Spring Break Destinations in the Virginia Area


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People enjoy the Virginia Beach shore.

Written by Carissa Vegeres

There are countless things to do in Virginia during spring break, from thrilling theme parks to warm beaches, there is a tremendous amount of beautiful scenery here to enjoy with friends and families.

Enjoy the family-friendly theme parks by starting at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Another choice is also the amusement park of Kings Dominion near Richmond. With more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, there’s everything you need to create a day full of fun.

Sophomore Ellee Pyle describes Kings Dominion as, “my number one amusement park. The park is clean, the service is good, and most importantly the rides are fun! I definitely recommend people go here in the spring for a good time.”

A destination that feels more like an unearthly experience is the largest caverns in the eastern United States, the Luray Caverns. This is an extremely popular destination in Virginia, where visitors tour into a 260 ft deep cave four million centuries in the making.

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Cherry Blossom Trees border the Washington Monument.

“Luray caverns is a place I definitely will not forget. You step into the cave and it’s like you’re on another planet, I definitely would recommend it to others,” said Harmony Middle School Principal, Eric Stewart.

There are also many beaches in Virginia made for swimming, building sand castles, and sunbathing that can make for many fun times. Beaches include Virginia Beach, Sandbridge, Topsail, which has big waves for people who like to surf, and many others. There are many available hotels on these beaches so people can stay for many nights at a time, and many with pools so kids can swim without the waves. If you had more of a laid-back trip in mind, there is also a variety of lakes in Virginia. Most people enjoy the warm waters of Lake Anna and Smith Mountain lake, but there are many other attractions there as well. Some of these include swimming, boating, playing volleyball and fishing. There are also various attractions around the lake that you can do such as visit an award-winning winery, or hike trails at the Lake Anna State Park.

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A family enjoys the wildlife at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

A destination that will have kids everywhere ecstatic is a trip to one of Virginia’s infamous museums. There is an astonishing amount to choose from, and each one is uniquely different. One of these, in particular, is perfect for families with kids, The Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth. Kids up to the age of 11 are given the opportunity to explore, imagine, and discover together by interacting with the endless exhibits provided. Children get to become whomever they desire in this museum, including a doctor, a farmer, a scientist, and more.

Debatably one of the most scenic museums, is the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. It holds over 800,000 gallons of water, containing the most beautiful marine life in the U.S. If you would like to learn more about the historical side of Virginia, visit the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. From fossils, to artifacts to 21st century documents, this museum has it all, and will keep you occupied for hours, while being informed about your home state of VA.

Although it technically is not in Virginia, DC is close enough to northern Virginia, and significant enough to be included as a recommended destination that is perfect for spring break. Nothing signifies the arrival of spring more than the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC on April 13th and 14th. Each year, more than 1.5 million people come to DC to see the 3,000 plus trees.

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The annual Cherry Blossom Festival’s famous Cherry Blossom Trees.

“I went there with my family a few years back and I remember us walking around DC after looking at the cherry blossoms, it was a very unique and unforgettable trip,” said sophomore Ryan Wright.