School might be starting, but that summertime heat is staying! It’s around this time of year that the pool seems to loose a little bit of luster; you’ve watched every movie, played every game, and have worked your way through that summer bucket list. The best cure for the summertime slump is novelty. That holds especially true for kids! Here are 10 fresh takes on favorite locations and new sites to see in Fredericksburg. 

Summer temps are brutal. Here are some indoorsy ideas for when it just gets to be too much.

Cavalier Skating – Show the kids how it’s done. Enjoy roller skating and roller blading on a maple wood surface. Music ranges from Disney tunes to the latest hits for open skates, family skates, all-night skates, and special holiday themed events. Cavalier Skating offers skate rentals, pro shop, snack bar, party rooms, play-zone, and a video arcade.

Regal, Marquee Summer Movie Series – Every summer, movie theaters in Fredericksburg offer free or $1 movies in the mornings, usually around 10am. These movies are older favorites, and are sure to please! 

Check out The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Fredericksburg’s new exhibitsThe Children’s Museum is an ideal location to let your littles run around while you take a breather. New exhibits include The Fredericksburg Co-Op and a fun light wall. Our suggestion: visit SweetFrog, the Popcorn Bag, or Duck’s Donuts afterward for a sweet treat! They’re all located in Eagle Village.

Here’s an outdoorsy idea for beating the heat too:

Cool off at the Massad YMCA Waterpark This location includes splashpad activities, a zero entry pool, two 40 ft water slides, 25 X 25 meter pool, and a concession stand with kid friendly favorites.

  • $10 per day for Y-Members and their guestsYMCA Waterpark
  • $15 per day for Non-Members
  • Children age 2 and under are free.

For the kids who need a physical outlet or love a challenge…

Wilderness Presidential Resort’s obstacle course   Wilderness Presidential Resort is a family-oriented retreat that rests on over 600 acres, in Spotsylvania County. In addition to camping, Wilderness Resort also offers two outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, fishing, playgrounds, a gymnasium, an Adventure Course, zip-line and more. The Adventure Course itself would make a great day trip for the family and totally wear the kids out!

Try out the new go-carts at Funland – We’ve talked about the new go-cart area a few times ( here’s one! ) so we won’t dive into too much detail. It’s a great option for older kids who love a thrill. Their 3 story track takes riders 30 feet above the Fun Land Midway! The Go-Karts are open body, double-seat cars that can reach speeds of 14-18 mph.

Please note:

  • Drivers must be at least 60″ tall.
  • Passengers must be at least 40″ tall with upper-body control.
  • Drivers with a Passenger must present a valid license to our track attendant each race.
  • For younger drivers, Funland offers NasKart and Rookie go-cart racing. NasKart & Rookie share the same traditional oval track, & races typically alternate between the two.
  • $6 per driver, single drivers only
  • $10 per driver, passengers free
  • Included with All-Day & Annual Passes

Pro tip: Cool off inside Funland’s arcade, their virtual reality area, or try their indoor climbing wall when it gets too hot outside.

Skyzone's Ninja Warrior CourseNinja Warrior obstacle course or dodgeball at Skyzone – Skyzone is more than just giant trampolines. In the back of their building, they have a ninja warrior style obstacle course set up that would be great for a family challenge! Please note: There are age requirements.  Junior Warrior Lane: 6 – 10 Years Old / Warrior Lane: 11 – 15 Years Old / Ultimate Warrior Lane: 16+ Years Old – **If an individual that is 6 – 15 Years Old completes the recommended lane for their age group; they will permitted to use the lane in the age group directly above theirs.**

Skip stones and hike at Alum Springs Park – This park is located minutes from downtown Fredericksburg. It is wonderfully shaded and has a cold creek running right through it. This is a great spot for little ones to flip over rocks, get their feet wet, and learn to skip stones. As always, please be cautious with children around water even if it appears shallow. Alum Springs Park offers picnic tables, exercise trails and hiking with scenic views.

Explore Government Island – We have mentioned this location a few times before. Let’s just say, it’s favorite for a reason. Now a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history. The total length of the trail is approximately 1.5 miles (from the parking lot, to and around the island, and back). Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife. Dogs on leash are welcome. The beginning asphalt path and boardwalk are both handicapped accessible. Our advice is to dress comfortably and take your time. This is a great spot for an easy outdoor activity. There is plenty of wildlife to been seen (like a family of beavers!) if you take the time to look.  Be sure to explore the island itself and not just the boardwalk.

Mini history lesson: Government Island is a historic 18th century quarry site that provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the White House and U.S. Capitol when our nation was very young. During George Washington’s Presidency, Government Island was purchased by Pierre L’Enfant on behalf of the federal government in 1791 to provide stone to build the nation’s new capital city – Washington, D.C.

Two extras we had to squeeze in.

Visit an active archaeological site and George Washington’s home at Ferry Farm –  Definitely start your visit off at The Ferry Farm Visitor Center! The staff can connect you with a self tour or group tour and are full of great info. In the center itself, you can find displays of colonial and Civil War artifacts George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farmfound on the property and the archaeology lab, where archaeologists can be viewed working Monday through Friday. After leaving the Visitor Center enjoy the gardens ( immediately outside the back doors) that feature plants grown in the 18th century.  Visitors may check out an iPad for an interactive tour that includes videos, photos, and in-depth details about Ferry Farm during the time of the Washington family.

Fishing at Motts Run Reservoir or Lake Anna – Fredericksburg has several excellent spots for fishing. We love these two locations for families because there is so much to do and the views are beautiful. Be sure to check out playgrounds and hiking trails at both places!


written by, Brenda Sapanghila

Last Updated:
May 12, 2020