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

Half Off Video Games

Greenbrier East

$30 $15

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Test out gaming skills on more than 100 video games in arcade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 72% Off at CrossFit Chesapeake

Chesapeake

$120 $34

High-intensity CrossFit workouts mix cardio and strength-building routines using participants' own body weight and simple equipment

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

"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

Rebounderz Of Newport News – Up to 46% Indoor Jumping

Kiln Creek

$26 $14

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10,000 sq. ft. of trampolines, arcade games, dodge ball and basketball station; safety ensured by referees

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 82% Off Paintball at Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations

$100 $19

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

49% Off Fitness Classes

Hollins

$49 $25

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

$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

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

Up to 51% Off Personal Training

Woodbridge

$120 $59

Personalized one-on-one training zones in on problem areas; grab a friend and get fit together during Push-a-Friend 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

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

Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga – Up to 61% Off

Northeast Virginia Beach

$39 $19

Three sessions for total newbies or five classes in a range of yoga styles for newcomers to the studio

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 94% Off Krav Maga Classes

Multiple Locations

$324 $20

Professional instructors lead students of all ages through the self-defense techniques of krav maga, an Israeli hand-to-hand combat system

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 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

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 73% Off Self Defense Classes

Hampton Inn & Suites

$65 $19

Martial arts experts teach students how to defuse potentially dangerous situations with hand-to-hand combat training

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

Up to 90% Off Lesson Package at American Dance Centers

Deyerle

$305 $29

Seasoned instructors lead private and group lessons on latin, ballroom, and swing dance before students mingle and practice at a party

55% Off

Centreville

$159 $72

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

76% Off Boxing and Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$185 $45

At six locations, intensive boxing and martial-arts classes teach valuable self-defense and fitness skills

Up to 53% Off Mini-Golf and Funnel Cake

Northeast Virginia Beach

$22 $11

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Balls tumble into 18 pirate-themed holes populated by ships, treasure chests, and winding waterways

Up to 80% Off Karate Lessons 

Norview

$165 $39

Kids learn self-discipline as they soak up basic and advanced karate techniques

Up to 47% Off Paintball at Chesapeake Sports Park

Multiple Locations

$44.95 $24

Fields include urban recreations and woodsball; battles among forts, dense vegetation, and obstacles; party grants 3 hours of private play

Up to 65% Off Yoga Classes

Multiple Locations

$50 $19

Students of all experience levels can reconnect with the body and calm the mind at all-levels yoga classes

Half Off Racing Experiences

Richmond International Raceway

$129 $64

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

Up to 75% Off a Bridal Expo from Show Bride

Multiple Locations

$20 $5

Event features wedding exhibitors giving out samples, discounts, and prizes to help couples brainstorm and make contacts

Up to 68% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Martial Arts helps students improve overall fitness, focus, confidence, energy and self-discipline in Shaolin Kempo Karate classes

Up to 71% Off at TNT Bootcamp

TNT Bootcamp of Hampton Roads

$200 $59

Exercisers go at their own pace to build endurance; illness-, injury-, and age-related modifications allow all fitness levels to participate

Up to 61% Off Dance Classes at Shining Star Family Center

Hollins

$25 $12

Six full-time instructors teach ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance classes inside a family-friendly studio with hardwood floors

Up to 66% Off Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Get fit while building your self-defense skills during high-energy kickboxing classes

Half Off Martial Arts Classes

Dale City

$450 $225

Students learn self-defense and discipline as they build their bodies with classes in ninjutsu, jujutsu, kickboxing, grappling, and kali

50% Off from Ocean Eagle Kayak Adventures

Northeast Virginia Beach

$90 $45

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Paddlers go on 2.5-hour trip, which makes ideal Father's Day gift, into the open Atlantic waters on kayaks to get up close to wild dolphins.

Up to 84% Off Personal Training from Charles Clark

Norfolk

$120 $19

Olympic runner works with clients during sessions that focus on core strengthening, drills, health tips, and a calorie counter

Up to 75% Off at Fentress CrossFit

Great Bridge East

$150 $39

Certified CrossFit instructors lead short, intense workouts of deadlifts, tire flips, sprints, pull-ups, and other rotating exercises

50% Off

Columbia Heights South

$40 $20

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

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

88% Off One Month of Group Fitness Class

Newport News

$249 $29

Group fitness sessions for up to 16 people feature individualized exercises and personalized advice from trainers

51% Off Five-Week Women's Self-Defense Course

Multiple Locations

$119.95 $59

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Expert mixed martial artist equips women with the defensive moves necessary to stop a larger, more aggressive attacker.

Opera Roanoke's "Julius Caesar" – Up to 42% Off

Jefferson Center

$44 $26

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Handel's sweeping opera weaves a tale of power, lust, and political betrayal brought to life by the renowned performers of Opera Roanoke

Up to 70% Off Boot Camp and Personal Training

Centreville

$99 $39

Certified trainer leads small groups through engaging boot-camp classes, customizing personal-training sessions based on clients’ goals

Up to 66% Off Belly-Dancing, Boot-Camp, or Zumba Classes

Woodbridge

$100 $39

Certified trainers help groups achieve fitness goals during dance-based workouts or boot-camp classes

51% Off Mini Golf Season Pass

Northeast Virginia Beach

$100 $49

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Oceanfront mini-golf course showcases challenging hole designs teeming with jungle-themed obstacles

Up to 84% Off Capoeira Classes

Norfolk

$125 $29

Combine the rhythm of dance and the athleticism of tumbling with some truly unpredictable kicks and takedowns

45% Off

Pleasant Grove East

$60 $33

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

Up to 77% Off Classes at Get Shaped Fitness

Multiple Locations

$150 $34

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Fitness classes include get shaped yoga, Zumba, total body blast, booty core, and more

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 70% Off Zumba, Yoga, or Boot-Camp Classes

Oyster Point

$40 $20

Consume calories with fast-paced Zumba, synchronize movement and breath through yoga, or build strength in fitness boot camps

50% Off Services

Old Town

$140 $70

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

Up to 46% Off Guided Dolphin Kayak Tour

Northeast Virginia Beach

$60 $35

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Experienced seamen lead kayakers on excursions along Virginia Beach to watch dolphins and other seaside fauna in their natural habitat

Up to 74% Off at CrossFit Tidewater

Deep Creek North

$135 $39

CrossFit emphasizes functional exercises that boost strength and endurance; membership includes access to Fundamentals classes for beginners

Up to 53% Off Fitness and Martial Arts Classes

Barcroft

$75 $35

Center promotes personal growth during martial arts classes designed for children and fitness classes for adults

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

94% Off at Petitto's Black Belt Academy

Kiln Creek

$324 $20

Martial-arts moves teach discipline and self-defense at a studio run by a sparring champion; uniform included

43% Off

Franconia

$30 $17

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

84% Off Beginner's Hapkido Classes

Northwest Virginia Beach

$180 $29

Instructors help students strengthen their bodies while learning a blend of kung fu, jiu jitsu, and other self-defense techniques

Up to 88% Off at Your Time Fitness

Multiple Locations

$165 $19

Gym with 24-hour access, onsite personal trainers, cardio machines, free weights, and circuit-training equipment

Up to 65% Off Bikram Hot Yoga

Ballston

$80 $40.99

Experienced instructors lead Bikram yoga classes in heated room, promoting wellness and relaxation

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

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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
US

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