• Sheena Saydam

Home in Virginia - 15 Things You’ll love to Do in Your New Backyard

Looking to move to the Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia area? They say "Virginia is for

Lovers." It’s a gorgeous state chock full of history that people pay thousands to see and enjoy. There is so much to love about this area, and as area homeowners we can enjoy it all right from our own backyard!

Here are 15 local attractions to love from your new home in Virginia:

  • Busch Gardens – Fun-filled shows, delicious dining, thrilling rides and special events for all ages. $72, Regular Admission; $62, Kids Admission (ages 3-9); Free, Kids (2 & and under). Annual pass-$120. Address: 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg, VA 23185 Phone: (800) 343-7946

  • Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat – If you are 7 years old or older, take on a treetop challenge! Adventure Park offers a 52-obstacle high element ropes course and 13 zip lines. Address: 185 Monroe Church Rd. Rice, VA 23966 Open 7 days a week until Labor Day Phone: (434) 392-7275

  • Richard Petty Driving Experience – Have a need for speed? Race around the track at speeds of up to 125 mph! Ride along for 3 laps-$109. Teens can ride along with a parent for an added $29. Address: Richmond International Raceway 602 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23222 Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Phone: (800) 237-3889

  • National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – This is the place to go if you want to watch air traffic at Dulles from an observation tower, watch flight simulators or visit an Imax theater. This museum is huge and houses important aviation and space history icons. Parking is available for a fee of $15, but admission is free. Address: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151 Hours: 10 am - 5:30 pm Phone: (202) 633-1000

  • Annual Pony Swim and Auction– If you’ve read Misty of Chincoteague by Marquerite Henry, you’ll want to capture a bit of Pony Penning magic at the Annual Pony Swim and Auction in July. This special event is free to watch. Address: 7427 Memorial Park Dr. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 Dates: Swim, last Wednesday of July Auction, last Thursday of July from 8 am to noon Phone: (757) 336-6161

  • George Washington National Forest, North River Ranger District – Do you love to view wildlife, hike, hunt, camp, fish, picnic or ride horseback? Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains are teaming with wildlife to see. Shenandoah Mountain is straddled by Virginia and West Virginia and offers nearly 230,000 acres of forest land for all your favorite outdoor exploration activities. Address: 401 Oakwood Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Phone: (540) 432-0187

  • Royal Horseshoe Farm – Virginia is horse country. Did you know Secretariat was born in Virginia? If you have a love for horses, you’ll be interested in the Royal Horseshoe Farm. American history, certified riding lessons, trail rides, summer camps in the Shenandoah Valley. Address: 509 Morgan Ford Rd. Front Royal, VA 22630 Hours: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Phone: (540) 636-6375

  • Splashdown Waterpark – Whether it’s a lap pool, lazy river or waterslide, Splashdown Waterpark will keep you cool when the summer heat is wearing on you. Admission: $9.00 - $14.95. Two years and under – FREE. Address: 7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr. Manassas, VA 20109 Phone: (703) 361-4451

  • Jamestown Settlement – Virginia history in the 17th century. The Jamestown Settlement is America’s first permanent English colony. Learn about Jamestown through films, galleries and living history. A Powhatan Indian village, three English ships and a colonial fort have been re-created to help bring Jamestown to life for you. Admission: Adults, $16; Children (ages 6-12), $7.50; Children (ages 6 & under), Free Address: 2110 Jamestown Road Williamsburg, VA 23185 Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (until 6 pm June 15 – August 15) Phone: (757) 253-4838; (888) 593-4682 toll free

  • Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate and Gardens – Meet George Washington through galleries, theaters, hundreds of artifacts and interactive displays. The mansion has been restored but original outbuildings remain on the site. The Washingtons’ tomb where they were laid to rest, beautiful gardens, heritage breed animals, George Washington’s Distillery and the Gristmill are on the grounds for you enjoy. Admission Fee: Adults, $15; Children, $7 Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy Mount Vernon, VA 22121 Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Phone: (703) 780-2000

  • George Washington Memorial Parkway – Take a recreational drive on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. See historic homes like the Arlington House, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Great Falls Park, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt Island. The only site on the George Washington Memorial Parkway with an entrance fee is Great Falls Park. Three-day passes for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians are $3. Three–day passes to visit by car are $5. Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22121 Hours: Parkway Headquarters open 8:15 am - 4:15 pm, Mondays-Fridays Phone: (703) 289-2500

  • Heritage Farm Museum – Anyone with little ones who are farmers at heart will want to visit the metro area’s newest museum, the Heritage Farm Museum. Kids can be a farmer for a day and practice milking a life-like cow. Promotion of Virginia’s rich agricultural heritage to young farmers is the focus here. Admission: Adults, $5; Seniors/Military, $4; Children, $3; Children under 2 years, Free. Address: 21668 Heritage Farm Ln. Sterling, VA 20164 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Sundays, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm Phone: (571) 258-3800

  • Virginia Zoo – Monkeys, tigers, otters, the Virginia Zoo has over 400 animals on exhibit for you to see. With 53 acres which are beautifully landscaped, you’ll need to wear comfy shoes and apply sunscreen. Admission: Adults, $11; Children (ages 2-11), $9; Seniors (62 and older), $10; Children under 2, Free Address: 3500 Grandby St. Norfolk, VA 23504 Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Phone: (757) 441-2374

  • Hunt Club’s Petting Farm – Your family will enjoy feeding and petting animals and $5 pony rides at family-owned Hunt Club’s Petting Farm. This a truly unique farm experience for the entire family! Mom, there’s a farm market, too! Admission: $4 per person; Children (2 and under) are free Address: 2388 London Bridge Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23456 Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Phone: (757) 427-9520

  • Shenandoah Caverns – A personally guided one-mile tour underground where it’s 56 degrees all year. Explorers of every age and physical ability are able to enjoy the tour because the cavern system offers elevator service, level walkways and no stairs. Admission: Adults, $23; Seniors, $20; Children (6-14), $10; Children (5 and under), Free Address: Shenandoah Caverns 261 Caverns Rd. Shenandoah Caverns, VA 22847 Hours: Open daily at 9 am, no tours after 6:15 pm Phone: (540) 477-4300; (888) 422-8376 toll free

  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of America’s best aquariums in Virginia Beach, Virginia! The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers a 3D IMAX® theater experience as well as animal touch pools, hands-on exhibits, an outdoor aviary, nature trail and marshlands. The Restless Planet, the newest exhibit gallery, showcases exotic animals such as Komodo dragons, spotted eagle rays, tomistomas and Egyptian cobras, too! Call (757) 385-3474 for ticket information. Address: 717 General Booth Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Phone: (757) 385-3474

Contact Sheena Saydam at Sheena@SaydamProperties.com today. I will help you find a home to love in Virginia, Washington DC, or Maryland.