Top 2016 Family Trips in the Shenandoah Valley with the Virginia Kids Trail Adventure Game

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Looking for a family trip that gets kids off the phone, off the couch and outside? Go Blue Ridge Travel and the Virginia Kids Trail has great trips suggestions centered on an adventure game designed for kids of all ages.

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Virginia Kids Trail Adventure Game

Summer Fun in the Shenandoah Valley

Go Blue Ridge Travel’s Kids Trail has created fun-filled adventure genres in an adventure game format that kids of all ages will enjoy! Go BRT invites families to explore the hidden gems the Shenandoah Valley has to offer with these awesome trip genres:

  • Wellness - Farms and more
  • History - The Civil War to Caverns, Drive in Movie Theaters and Resorts
  • Creativity - Cooking, scavenger hunts, children’s museums, film industry
  • Fitness - Outdoor Adventure from hiking to river sports

Here are Bucket’s best family trip ideas for 2016.

Winchester, VA -
Start at Throx Market to fill the car up with gas and grab some healthy snacks as well as play the “picnic game”. Then you can do one of three directions.

  • Wellness - MacKintosh Fruit Farm offers a game for the kids centered around seasonal crops and why one should reach out to the local farms. One can pick a summer bushel of fruit and have farm fun. In between drop by Bear’s Den on the Appalachian Trail exploring nature.
  • History - Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offers a scavenger hunt in the historic gardens and a doll house exhibit. Cedar Creek Battlefield is where you can earn your Junior Ranger badge. Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum let’s you explore Indian heritage and dig for dinosaur bones.

Harrisonburg, VA -
Families are immersed in the past of this historic city. Share with the kids farms that have been in the family for generations.

  • History and Creativity - Back Home on the Farm where one can explore the amazing, fully-functioning carousel with its horses hand-painted to resemble Virginia’s famous people like George Washington and James Madison to name a few. The Fairy Garden and butterfly greenhouse will bring smiles from all ages. Explore More Discovery Museum is where kids are the bosses of one’s own adventure.
  • Wellness - Mt. Crawford Creamery lets a child feed the baby calves and learn about the milk process from grass to grocery store!
  • Fitness - Mulligans Golf Center offers family members opportunity to compete on coordination and skill as they maneuver thru 18 holes of fun.

McGaheysville, VA -

  • Fitness - home of one of the top 5 USA Water Parks, Massanutten Resort offers a weekend or week long vacation opportunity and is right next to Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah County, VA -
There’s so much to see that one may have to make it two days.

  • History and Fitness - Shenandoah Caverns Family Attractions]is the only caverns in the U.S with a fully operating elevator that takes one deep underground to explore the stalactites and stalagmites. Climb up the Woodstock Tower. The 360° panoramic view is one of the best in the Massanutten mountain range. Lake Laura at Bryce Resort where both kids and parents alike can enjoy the summer on the serene man-made beach. Bryce Mountain Bike Park includes a beginner’s tutorial course for ages 12 and up and then a wild ride down fun filled adventure trails.

Bluemont and Harpers Ferry, VA
Take a 48 Hour Outdoor Fun Trip that will definitely test your fitness.

  • Wellness and History - Explore a u-pick farm that has been in one family for three generations. Great Country Farm offers lots of agriculture fun while embracing local resourcing.
  • Fitness and History - Visit Harpers Ferry National Park and climb up to the Jefferson Rock and the infamous Harper’s Ferry Gap. HF Adventure Center can be a full day to test your fitness. Offering a beginners to professional rope course, zip lining and river rafting and tubing on the Potomac and Shenandoah River, one can have a unique river view as well as understand how team work is a necessity in certain arenas. Due to popularity make a reservation prior to arrival! HF is offering special deals just for Bucket’s Buddy game.

Just for Grandparents and the kids -
Grandparents offer a different perspective - see the valley thru an older person’s eyes.

  • History - Step back in time and take your kid to Cedar Creek Battlefield and Mt Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA. Share with our grandkids one’s unique family history.
  • Wellness - Expand a cooking experience by scheduling a class at Nibblins. Have a child have fun playing the “recipe game”.
  • Fitness - Experience a today laser game at Skyline Paintball.
  • Creativity and History - Explore the film industry back in the 60’s at The Family Drive In. One can talk about the fun one had as a teenager watching movies under the stars

The Kids Trail Bucket's Buddy Game allows families to pick and choose the places to attend based off of location, price, or time frame. The valley is so packed with activities that the problem is usually how to get started. Take these ideas and build your own. Sign up for the Kids Trail Game and take the summer to explore the valley. The kids will win prizes and as well as a a chance to win a FREE family weekend. Generally three to four locations can be completed in a day trip but overnight trips are available though the kids trail concierge at bucket(at)shenandoahvalleykidstrail(dot)com.

Go Blue Ridge Travel makes it a mission to cater to families searching for fun and learning experiences for the Shenandoah Valley. Plan your trip today!

Go Blue Ridge Travel makes it a mission to cater to families searching for fun and learning experiences for the Shenandoah Valley. Plan your trip today!

Launched in December 2011, Go Blue Ridge Travel (GoBRT) is a travel planning guide centered around six experiences in Virginia's northern Shenandoah Valley. In 2014, the Kids Trail was launched to promote multi-generational family travel and has received three grants from Virginia Tourism. In 2016, Taste of Blue Ridge, a foodie escape experience supporting local resourcing in the valley.

Founded and owned by Nancy Craun who grew up in the area and has 30 years of experience in the event planning, restaurant, hotel, and marketing arenas. GoBRT's mission is to cover 160 plus mile radius of the Interstate 81 Corridor spanning the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Contact: Nancy Craun Founder and Owner and Phone: 540.533.1853 Email: info(at)GoBlueRidgeTravel(dot)com

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