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My Virginia Beach Family Vacation Blog is your source for daily deals and breaking news on travel and ticket discounts in Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Washington, DC, and beyond.

I'll give you the latest deals-- from hotel stays for 1 cent per night, to free admission days at Virginia attractions-- as well as secrets for visiting the top spots for less.

Plus, I'll give you insider reviews of the best restaurants and free or cheap places to visit. 

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Ready for the latest news, ticket deals, and travel and entertainment advice for southeast Virginia? Look below:

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Henricus Historical Park for 50% Off

If you're feeling like "been there, done that" with Virginia attractions, here's a deal you'll want to take advantage of: Groupon is offering 50% off admission to Henricus Historical Park. Billed as the "second successful English settlement in the new world," this Richmond area living history park boasts costumed interpreters guiding you around 12 recreated colonial structures (including a fort and an Indian village) and period demonstrations.

Plus, thanks to this limited time Groupon deal, you can get admission for two for just $9, or for four for just $16. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do" or type in "Henricus Historical Park" in the search bar.

And for more inexpensive attractions and things to do, check this list.

While you're at the Groupon site, use the promo code "TAKEOFF" to get $5 off $30, $10 off $50, and $15 off $60 on select deals.



Michie Tavern Deal for August

Michie-Tavern
For the month of August, residents of Virginia can enjoy delicious, historic tavern fare at Charlottesville's Michie Tavern for less by getting $4 off lunch on weekdays and $2 off lunch on weekends.

The deal is good for up to four Virginia adult residents. You must show proof of residency.

Historic Michie Tavern is a fun place to take the whole family for authentic, colonial-style food including fried chicken, pulled pork, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and amazing, flaky biscuits at their lunch buffet.

The Tavern also offers other summer discounts, including a UVA employee and student discount, a youth lunch discount, and an early-bird discount. Here's how to learn more about the discounts.

Kings Dominion 50% Off Groupon Deal

If you act fast, you can grab Groupon's latest Kings Dominion deal, which offers 50% off single-day tickets for $33. Best of all, by buying your ticket through Groupon, you'll skip the shipping and handling fees tacked on at the Kings Dominion website, so that $33 is your out the door price.

The deal ends in five days (or less, if they sell out early, which often happens with these days), so go straight to Groupon now if you want this deal. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do" or type in "Kings Dominion" in the search bar.

If you miss that deal, I can still offer you single-day ticket deals for just a few dollars more here.

Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $32.99!

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Today's Travel Deals

Here's a snapshot of some travel deals trending today:

- Get a Sandals Resorts $500 wedding package for free! Just go to Sandals or go to @SandalsResorts on Twitter.
- Get 20% off hotels on Trip Adviser when you use the promo code BOOKTOSAVE
- Great article on how to get the best currency exchange rates: Just click here.
- Get 15% off hotels on Orbitz when you use the code BYEBYE.

And for a sweet way to end your day, go to Twitter and search this hastag:

#NationalMilkChocolateDay


$1 Admission at the Mariners Museum All August

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It's not a typo: Get $1 admission at Newport News' Mariners Museum everyday in August.

The museum's drive behind this deal comes from this observation: "Across our nation and the world, we see daily reminders of the forces at work pulling communities apart." They hope that this deal serves to remind people that "through our maritime heritage – we are one city, one region, one nation, and one world."

Good to know that they are some benefits to recent divisive events in the world!

Kings Dominion "Beat the Heat" One-Day Deal

Today (July 27) only, Kings Dominion is offering a deal to get single-day tickets for just $29.99-- definitely the lowest price of the season. This "Beat the Heat" deal is good for visits July 30-Sept. 5 and is good for up to 10 tickets.

But the sale ends July 27, so act fast and go to the Kings Dominion website. If you miss that deal, I can still offer you single-day ticket deals for just a few dollars more here.

The "Traf-EZ' Way to Make More Money Online

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Don't you love the word "easy"? Everyone does. Who wouldn't like the easy way to do the dishes? Or pay bills? Or make money?

And what could be easier than making money out of your own home...using knowledge you already have? Making money online (even while you sleep!) is everyone's dream.

But what if you'd like to make more money? What if you're not satisfied with how much your online business is earning?

If that describes you, keep reading, so I can introduce you to the Uber of online entrepreneurship.

Trafeze: The Uber of making money online

Okay, making money online is not easy, as every online entrepreneur (or solopreneur) already knows. You have to do everything, whether it's writing your own copy, or managing your own site. BUT having your own website can be VERY rewarding, especially if you can develop significant traffic (i.e., lots of visitors to your site). Once you have the traffic, you need to monetize it (ie, turn that traffic into cold, hard cash that comes in month after month).

Maybe you're just starting out and want to know how to increase your earnings. Maybe you're like me, who started a travel site years ago, made gobs of money through Google Adsense, then watched my monthly income fall as Google gobbled up more and more of the profits.

What if there was a way to increase your profits while still retaining the "solo" in your solopreneur online business?

Trafeze is the answer

The solution can be found in one word: Trafeze. This FREE service is the easy way to narrow that traffic/monetization gap. Trafeze matches product sellers with site owners (think of it as a no-risk dating site with happy results!).

Trafeze is a new and unique approach to figuring out how to monetize a site (or sell a product) that frees you from the problems solopreneurs face: not enough of time or resources. Trafeze allows you to leverage your traffic in a way that will substantially increase your earnings simply and without risk.

The bottom line:

Trafeze helps you make more money online by 1) connecting solopreneurs with a great quality, high traffic niche site to 2) other solopreneurs with fantastic products that match your site’s niche. It’s a win-win situation: They sell more product and you get the opportunity to grow your income without a middleman!

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. No fee either. You create a free listing for your business describing your site. Pass the traffic algorithm, and you’ll be invited to join an exclusive group of solopreneurs.

Think of it as an online version of Uber, only instead of underused cars being used to transport passengers looking for a cheaper ride, you have under-monetized websites helping sellers get cheaper, more targeted advertising for their products.

It’s the “Uber of Monetization”

Remember: Trafeze is free (no commissions, no upfront fees, no downsides!).

What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

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What's Up With US Flight Attendants These Days?

I recently got off a flight from California on United Airlines and I have to ask: What the heck is going on with US flight attendants these days?

Having traveled to 46 different countries and flown dozens of airlines, I've had my share of good and bad experiences with flight attendants. (Actually, I feel a little kinship with them since my mom is a former TWA flight attendant from the days when they were called “stewardesses" and couldn’t fly if they weren’t wearing girdles!)

But nothing prepared me for the sheer rudeness of the United Airlines flight attendants on my recent flight.

I've never felt more like a head of cattle as a passenger. All the flight attendants seemed to think of us, the passengers, as seat numbers, as annoying cows to be herded on and off the plane and barely tolerated in between. During the nearly 5 hour flight, I never saw a single flight attendant crack a smile, make eye contact, or attempt to hide their irritation in being stuck with us.

The worst point was when I went to use the lavatory. When I got out, a young mom was standing in the passageway walking her baby. We looked down the aisle to see a very large man making his way down the aisle. Neither of us would be able to get past him in the aisle, so we moved to the side, trying to squeeze ourselves up against the wall to make room.

But with the baby strapped to her chest, the young mom realized it was a lost cause so she quickly stepped back through the closed curtain where the flight attendants were sitting. To my shock, she quickly stepped back out again, all the while trying to explain to the flight attendants--who had obviously told her to leave immediately--that she was just trying to get out of the way of a passenger. The young mom caught my eye and immediately rolled hers, while I smiled in sympathy, feeling so sorry that they obviously hadn't even given her a chance to explain before banishing her like a criminal. But why should they? We were just numbers to them.

In all fairness, I have to admit that the flight attendants on our Virgin America flight going out to California weren't much friendlier. Which brings me back to my point: what is wrong with US flight attendants these days? I realize that being a flight attendant isn't the prestigious job that it used to be, but geez, why take it out on the passengers?

One final word: The rudeness of these flight attendants wouldn't have stood out so much if we hadn't had such a wonderful experience with the attendants on two flights on Canada's Porter Airlines last month. Friendly, funny, accommodating, sweet, they were everything you could hope for in a flight attendant.

We weren't just numbers. We were people. And we mattered.

US flight attendants could learn a thing or two from their example.

Kings Dominion for $34 a Ticket - Limited Time Only!

I just found a 10th way to get Kings Dominion tickets for less, this time getting you admission for just $34 per ticket.

The catch? This promo code is only good through July 23, so use it fast. Or, take advantage of the nine other ways I've found to get tickets for as little as $19 per person.

While you're getting the code, be sure to check out my fast guide to park hours, fast lane passes, Dinosaurs Alive! and more ways to save money at Kings Dominion.

50% Off Water Country USA

With three days of 100 degrees temps on the way, you ought to grab Groupon's 50% off Water Country USA deal while you still can. Just five days left to take advantage of the deal which will get you $26 off Water Country USA single-day tickets (normally $52).

Get the deal by going to Groupon. If the deal doesn't automatically come up, click on "Things to do" or type in "Water Country USA" in the search bar.'

Best-Ever Kings Dominion Deal?

Let me tell you about what is possibly the best Kings Dominion deal ever!

Using the special promo code I have, you can save a whopping $44 on your single-day visit to the park. You'll pay just $37 per ticket (a savings of $29 over the regular at the gate price), BUT you'll save an additional $15 because this deal includes free parking!

The only catch is that the deal is only good on select dates, but for a deal like that, it's worth working around their schedule. You'll find the promo code and available dates here.

And don't forget to check out your For more details or to book a stay, go to the Kings Dominion website.Kings Dominion lodging options (including the park's new Deluxe Cabins) here.

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Last Day for Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Deal

Get away from the heat and save money when you take advantage of a limited time Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg deal. Book and stay at the Lodge by July 31 and you'll save 25% on a family suite.

But here's the catch: The deal ends today, July 8, so use the promo code I have listed here.

Virginia Beach 5K Summer Series

Virginia Beach
If the words "beach" and "5k" get your blood moving, the Virginia Beach 5K Summer Series is for you. Starting June 22 and running every Wednesday through August 10, J&A Racing will offer a 5K at the beach.

Races will start and finish at the Boardwalk at 31st Street near the King Neptune statue. Race fees are $25 in advance, and $30 on race days. Registration starts at 7 am and races start at 8 am.

For more information, go to http://www.jandaracing.com/summerseries/.

Michie Tavern Discount for July

For the month of July, Virginia residents can enjoy Charlottesville's Michie Tavern for less by getting $4 off lunch on weekdays and $2 off lunch on weekends.

The deal is good for up to four Virginia adult residents and you must show proof of residency.

Historic Michie Tavern provides an authentic, 18th century feast on colonial-style fried chicken, pulled pork, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and biscuits at their lunch buffet.

The Tavern is also offering several other discounts this summer, including a UVA employee and student discount, a youth lunch discount, and an early-bird discount. Here's how to learn more about the discounts.

Cheapest Way to Visit Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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Can you visit Virginia Beach's Ocean Breeze Waterpark for as little as $15? it's true...plus you'll get a free movie thrown in.

That's just one of the discount tips I've got for visiting Ocean Breeze Waterpark.

Read my tips and you'll learn where to get a coupon for $4 off admission, plus tips for how to save money on lockers and food at the park.

Last Minute Travel Deals to Grab

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Just had to pass these travel deals on...but you have to act fast!

Southwest Airlines Fare Sale - starts at $39 each way - ends June 23


Living Social 15% Off Sale - Use the promo code YAYSUMMER to get 15% off sitewide


Groupon Deal - Get an extra 25% off restaurants, spas and more at Groupon with promo code DEAL25


Hotels.com Sale - Get up to 50% off select hotel stays when you book by June 23. Book on your mobile device and get an extra 11% off via coupon code "SUMMERFUN11"

Even if you miss these deals, I've got so many more ways to save on travel and fun here.

Virginia Caverns Groupon Discount

Grand Caverns
While looking for a Luray Caverns discount (no such luck!) I DID find a Shenandoah Caverns discount. The limited time Groupon deal is good for $28 for two admissions (normally $48) plus 10% off at the Caverns gift shop. A second option is for $56 for four admissions (normally $96).

The deal could end any day, so go to Groupon immediately if you're interested in the deal (if it doesn't come up automatically, type "Shenandoah Caverns" in the Search bar).

Like Luray Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns is a great place to go on a hot day, since it maintains an even 56 degrees year-round. It's also easier to get to than Luray, being just off I-81 and just 20-30 minutes north of Harrisonburg. Yet it features many of the same features you'll find at other Shenandoah Valley caverns, including unique "bacon" limestone and shield formations (like in the photo of Grand Caverns in this post), plus an underground rainbow lake. Another plus is that it is wheelchair accessible thanks to its elevator.

If you're set on going Luray Caverns, you may still be able to save some money (it's a hefty admission fee!) with these discount admission tips.

Free Grounds Admission July 4 at James Monroe's Estate

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Ashlawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe, is offering free grounds admission-- including free family crafts and musical entertainment-- all day on July 4 (9 am to 6 pm).

The historic home in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello will offer free children's crafts and activities from 11 am to 4 pm, and an ensemble from the Heifetz International Music Institute from From 2 to 3 pm. They even invite you to bring a picnic lunch (I'd suggest you pick up yummy gourmet sandwiches from nearby Salt on Route 53) to eat on the grounds.

Of course, you can also take a tour of the house (find admission details and photos here). Why not top it off by continuing down the road for a visit to Trump Winery? Whether you sample their wines or not, the views from their Tasting Room are absolutely spectacular-- and free!

Looking for more ideas of what to do on July 4th? Check these out.

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Kings Dominion Hotels and Campgrounds

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