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Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

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Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

Our travel will begin March 16-19. We have children that range from 3-11 will be staying in Williamsburg. We are planning on visiting Washington DC for 2 days & are wondering what else we should make it a point to see for the rest.

Any ideas?

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1. Re: Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

Could I ask for more info, please? You'll just be in Virginia Mar. 16-19? Or your stay will begin sometime in that time range? If that's the case, how long will you be in Williamsburg, how long will you be in Virginia? What are your other interests? Are you renting cars? How many in the group? Where are you flying in and out of, if you are flying? Why will the children be staying in Williamsburg, and where will you be during that time? The answers will help us help you.

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We will be in Virginia arriving late on March 15 leaving on March 20. We will be staying there the whole time. We are planning on doing DC on the 23rd and have reservations to see the Capitol on the 24th. We are renting cars. Total in our group is 14. 6 adults and the rest are children. We are planning on doing Colonial Williamsburg, are looking into the Norfolk Naval Base, Mariners Museum, USS Wisconsin. Would like to check out Arlington Cemetary.

We are flying out of LAX to Richmond and driving down. We are planning to be with our children. So places of interest need to be interesting to not only the adults but for the kids as well.

I would love for any ideas to help.

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3. Re: Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

The Naval Base in Norfolk offers a 45 minute bus tour, while you can't go on ships, you usually get to see lots of them up close, aircarft carriers, subs, etc. The tour office is on Hampton Blvd 757 444-7955. The USS Wisconsin is great and admission is free. If you have small children they may enjoy a visit to the Virginia Zoo (Granby St) which is only 5-10 minutes from the Wisconsin. In Newport News, Mariners Museum is wonderful, quality exhibits, and the Monitor Ironclad exhibit. Also consider the nearby Virginia Living Museum (chose between the Va Zoo and Va Living Museum....no need to do both). If you have any interest in putting your toes in the Atlantic, the Va Beach oceanfront is a straight shot on I264 about 30 minutes from the Wisconsin, resort strip has a nice 5 mile concrete boardwalk and lots of sand but if you go bundle up, it may be windy & cold...of course it could also be sunny and mild, check forecast when you arrive.

There was much time between the start of this post and when I finished, so sorry if information was covered in another post.

Enjoy your time in the area.

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4. Re: Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

A couple of other interesting places to visit in Newport News are the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Ft. Eustis. (Free admission, security check to get on base). It's got lots of cool military vehicles which both adults and kids might like. Also worth a visit is the Virginia War Museum. This might not appeal to the kids, but if the group wants to split up, there might be some adults who would enjoy it. My teenage son and I spent several hours there last spring, leaving only because it was closing time!

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5. Re: Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

Thanks, the additional info is helpful.

So, you'll be in the Historic Triangle (Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown) for four full days. Some website that may be helpful in planning for your time here include:

http://www.cwf.org/ for Colonial Williamsburg

http://www.nps.gov/jame/ for Historic Jamestowne

http://www.nps.gov/york/ for Yorktown Battlefield

http://www.historyisfun.org/ for Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center

The Colonial Parkway is a scenic drive that connects these sites. Yorktown also some unique shops and a couple of good places to eat.

Presidents Park is in Williamsburg. People who have been say it's much more interesting than they thought it might be. http://www.presidentspark.org/

When you look at the Colonial Williamsburg website, be sure to look at the calendar, and plan an evening program or two. There are some good family-oriented programs on the list.

I hope this helps get you started. Please post back as questions arise, and welcome to Williamsburg!

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6. Re: Virginia with 3 families traveling with children

The national monuments and the many free museums in Washington D.C. are wonderful. But if you drive into Washington from any distance away, do it on a Saturday or Sunday only. Do not even think of tackling the horrendous D.C. area traffic on a Monday through Thursday (Friday is a little lighter). Furthermore, be aware that most suburban Metrorail and VRE rail parking lots fill up completely, very early in the morning, Mon. thru Thurs.

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Although fortunately, by having several people in your car, you will qualify to use the faster H.O.V. lanes in I-95 during rush hour.

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If you have reservations through your congressman/congresswoman for the DC Capitol tour, see if you can also tap into a White House tour or the Baureau of Engraving (where they print dollar bills). You can do the Baureau of Engraving without a congressional ticket, but get there early. When we drove up for a mid-week White House tour we got into the city at 7:00 am and parked in a lot without a problem. My kids liked the Capital tour, and we actually watched some bills being passed, but several in our group fell asleep! All of the Smithsonian museums are free and are wonderful. If you don't get up the Washington Monument, try the view from the Old Post Office.

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