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Plan a weekend getaway with the whole family. Virginia’s River Realm is filled with family fun for all ages!

Planning the perfect family vacation

The perfect family vacation recipe is simple: a dash of fresh air, mix in some budget-friendly stays, plenty of family-inclusive activities, and abundant space & freedom to make a lifetime of memories.

Virginia’s River Realm has it all and just a single tank of gas away: Fishing, ice cream, ball parks, race tracks, and more riverside fun awaits.  Keep reading to discover family fun for all ages!

Family Vacation Destination: Virginia's River Realm

─ Family Fun Activities For Everyone ─

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Fill your days with adventure courses, hands-on crabbing, splash pads, boat building, putt putt golf, and more classic Americana fun.

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Fun For The Whole Family At Compass Entertainment
Compass Entertainment in Irvington offers fun activities for the whole family, including the area’s only multi-screen luxury boutique movie theatre, plus nine exciting attractions: an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, miniature golf, and Meridian full-service restaurant and bar
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Visit The Splash Pad At Kilmarnock Town Centre Park
Kilmarnock's Town Centre Park is OPEN DAILY from Dawn until Dusk! Inside this park, you'll find every child's favorite: the Waterworks Splash Pad! The Park has a number of family-friendly events throughout the year, including the Music On The Half Shell concert series. Pups are even welcome at the Scottie Yard Dog Park.
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FREE Things To Do With The Family
School is out for the summer, and the kids are ready to explore! Virginia’s River Realm is the perfect family vacation destination with plenty of fun activities for all ages. Let the kids get out and enjoy some fresh, salt air with plenty of fun & FREE activities you can do as a family!
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Go Crabbin' In The River Realm
It's no surprise that fresh seafood is abundant in Virginia's River Realm. The whole family can dine on fresh crabmeat, oysters and more at our local restaurants and seafood markets, but why not try to catch your own. Take the kids to a public pier or down to the dock at your Airbnb, and drop a line.
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─Dine As A Family─

Kid-Friendly Dining & Treats

Each bite will come with a new memory to cherish! Have the kids pick out fresh seafood finds to cook at your vacation rental, grab pizza or barbecue to go, or treat yourself to a wholesome ice cream cone!
Front Porch Coffeehouse & Gathering Place
This kid-friendly spot located in Kilmarnock is more than just a coffee shop. Front Porch provides a perfect gathering point for the family during a day of fun activities throughout the River Realm with coffee for mom & dad, and yummy treats and ice cream for the kids. Kick back on their inviting couches and take a break before your next adventure.
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Gather Some Picnic Essentials & Throw Out A Blanket
Our local farmers markets, gourmet shops, and restaurants have everything you need for a fun picnic in the park or on the beach. Grab some fresh produce, tasty sandwiches, and snacks and enjoy the fresh air and open spaces.
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We All Scream For Ice Cream
Beat the heat with a frozen treat in Virginia's River Realm! There's no better way to treat the family than with yummy cone or cup of hand-scooped or soft-serve ice cream! Check out our favorite Ice Cream spots in the River Realm!
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Chesapeake Doughnut Co.
Sweet smiles are in surplus at Chesapeake Doughnut Company! Their freshly made, organic doughnuts are an ideal sweet treat for the kids (& grown-ups). This stop is sure to bring some joy to your family vacation.
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Ways To Stay

From stunning resorts to big vacation rentals that feel like home away from home, discover River Realm lodging with just the right blend of river and rest.

A Fun Stay For The Entire Family At Our Campgrounds
Stay and play by the Chesapeake Bay at our award-winning campgrounds! Whether you're into glamping as a family or you prefer a more traditional take on the camping lifestyle, we have the perfect campground for you and your crew.
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Laid-Back Luxury with A Family-Friendly Atmosphere
The award-winning Tides Inn Resort is know for it's luxurious, yet laid-back style. Parents can soak in some alone time while the kids stay busy with the Tides' Bayside Explorer Kids Club designed to entertain and inspire their youngest guests with supervised activities around the resort and along Carter’s Creek.
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Stay In The Heart of Urbanna at The Chesapeake Inn
The quaint Town of Urbanna is easily strollable from your stay at The Chesapeake Inn located in the center of town. The "Mayberry" atmosphere of this small town makes a great spot for your next family vacation and The Chesapeake Inn provides many ways for you to get out and explore with Bicycles, Surrey Carriages and Kayaks!
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Design your own ideal family vacation from our suggestions above! Decide where your “home-base” will be from the many ways to stay throughout the River Realm, and plan all of the things you will see, eat, and do while you’re here!


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Are you the type that loves an outdoor adventure? Or are you looking to spend quality time with your loved ones splashing along our shorelines?

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