Virginia 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.

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

To keep up-to-date on deals and reviews, sign up for my RSS feed. Go to the box on the top right of this page where it says "Subscribe to this site" and you'll see an orange RSS button. Right click on it and paste the URL into your RSS reader.




Check out my latest Virginia Beach Family Vacation Blog deals!

Are you on Twitter? You can always check out my latest deal posts by finding me on Twitter:

@vabeachfundeals

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

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

Ocean-Breeze-Water-Park
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

Catch me at Trafeze

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!

Go to Trafeze to get started!

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.

Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $32.99!

Paramounts Kings Dominion - 10 Ways to Get Tickets for as little as $32.99! Early Saver Deals, Promo Codes, Free Parking, Season Pass Deals, and Money-Saving Tips...

Continue reading "Paramounts Kings Dominion for as Little as $32.99!"

Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion Discount Tickets to Save Up to $44! 2016 Ticket Prices, Promo Codes, Everyone Pays Kids' Price, Free Military Days, Fast Lane Passes, Meal and BDay Deals

Continue reading "Kings Dominion "

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

Ocean-Breeze-Water-Park
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

Grab a travel deal!
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

Ashlawn-Highland
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.

Fourth of July Events in Virginia

Fourth of July Events in Virginia, including Free Fireworks, Music, Entertainment at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and more.

Continue reading "Fourth of July Events in Virginia"

Kings Dominion Hotels and Campgrounds

Kings Dominion Hotels and Campgrounds that Won't Break the Bank

Continue reading "Kings Dominion Hotels and Campgrounds"

Kings Dominion Campground Deals

Kings Dominion now has a variety of camping options which can save you money on everything from camping to their new deluxe cabins.

If your style puts the word "camp" in camping, you'll prefer their campsites which feature bathhouses, an outdoor pool and volleyball court, horseshoes and a camp store with wireless internet service. They also have RV sites with water, electric (50 and 30 amp) and/or sewer hook ups. For those who can't leave the TV at home, some sites even have access to DirecTV services. Nightly summer rates for two range from $47 for a tent site to $57 for a full hook-up 30 amp back-in site.

If roughing it is not your idea of fun, they offer Deluxe Cabins which can sleep up to 10 and feature queen size beds, sofa sleepers, lofts, two full bathrooms, a kitchen with a fridge and microwave, four TVs, central air/heat, grill and fire ring, and free wifi. Summer rates start at $189 per night, whether you have one occupant or 10, so it pays to cram them in!

For more details or to book a stay, go to the Kings Dominion website.

Cirque Imagine Opens at Kings Dominion

As if dozens and dozens of roller coasters and rides and a water park aren't enough, Kings Dominion has added another reason to visit the park.

Cirque Imagine, a circus-like aerial show which bills itself as "an extreme athletic and artistique journey with 10 highly specialized performers from across the World, opened yesterday at Kings Dominion, and yes, it is free with admission to the park. Running through Sept. 5, the show is located in the Kings Dominion Theatre in Old Virginia. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

To help you plan your visit to Kings Dominion, here's a concise list of other upcoming events and concerts at the park, as well as an at-a-glance guide to the park's hours and operating schedule.

Kings Dominion Events

Kings Dominion Events - 2016 Events including Cirque Imagine, Ticket deals, Military Days, Breakfast w/ Snoopy, Halloween Haunt, Discount Tickets, and More...

Continue reading "Kings Dominion Events"

Free Must-Sees in Richmond, Virginia

Maymont
It's going to be gorgeous tomorrow in Richmond, Virginia, so what better way to enjoy the spectacular weather than with two free must-see sights.

Maymont is a huge and mostly-free Gilded Age estate which includes acres of parkland, a fascinating, 33 room mansion ($5 admission, but so worth it), Japanese and Italian gardens, and a nature center ($3 admission). The grounds and gardens are entirely free, so it's the perfect place to bring a picnic. Here's everything you need to know to plan your visit.

Only a short drive away is Hollywood Cemetery, a scenic, immaculately kept Civil War cemetery with an excellent view of the James River. It's the burial place of two US presidents, plus Confederate president Jefferson Davis. It's the perfect place to walk and enjoy a beautiful day while enjoying some history.

Cap it all off with dinner at one of the nearby restaurants in Carytown (I like Greek on Cary, which had delicious, reasonable gyros and Greek fare), and you have a great, inexpensive way to enjoy a day in Richmond.

Food & Fun Freebies and Deals This Week

Looking for free food, deals, and fun this week? Check out these freebies:

Food Freebies
- Download the McDonald's app and get a free medium fry with purchase on Fridays. Also, the app allows you to buy five McCafe drinks and get the 6th free.
- Download the Chick-fil-A app and get a free chicken sandwich

Kings Dominion Deal- Multiples Day Discount - Tickets are just $34.50 (plus ticket fees) when you order online to visit on June 18. I checked it out myself and you don't seem to need to be a multiple to get the deal. Get the promo code here.

Free School's Out Yankee Candle Williamsburg EventOn June 18, the Village's free fun includes the Teeny Tiny Farm, face painting, a balloon artist, watermelon eating contests, and a visit from the Williamsburg Police Department and crime prevention mascot McGruff.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show On June 16-19, browse great art, and enjoy live entertainment (and vendors) at 30th Street and Atlantic.

Free FireworksEnjoy the first fireworks show of the summer at Virginia Beach at the Hardee's Latin Fest along the Boardwalk at 10:30 pm on June 25.

Not enough summer freebies and deals? I've got more here.

Multiples Day and Discount at Kings Dominion

Save big at Kings Dominion this Saturday, June 18 when you celebrate Multiples Day. You'll pay just $34.50 per ticket (plus fees) using this special promo code when you purchase tickets online.

Since the processing fee is $5.99 whether you order one ticket or multiple tickets (no pun intended), you'll maximize your savings by making this a family event or getting a group of friends to join you. (Note: Groups of 15 or more can get the same rate of $34.50 per ticket any operating day.)

Recent Articles

  1. Today's Travel Deals

    Jul 28, 16 08:20 PM

    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 Advis…

    Read More

  2. $1 Admission at the Mariners Museum All August

    Jul 28, 16 08:04 PM

    Ocean-Breeze-Water-Park
    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 r…

    Read More

  3. Kings Dominion "Beat the Heat" One-Day Deal

    Jul 27, 16 03:44 PM

    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…

    Read More

Recent Articles

  1. Today's Travel Deals

    Jul 28, 16 08:20 PM

    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 Advis…

    Read More

  2. $1 Admission at the Mariners Museum All August

    Jul 28, 16 08:04 PM

    Ocean-Breeze-Water-Park
    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 r…

    Read More

  3. Kings Dominion "Beat the Heat" One-Day Deal

    Jul 27, 16 03:44 PM

    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…

    Read More

Daily Deals & Discounts!