Stay-Cation Ideas for Spring Break

Looking for some fun ideas for Spring Break? Here are some stay-cation and day trip ideas to help you survive the week.

Virginia Safari Park – Natural Bridge

The Virginia Safari Park is a great way to spend a day. And, if you haven’t been, you definitely should! This week they are open from 9 AM – 5 PM. They have a few different activities and they are all equally fun. First, there is the drive through Safari Park. You’ll want to buy at least 1 bucket of food and be ready to vacuum out the car on the way home (totally worth it.) On Saturday and Sunday you can also skip the car drive through, and go through on wagon. They don’t offer the wagon during the weekdays until Summer.

There is also a walk through area where kids can pet goats, see kangaroos and more. You can choose to feed the giraffes – this is a must do activity. There is also an aviary where you can feed birds.

They have a little cafe but you can also bring a picnic lunch.

Getting There
229 Safari Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

From the Valley:
Take I-81 south to Exit 180-B. At bottom of exit ramp, go straight across US 11 towards the KOA campground and follow Safari signs.


Regular (13-64) $21.95
Seniors (65+) $20.95
Children (2-12) $14.95
Child under 2 yrs FREE

Rockbridge County Residents get $2.00 off each admission. 

For more information, click here. 


Science Museum of Richmond

The Science Museum of Richmond has three floors of exhibits! There is something for the little kiddos as well as older kiddos too.  They also have “The Dome”, a planetarium. It costs extra but is worth it! Kids will love the different shows. They also have “experiences” which allows visitors to get up close and personal with animals  and hands on with their makers space.

Getting There
2500 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

From The Valley:
I-64 East to Richmond. From I-95, take the Boulevard exit 78, bear right onto Boulevard and follow to West Broad Street (US 250), the 4th traffic light. Turn left onto West Broad Street and travel for two blocks; the Museum is on your left-hand side.


Exhibits Only Adults $15 Youth 6-12 and Seniors $13.50 Preschoolers $10
Exhibits + Dome Adults $19 Youth 6-12 and Seniors $17.50  Preschoolers $14

To learn more, click here. 


Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns doesn’t just have caverns anymore. There is a ropes adventure course and a fun garden maze too! You can spend a whole day there and get a full day of action and excitement. This week they are open from 9 AM – 4 PM weekdays, and weekend 9 AM – 5 PM.  There are a few museums on the property too. There is a car and carriage museum as well as a toy museum.

Getting There
101 Cave Hill Rd
Luray, VA 22835


Adults: $28
Children: $15
Under 6: FREE
Seniors: $25

50% off second adult ticket with a Giant or Martin’s BonusCard, 

You can buy tickets in advance as well.

To learn more, click here. 

National Parks Service – Junior Ranger Program

Looking for something free with NO TRAVEL. Have you tried the NPS Junior Ranger Program? While there are programs at many of the National Parks that kids can participate in, there are also several badges/patches kids can earn from home. Learn more about the Junior Ranger Program by clicking here. 

Looking for a local park to visit that has a Junior Ranger Program? Here is a list of National Parks in Virginia that have Junior Ranger activities;

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park – Appomattox, VA

Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy, VA

Fort Monroe National Monument, Fort Monroe, VA

National Military Park, Fredericksbug, VA

Appalachian Trail – Blue Ridge Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, VA

Great Falls Park, McLean, VA

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Harpers Ferry, WV

Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown, VA

Petersburg National Battlefield, Petersburg, VA

Prince Forest Forest, Triangle, VA

Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive, Luray, VA

Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, VA



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