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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.

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Dominion, and Water Country USA!


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Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg 50% Off

It may be cold outside, but an 84 degree water park is in your future when you take advantage 50% off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. For a limited time, Groupon is offering a suite for 6-8 people-- including water passes for all and a $25 resort credit-- for as little as $179.

On our annual visit to the lodge, we usually pay closer to $400 per night for a room and water passes at the lodge-- and that's for only five people (not the 6-8 people for this deal).

To get the deal, click here, but do hurry before it's gone!

Not convinced? We're talking about an indoor water park with multiple slides, a "lazy river," pools with "waves," a kiddie section, a 66,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area featuring an arcade, MagiQuest games, fitness and children's activity rooms, multiple restaurants and more.

If you can't take advantage of this deal, click here to learn about current promo codes to save you money, including a special promo code for Military, law enforcement, fire and EMS workers.

Kings Dominion Hours and Operating Schedule

Kings Dominion Hours - 2015 Operating Schedule & Hours, Plus Discount Tickets, Halloween Haunt Hours, Money-Saving Deals and More...

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Homeschool Day at Virginia Aquarium

Homeschoolers can save more than 50% off admission to Virginia Aquarium when take advantage of their Homeschool Day on Jan. 30. The special admission rates are just $10 per adults and $8 per child (normally $22 for adults and $15 per child). They'll also be offering special live animal programs throughout the day as you can see here.

Remember to bring a copy of your notice of intent or HEAV membership card to gain admittance into the Aquarium at the school rate. Call (757) 385-0300 for details, or to learn more about Virginia Aquarium, their new "Adventure Park" zipline, and more ways to save on admission, click here.

Virginia Beach Polar Plunge Feb. 6-7

Ready to freeze for a good cause? You only have a few days left to register to participate in the annual Virginia Beach Polar Plunge. Sponsored by the Virginia's Adventure Club East and the Special Olympics Virginia, this special fundraising event has raised millions for Special Olympics Virginia, with thousands of brave individuals taking the plunge, many of these in crazy costumes.

The two-day event (Feb. 6-7) features a 5K and other family events, all leading up to the frigid dip for the truly brave. And you can always watch for free (and stay warm)!

Click here for more details, plus a link to a video of last year's plunge.

50% Off Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Just three days left to take advantage of 50% off admission to Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Now through Jan. 25, you can visit the Garden for half-price.

As I mentioned in my blog last week, you might think "Why bother? Nothing is growing now." Not true. In particular, their Conservatory (greenhouse) is packed full of beautiful orchids and hot-house plants, while their acres of garden paths and a kids treehouse/play area is perfect for burning off a little steam.

To learn more about the gardens, go to www.lewisginter.org.

Looking for more free or cheap things to do? Check out Cheap Family Vacation Hall of Fame.

Free Admission to Children's Museum of Virginia

Banish the winter doldrums by taking advantage of free admission to Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth. Now through Feb. 13, get a free adult admission when you purchase a child's admission to this recently-renovated and totally hands-on kids museum.

Be sure to print this coupon to get the deal. The museum is located at 11 High Street in Portsmouth, not too far from two of my other favorite spots-- Doumar's Drive In and the Commodore Dinner Theatre.

Entertainment Book Secret Sale Ends Jan. 26

Entertainment.com's recent "Secret Sale" on its 2015 Entertainment Books ends this Monday, Jan. 26. Regularly $35, the books are just $10 and includes free shipping. And you can get additional books for just $5 each.

With this deal, you'll easily earn your money back with just ONE coupon or less per book! Not sure why they're offering such a deep discount so early in the year; you usually don't see such good deals from them until later in the year.See what I mean here.

Entertainment Book coupons save you hundreds on museums, entertainment, and food (click here for more ways to save on eating out).

Why would you want TWO books? Split the cost with a friend, or consider buying a second book in a place where you like to visit.

Busch Gardens Hours & 2015 Operating Schedule

Busch Gardens Hours & 2015 Operating Schedule Plus Discount Ticket Secrets, Coupon Codes, Howl-O-Scream & Christmas Town Info, Best Shows, and More...

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Busch Garden Discount Ticket Deals for Season Passes

Busch Garden Discount Ticket for 2015: Fun Cards & Season Passes - Bring a Friend for Free - Best Deals and How to Avoid the Worst Scams

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Fee Free National Parks on Jan. 19

While over 300 US National Parks are free, there are 100 that aren't...unless you visit on Fee-Free Days... and Monday, Jan. 19 is one of them.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, these pay-to-visit national parks-- such as Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield-- will waive their entrance fees that day.

There are a total of 9 Fee-Free Days during the year. For a list of 2015 dates, and a list of national parks in Virginia, click here.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Free Weekend

If you've ever wanted to take a cheap peek at Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, now's the time. Now through Jan. 18, you can visit the Garden for free, and Jan. 19-25 you can visit for half-price.

You might think "Why bother? Nothing is growing now," but you'd be wrong. In particular, their Conservatory (greenhouse) is packed full of beautiful orchids and hot-house plants, while their acres of garden paths and a kids treehouse/play area is perfect for burning off a little steam.

It'll make you start counting the days 'til spring when everything is in bloom. To learn more about the gardens, go to www.lewisginter.org.

Looking for more free or cheap things to do? Check out Cheap Family Vacation Hall of Fame.

Kings Dominion

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Entertainment Book Secret Sale

Entertainment.com is offering a "Secret Sale" on its 2015 Entertainment Books. Regularly $35, you can get yours for just $10 when you buy yours by Monday. And you can get additional books for just $5 each.

This is a deal so good you'll easily earn the money back with just ONE coupon or less per book! And trust me: you usually don't see such good deals from them until later in the year. See what I mean here.

These coupons can save you money on museums, entertainment, and food (and for more ways to save on eating out, click here).

What to do with TWO books? Split the cost with a friend, or consider buying a second book in a place where you like to visit!

Richmond International Airport

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Michie Tavern Discount for Winter

It may be getting cold outside, but here's a hot deal for Charlottesville's Michie Tavern.

Local residents can get a discount off lunch Mondays through Fridays for the months of January and February. You'll be able to feast on colonial-style fried chicken, pulled pork, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and peach cobbler for $4 less at their lunch buffet ($2 less on weekends).

Here's the fine print: the deal is not good Feb. 14-16, it is good for up to four people, and you must provide proof of residency.


Save 20% at Williamsburg KOA When You Book Ahead

It pays to plan ahead. Whether your idea of camping means a tent, RV hookup, or a cabin, you'll find great deals this year at Williamsburg KOA. And you can save 20% off a spring camping stay if you reserve your dates now.

Make a reservation during the month of January for a stay between March and mid-May and you'll save 20%. For details, click here.

You'll also learn Williamsburg KOA's other deals, including a 20% discount for law enforcement, fire department, and active/retired military personnel.

Colonial Williamsburg Winter Deals

Winter is a surprisingly good time to visit Colonial Williamsburg thanks to reduced admission prices and package deals. For example, winter admission is up to 30% lower than the rest of the year (and no crowds!).

You can also make it a true getaway by taking advantage of these winter package deals through March 15:

- America's Historic Triangle Package
- Taste of a Tavern Package
- Revolutionary City Package

All packages feature lodging at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel, daily breakfast, and admission to the Historic area.

For details on winter admission plus current package deals, click here.

Shhh! Colonial Williamsburg Virginia Admission Secrets

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Virginia Beach Restaurant Weeks Starts Tomorrow!

January 10-19, let your appetite run wild during Virginia Beach Restaurant Week, an annual culinary event that allows you to sample the best Virginia Beach Restaurants for a reduced, fixed price.

Enjoy 2-course lunches for $10 and 3-course dinners for $20 and $30 at top-rated restaurants, ranging from Catch 31 and the Melting Pot to Mahi Mahi's and McCormick and Schmick. For details, click here.

Special Events at Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon is offering several special events this winter season, including the following:

- "Tea with Lady Washington" (Saturdays through Feb. 7)
- Beer Dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn (Jan. 23)
- Chocolate and Wine Dinner at the Inn (Feb. 6)

In addition, they are offering new specialty tours Jan. 7 - Feb. 12, which feature behind-the-scenes and rare looks at the basement third floor of the mansion.

Finally (and best of all), see Mount Vernon's house and grounds for free all day February 16 in honor of George's birthday. For details, go to www.mountvernon.org.

50% Off Hampton Roads International Auto Show

For a limited time, get 50% off tickets for this weekend's Hampton Roads International Auto Show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Thanks to Pilot Online, you'll pay just $5 for adult admission to the show, which runs January 9-11. To get the deal, click here.

Romantic Weekend Getaways - Virginia IS for Lovers

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Winter Whale Watching Deals in Virginia Beach...Here's How!

Winter Whale Watching Deals in Virginia Beach...Package Deals Including Hotel, Excursion, Virginia Aquarium & IMAX Tix and More.

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Virginia Beach Whale Watching Kicks Off

Winter weather means you can welcome back one Virginia beach tradition: whale watching. Now through mid-March is your chance to see rare fin and humpback whales-- some up to 85 feet long and weighing 70 tons-- just off the Virginia Beach coast.

You can see them on a half-day whale-watching expedition, or take advantage of a variety of hotel packages and make it a real getaway. For details, click here.

Winter Events at Virginia Beach & Beyond

Winter Events at Virginia Beach & Beyond, from Whale Watching to Virginia Beach Restaurant Week, to the Popular (and Frigid) Polar Plunge...

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  1. Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg 50% Off

    Jan 25, 15 03:31 PM

    It may be cold outside, but an 84 degree water park is in your future when you take advantage 50% off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. For a limited time, Groupon is offering a suite for 6-8 people-- in…

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    Jan 24, 15 07:42 PM

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  3. Homeschool Day at Virginia Aquarium

    Jan 24, 15 02:49 PM

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Recent Articles

  1. Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg 50% Off

    Jan 25, 15 03:31 PM

    It may be cold outside, but an 84 degree water park is in your future when you take advantage 50% off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. For a limited time, Groupon is offering a suite for 6-8 people-- in…

    Read More

  2. Kings Dominion Hours and Operating Schedule

    Jan 24, 15 07:42 PM

    Kings Dominion Hours - 2015 Operating Schedule & Hours, Plus Discount Tickets, Halloween Haunt Hours, Money-Saving Deals and More...

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  3. Homeschool Day at Virginia Aquarium

    Jan 24, 15 02:49 PM

    Homeschoolers can save more than 50% off admission to Virginia Aquarium when take advantage of their Homeschool Day on Jan. 30. The special admission rates are just $10 per adults and $8 per child (no…

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