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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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Jamestown Settlement Virginia Residents Deal

For a limited time, Virginia residents can take advantage of a 40% off deal at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Annual Pass allows Virginia residents to pay once and get unlimited admission for a year.

Adults will pay $20.50 (normally $35) and youth (6-12) will pay $10.25 (normally $17.50). To get the deal, go to www.historyisfun.org. You will have to submit proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment ID at check-out.

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Sept. 26-28 - Photos, Free Entertainment, Sand Sculpture Competition, Food & Craft Vendors, and Family Fun...

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Great Wolf Lodge at 30% Off - Limited Time

Water fun without the need for sunscreen? That's what you'll find when you take advantage of a 48-hours sale good for 30% off family suites at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg.

Have the time of our life at this family-friendly indoor waterpark which my kids say is "better than Disneyland" and has been named one of the best waterparks in the US. Stay during Oct. 9-31 and you'll be able to enjoy their "Howl-O-Ween" event, with trick or treating, crafts, and a daily monster bash dance party.

Click here for latest promo code to get you 30% off.

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts and Tips

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts - 6 Ways to Save, Promo Code for Military & First Responders Discount

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Free Concerts, Jazz and Glass Demos

Love culture but hate spending beaucoup bucks for it? Take advantage of these free (or mostly free) opportunities to enjoy music and entertainment:

- Jazz Cafe at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Every Thursday from 6 - 9 pm at the museum's Best Cafe, enjoy free live jazz. Food and drinks are available for purchase (and don't miss the museum - it's free!).
- Second Fridays Wine Tasting at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - It's free from 6 pm to 8 pm. On First Fridays from 5 pm to 8 pm, they offer free entertainment and Happy Hour specials on beverages all evening and free half-hour gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 pm.
- Free Glass Demonstrations at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum - Tuesdays through Sundays at noon, enjoy free glass demos at their Glass Studio building. Also, on the third Thursday evenings of the month at 7 pm, they offer live music, a cash bar, and glass performance art. It's just $5 per person.

Free Museum Admission on Smithsonian Day, Sept. 27

Visit hundreds of awesome museums and attractions for free on Sept. 27 when you download a free ticket for two from the Smithsonian.

There are about 40 participating attractions in Virginia, including the Museum of the Confederacy, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Bacon’s Castle, the Virginia Discovery Museum, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and the James Madison Museum.

To get the deal, click here, register, download the tickets, and bring them with you Sept. 27.

Don't Miss This When You Fly From Washington Dulles!

Planning a flight into or out of Washington Dulles airport? Why not build in a little extra time and visit two nearby attractions that are either free or almost free?

Literally on the airport grounds is the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center arm of the National Air & Space Museum. As I explain in my review here, this amazing museum is like a "space parking garage," jam-packed with airplanes and spacecraft ranging from a real space shuttle, to the Enola Gay (the bomber which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), and a supersonic Concorde, plus artifacts like astronaut food and equipment. (Ever wonder how they go to the bathroom? Now you'll know...).

Best of all, the museum is free (there is a $15 charge for parking, although it's free if you enter after 4 pm). For details, click here.

Also nearby (and absolutely free) is the National Firearms Museum run by the NRA, which features room after room of firearms from the ages, all guaranteed to thrill hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts. The museum is open daily from 9:30 to 5 pm. For details, go to www.nramuseum.org.

Water Country USA Ticket Deals

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Camping & Cabin Deals at Williamsburg KOA

Whether your idea of camping means a tent, RV hookup, or a cabin, you'll find great deals this fall at Williamsburg KOA.

Deals include:

- 20% discount for law enforcement, fire department, and active/retired military personnel
- Managers Special - 7th Night Free
- Free Thursdays (from Sept. 19 through October, stay free on Thursdays when you stay Friday and Saturday night)
- Deluxe cabin mid-week specials

This is a highly-rated, family friendly campground that's perfectly located near Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. It's also just 46 miles from Richmond International Speedway, which will host its NASCAR Weekend Sept. 5-6.

For details on these deals, go to Williamsburg KOA.

Looking for ways to save on local amusements and attractions? Check out these links:

- Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets
- Water Country USA discount tickets
-
Colonial Williamsburg deals

Free Concerts in Williamsburg

There are only three Wednesdays left to take advantage of Williamsburg's free "Summer Breeze" concert series. This annual freebie takes place every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm through the end of August in Merchant's Square.

Here's the remaining schedule for the summer:

August 13 - TRADOC Bahia Caliente Salsa Band
August 20 - TRADOC Rock Ensemble
August 27 - USAF Heritage of America Concert Band

While you're there, be sure to check out more free or cheap things in Williamsburg.

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Freebies at Richmond's Historic Attractions

Richmond's Wilton House Museum is offering a free "Jammin' on the James" concert on August 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Musician Susan Greenbaum will perform a free concert, plus you can enjoy free tours of Wilton, crafts, games and face painting for kids.

If you miss that date, you can still take a free tour of Wilton-- and other local historic attractions-- during Richmond's Time Travelers Weekend, Sept. 13-14, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Other attractions offering free admission that day include the following: Agecroft Hall, Dabbs House Museum, The John Marshall House, Magnolia Grange, Maymont, Meadow Farm Museum, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and the White House of the Confederacy. To take advantage of this deal, just download the Time Travelers Passport.

Free Events in Portsmouth

Enjoy free movies or music at "Portside," Portsmouth, Virginia's special event series on Saturdays in August. Events include music by Kustom Made Dance Band on Aug. 8 from 6-9 pm, as well as the following free movies on Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 pm:

- August 9 - "Much Ado About Nothing"
- August 16 - "The Wedding Planner"
- August 23 - "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

For details, call 757-393-5111.

Colonial Williamsburg Summer Deals

If you missed them, there's still time to take advantage of great summer deals at Colonial Williamsburg that will help you save money in the Historic Area. They include:

- Bounce Package - Combines the Historic Area with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
- Revolutionary Experience Package (includes daily breakfast and accommodations, length of stay tickets to Colonial Williamsburg and its museums, a refillable mug, and entry to Revolutionary City events.)
- Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free Package
- Williamsburg Flex Package (includes lodging and free length of stay tickets to Colonial Williamsburg and its museums, Revolutionary City, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, Yorktown Battlefield, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Victory Center, and Jamestown Settlement.

Here's all the details on these packages.

But if you really want to go on the cheap, check out my Colonial Williamsburg Secrets page.

Cool Down for Less at Luray Caverns

Temps are heating up this week, but if you want a break from the heat, head to Luray Caverns where it's a refreshingly cool 54 degrees year-round. And you can do it for less if you take advantage of the Luray Cavern discounts I've noted here.

Four Admissions for $40 at Mount Vernon

Grab this deal if you haven't been to Mount Vernon (or if you're a George Washington groupie!): Get four tickets for $40 at Mount Vernon through Aug. 31 when you use the promo code "AUGUST." You'll save 44% off the regular admission fee, plus you'll be able to enjoy free summer events, like special archaeology tours, watching interpreters make colonial "ice cream," daily walking tours and more.

Even if you've been to Mount Vernon in the past, they've added so much the last few years (including a new museum where it "snows" in the movie theater) that it's totally worth another visit.

For details on the August deal at Mount Vernon, click here.

And for more fascinating presidents' homes to tour in Virginia, check out my "Presidents' Homes" page.

Free Admission to Nauticus

Free admission to Norfolk's Nauticus will be your reward if you don't mind getting up early on August 20. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Nauticus is offering free admission to the first 20 people at their doors that day-- quite a deal since their basic ticket is $15.95 for adults and $11.50 for kids. Doors open at 10 am, so be sure to get there early if you want free admission!

New Kings Dominion Promo Codes (Including for Halloween Haunt!)

Kings Dominion promo codes may come and go, but I've got the ones that work! After exhaustive research, I've just posted 10 ways you can save $32 or more on Kings Dominion single-day tickets, including six current promo codes-- four of which you can use for the upcoming Halloween Haunt season.

Here's how to save!

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

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Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $25!

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New Busch Gardens & Water Country USA Promo Codes

Promo codes for both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA come and go, so it pays to grab them when you see them. I've recently come across two new promo codes good for $15 off each park which you can use for the rest of the season. I'll also tell you which promo codes from last month have now expired so you won't waste your time on them!

Williamsburg "Summer Breeze" Concert Series Tonight

In case you've missed it, tonight is the perfect time to take advantage of Williamsburg's free "Summer Breeze" concert series. This annual freebie takes place every Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm through the end of August in Merchant's Square.

Tonight's musical guest is "Slapnation." Don't forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket! Here's the remaining schedule for the summer:

July 30 – Slapnation
August 6 - USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
August 13 - TRADOC Bahia Caliente Salsa Band
August 20 - TRADOC Rock Ensemble
August 27 - USAF Heritage of America Concert Band

And don't forget more free or cheap things to take advantage of in Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg VA Money-Saving Secrets

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Free or Cheap Family Fun Ideas for Summer

Can you believe it's almost August? Don't let your summer end without taking advantage of free or cheap fun for the whole family, including:

- $1 summer movies on the big screen
- kids bowl free deals
- summer reading programs featuring free books
- free scavenger hunts and on-the-beach movies at the Virginia Beach boardwalk
- free fireworks and concerts

...and many more ways to have free or cheap summer fun for the whole family.

Michie Tavern August Discount

Here's a great end-of-summer deal for Virginia residents: August 1-29, Charlottesville's Michie Tavern is offering $4 off lunch Mondays through Fridays, and $2 off lunch on the weekends. Coupons are good for up to four people to enjoy delicious, colonial-style fried chicken, pulled pork, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, biscuits, and more. (Note: Be sure to bring in this coupon and proof of residency.)

After lunch, don't miss their self-guided tavern tour, an amazing walk through 18th century tavern life, from tea "bricks," smoking pipes by-the-inch, colonial baby bottles, and the origins of the "toe-stir." Here's why a visit to Michie Tavern is the perfect way to start off your summer-- and how you can visit nearby Monticello for "free."

Recent Articles

  1. Jamestown Settlement Virginia Residents Deal

    Aug 25, 14 08:53 PM

    For a limited time, Virginia residents can take advantage of a 40% off deal at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Annual Pass allows Virginia residents to pay once and get unlimited admission for a year. Adults will pay $20.50 (normally $35) and youth (6-12) will pay $10.25 (normally $17.50). To get the deal, go to www.historyisfun.org. You will have to submit proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment ID at check-out.

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    Aug 21, 14 09:31 PM

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  3. Great Wolf Lodge at 30% Off - Limited Time

    Aug 19, 14 08:18 PM

    Water fun without the need for sunscreen? That's what you'll find when you take advantage of a 48-hours sale good for 30% off family suites at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. Have the time of our life at this family-friendly indoor waterpark which my kids say is "better than Disneyland" and has been named one of the best waterparks in the US. Stay during Oct. 9-31 and you'll be able to enjoy their "Howl-O-Ween" event, with trick or treating, crafts, and a daily monster bash dance party. Click here for latest promo code to get you 30% off.

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  1. Jamestown Settlement Virginia Residents Deal

    Aug 25, 14 08:53 PM

    For a limited time, Virginia residents can take advantage of a 40% off deal at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. The American Heritage Annual Pass allows Virginia residents to pay once and get unlimited admission for a year. Adults will pay $20.50 (normally $35) and youth (6-12) will pay $10.25 (normally $17.50). To get the deal, go to www.historyisfun.org. You will have to submit proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment ID at check-out.

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  2. Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

    Aug 21, 14 09:31 PM

    Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Sept. 26-28 - Photos, Free Entertainment, Sand Sculpture Competition, Food & Craft Vendors, and Family Fun...

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  3. Great Wolf Lodge at 30% Off - Limited Time

    Aug 19, 14 08:18 PM

    Water fun without the need for sunscreen? That's what you'll find when you take advantage of a 48-hours sale good for 30% off family suites at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. Have the time of our life at this family-friendly indoor waterpark which my kids say is "better than Disneyland" and has been named one of the best waterparks in the US. Stay during Oct. 9-31 and you'll be able to enjoy their "Howl-O-Ween" event, with trick or treating, crafts, and a daily monster bash dance party. Click here for latest promo code to get you 30% off.

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