My boss likes to say that Virginia State Parks is in the Memory Making business. Families are busier than ever with parents' (often both) work schedules, school and homework for the kids, and a variety of after school activities. With everyone pulled in different directions, spring break is an oasis from all that stress.
Instead of planning some elaborate spring break trip that could be more stressful than your normal day to day life, why not visit one of our 36 Virginia State Parks to relax and have fun with the family?
Dad watches as children hunt for fossils and shells at York River State Park
All of our parks are offering special activities for Spring Break and with Earth Week and Arbor Day in the mix, there are even some opportunities to give back by volunteering or to learn about how to be environmentally friendly in your daily lives. Some of the programs and events are ranger-led and others are self-guided but all will get you outside and enjoying nature. For a complete list of activities offered April 11 through April 27, 2014, click here. Several parks also offer egg hunts and special Easter events (click here).
Some parks offer egg hunts and other special events for Easter
If your school system has alternative dates for spring break, you can use our program and events search tool to find what will be available at a particular date or a particular park and even search by type of program.
Check with the park office on self-guided programs and trails
Staycations are made for day trips to Virginia State Parks. Sleep at home but journey to a park close to you. Most Virginians live within an hour of one of our Virginia State Parks.
If you want to go a little farther away than your own back yard or want to stay overnight, most parks offer camping or cabins. We are pet friendly too so you can bring the furry members of the family too. There is no fee to bring your dog or cat to our campgrounds and we have a $10 per pet fee for our cabins. Our Customer Service Center is a great place to start with friendly staff ready to assist you in finding overnight accommodations that meet your needs. If you never have stayed with us before, I highly recommend you book through them for your first stay. Call them at 800-933-7275 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also book most of our cabins and campsites on line.
Twenty-four parks offer camping. Whether you have a tent or a large RV, we have parks that will provide the camping experience you are seeking. New to camping? Some of our parks have camping cabins that offer a one room basic cabin that sleeps four, Guests use the campground bathhouse. This is a great way to decide whether camping might be something your family would enjoy. Camping cabins are available at Lake Anna, Pocahontas, Shenandoah River and Westmoreland state parks.
Gathering around the fire makes for great family memories
Nineteen parks offer cabins that range from historic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to cabins built in the last decade. We have various sizes and many parks offer family lodges that sleep up to 16. These cabins come with linens, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, and bathrooms. Most have fireplaces.
Our cabins are a great place to relax after an active day in the park
(This is Occoneechee State Park Cabin 4)
Our amenity search tool can help find the parks in a particular region with camping or cabins. Once you narrow the search down, check out the park's web page for more details on what there is to do and what kind of accommodations are available.
Earth Day Program
Rain or shine, a visit to a Virginia State Park over this spring break will make memories that will last a lifetime.