Because exhausted kids are the sign of a great vacation

Kings Dominion should be the first stop – with Intimidator 305 and Twisted Timbers for older kids and brave parents, Planet Snoopy for younger kids, and swimming and sliding for everybody at Soak City. 

Head to Carytown to the Galaxy Diner, get a little something at the fun candy and chocolate shops, and check the marquee to see if there’s a family classic playing at the Byrd Theatre.

Get a bird’s eye view of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the Klaus Family Tree House, climb a 100-year-old mulberry tree, and tour the world in the Garden’s International Village. If it’s hot out, pack swimsuits for the kids – they can cool off in the fountains and sprays at WaterPlay.

Scope out the Science Museum of Virginia – it’s got a lot of hands-on exhibits, animal encounters, science-related activities, and yes, they actually have a rat basketball team. The Children’s Museum of Richmond is right next door, where kids can climb, paint, play, and – don’t tell them, but they’ll actually be learning something. 

Meet the animals at Maymont and the Metro Richmond Zoo. (You can feed giraffes at the Zoo!)