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Things to Do in Virginia

Virginia’s history begins at Jamestown and includes the Revolutionary and Civil wars. In the Washington D.C. area, find many things to do: Alexandria’s Old Town, the national cemetery and Mount Vernon. Discover Colonial Williamsburg, the capital Richmond and naval-related attractions at Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth and Hampton.  Roanoke highlights its railroading past with great museums. Beach lovers head to Virginia Beach to escape. For a true taste, travel to Bristol, the birthplace of country music and a NASCAR speedway. Its mountains, rivers and parks, especially Shenandoah and Chincoteague, provide the backdrop for recreation seekers. Restaurants vary from country to sophisticated. Stay at five-star hotels or B&Bs.
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Adam Thoroughgood House

1636 Parrish Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757-460-7588
According to the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, Adam Thoroughgood arrived in America in 1621 as an indentured servant. In 1736, he was granted a land parcel. It is unknown specifically when the house was built or by whom, but it has a distinctly English cottage style. While here visit the gardens. The city of Virginia Beach also owns or operates the historic Lynnhaven and Francis Land houses.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Virginia Beach CVB

First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757-412-2300
The park is on the national register of historic places and the national register of natural landmarks. It was here in 1607 that English settlers made their "first landing" in America before traveling on to settle Jamestown north of this site. Numerous recreational activities also add to the park's popularity, including swimming, boating, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, beach walks, picnicking, cabins and 19 miles of trails including Bald Cypress trail.
Hours & Admission
Daily. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Freedom Park

5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-5360
Rich in history, this park preserves one of the first free black settlements in America (1803), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spenser's Ordinary (1781), three 17th-century homes and a botanical ellipse garden. This 600-acre park also features approximately 1.8 miles of hiking trails and more than 15 miles of mountain bike trails through forests, meadows and along creeks.
Hours & Admission
Daily 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: James City County Parks and Recreation

Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail

3751 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-5360
With the aid of interpretive signs, link history and nature by hiking this three-mile, soft-surface trail and boardwalk that retraces the footsteps of Virginia Indians and early colonists.

After leaving the wooden area, the trail runs adjacent to Mainland Farm - considered to be the oldest working farm in North America and eventually the trail runs parallel with Greensprings Rd. that connects with Jamestown Settlement.
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: James City County Parks and Recreation

Oceana Naval Air Station

Oceana Blvd. and Tomcat Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
757-433-3131
Visit the Oceana Naval Station, the largest employer in Virginia Beach. A tour operated by the Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) and trolley system is the only way non-military personnel can access the air station, home of the Aviation Historical Park that displays 13 aircraft. All total, see more than 200 aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet.

Security: checkpoint; ID required.
Hours & Admission
Daily June to August. Tours: daily 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Admission (transportation fee via HRT or the trolley system). Free (tour). The late morning tour stops at the officer's club where participants can purchase lunch.
Photo Courtesy: Virginia Beach CVB

Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway

1831 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
757-259-5360
Bring a canoe or kayak and see Jamestowne Island like few others can. Powhatan Creek is part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - 150 parks, museums, sites, trails, attractions and historic communities - that provide access to Chesapeake Bay.
Hours & Admission
Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: James City County Parks and Recreation

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia
202-357-2700
Part of the National Air and Space Museum, the center's two hangars are filling rapidly with 158 large aircraft, 153 large space artifacts and thousands of small artifacts on display. With more than a million visitors a year, the center is among the world's most popular aviation museums, second only to the flagship building on the National Mall.

The Smithsonian's flight collection is the largest and most significant of its kind, with some 60,000 artifacts including many of history's...
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Free.
Photo: Dane Penland. Photo Courtesy: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Memorial Drive
Arlington, Virginia
703-533-1155
Located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, the memorial honors all the women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and peace. In addition to the video presentation and views of the cemetery, docent-led tours can be arranged with two weeks notice and include the gallery, which showcases women's contribution to our nation's defense throughout history; the register of servicewomen and the hall of honor.
Hours & Admission
October to March 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April to September 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Christmas. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Orion Photography

Yorktown Sailing Charters: Schooner Alliance

Riverwalk Landing
Yorktown, Virginia
757-639-1233
Take a sailing cruise on the York River aboard the 105-foot Schooner Alliance, a tall ship.

The cruises travel past scenic Riverwalk, the vessel’s homeport, 18th century homes, maritime attractions, Yorktown, a Revolutionary War battlefield and Victory Monument, overlooking the river. Enjoy wildlife viewing too. Perhaps see a dolphin or an osprey.
Hours & Admission
Late April to mid-October, daily. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Yorktown Sailing Charters: Schooner Alliance

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, Virginia
800-343-7946
Attraction Tickets
No passport required. Busch Gardens captures the authenticity of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy, while showcasing the best in cuisine, world-class entertainment, destination specific shops and thrill rides.

ENGLAND - Guests receive the royal treatment amid replicas of Big Ben and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The picturesque hamlet with flickering streetlamps is the backdrop for family-friendly rides and playgrounds. Meet Sesame Street’s beloved...
Hours & Admission
March to late May and September, Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., late May to August, daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. October, Friday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., late November to mid December, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Extended summer and holiday hours. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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