Let’s jump back to the beginning of Summer. 

What were you most looking forward to? What adventures or short excursions did you want to have? These are your Summer Bucket List items, and we have a few that need to make your list.




Old Skool Tour Can you think of a more fun way to explore the city then on a covered bike fit for 15? It’s also a great workout. Old Skool Trolley Tours says that, “70% of the power we need to run is provided by you!” They offer daily coffee or historic tours, and nightly pub crawls. Be sure to dress comfortably, bring water, and make your reservation in advance.




Rent a boat on Lake Anna Nothing says summer like relaxing on a boat in the middle of Lake Anna! If you don’t own a boat, you can rent one at several nearby locations. This 13,000 acre lake is perfect for fishing, jet skiing, or just hanging out on the water with loved ones. Lake Anna State Park offers numerous ways to have a weekend adventure! There are picnic areas and launching ramps, overnight rental cabins, as well as a maintained beach area with snack bar. There are also several miles of hiking and horse trails. You can even tours the remains of Goodwin gold mine and gold panning!




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Wine tasting– It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the winery options in Virginia. Don’t let analysis paralysis stop you from enjoying something that’s so fun, and so Virginia! If you have a free afternoon, we suggest spending it at one of these amazing vineyards.



If you would rather try a little bit of everything, go on a wine tour! Here are two we love:



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Outdoor concerts– We won’t bog you down with too much info since we have all the details in this article, but an outdoor concert is a summertime must! You don’t need to wait in line, drive for hours, or pay a small fortune either. There are several venues that host performances all season. Many are even free!




Hike Government Island– You can’t beat a unique trail that’s also a historic nature preserve, and archeological site, right outside of rt 610. Government Island’s trail itself is 1.5 miles long (the first two trail segments are handicap accessible). Insider tip: watch for beavers swimming and building their home near the boardwalk! 




Raceway– Have you been to Dominion Raceway?

In a snapshot: The raceway has four tracks, concert facilities, and the 118 Bar & Grill.

Even if you’re not a huge racing fan, you have to admit that $15 for a general admission ticket (kids 6 and under are $1) for an evening of fun is well worth it! Guys, that GA ticket gets you in the grandstand, the 118 Bar & Grill, and access to the pits after the race where you can talk to the drivers. Plus, the post-race party with live music! That sounds like a win to us.




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Free or dollar movies with the kids– There really isn’t anything better on a sweltering day than an icy movie theater and a film you love. Each summer, Paragon Village 12 and Marquee Cinemas offer free movies (rated G/PG), at 10:00am, twice a week. Get there early to buy tickets because seats fill up fast! Regal Cinemas offers $1 children’s movies twice a week, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Will Rogers Institute.

Prefer an outdoor, nighttime venue? Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation is running a series of free outdoor movies, at various locations. Past showings have included Free Willy, at Loriella Park. Fun Land, in Central Park, is offering free outdoor movies with fun themes on their Midway, all summer long. The movie starts at dark and activities begin at 8:00pm.


Written by Brenda Sapanghila



Last Updated:
December 14, 2018