Picking the Top Summer Bucket List Experiences for Families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

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ShenandoahValleyKidsTrail.com is a new Mobile site which makes planning a family trip to the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains easy. Launched by Go Blue Ridge Travel, the trail spotlights three 48 hour road trips for families offering adventure, history, and just plain fun.

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Winchester, Virginia 48 Hour Trip

DAY ONE - NATURE, FARMING and BEARS - Leaving DC, one’s first stop will be the Oatlands Plantation to explore fields, streams, forests and gardens. Bring one’s naturalist journal and meet bugs, birds, flowers and more! Don’t forget the camera so the kids can capture that special butterfly.

After lunch continue the adventure west on Route 7. Your next stop is Great Country Farms. Not only can the kids pick the fruit of the week, but they can visit the barnyard with the farm animals. Then it is off to Bears Den owned by the Appalachian Conservancy. Spend the night at The George Washington Hotel with a swim in the Roman inspired pool. Wrap up the evening up at the Family Drive In for movie night under the stars.

DAY TWO - DINOSAURS, WILD ANIMALS, and INDIANS - The next morning begin the day at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. From lions, to camels, to lemurs, Wilson's Wild Animal gives children a one on one with animals. Wrap up your day at Dinosaur Land. Learn about the plant eaters and the carnivores of the past.

Woodstock, Virginia and Shenandoah County 48 Hour Trip

DAY ONE - STATE PARKS, PARADES, and CAVERNS - Shenandoah County has the George Washington State Park. Plan a full half day at Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions. Lunch can be had at the 50’s cafe. American Celebration on Parade When the kids walk into American Celebration on Parade is a showcase of parade floats from the Macy’s, Rose, Philadelphia, and Presidential Inaugural parades.

DAY TWO - HISTORY, WAR, LAKES, ZIP-LINES and BIKE PARKS - Take Route 11 and past by one of the few covered bridges left in the United States. If Civil War is of interest, then a visit to the New Market Battlefield Museum. Then it is on to Bryce Resort.

A great place for outdoor adventure, there is zip-lining, summer tubing, and grass skiing. Looking for a way to cool off, visit Bryce’s Lake Laura. For a small fee, one can spend the entire summer day lounging on the grassy beach while the kids swim and play on tranquil Lake Laura. If in the mood for a hike, enjoy the three mile nature/hiking trail with scenic views around Lake Laura. It will be hard to leave this resort.

Harrisonburg, Virginia 48 Hour Trip

DAY ONE - FARMS, DAIRIES, QUILTS, and HISTORY - Harrisonburg is a town living and breathing ‘green’. The first stop is Back Home on the Farm on Route 42 just northwest of Harrisonburg. Experience the sound garden to pig races to a cow train, petting the animals and riding on the 30 Horse Carousel.

Head downtown to the Explore More Discovery Museum. Children can be in a medical emergency environment, a scientist in a lab, or putting on a costume and being on a stage. The museum is full of mini environments of experiences. Just up the street is the Valley Turnpike Museum where children can relive the history of settlement in the Shenandoah Valley. Offering a detective game, this is a great educational experience for both the adults and kids.

The Virginia Quilt Museum showcasing the wonderful world of quilting. Like all old houses, there are ghosts so keep the children close. Harrisonburg also boasts the only fire department museum. If visiting on Saturday, Art in the Park is a must at the Farmers Market. Finally each day around 4 pm, head out to Mt Crawford Creamery to experience a real dairy barn with cow milking.

Wrapping up the day, one can spend the night on the mountains at Massanutten Resort and prepare for fun in the mountains.

DAY TWO - WATERPARKS, KIDS ZIP-LINES, AND RIVER ADVENTURE - Massanutten Resort’s Waterpark is a full day of fun offering indoor and outdoor water adventure. There is also a kid friendly zip-line adventure park for KIDS ONLY.

The Shenandoah Valley offers something for everyone in the family. Plan your road trip or week’s vacation today. Check out the deals on Certifikid for a great time in the valley.

About GoBlueRidgeTravel.com
Go Blue Ridge Travel GoBRT) was created as a travel getaway guide for trip planning in the Shenandoah Valley. GoBRT covers 160 plus mile radius of the Interstate 81 Corridor spanning the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
GoBRT’s goal is to help others discover the beauty of the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley and check something off one’s bucket list. In 2013, Go Blue Ridge Travel received a Marketing Leveraging Grant from Virginia Tourism to develop a mobile website for families called Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail. GoBRT’s mission is to brand the area as a go to travel and wedding destination.
Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and President GoBlueRidgeTravel.com and ShenandoahValleyKidsTrail.com Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com

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