Virginia Kids Trail Gears up for Summer picking top 10 Family Attractions in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

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With summer just around the corner, Virginia Kids Trail is picking the top 10 kid activities families need to experience together in 2017. From Winchester to Harrisonburg, Virginia connect with musical events to local resourcing festivals.

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Mt Crawford Creamery Feeding the Calves

Learning thru travel is fun for the kids, Mom, Dad, and Nana

With Easter this weekend and spring flowers bursting into bloom, Virginia (Va) Kids Trail has chosen their 10 top picks from attractions to events.

Top three farm experiences -

Back Home on the Farm, Harrisonburg is one of three activities in Get Out and Play in the Burg. The green house is now open. Explore fairy gardens and get the kids inspired to pick out plants and watch the plants grow over the summer. Opening in mid-June is the new Enchanted Glen. A garden in a glen filled with woodsy plants, flowers and trees! See butterflies in various life stages. Peek beneath the leaves and branches to find miniature abodes of the wee Farm Faeries. Listen to the wind chimes tinkle! It’s a magical setting to delight all ages.

The strawberry season always kicks off the Shenandoah Valley summer season. It is hard to say when the crop will be ready with this unusual winter season. Traditionally it can be from May 15th to the first of June. Most of your U-pick farms open with this wonderful healthy red crop. GoBRT’s top choice this year is MacKintosh Fruit Farm on Route 7 close to Berryville, Virginia. If local resourcing is important, then plan to bring the family to one of Mackintosh's monthly farm dinners. The kids can play on the playground while the parents enjoy a glass of wine or Virginia hard ciders. Come out early and the family can enjoy a breath-taking sunset at Bear’s Den on the Appalachian Trail less than five miles away.

As part of Get Out and Play in the Burg, Mt Crawford Creamery is one of the most popular REAL farm experiences. Arrive any day around 3:00 and feed the calves, watch the cows get milked and then have ice cream or the famous chocolate milk.

Top two great children’s museums –

By definition, a children’s museum is where kids walk thru the doors and own the museum. If anyone is left behind feeling lost, it is the adults. There are two here in the Shenandoah Valley - Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester. Don’t worry about duplicating the experience for your child. They are each so unique and offer lots of activities.

Top three music events -

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival opens its first concert on July20th. Tickets go on sale April 1st. A wonderful way to be in the mountains sharing an evening of food and music with the family, enjoy a full weekend with a package deal. One- and two- night package deals include discounted tickets to weekend concerts plus lodging and meals at Shrine Mont, a beautifully restored retreat center and national historic landmark that’s also home to the concert venue.

Shepherdstown Street Fest has a large kids camp as part of the music festival on June 23rd in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Gardens at Night at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia allows the family to enjoy a beautiful night while experiencing great music together. Each month offers a different musical group.

Three outdoor experiences -

The Family Drive In Theatre, Stephens City, Virginia, offers the best retro outdoor experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With two screens showing four movies a night, the kids and adults can relax under the stars.

Massanutten Water Park, Massanutten, Virginia is where one can experience the thrill of one of the top five water parks in the United States. No matter what the weather, you can have a blast inside or once summer kicks in the outside as well. Located at Massanutten Resort, a week is barely long enough to stay in a condo and relax with your family taking in the activities and great restaurants.

HF Adventure Center, Harpers, Ferry, West Virginia offers river sports, cabins, hiking and so much more. Check out the aerial adventures and zip lines. Share a family team work experience taking a raft down the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers.

The Shenandoah Valley is a haven for families to explore hiking, history, the arts and local resourcing. Contact the Kids Trail and let their concierge “Bucket” help you build the perfect itinerary for a day, weekend, or week long vacation.

About Go Blue Ridge Travel– Virginia Kids Trail
Launched in 2011, Go Blue Ridge Travel (GoBRT) is a regional travel planning guide. In 2014, GoBRT created the Virginia Kids Trail with a mission to get kids off the couch and outside with their families. A recipient of four grants from Virginia Tourism, the Kids Trail is committed to helping kids learn thru travel thru a fun adventure game led by our mascot Bucket and her friends – three of whom are snails and one is a mushroom. GoBRT region is Interstate 81 from Winchester to Harrisonburg. Contact Nancy Craun, Owner and Founder at nancy(at)goblueridgetravel(dot)com and 540-533-1853.

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