“Picking the Top 2014 Bucket List Experiences for Families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia – #GoBRTKidsBucketList” Learn more…..
ShenandoahValleyKidsTrail.com is a new Mobile site which makes planning a family trip to the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains easy. Launched by Go Blue Ridge Travel, the trail spotlights experiences that children from tots to tweens should have before turning eighteen offering adventure, history, and just plain fun.
Just Opened – Perfect for me and you!
November is a great month for hiking and it is easier than you think. There are many helpful blogs on getting your kids to love hiking. According to Kids in Parks Director Jason Urroz, “Research shows that people have become increasingly disengaged from nature, spending less time in our parks and outdoor places, while spending more time “plugged-in” to electronic media. On average kids spend 7.65 hours per day “plugged-in” and only an average of 7 minutes per day in unstructured outdoor play.
To get you ‘informed’ and your kids ‘inspired’ check out Go Blue Ridge Travel’s 6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about Hiking. Then take off for Shenandoah National Park (SNP) in Luray, Virginia. This past weekend SNP dedicated TRACK Trails Activity Trail. To encourage children and their families to get outdoors, Shenandoah National Park has partnered with the Kids in Parks program to establish the Limberlost Trail as a TRACK Trails location. Supported with a grant from the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the park’s activity trail includes a new introductory exhibit and activity guide.
Jim Northup, Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park said, “With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah offers outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities. As a partially accessible trail, Limberlost is a great place for visitors to both experience the park and participate in the TRACK Trails program. Children who complete the new ‘Senses and Sensitivity’ activity guide can also use it in support of their Shenandoah Junior Ranger Program requirements. It’s a great way to have fun outside and learn at the same time.”
The Kids in Parks program grew out of a vision to address these trends by getting kids “unplugged” and physically active in parks for their health and the health of our parks.” Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Visitors are reminded that there is a $15-per-car entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park which is good for seven days.
“I am thrilled to see this trail open up and connect with Kids in Parks! This is definitely a must do on Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail Bucket List of experiences for every child before they turn 18!” said Nancy Craun. “You can make this a wonderful weekend by staying at the Mimslyn Inn or Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park.“
Read more on hiking ideas in Virginia and West Virginia.
Three Great Road Trips for families –
Family Road Trip #1 – Winchester, Virginia
Winchester is a town full of history of the American Revolution and Civil War. With the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this summer and fall offers driving tours and events for the history buff. Located at the northern tip of Interstate 81 next to West Virginia, Winchester is an easy drive out from the Washington DC and Baltimore areas. READ MORE
FAMILY ROAD TRIP #2 – SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VA
Family Road Trip #2 – Shenandoah County, Virginia
Shenandoah County is unique in that not one town of the six towns in the county dominates. It truly represents the rural country lifestyle of the Shenandoah Valley. Located on Interstate 81 and historic Route 11 between the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg, the county towns are Strasburg, TomsBrook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson, and New Market. One can take the greenway and Route 7 or Interstate 66 to easily connect to the county. READ MORE
FAMILY ROAD TRIP #3 – HARRISONBURG, VA
“It’s better in the Burg!”
Harrisonburg is a Virginia town living and breathing “green”. Nestled in the central part of the Shenandoah Valley in between the Massanutten and the North Mountain ranges, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County provides Mom and Dad and Nana with unsurpassed culinary options, a thriving arts community, endless outdoor adventures, a vibrant downtown and a diverse mix of performances, annual events and festivals. Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University. Two distinctive characteristics of the community are its large international culture population and its strong agricultural base. So what is there to do for the kids.
Bucket has done a little bit or research and pick some great experiences here in the “Burg”.