Beach Family Vacation Blog & Daily Deals!

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.

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.

Check out my ticket deals at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Kings
Dominion, and Water Country USA!


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

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50% Off Norfolk's Nauticus - Limited Time

Now's a great time to enjoy some warm, indoor fun with a great limited-time discount at Nauticus. Pilot Online is offering 50% off adult tickets, so you'll pay just $8, instead of $16 per person.

You'll be able to defy the winter doldrums and bring the kids to enjoy touch tanks, interactive nautical exhibits, 3D movies, aquarium exhibits, and the massive Battleship Wisconsin to roam around.

Afterwards, be sure to allow time to explore the city of Norfolk, including fun (and free) attractions, beautiful art, and yummy but inexpensive places to eat, like Baker's Square and Doumar's Drive-In.

You'll find lots of Norfolk sights and fun here.

Winter Vacation Activities in Virginia

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Best Way to See the Washington Monument

With today being the 130th anniversary of the dedication of the Washington Monument, it occurred to me to remind you of not only the easiest way to visit the Washington Monument, but also why this time of year is the cheapest time to visit Washington DC (although you might want to wait until the snow melts a bit).

In fact, I'd love to share how I planned a 3-day weekend in Washington DC for five people for less than $500, including lodging, food, and admission to attractions. Read all about it here, and learn the best way to visit the Washington Monument here.

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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Last Day: 20% Off Groupon Local Deal

Today, Feb. 19, is the last day to take advantage of 20% off an local deal on Groupon. Use the promo code JOY20 to get the deal. (Maximum discount is $50.)

Here's a few deals to consider:

- 58% off an all-day paintball package at SplatBrothers Paintball Park
- 55% off Go Karts and LaserTag in Richmond
- 50% off a Hollywood Cemetery tour by Valentine Richmond History Center (I recommend this highly!)

To get these deals and use the JOY20 promo code, click here.

Free Washington DC Attractions!

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Washington National Cathedral

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Kings Dominion BOGO Deal: Feb. 16 Only!

Kings Dominion is offering a buy-one-get-one free ticket deal, but ONLY if you buy it by today (Feb. 16).

You'll end up getting two tickets (good any operating day through June 30) for $32.50 per person, which is the lowest price so far this year.

Even if you miss this deal, they have a second deal which can get you tickets as low as $39.95. For details on these deals, as well as park hours and operating schedule, click here.

Romantic Weekend Getaways - Virginia IS for Lovers

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Bed and Breakfast Gift Card Deals

How about this for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift? In honor of President's Day, Bedandbreakfast.com is offering two special deals:

- Purchase a gift card worth $250 or more and you'll get a free $75 gift card - use promo code EAGLE
- Purchase a gift card worth $450 or more and you'll get a free $150 gift card - use promo code FLAG

For details, go to and look under "Deals". And for more romantic weekend ideas, click here.

Free "Coffee" Exhibit and Tastings at Mariners Museum

If you love Java (the liquid) you'll want to check out the Mariners Museum's new "Coffee: The World in Your Cup" exhibit which opens Feb. 20.

Included free with admission to the museum, "Coffee" will give you the fascinating history of your cup of Joe, including the role the sea plays in making sure you get your caffeine in the morning.

The museum is also offering a series of events related to the exhibit, including free coffee tastings and crafts for kids and adults. For details on "Coffee" and the museum's new 3D movies, click here.

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Promo Codes

Escape the cold outside by taking advantage of three promo code discounts at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, where it's always a perfect 84 degrees. We're talking about an indoor water park with multiple slides, a "lazy" river, a wave pool, a kiddie section, a huge indoor entertainment area with an arcade, MagiQuest games, fitness and kids' activity rooms, several eateries and more.

Click here to learn about three current promo codes to save you money now through March, including a special promo code for Military, law enforcement, fire and EMS workers.



Presidents Day Freebies & Deals

Looking for something to do President's Day Weekend? Here's a slew of special events, deals, and freebies being offered Feb. 14-16:

- Mount Vernon - George Washington's 283rd Birthday Celebration - costumed interpreters, wreath-laying ceremonies at his tomb, and free admission to his home and burial grounds.
- Fredericksburg - James Monroe Museum - Enjoy free admission on Monday, 2/16.
- Alexandria - Get free admission to these Old Town sites on 2/16.
- Carlyle House - 11 am to 4 pm
- Christ Church - 9 am to 4 pm
- Friendship Firehouse Museum - 10 am to 4 pm
- Gadsby's Tavern Museum - 11 am - 4 pm
- The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum - 10 am - 4 pm
- Old Presbyterian Meeting House - 10 am - 4 pm
- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum - 11 am - 4 pm

And don't forget: Take advantage of free admission to hundreds of national parks (which usually have admission fees) during Feb. 14-16. Click here for a list of more fee-free dates.

For more ways to save on museums and attractions, go to my Discount Travel Deals page.

Airline Travel Rules

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Air Travel Tips to Save You Money

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Busch Garden Coupon Codes

Busch Garden Coupon Codes: Two Current Deals - Preschool Pass and 2-Park Fun Card, Teacher Discount, Fun Card discounts and more ways to save at the park.

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The Newseum

The Newseum - Washington DC's Hands-on All-News Museum - Admission Discounts, Photos, Tips

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Date Night Dining...

I just wanted to add two of my favorite Date Night Dining spots that Va. Beach has to offer. Let me start by saying that I was raised in the tri-state

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Limited Time Discounts

With an opening date of March 27 drawing nearer, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is rolling out the discounts. Once again, they'll be offering their Preschool Pass, which provides free admission to kids ages 5 and under at both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

Also, if you buy your 2015 Fun Card by March 31, you'll get this amazing deal...

National Frozen Yogurt Day Freebies

In honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day, Feb. 6, you can get a free 6 ounce frozen yogurt at participating Menchie's from 4 pm to 8 pm.

A few other frozen yogurt chains will offer similar deals. None of them have Virginia locations I am aware of, but in case you're out of the area, here they are: Yogurtland and Orange Leaf Yogurt.

Speaking of freebies, Chick-fil-A is offering free coffee every day during the month of February. You can get a 16-ounce cup free, iced or hot, no purchase necessary.

50% Off Virginia Home and Garden Expo

If a day in the garden is your idea of heaven, be sure to save 50% on admission to the Virginia Home and Garden Expo Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. You can get the discount by going to Pilotonline.com.

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