 $28

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

54% Off Tour for 1 or 2 from Segway of Richmond

Shockoe Slip

$50 $25

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

Up to 51% Off Winery Tour and Cheese

North Garden

$39 $19

The vineyard manager and crew cultivate all 2,075 vines planted over 126 acres

National D-Day Memorial – Up to Half Off Tour

Bedford

$20 $10

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

Up to 55% Off Picnic & Winery Tour for Two or Four

Delaplane

$54 $25

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Groups of two or four tour the grounds of the vineyard, then enjoy a picnic basket and take home wineglasses and gift-shop gear

Up to 52% Off Membership to The Watermen's Museum in Yorktown

Yorktown

$40 $20

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

Valentine Richmond History Center - Up to 51% Off

Capitol District

$16 $8

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

Ash Lawn-Highland – Up to 43% Off a Visit to James Monroe Home

Charlottesville

$28 $16

(199)

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

Up to 62% Off Vineyard-Tour Packages

Hume

$170 $65

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

50% Off Haunted Tour of Williamsburg

Williamsburg

$28 $14

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Costumed guides lead 75-minute tours through Williamsburg's historic streets, narrating true tales of eerie events and mysterious legends

50% Off at Virginia Center for Architecture

The Fan

$50 $25

Member receive benefits such as free admission; take an architectural tour of the Tudor-revival Branch House designed by John Russell Pope

Up to 51% Off Running Tour

Capital Fountain

$30 $15

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

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Visitors to the 72-foot-tall Old Cape Henry Lighthouse enjoy a day amid the rich, salty Chesapeake Bay air, exploring a towering remnant of America's early post-colonial government. Originally constructed from Aquia stone in 1792, the John McComb–designed structure was commissioned by Alexander Hamilton to protect important America-bound ships and incinerate incoming French snowballs. Today, budding historians traverse the lighthouse's rustic environs, soundtracked by the rocky crash of waves and the insightful loquations of their friendly tour guide before clambering up the cast-iron spiral stairs and drinking in the lucky lantern's daily view. Multiple Groupons may be purchased to provide a convenient group outing for families or feral packs of dog-boys. Tours shove off seven days a week beginning at 10 a.m. Check online for specific site closures.

583 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Walking across the dock to Nauticus, visitors' eyes are inevitably drawn to the sleeping giant nestled up alongside it: the 850-foot battleship Wisconsin. One of the largest battleships ever built by the United States Navy, its massive, 16-inch guns lent their firepower to WWII, Korea, and Operation Desert Storm. The hulking warship is now retired, its gigantic mass a testament to both its immense power and the strength of the open ocean whose waves it once plied.

This dichotomy between peaceful repose and thundering wrath is fully embraced by Nauticus, immersing visitors in exhibits that explore the ocean and man’s use of it at their most peaceful and destructive. On the Wisconsin, visitors can tour crew messes and officer lounges, getting a taste of naval life. Inside the center, permanent exhibits include Our Mighty Seaport, which delves into Norfolk's busy maritime commerce, with real-time updates on ships sailing past and an observation deck overlooking the port. Turning to nature, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Science on a Sphere exhibit simulates extreme weather conditions on a 6-foot video sphere. In Horseshoe Crab Cove, visitors can pet starfish, crabs, and sea urchins without having to take turns with nearby seagulls.

Following Memorial Day weekend, the Nauticus will host new features to their exhibits such as access to new interior areas of the battleship [Wisconsin], including the chapel, post office, a section of enlisted berthing, and dental office, a WWII era song and dance revue, and an interactive top secret mission on board the ship.

1 Waterside Dr
Norfolk,
VA
US

On your hour-long copiloted flight, leave the small world behind to coast aloft on an adventure of atmospheric exploration. How you use your time is up to you; spend some of the time piloting the mechanical bird or signal your cockpit companion to take over while you enjoy the high-altitude views. With no predetermined flight pattern, choose to fly over the coastline in search of pre-Columbian strip-mall fortifications, or simply breeze through the clouds in pursuit of undiscovered powerup blocks.

2802 Airport Drive
Chesapeake,
VA
US

United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.

475 Long Bridge Drive
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

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