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I need a family vacation idea for spring break within driving distance of WV.

I need a family vacation idea for spring break within driving distance of WV.

Mar 9th, 2008, 06:32 AM
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I need a family vacation idea for spring break within driving distance of WV.

I just found out that we can take a short vacation during my son's Easter break. We live the south central section of WV. My family consists of myself, hubby (both mid-forties) and our 13 year old son.

We want to drive and leave on Friday evening, I don't have to be back to work until Wednesday. A few places we have thought about is DC and visiting the Smithsonian (we've been there about five years ago, but of course only saw a part of it). We've also thought of PA, maybe Philadelphia, or is there another town in PA that holds more interest? Another place would be somewhere in VA? Perhaps Williamsburg---but we thought it might be too cold do be outside much. Somewhere in NC? We all love museums, nature and history. Oh, I love shopping, especially in interesting little shops!

Help me out please, where is a great place that is driving distance that we would love?
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Mar 9th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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Philadelphia has a lot to do but weather could be iffy.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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I think that based on your stated interests, you would enjoy either Washington D.C. The weather right now in D.C. is sunny with temperatures ranging from lows in the mid 40's to highs in the mid 50's and it is expected to stay that way all this week. I don't know what the weather will be, of course, during your visit, but you can likely expect the same. It will be fine for outdoor activities if you are dressed adequately.
What to do with a 13-year-old in D.C.: 1) Smithsonian Museums (Note: the Smithsonian's Musuem of American History is closed until fall 2008, but some of their exhibits are on display at the Air and Space Musuem), 2) International Spy Musuem. They are having a special exhibit called "Operation Spy" which is an interactive exhibit where you get to act like a spy. This musuem is popular with teens but you should book your tickets online before you go, especially if you are going to do "Operation Spy" because numbers are limited, 3) Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center. This Smithsonian Museum is located near Dulles Airport and has a lot of the "big" stuff like a space shuttle, Blackbird airplane, the "Enola Gay", etc. Since it is a Smithsonian Musuem, admission is free, but they do charge $12 for parking, 4) IMAX films--there are IMAX films at the Museum of Natural History, the Air and Space Museum and the Udvar-Hazy Center. Teens generally love these and there are quite a few different ones to choose from, 5) hiking in Great Falls NP. It's close to D.C. and has got some good hiking trails.
As for accomodations, you might want to look at places in Arlington, VA (check hotels near the Metro stops of Rosslyn, Courthouse, Ballston or Crystal City). Then use the Metro to get in and out of D.C. They are generally less expensive than D.C. hotels and don't charge for parking as the D.C. hotels do.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Here's my second recommendation--Williamsburg. I have been researching it since I'm taking my son there for a college visit during his Spring Break. The Weather Channel shows lows in the mid 30's and highs in the low 60's during that time, so I think the weather will be fine for outdoor activities.
What to do: 1) Colonial Williamsburg, 2) Jamestown (They celebrated their 400th anniversary last year so there is a lot going on there, 3) Yorktown, 4) Newport News--some great military history museums if your son is interested in that (mine is), 5) Ghost Tour of Colonial Williamsburg and 6) Mystery Dinner Theatre for Saturday night (We did this with our kids when they were the age of your son and they loved it. It's a silly mystery comedy which is fun for the family to solve. For more info and discount coupons, visit their website).
I did a web search yesterday for hotels in Williamsburg and found a lot of 3-star places for under $75 per night (with a AAA discount) which have a free breakfast and an indoor pool, which should appeal to your son.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 09:31 AM
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Longhorn, thanks so much for the ideas! We are a little worried that DC might be really crowded at this time of year, so we may make this another trip. We are really wanting to go to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Right now we are leaning heavily towards Williamsburg. My son would love the military history museums in Newport News. Also, I'm so glad you mentioned the Mystery Dinner Theatre, I would have never thought of that and it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm going to do some reseach on Williamsburg now.
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