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Spring Break is here! Is anyone itching to get out of town for a little bit? As much as we LOVE Fredericksburg, sometimes it's nice to change the scenery. Check out these ten family friendly day trips for those looking to hit the road! We hope you come back rested, inspired, and ready to take on the world!

 

Top Ten Day Trips Around Fredericksburg

 

1)     Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA. -  Learn about plants, relax in a beautiful location, let the kids run around outside, or take a class. There is always something new to do or see at Lewis Ginter.

 

2)      Maymont, Richmond, VA - Tour the gardens, visit the mansion, take a class, and have a picnic.

 

3)     Metro Richmond Zoo, Richmond, VA – A beautiful and easily navigable zoo with lots for little ones to do and explore. You can even feed the giraffes!

 

4)     Westmoreland Sate Park, Westmoreland County, VA – Covering a whopping 1,311 acres, Westmoreland State Park offers hiking, camping, cabins, fishing, boating and swimming. The park's Horsehead Cliffs provide visitors with a panoramic view of the Potomac River.

 

5)     George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument, Westmoreland County, VA. See the farm animals, walk around the historic site, and take in the beautiful views of the Potomac River.

 

6)     Shenandoah National Park , Front Royal, VA– Get outside! Hike for miles along the scenic hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park and enjoy the many waterfalls, hollows and slopes. Did you know that the Shenandoah boasts the largest population of the North American black bear? It is also home to 100 varieties of trees, 100 flowering plants, and 200 species of birds!

 

7)      Luray Caverns, Luray, VA - Explore the largest series of caverns on the East coast full of impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Extra credit if you remember the difference between the two without doing a Google search!

 

8)     The Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, VA – Per their website, “Visitors experience animals native to Virginia in habitats, discovery centers and interactive exhibits. The Virginia Living Museum showcases Virginia’s natural and living resources to encourage understanding and protection of our natural world.” Be sure to check out the “BIG BUGS” exhibit now until April, 17. 2016.

 

9)      Monticello, Charlottesville, VA – Visit Thomas Jefferson’s home! Did you know that he not only built and rebuilt Monticello multiple times over a 40 year period, his gardens were also a treasure trove of resources! They provided not only a source of food, but were an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. Visit and leave inspired!   

 

10)      Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA – We had to toss in a bit of fun for fun’s sake on the list. Eat a corndog, ride all the rollercoasters, and have your picture taken with Snoopy. You won’t regret it.

 

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.

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