Things To Do in Virginia

Up to 55% Off Admission to Ocean View Waterslide

Ocean View Waterslide

Norfolk

$25 $13

Careen down the nearly four-story-tall waterslide an unlimited number of times during the day

45% Off Baseball Lessons

The Cage

Chesapeake

$149 $82

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 51% Off Piano or Singing Lessons

Melody Sons Music Studio

Penrose Square

$120 $59

Supportive and encouraging teacher for kids and adults in piano and vocal techniques at all skill levels

Up to 60% Off Speedway Racing Experiences

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Richmond International Raceway

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 44% Off Aerial Adventure Park Passes

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Blue Ridge

$98 $59

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Two-hour aerial Adventure Park visits or season passes

Up to 61% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Zephyr's Way Stable

Zephyr's Way Stable

$80 $40

Instructor helps beginner to advanced-intermediate riders gain comfort in the saddle at stable with indoor and outdoor arena

50% Off Horseback-Riding Summer Camp

Battlefield Park Polo Club

Gainesville

$298 $149

Campers aged 6–16 take daily riding lessons, play games, and participate in arts and crafts and water activities

Up to 51% Off Beginners' Sewing Class

VA Beach Sewing Solutions

Virginia Beach

$60 $30

During two-hour sewing lesson, students work on a project while learning forward, backward, and decorative stitching; all materials provided

Up to Half Off Jet-Ski Dolphin Tour

Great White Water Sports

Norfolk

$175 $79

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Passengers imagine it's still summer as lifeguard-trained safety monitors take them onto Chesapeake Bay to ride jet skis with dolphins

Up to 51% Off Indy-Style Racecar Experience

Mario Andretti Racing Experience

Richmond International Raceway

$129.99 $64

Drive or ride-along in a full-size Indy-style racecar around New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Up to 50% Off Stand Up Paddle Yoga Class

Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle

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

Up to 50% Off a One-Week Sleep-Away Kids Lacrosse Camp

TR Lacrosse Camp

Timber Ridge Camp

$1,197 $599

Boys aged 8-14 and girls aged 8–12 sharpen lacrosse skills during a one-week sleep-away camp

Up to 51% Off Archery Lesson

Hunt'N'Shak Archery Center

Hunt 'N' Shak

$140 $69

Professional archers teach students the proper form of using a bow to ensure consistent shots and enjoyable experience

Up to 53% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Colchester Equines

Fredericksburg

$141 $69

Students learn the basics of hunter/jumper, English, or Western style

46% Off Entry in Obstacle-Filled Mud Run

Running Dirty

Ticonderoga Farms

$109 $59

Muddy runners battle through 4 miles of 23+ Military Inspired Obstacles including Hell Mile

Up to 50% Off a Boat Cruise from Rivershore Charters

Rivershore Charters

Lorton

$24 $14

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Groups of seafarers float down the Occoquan River past lush greenery for leisurely trips or to reach Tim's Rivershore Restaurant

Up to 43% Off Parent/Child Mud Race

Big Muddy Challenge

Beaverdam

$35 $20

Mud-race participants crawl under nets, wade through knee-high mud pits, and shimmy over bales of hay

Up to 60% Off Kids' Horseback-Riding Lessons

Thousand Hills Riding Stable LLC

Delaplane

$65 $28

Yvonne and Mark Toone and their horse, Nike, invite students age 2 and older to learn the art of horsemanship

Up to 39% Off RV, Tent, or Cabin Camping

KOA Campground Williamsburg

Williamsburg

$143 $89

Settle into RV and tent sites with water and electricity or cozy cabins at this 180-acre wooded campground

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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.

4513 Barkingdale Drive
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Mad Science’s highly trained instructors strive to ignite scientific curiosity in young learners, eschewing dry lectures for engaging hands-on activities, experiments, and games. Their professional, age-appropriate syllabi—which meet national- and state-science-curriculum standards—broaden educational horizons during afterschool programs, in-class workshops, summer camps, and preschool programs, cleverly disguising the fundamentals of scientific exploration within interactive experiments. As the junior scientists get down to business with oodles of hands-on experiments, the instructors teach them the safe and proper use of their equipment. Mad Science also hosts special events and birthday parties—which earned it the Parents Connect Parents' Picks 2009 Best Party Entertainer award—that open little eyes to scientific concepts with on-location experiments, hovercraft rides, or a freshly cloned woolly mammoth.

820 Colonial Avenue
Norfolk,
VA
US

Mad Science’s highly trained instructors strive to ignite scientific curiosity in young learners, eschewing dry lectures for engaging hands-on activities, experiments, and games. Their professional, age-appropriate syllabi—which meet national- and state-science-curriculum standards—broaden educational horizons during afterschool programs, in-class workshops, summer camps, and preschool programs, cleverly disguising the fundamentals of scientific exploration within interactive experiments. As the junior scientists get down to business with oodles of hands-on experiments, the instructors teach them the safe and proper use of their equipment. Mad Science also hosts special events and birthday parties—which earned it the Parents Connect Parents' Picks 2009 Best Party Entertainer award—that open little eyes to scientific concepts with on-location experiments, hovercraft rides, or a freshly cloned woolly mammoth.

4316 Bruce Road
Chesapeake,
VA
US

Under the tutelage of Pedego's eagle-eyed guide, travelers motor through on a monumental tour of D.C. landmarks astride a zippy electric bicycle. Form and function fuse into the retro-cruiser styled vehicles, which bop along at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour under the power of human legs or an electric engine. After donning the provided safety gear and packing the complimentary snack and water, riders mount the motorized cycle for a two-hour tour that begins and ends at the U.S. Marine Memorial, whirring past famous sites like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and FDR’s boyhood dunk tank in the process. A daily online calendar helps match riders with an open schedule slot.

1400 North Meade Street
Arlington,
VA
US

Melanie "The Bead Empress" Bentley established her commonwealth of creativity after years teaching aspiring artists how to work with metal clays. Within her 3,000-square-foot embellishment emporium, Murano glass from Italy, hill tribe silver from Thailand, and Swarovski crystals fill shelves from floor to ceiling. Polymer clays, sterling silver, stringing materials, and Czech fancy glass that Melanie handpicked on a recent trip to the Czech Republic round out the store's stock and arm patrons with the materials necessary to line their family's treasure chest.

But Melanie goes beyond filling the supply boxes of local jewelry makers. She also aims to expand the crafting community by welcoming beading newcomers and showing those who don't believe in their creativity that there's an artisan inside everyone. Along with her fellow specialized jewelrysmiths, Melanie leads more than 45 classes per quarter, providing her customers with a means of acquiring jewelry that’s guaranteed to be free of curses.

3028 Stony Point Rd
Richmond,
VA
US

The friendly staffers at Bounce House's multiple Virginia locales breathe new life into the term sock hop, as well as lots of air into inflatable play surfaces. During Open Jump sessions and birthday parties, sock-clad moppets aged 1–12 can hop to their heels’ content across a cadre of themed inflatables, which catapult youngsters into TV-station simulacra and onto the surface of an air-hockey machine. As parents supervise, they can compare their children's bouncing with that of the stock market using complimentary WiFi. Each Bounce House fuels fun by keeping its snack bar fully stocked.

14337 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News,
VA
US