Turning eighteen marks another step in your life cycle. Take a moment to think back about your best kids experiences before you turned eighteen and please share …..
What is it like to grow up in the northern Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley in towns like Leesburg, Winchester, and Harrisonburg or the small villages of Bluemont, Harpers Ferry, and Woodstock? Go Blue Ridge Travel, a regional website for the northern Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley, is creating a ‘bucket list’ for kids. The goal is to find activities and events that every young person should experience before they turn eighteen. As the hot summer kicks in, Go Blue Ridge Travel’s website will focus on kids experiences in this beautiful scenic Shenandoah Valley Blue Ridge region.
Go Blue Ridge Travel covers a little over a hundred mile oval of Interstate 81 including the states Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland and twelve counties. From the aura of wineries to horse farms to the beauty of the the Shenandoah National Park home of the Skyline Drive to the rich agricultural Shenandoah Valley and the Indian legends of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meeting in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, this region offers young people history, adventure, and the laid back country lifestyle.
Part of the attraction of this beautiful scenic countryside is the diversity of cultures, activities, and events that exist for kids of all ages. For many parents, making the decision to move to one of our regions away from the bustle, congestion, and crimes of the larger metropolitan areas is like going back to their childhood. Life is simpler and slower in the Shenandoah Valley and also safer for a child. It is also richer in non monetary perspective.
To kick off Go Blue Ridge Travel’s Kids Bucket List, we will salute the agricultural industry of the region. As it has become more difficult for the farm industry to survive a balance has been achieved thru agri-tourism and Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) programs. One of the best examples of this union is Great Country Farms (GCF) in Bluemont, Virginia. “Here kids can learn about farming in a fun environment. From fishing, to picking strawberries, to seeing farm animals, kids learn about the food chain while having fun. Every event we have has an agricultural theme.” saids Kate Zurchmeide, co-owner of Great Country Farms. Two upcoming GCF events are the BBQ and Blackberry Bonanza the end of July and the Dogs Days Peach Festival in August. Combining culinary events with kids fun, one will be able to experience a KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) State Certified BBQ Competition’, plan on taking a hayride out for u-pick blackberries or peaches at Dogs Days, compete in a Blackberry Bonanza Dessert contest or enjoy peach slushies and peach pie at the Dogs Days Festival. Kids can become a Maze Master by challenging each of GCF’s 4 mazes or climb up the Rubber Ridge tractor tire mountain the fastest or romp in a Corn Bin. Or kids can bring their dogs to the farm for Dogie Olympics.
From free movies at the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse Winchester, Virginia every weekday Monday thru Thursday to fun July 4th Parades and Picnics. With just pasting July 4th, what are your favorite experiences. Watching a small town traditional July 4th Parade and Celebration is a thrill for many including adults in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The town is celebrating its 250th anniversary. This is the small town parades of yesterday year. Parades in Shepherdstown take no more than 15 minutes but this year the July 4th parade was over twenty five. The parade starts at the top of German Street and ends with a picnic at Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street. The parade and picnic is wholesome family fun! Lots of kids activities, including games and crafts and food plus live music.
Over the next twelve weeks, Go Blue Ridge Travel will spotlight museum activites, farm activities, county fairs, and much more. Share with us here on our blog or on our facebook page your favorite summer kids experience.