Summer’s in full swing and the temperatures match the season. If you’re looking for ways to cool down and still have a great time with family and friends, we have a few suggestions.
— CAVERNS —
Dotting the Interstate 81 corridor are Virginia’s eight show caverns. From the largest caverns in the eastern United States in Luray to Virginia’s only lantern-lit cavern tour in Ewing, you’re going to love exploring what lies beneath our landscape.
photo credit: Jonathan Kozowyk
— SWIMMING HOLES —
There may be nothing better than a cold mountain stream on a hot summer day, and Virginia has more than a few for you to find!
— WATER PARKS —
Including Water Country USA and Soak City at Kings Dominion, there are nearly 20 water parks in Virginia. Summer showers won’t stop you either, with Great Wolf Lodge and the indoor/outdoor Massanutten WaterPark at your disposal.
photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg
— LAKES —
Whether your angle is angling, boating, or swimming, Virginia’s lakes are shimmering jewels ready to be embraced. Lakeside campgrounds and outfitters offer a home base and everything you need for an aquatic adventure. Check out these Five Lake Getaways for inspiration.
photo credit: Preethi B. Harbuck
— RIVERS —
‘Tis the season for day-long float trips, fishing, and kayaking in Virginia’s waterways. Gentle streams run into intermediate whitewater in Richmond, home to the only urban Class III and IV whitewater rapids in the United States. Check out Virginia blueways and scenic rivers, too.
James River State Park. photo credit: Bill Crabtree Jr.
— MUSEUMS —
What do museums and caverns have in common? Consistent temperature. Museums are a little warmer than subterranean 50-something-degrees, and they’re beautiful, creative places to chill out … and maybe learn something new. Add in those with an IMAX theater and you’ve got a very good day of beating the heat.
science museum of virginia
— MOUNTAINS —
Sure, you can certainly work up a sweat in the mountains, but the evenings can be quite crisp. Pitch a tent, hang a hammock, or settle into a cabin and soak in the views. None of those are bad options for a summer cool down.
Golden Eagle Treehouse at Primland Resort
— BEACHES —
You’d be surprised by how many types of beaches there are in Virginia. Oceanic beaches, bay beaches, the resort beach at Virginia Beach, and even hidden beaches. But this trip to a beach is not as much about tanning as it is about making sure your toes are in the water. Whatever atmosphere you desire for yourself, your crew, or your family, you’ll be certain to find it in Virginia.
Sandbridge Beach. photo credit: Sam Dean, IG account: @sdeanphotos
Where do you like to cool off during the summer?