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10 Virginia day trips for spring

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Spring has arrived in Virginia. Although there may still be some cold and blistery days, it's time to start planning your family's springtime day trips.

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation offers vacation and day trip ideas for people of all ages. The official state travel slogan is "Virginia is for Lovers." Explore Virginia during spring and you'll see that Virginia is perfect for families too.

Virginia is beautiful in the spring. Whether your family enjoys the excitement of a theme park or the beauty of nature, these 10 Virginia springtime destinations are perfect for day trips.

Visit Lynchburg this spring. Some of our favorite spring activities in the Hill City including snowtubing at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, strolling through the Old City Cemetery, playing on the playground at Riverside Park and taking a nature hike in the woods beside Blackwater Creek.

Hike the Appalachian Trail with your family this spring. Kids love running across the James River Foot Bridge, located on Route 501 near Glasgow. Follow the white blazes marked on the trail and enjoy the best of nature.

Virginia Beach is the perfect day trip destination in spring. Although it's a little cool to jump in the waves, your family will enjoy gathering seashells, building sand castles and biking on the Boardwalk. While you're there, head to the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk.

April 26 - May 3 is Historic Garden Week in Virginia. Stroll through Maymont or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Kenmore Plantation & Gardens in Fredericksburg or the State Arboretum of Virginia in Boyce any time.

Take a nature hike at a Virginia State Park. With 36 parks across the state, your family has a lot of exploring to do. Geocaching, hide and seek played with a GPS, is a favorite family activity at many Virginia State Parks.

Dig into Virginia's history at Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown or Jamestown Settlement. Enjoy hands-on activities as you learn about the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Head to Natural Bridge for a spring day trip. Natural Bridge is open under new management and is working toward becoming a Virginia State Park. Your kids will also love the nearby zoo and Safari Park.

Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are perfect family destinations in the spring. Choose one or visit both of Virginia's favorite theme parks. Take in a few shows, ride the roller coasters and enjoy a family getaway.

Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Peaks of Otter is a favorite stop for many families. Walk around the lake, take a hike to Johnson's Farm or make a day of it and hike to the top of Sharp Top Mountain.

Head north to the Shenandoah Valley. Drive the beautiful Skyline Drive, visit the Dayton Farmer's Market or hit the Green Valley Bookfair near Harrisonburg. The Bookfair's first two shows of 2014 are March 22-April 13 and May 10-June 1.

There's so much for families to do in Virginia that it's hard to choose 10 destinations. Visit one of the many children's museums in Virginia. From Lynchburg's Amazement Square to the Children's Museum of Richmond, there are lots of activities to keep your kids busy.

Your school age kids will love a trip to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke or the Danville Science Center.

Day trips offer an economical way to enjoy spring with your family. Choose a favorite destination and spend the day or pick a few places to add to your spring bucket list.

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