Family Attractions in Chesapeake

Family Attractions in ChesapeakeGetting the family together to head out for a day of fun is always a great idea, but it comes with its share of unavoidable challenges. Depending on how many members you have in your brood, it might be quite difficult to find an attraction or activity that everyone will want to experience. Luckily, if you happen to be in Chesapeake, that won't be the case, as the area features several fun, interactive and highly entertaining family activities that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy.

Fun Forest
No matter how old your kids are, there is an adventure awaiting them at Chesapeake's Fun Forest. This award-winning children's playground attraction sits on three acres of City Park and offers a little something for everyone. The older children's area features a dragon, a three-way underground telephone and a shaky bridge. There's a science and learning area that teaches math and science with such fun exhibits as whisper dishes, mirrors and a planet walk. The toddlers will enjoy the chance to steer a plane, a truck or a swing. Plus, there's a stunning aquatic area and even a Fossil Dig that features a dinosaur buried under sand, and if the kids find actual fossils, they are theirs to keep.

Address: 900 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 - MAP
Phone: (757) 382-8418
Web: www.cityofchesapeake.net

Greenbrier Family Skating Center
Let the good times roll for your family when you take them to the Greenbrier Family Skating Center. This is a state-of-the-art roller skating attraction that features a large skating floor, impressive lighting, an arcade room, a full-service snack bar and an excellent staff of pros whose goal is to provide you and your family with fun, safe environment in which to enjoy the music, the motion and the fun of roller skating.

Address: 1409 Stephanie Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320 - MAP
Phone: (757) 420-0258
Web: www.greenbrierfamilyskatingcenter.com

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Nature, adventure, and quite a bit of learning await the whole family when you plan a trip to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1974, this refuge sprawls out over an impressive 112,684 acres with the 3,100 acre Lake Drummond as its picturesque center point. The area is popular with hunters, birders, and lovers of wildlife and outdoor fun. The refuge features trails that re-open daily from sunrise to sunset that are perfect for hiking and biking. Canoes, kayaks and small craft are allowed on the lake, and sightings of wildlife like white-tail deer, black bear, bobcat and river otter are quite frequent.

Address: 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 - MAP
Phone: (757) 086-2353
Web: www.fws.gov

Gum Tree Farm
When you take the family to Gum Tree Farm, they will experience a unique adventure that involves plenty of wildlife and a good amount of learning, too! The farm produces purebred and commercial sheep and is also the home of several chickens, horses, ducks, donkeys, cows, goats and rabbits, among many others. The farm also produces fiber and exhibits samples of fiber plants. Workers on the farm frequently demonstrate the process of dyeing wool which the kids will surely enjoy. Also, the abundant wildlife in the surrounding area of the farm is protected from hunters, so don't be surprised to see hawks, quail, rabbits, deer and gray foxes during your visit.

Address: 1900 Pocaty Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 - MAP
Phone: (757) 421-9700
Web: www.gumtreefarm.com

Northwest River Park & Campground
A fun, satisfying outdoor experience awaits the whole family when you plan a trip to the Northwest River Park and Campground. Located on the banks of the Northwest River, this 763-acre park perfectly combines the area's natural beauty with a variety of recreational activities. There are excellent camping facilities, nature trails, picnic shelters, fishing, swimming, play areas, and even a new “Dude Ranch” mini golf course attraction. The park features 70 campsites and two cabins that are available from April 1st to November 30th.

Address: 1733 Indian Creek Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 - MAP
Phone: (757) 421-7151
Web: www.cityofchesapeake.net

Lunar Mini Golf
For a family fun experience that is truly out of this world, grab your clubs and tee off at Chesapeake's Lunar Mini Golf. This attraction offers a unique spin on the miniature golf experience as players play a challenging round of mini golf in a spacey, moonlit facility. It is actually an 18-hole, “Glow/Black Light” course that features an adjoining Party Zone. It is not only an excellent place for family fun, but also for birthday, special occasions, team building, church functions, and more.

Address: 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard #324, Chesapeake, VA 23321 - MAP
Phone: (757) 488-2788
Web: www.glowminigolf.com