8 Ideas for Family Fun in COVA

In Coastal Virginia it’s always family first. Here you will find parks and beaches, attractions and distractions, and all manner of things to do for the whole family, designed and cared for with the whole family in mind.

Here are 8 of the great reasons we say, bring the family to COVA.

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Celebrate the Freedom to have Fun in Williamsburg
Find your thrill at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the world’s most beautiful theme park, or make a splash at Water Country USA. Become a Revolutionary spy in Colonial Williamsburg, then head outdoors to bike, hike, and Segway your way to adventure.  Then take to the trees and climb through a ropes course and zip line from tree to tree at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Park. GoKarts Plus can deliver hours of fun and entertainment with go-karts, bumper-boats and more! LEARN MORE
Splash Your Way Around the World in Norfolk
World of Wonders: A Children’s Adventure Garden at the Norfolk Botanical Garden is a three-acre paradise of play dedicated to families and children. WOW has several distinct areas, each offering different interactive lessons, but all offering excitement, enrichment and entertainment. Come prepared to get wet and splash your way around the world. LEARN MORE Hampton from the Sea to the Stars
Go From Space to Sea in Hampton
Family fun abounds in Hampton. From the antique Hampton Carousel, to the Virginia Air & Space Center (the official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center) there is plenty to see and do. Take a three-hour voyage on the Miss Hampton II and learn the history of Hampton’s seafaring culture. LEARN MORE COVA-Family-Southampton
Explore History and Forestry in Southampton
The Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture & Forestry Museum is dedicated to preserving antique farm equipment, hand tools and rural wares used “way back when.” Located on 10 acres of land, there is plenty of space to enjoy indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits of more than 6,000 items, many of which are 200+ years old. The Heritage Village includes a 1950’s Country Store, a one-room school house, country dwelling, 4-seater outhouse and more. LEARN MORE COVA-Famiy-Portsmouth
A Place Just for Kids (Big Kids Too) in Portsmouth
The Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth is the state’s largest and most awesome kid’s kingdom. Its 35,000 square feet of exhibits is packed with hands-on fun that invites kids to “go up, touch it, play with it, push it, and figure out what makes it work.” And every visit is different, with a changing exhibit gallery, programs and planetarium shows. LEARN MORE COVA-Family-Chesapeake
Gametime in Chesapeake
Chesapeake has a collection of seemingly endless waterways, family fun parks, 111,000 acres of forested wetlands, accessible arts and nearby museums offering year-round fun. You can also slow it down at GameWorks where parents and children alike can unwind and play games. If the great outdoors is more your family’s style be sure to check out Adventure Kayak Tours. LEARN MORE


Family fun is everywhere in Virginia Beach
There is no better time or place to gather the kids and experience the natural wonders of the coast. Hop aboard a kayak and explore the water of Sandbridge, or grab your beach cruisers and head to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. For the families who prefer to slow things down, take a hike and have a picnic at one of our state parks. So get everyone outside and get moving – there’s so much to see. LEARN MORE

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Go Hunting for PD, the Flying Pig in Genuine Smithfield
A great way to explore downtown Smithfield is to stop by our Visitor Center and ask for our Children’s Coloring & Activity Book. Visit the shops and attractions listed in the book, find P.D. the Flying Pig in four & WIN A FREE ICE CREAM CONE from Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor or a FREE DONUT from Ringo’s Donuts. Along the way, look for the town’s seven pig statues (our Porcine Parade) or our collection of life-size bronze statues of such notaries as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and – everyone’s favorite – the Valentine Couple. LEARN MORE

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