1. Busch Gardens; Williamsburg, VA
1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Busch Gardens is an action-packed European adventure. The European countries of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy serve as the setting for Busch Gardens’ 100 plus acres of fun-filled world exploration. The park is also home to more than 100 rides and attractions, including KIDsiderate® areas designed especially for the park’s youngest guests.
2. Luna Park in Coney Island; Brooklyn, NY
1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
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Luna Park is the first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with brand new rides, roller coasters, games, an Arcade, go-karts, restaurants, food stands and the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster.
3. Nashville Zoo; Nashville, TN
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
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Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year. From African elephants and Caribbean flamingos to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals from all over the world. Over three-quarters of a million visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making them the number one attraction in Middle Tennessee. Their master plan will expand the park into the remaining acreage of Grassmere, and when complete, Nashville Zoo will be one of the largest zoos in the country.
4. Greensboro Science Center; Greensboro, NC
4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, North Caroline
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The Greensboro Science Center is located in the heart of downtown. It is a three in one experience, an aquarium, museum, and zoo are all included in this experience. A great place to take the kids!
5. Adventure Science Center; Nashville, TN
800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203
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For more than 60 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for children in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond.
The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science, invention and innovation affect their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity, and engages the senses in the fascinating world of science.
6. Maryland Science Center; Baltimore, MD
601 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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Including IMAX, a planetarium, science encounters, exhibits and programs, you could make more than just a day visit here. Great fun for kids and adults, alike.
7. Old Salem Museums & Gardens; Winston-Salem
600 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Old Salem is a great live history experience. You can walk through the streets and get the feel of what it was like to live in the city hundreds of years ago.
8. Port Discovery Children’s Museum; Baltimore, MD
35 Market Pl, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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Port Discovery Children’s Museum has an archaeological adventure, art studio, a three-story tree house and more!
9. Airbound Trampoline Park; Winston-Salem, NC
7840 N Point Boulevard, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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The Airbound Trampoline Park is a ton of fun! Trampolines literally everywhere, extreme dodgeball games, and a great place to take the kids and tire them out on a rainy day in the Triad.
10. Children’s Museum Of Richmond; Richmond, VA
11. Imagination Playground, NYC
2 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038
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Imagination Playground is an innovative playground system that transforms children’s lives through play. Imagination Playground was conceived and designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.
12. Merchants Square; Williamsburg, VA
134 N. Henry Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
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Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Merchants Square is an 18th-century style retail village with over 40 shops and restaurants. Visitors and local residents alike regularly experience the Square’s unique shopping, dining and special events offerings in a setting of unrivaled beauty.
13. Amazement Square; Lynchburg, VA
27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
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Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum! Climb, slide and discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities and programs.
14. Virginia Repertory Children’s Theater; Richmond, VA
15. Greensboro Children’s Museum; Greensboro, NC
220 N. Church Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
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The Children’s museum is a great place to go with the kids! The interactive and educational play place will keep the little ones entertained throughout the day and provide excellent learning opportunities.
16. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem; Winston-Salem, NC
390 South Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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This museum is a great place to experience literature, storytelling, and arts for children of all age. Their mission is to ensure they create a safe and compelling destination for kids.
17. Virginia Beach Rock Gym; Virginia Beach, VA
5049 Southern Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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The Main Wall at Virginia Beach Rock Gym is a 32 foot, realistically textured climbing surface featuring slabs, bulges, corners, aretes, and roofs. All walls are bolted for lead climbing, and all but the most overhanging are equipped with top ropes. Each section features several color tabbed routes, ranging from beginner to extremely advanced. The routes are changed often, so there are always new challenges.
18. Bounce-N-Play; Charlottesville, VA
19. Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures; Virginia Beach, VA
308 Mediterranean Ave., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
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Jump aboard the Lost Pearl and you’ll set sail for adventures on the high seas in search of treasure! They only want the bravest pirates on board this Spanish galleon ship – because they’re expecting some trouble from that scallywag Blackbeard – but if you think you’ve got what it takes to handle a water cannon, then you’re welcome to join the gang!
20. The Virginia Discovery Museum; Charlottesville, VA
524 East Main Street, East End of the Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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The Virginia Discovery Museum is the perfect spot for your creative and curious kids. Let them explore Little CVille, climb the Treehouse Room or create in the Open Studio!
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