If you are in the Fort Lee of area of Prince George, VA, there are plenty of interesting and fun activities you and your family can enjoy that won’t break your budget.
Take advantage of the many beautiful parks in and around the Prince George area. The Three Lakes Park and Nature Center in Henrico, VA features interactive exhibits, a 50,000 gallon aquarium, live animal displays, a playground, walking paths, and stunning natural scenery. Admission is free.
The Maymont estate in Richmond is a Gilded Age estate that was owned by the Dooley family and was left to the City of Richmond in 1925. The grounds of the 100 acre estate include a Romanesque-style mansion, magnificent gardens, walking paths, a children’s farm, native Virginia wildlife exhibits, and more. Admission to the grounds is free but donations are requested for some of the indoor exhibits, the Nature Center, and special programs and tours.
Designated as one of Frommer’s Top Destinations for 2014, the Children’s Museum of Richmond has locations in Richmond, Glen Allen, Midlothian, and Fredericksburg. Each location offers unique and interactive experiences for children up to age 8. Exhibits are designed to foster creative unstructured play, discovery and problem solving. Admission is $8 for children and adults, and free for under age 1.
The U.S. Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, VA is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of women in the U.S. Army. The Museum honors women’s contributions to the Army through interactive exhibits, videos, and film presentations. It also offers soldier learning programs, K-12 educational programming, and an archival collection of 1.5 million documents pertaining to women in the Armed Forces. Admission is free.
Swaders Sports Park in Prince George, VA offers a day filled with excitement for kids and adults. Swaders has a multilevel laser tag arena, an arcade with 50+ games, bowling, two go-cart tracks, batting cages, a driving range, an indoor playground, and a 36 hole mini golf course. If that wasn’t enough, they also offer a 10% military discount, all day every day.
Visit the Petersburg National Battlefield and learn about the nine and one-half month Siege of Petersburg, the longest military event of the Civil War. Take a driving tour through the 33 mile route and see the battlefields. Visit 13 historical sites and three visitor centers with exhibits and audio-visual programs. The fee to enter the park is $5 per vehicle.
Learn about 200 years of black history at the Pocahontas Island Black History Museum in Petersburg, representing the oldest black community in America. The Pocahontas Island area was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Mr. Richard Stewart, the museum’s founder and orator is a black history and Civil War expert who is happy to share his vast knowledge with visitors. Admission is free but cash donations are welcome.
SplatBrothers Paintball Park in Hopewell is Virginia’s oldest and largest paintball field and is located on what was an actual working farm during the Civil War. Get an adrenaline rush with an exciting, action-filled paintball experience in playfields that include the Towers of Power, NukeTown, The Village (a post-zombie apocalypse), Area 52, and others.
Enjoy the outdoors at the Appomattox River Regional Park, a new park in N. Prince George, VA featuring over 45 acres of wooded trails, an education center, observation pier, canoe launch, 10 “Fitness Trail” stations, and green space on the Appomattox River.
10. Eco Trek Adventures
Go on a paddling adventure with Eco Trek Adventures in Prince George. They offer hourly, half day and full day paddling tours on the Appomattox River. Prices start at $15 per hour.