Things To Do in Virginia

51% Off Jet-Ski Ride from Great White Water Sports

East Beach Norfolk

$99 $49

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Lifeguard-trained safety monitors oversee jet skiers as they carve waves in the Chesapeake Bay

71% Off All-Day Play and Snacks

Multiple Locations

$56 $16

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11 themed inflatables, plus specially designed play areas for toddlers, offer safe exercise & fun to kids up to age 12

Up to 88% Off Boot Camp from The Sergeant's Program

Multiple Locations

$234 $29

One-hour, military-inspired workouts push members with running, calisthenics, aerobics, and weight training, held five to six days a week

"Arabian Nights" – Up to 50% Off Play

Raymond Hodges Theatre

$50 $25

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Classic tale weaves stories such as "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" with life-sized puppets, elaborate costumes, and live original music

53% Off Glitz-Pageant Entry

Newport News

$200 $95

Newborn to teenage girls and boys can participate in the glitz pageant on Sunday, June 1; prizes include cash, trophies, crowns, and sashes

2014 Women's Wellness Fundraiser Concert – Up to 55% Off

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Communit

$110 $49

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All-star lineup of gospel singers, including Grammy-nominated star James Fortune, share their voices in a fundraiser for women and children

Half Off Fishing Trip for Two from Sally T Fishing

Downtown Hampton

$60 $30

Skilled captain and crew lead groups of up to 50 aboard Sally T to catch croakers and flounder with included gear and license

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$10 to See Standup Comedy

Renaissance-Norfolk Waterfront

$20 $10

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Seasoned comedian Williams, featured on BET and Comedy Central, joins Tanzania-born club veteran Blaze for a night of uncensored standup

64% Off Wellness Program

Harbour View East

$275 $99

Wellness professionals help reduce pain, and keep bodies flexible and healthy with nutritional assessments, chiropractic exams, and yoga

Up to 54% Off Snow-Sports Packages

Lynchburg

$30 $15

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Synthetic snow mimics behavior of its real-world counterpart for year-round tubing, skiing, and snowboarding

50% Off at The Winery at Bull Run

Sully

$44 $22

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Winery visit near historic Bull Run includes souvenir glasses, snacks, and $12 in credit at the gift shop for each customer

45% Off

Neabsco

$40 $22

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Up to 63% Off at Bikram Yoga Reston

Reston

$85 $39

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105-degree studio hosts 50 Bikram yoga sessions every week, taught by certified instructors; students should bring water, a mat and 2 towels

28% Off Tandem Skydiving

New Market

$500 $359

After completing the waiver paperwork, a USPA-certified tandem instructor provides approximately 15 minutes of pre-jump training

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

62% Off Classes at Title Boxing Club

Multiple Locations

$50 $19

Expert instructors lead boxing and kickboxing classes that help students condition and build stamina

74% Off Pilates

Pantops

$50 $13

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Half Off Equestrian Lease with 10 Horse Rides

Blanch

$250 $125

One-month lease of horse or miniature horse includes up to 10 rides and tack

Up to 53% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Eastern

$50 $25

Instructors teach horse- handing and riding basics in all-weather facility with 200-foot indoor arena and outdoor ring

Up to 83% Off Lessons at Dance King Studios

Leesburg

$220 $49

Students learn salsa, Argentine tango, or swing during private and group lessons, then unleash their skills at practice sessions

Up to 65% Off Martial Arts Party or Camp

Multiple Locations

$360 $125

Birthday party with martial arts lesson and pizza for unlimited guests; summer camp with a t-shirt and daily martial arts lessons

45% Off Martial Arts

Burke

$220 $121

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Up to 51% Off Women's Boot Camp

Annandale

$75 $37

One-hour boot camps get women of all fitness levels buff with weight-training, boxing moves, and military-style exercises

50% Off Laser Tag

Manassas

$39.98 $20

Team of two or four indulge in three games of laser tag in arena full of fog, obstacles, and cover

Half Off Beginner Hang-Gliding Lesson

Manquin

$150 $75

Four-hour course with ground school and training session, during which students learn to launch into wind, balance, and steer

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 63% Off Swim Club Membership

Springfield

$70 $35

Membership to a private swim club with a lap/diving pool, a wading pool, and picnic areas with gas grills

Up to 55% Off at Sterling Golf and Swim Club

Sterling

$50 $24

Golfers tackle an 18-hole, par 54 course where tree-lined fairways sprawl more than 2,610 yards

Up to 59% Off a Supercar Driving or Ride-Along Experience

Summit Point Motorsports Park

$239 $99

Test drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

Up to 54% Off at Hanging Rock Golf Club

Salem

$69 $32

18-hole course stretches across foothills overlooking the scenic Roanoke Valley, challenging golfers with dramatic elevation changes

Up to 57% Off Fitness-Dance Classes

Henrico

$75 $35

75-minute, high-energy classes use a combination of hip-hop, street jazz, pop, and club moves

Up to 85% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Fredericksburg

$93.75 $19

Students build self-confidence and discipline during a range of martial-arts classes geared toward kids, adults, and families

Up to 81% Off at Pev's Paintball Park

Aldie

$311.40 $59

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Groups of three battle on 48-acre paintball pitch as referees look on; kids enjoy paintball designed for little hands and softer splatter

Up to 55% Off Movie and Popcorn from Dealflicks

Multiple Locations

$20 $9

Customers enjoy $20 worth of Dealbucks, which they can use to buy movie tickets and concessions from Dealflicks.com

Up to 72% Off Fitness Boot-Camp Classes

Multiple Locations

$140 $39

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Boot-camp classes reshape figures with cardio and strength-training drills that draw from several fitness schools and shift daily

55% Off Services

Chantilly

$87 $39

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87% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Martial Arts World

Multiple Locations

$225 $30

Instructors teach self-defense during karate and tae kwon do classes for ages 5 or older

Up to 62% Off Power Yoga

Merrifield

$50 $19

Exercisers of any age or fitness level are welcome at Power Yoga classes, which focus on flexibility, strength, and wellness

Up to 54% Off Indoor Climbing in Christiansburg

Christiansburg

$24 $12

Indoor climbing lets guests strap on shoes and harnesses to tackle walls riddled with holds

Up to 53% Off Kids' Play-Center Fun at The Playroom

Chester

$16 $8

Kids stretch their imaginations and muscles at a play center that features playhouses, dress-up costumes, inflatables, and slides

Up to 85% Off at Power Kix Martial Arts

location

$159 $29

Kids as young as four learn confidence and discipline by practicing taekwondo moves; adults stay fit by blending martial arts and cardio

48% Off MetroBarre Classes

Lorton

$75 $39

MetroBarre offerings include classes focusing on stretching or strength, although all workouts help participants build long, lean physiques

50% Off Kayak Trip and Class or Rental

Prince George

$420 $210

American Canoe Association–certified instructor leads class; explore the Appomattox River on your own or with a friend during rental

Up to 85% Off Karate Classes

Henrico

$119 $18

Students learn the foundational forms necessary to progress through the colored belt system

Up to 50% Off Horseback Trail Ride

Radford

$60 $30

Rescued horses make for trusty mounts on one-hour rides across scenic hills and wooded trails

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

65% Off Metabolic Group Training

Midlothian

$169 $59

Trainnes undergo a personal assessment and goal-setting session and introductions to metabolic conditioning and foam rolling

Up to 76% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Triangle

$200 $49

Learn strikes, throws, and swordsmanship tactics during these budo taijutsu classes

Up to 63% Off Kickboxing Classes

Montrose

$60 $24

Students learn self-defense and combat moves in classes designed for weight loss led by an NASM-certified MMA fighter

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 68% Off Classes at Village Yoga

Multiple Locations

$90 $29

Classes range from vinyasa flow to high-intensity Zumba and power vinyasa flow yoga

Up to 56% Off Golf Instruction

Multiple Locations

$79 $39

Bobby Lopez, a Class A member of the PGA, leads 45-minute small-group golf lessons and provides constructive feedback

51% Off Healthy-Lifestyle Seminars

Rainbow Forest Baptist Church - Student Center

$99 $49

With combination of food education and supplements, clients learn eating habits that focus on healthy living rather than simple weight loss

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

25% Off Fan Sponsorship Race-Day Package

Ridgeway

$2,000 $1,499

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Have your name plastered to a race car with a sponsorship package that includes complimentary pit and garage passes

Up to 74% Off at King Pin Lanes

Midlothian

$87 $23

Groups of six send pins clattering on 1 of 32 lanes outfitted with advanced scoring systems and, for children 10 and under, optional bumpers

87% Off at Forever Dancing

Bailey's Crossroads

$299 $39

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Ballroom dance instructors lead lessons in a variety of genres and host private dance parties with refreshments.

50% Off Martial Arts

Brambleton Landbay

$20 $10

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70% Off Semiprivate or Private Fitness Training

Forest

$280 $84

ACE-, CPR-, and AED-certified trainer works with exercisers one on one or in small groups, creating individualized fitness plans

Up to 54% Off Irish-Dance Classes for One or Two

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Instructors teach students the basic moves of Irish dancing during six classes

Up to 61% Off Kids' Dance Classes

Fairfax Station

$125 $49

Children aged 3–12 learn basics of tap, ballet, hip-hop, or jazz in 55-minute classes

Up to 82% Off Paintball at Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd – Up to 42% Off

Jiffy Lube Live

$33 $19

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Southern-rock legends behind “Sweet Home Alabama” join British ’70s giants of “Feel Like Makin’ Love” fame for evening of classic-rock hits

Up to 67% Off Laser Tag Games or Party

Huntingtown

$40 $15

Players wield laser guns to target and tag one another in an arena; a party includes unlimited games of laser tag and drinks

Up to 50% Off Stand Up Paddle Yoga Class

Virginia Beach

$50 $25

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Atop floating paddleboards, groups follow an instructor through a yoga style routine that's enhanced by keeping one's balance atop the board

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown Norfolk

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 84% Off Fitness Classes in Chesapeake

Pleasant Grove West

$100 $29

Certified trainers lead core-sculpting Pilates sessions, calorie-torching Zumba & CrossFit classes filled with Olympic lifts

74% Off Membership and Group Training at Synergy Health and Fitness

Courthouse Arlington

$269 $69

Memberships include gym access, team training with up to 15 others, and small-group sessions with a personalized program design

Up to 50% Off Paddleboarding Trip

Richmond

$75 $38

Paddleboarding excursions sweep down the James River, with instructors helping groups navigate Class I and II whitewater rapids

Up to 55% Off Laser Tag at LazerRush

Newport News

$24 $12

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Games unfold inside a 5,800-sq.-ft. laser-tag arena modeled after cave mazes and jungles surrounding ancient Incan temple ruins

Up to 41% Off at Great Waves Waterpark

Alexandria

$74 $46

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All-access to 20-acre park’s wave and play pools, waterslides, and Paradise Play; optional access to mini-golf course, batting cages

Up to 51% Off at Chakra 1 Yoga

Downtown Hampton

$50 $25

Students of all levels improve their balance and strength as they flow through asanas in power yoga classes

49% Off Fitness Classes

Hollins

$49 $25

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Michael Franti and SOJA – Up to 43% Off

Portsmouth

$43.70 $25

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The Soulshine Tour celebrates music, dance, yoga, and sustainability with Franti's life-affirming funk and SOJA's reggae bliss

Up to 45% Off at Suffolk Golf Course

Suffolk

$70 $39

Since 1952, course challenges golfers with elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, and dog-legs

66% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Victory Fit Camp

Fitness Aspects

$80 $27

Two-hour boot camps take place indoors or on outdoor obstacle courses; workouts influenced by the training techniques of the US Marine Corps

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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,
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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
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Adam and Jennifer Pismeny have always been passionate about fitness. They both became involved with sports at a young age: Jennifer enjoyed swimming, cheerleading, and dance, and Adam focused on activities including soccer and BMX racing, qualifying for state-level meets and competitions along the way. Perhaps as a facet of their team-sports experience, the duo also has a long history of helping others. Jennifer, who has struggled with weight concerns, obtained her undergraduate degree in elementary education, and both of them became certified personal trainers to guide other people toward achieving personal health goals.

Along with trainer Joe Boozer, the Pismenys share their knowledge and experience at Hampton Roads Adventure Bootcamp, which is part of one of the largest boot-camp organizations in the world. Their program was designed by fitness expert John Spencer Ellis to build strength and confidence via a combination of motivating, varied workouts and nutritional guidance. The team hosts sessions five days a week all year long, leading groups of about 30 women through exercises that can be modified for all skill levels or any number of extra biceps.

409 Network Sta
Chesapeake,
VA
US

Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.

Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.

2704 Columbia Pike
Arlington,
VA
US

Readers of Richmond magazine have voted Car Pool Car Wash the Best Car Washing/Detailing business in the city multiple times over the last decade. Stepping into one of its facilities, it’s easy to see why. In addition to making autos look and feel like royalty, Car Pool Car Wash also cultivates a stress-free environment with sleek waiting rooms that resemble modern hotel lobbies and emit free WiFi. After grabbing a complimentary cup of coffee and receding into plush leather chairs, visitors are served a visual feast that may include floor-to-ceiling windows or a stone fireplace. Rocking chairs outside of the car wash enable car owners to wait under the open sky while flipping through a book or magazine.

Locally owned and operated since 1977, the automotive salon company has focused on advanced car-cleaning methods while expanding its outreach to include six full-service wash facilities, two exterior-only wash facilities, and a full-service detail shop. Many of the car wash's specialty packages cater to specific vehicle needs such as comprehensive interior cleaning or professional exterior waxing, services that enlist products from Simoniz and Rain-X to safeguard paint jobs.

Car Pool Car Wash strengthens its bond with repeat customers through its frequency rewards program, which makes participants eligible for future discounts after they sign up online or in person. The shop also carries Duck Bucks gift cards that allow recipients to prepay for regular car washes. In their efforts to foster a tightly knit community, the owners of Car Pool Car Wash regularly support local charities and organizations in their initiatives.

9850 Midlothian Tpke
North Chesterfield,
VA
US

Following handshakes, Stephanie Forbes Hudgins’s preferred greeting for new clients is inspections of their spines. The certified Pilates instructor conducts detailed alignment evaluations as part of introductory sessions, during which she studies new students’ postures, pinpoints their goals, and outlines their medical histories. The consultations enable her to personalize her future lessons—she is well versed in making her exercises easier to accommodate those who are injured, pregnant, or really full. Her studio's policy is one of universal acceptance: guests of every age and experience level are welcome.

The team of instructors' private, duet, and group lessons encompass the focused stretches and core-tightening holds of both classic and modern Pilates, aided by ample tools such as Reformers, chairs, balls, tubing, and TRX Suspension cords. Her staff's curriculum reaches beyond Pilates to include barre fitness and other disciplines. Zumba classes, for example, take visitors through festive cardio-dance routines, and sessions of assisted stretching release muscular tension while ensuring that you don't lunge too deeply and become permanently stuck.

11711 Jefferson Ave
Newport News,
VA
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