All my favorite Virginia Beach parks are unique. They run the gamut from...
- a former trash dump that now offers the city's highest elevation (perfect for kite flying) plus a gigantic, nautical-themed wooden playground...
- a park featuring a disc course for Frisbee golf players (plus a really unique playground for the kids), to...
- the most remote park in Virginia.
If you want to see fabulous fall foliage go to www.nationalparks.org for their best fall foliage spots by state. You'll find details on hours, fees, and directions, plus a weekly fall color report-- a detailed guide on what colors are out at each park!
For Virginia, they recommend Shenandoah National Park, and even have a Mountain Web cam so you'll know the best time to visit.
Want to learn how to visit more than 100 national parks for free in 2016? Want to get a free kids pass for 2016? Scroll down...
Which of the Virginia Beach parks has nearly 8,000 acres of marshes, sand dunes, beaches, and ponds?
What is home to 300 species of birds, deer, mink, and other creatures? Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.
If your pulse picks up at the word "remote," don't stop at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. This Virginia Beach park (only accessible through Back Bay) takes the award for Virginia's most remote park. False Cape is also one of the last undisturbed coastal environments on the East Coast.
Build the new park on a heap of trash? R-i-g-h-t...
In the beginning, the locals thought it was a joke. Now the joke's on them. Despite it's hokey name, Mount Trashmore is a paragon of waste management. Why can't they do this with all dumps?
What used to be 750,000 tons of trash has been transformed into one of the top Virginia Beach parks. Topped by its 68-foot summit (the highest point in the city, proudly flaunting "Mount Trashmore" on its grass-covered flank) this park has everything.
Fly a kite or launch your model airplane from its summit. Feed the ducks and geese. Stroll on over to Kids Cove, a huge wooden playground featuring mazes, bridges, ramps and slides. The perfect place to play pirate!
One caveat: this park is so popular it can get crowded! Still, where else can your kids boast "I played in a dump!"
Open 7:30 am to sunset. Location: 310 Edwin Dr. - Virginia Beach - 757-473-5237.
Why should the kids have all the fun?
Yes, you...um...they...will be thrilled to burn off that excess energy conquering the innovative playground's swinging tires and climbing towers at one of the most innovative Virginia Beach Parks.
But let's face it: adults, this park is for you too! Now's your chance to burn off your own calories and aggression at the city's only disc course for Frisbee golf. (Actually, we hear its one of the toughest courses in the country.)
What is Frisbee golf? Just how it sounds. Substitute a frisbee for a golf ball and a flick of the wrist for the 5 iron. Just what the doctor ordered.
Open sunrise to sunset. Location: First Court Road - Virginia Beach - 757-460-7569.
Ahh, nature. Seems like it should be free, and at 300 US National Parks it is.
But up to 100 US National Parks-- such as Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield-- charge an entrance fee...unless you're visiting on select fee-free days.
There are a total of 9 Fee-Free Days each year to take advantage of this deal. Here is a list of 2016 dates:
January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 16-24 - opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25-28 - National Park Service Birthday
September 24 - National Public Lands Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
NEW! Get a free National Parks Kids' Pass for 2016
In honor of the centennial of the National Parks Service, the National Parks Foundation is offering free national park passes for all fourth graders for this year. This pass will enable 4th graders to get free admission to over 400 national parks for all of 2016.
To get the pass, kids need only go online to play a game. Teachers of 4th graders can also download passes for their students. For details, go to www.everykidinapark.gov.
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