Posts Tagged ‘theme park’

Adult Day-Trips in Virginia

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


With school having started and the dog days of summer coming to a close, you may find yourself distressed that the next holiday isn’t until Thanksgiving. And that’s where InnVirginia comes in. Nothing says you can’t take a B&B vacation right now, and if you can’t slip away for an entire week-long getaway, then one of these Virginia day-trips may be perfect for you:

  1. Brew Ridge Trail: You hear a lot about Virginia wine, but that’s not the only libation making a name for itself in the Commonwealth. Our microbreweries have been winning awards for years, and you have the chance to trek the Brew Ridge Trail, visiting a number of local breweries along Virginia’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. (InnVirginia Lodging: Afton Mountain B&B, Foxfield Inn)
  2. Busch Gardens: Virginia’s very own theme park is ready and waiting, and if you make a day-trip in the fall, you’re in for fewer crowds and cooler weather! Defy gravity with the 63-mile an hour “Tempesto.” Browse the Wolf Haven or Eagle Ridge for a chance to glimpse the lives of these beautiful animals. Grab a bite to eat at one of the park’s fantastic restaurants or attend of their much anticipated events like their upcoming Bierfest. (InnVirginia Lodging: Bentley Manor Inn, Newport House B&B)
  3. McAfee Knob: If you’d rather spend your day hiking in the great outdoors, then this gorgeous day-hike may be of interest to you. As one of the most photographed spot along the Appalachian Trail, this 7.5-mile hike will take you along the Catawba Valley and culminate in a stunning view from its famous rock ledge. (InnVirginia Lodging: King George Inn, The Inn on Campbell)
  4. Tangier Island: Indulged in the unspoiled natural beauty of Chincoteague, then catch the ferry to Tangier: “That’s the charm of Tangier Island.  It’s a place where the inhabitants are completely authentic, and their way of speaking hasn’t changed much since Capt. John Smith discovered Tangier in 1608.” Enjoy the Museum and Visitors Center, rent a bicycle or a gold cart, or take a 45-minute tour of a working crab shanty. (After all, Tangier Island is the “Soft Shell Capital of the World.”) (InnVIrginia Lodging: 1848 Island Manor House B&B, Channel Bass Inn)

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

On select days from November 23 through December 31, 2012, a holiday world explodes across Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. From the array of dazzling lights to the magnificent, 50-foot Christmas tree, Christmas Town is a seasonal wonderland. Sit back and enjoy a lavish show, or grab a cup of Busch Garden’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. And what fantastical Christmas experience would be complete without the holly, jolly man himself? Santa will be available to meet at his workshop, where you can also make some wonderful gift purchases.

Another event that coincides with Christmas Town is the Christmas Town Dash 8K on December  2, 2012. The warm-up begins at 7:30am, and at 8:00am, you have the pleasure of viewing the Running of the Chick-fil-A cows. The 8k itself begins at 8:30 and ends at 10 am, which is when the Awards Ceremony will take place. It promises to be an exciting, energy-filled morning, and each registered runner will receive a single day ticket to Busch Gardens, a long-sleeved shirt, a finisher’s medal, a Christmas Town coupon, and hot chocolate. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the 8k.

Need a place to stay during your Busch Gardens excursion? Check out our nearby BBAV inns.


By Tara Stoll

Virginia Theme Parks, Water Parks, and Zoos, Spring 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

“Everybody likes a roller coaster ride.” –Pete Waterman

This is the time of year when Virginia’s theme parks, amusement park, water parks, and zoos once again open their doors to the public. Furthermore, this is a wonderful time to visit these places, as you can avoid the blistering heat and smothering crowds of the summer months. Enjoy the thrill of the Alpengeist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, take your family for a ride down King’s Dominion’s Zoom Flume, or climb atop an elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo.

If you and your friends and/or family are feeling a bit tired after a day of thrill rides, noisy children, and the general hustle and bustle of theme parks, then, depending on where you are, consider relaxing at a show.  Places like King’s Dominion and Busch Gardens offer a variety of performances from Irish step dancing, to choir festivals, to fireworks and light shows.



These outdoor adventures make the perfect family getaway, and what better way to start and end your day than at a Virginia bed and breakfast?

Numerous inns are located only minutes away from these family-friendly attractions:

Busch Gardens (Inns around Williamsburg, VA)

King’s Dominion (Inns around Doswell, VA)

Splashdown Waterpark (Inns around Manassas, VA)

Ocean Breeze Waterpark (Inns around Virginia Beach, VA)

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk (Inns around Norfolk, VA)

Natural Bridge Zoo (Inns around Natural Bridge, VA)

Virginia Safari Park (Inns around Natural Bridge, VA)


By Tara Stoll