Exploring the Shenandoah Valley with Kids: Go Blue Ridge Travel Blog Tour

Exploring the Shenandoah Valley with Kids

The Shenandoah Valley is located between two mountain ridges, the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny, in both Virginia and West Virginia. The naturally beautiful area is chock full of diverse family activities and fun, offering everything from outdoor adventure (including hiking, biking, river rafting, ziplines, and winter snow play) to water and amusement parks, children’s museums, farm experiences, and underground caverns.

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Explore the Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail & Go Blue Ridge Travel

This May and June, Trekaroo sent five families just like yours out to explore the Shenandoah and Piedmont Valleys. They reported back with snapshots of their adventures, filling you in on the fun they were having as you followed along on social media with the #blueridgebucket and #trekarooing hashtags. Now they are sharing their stories and full reviews of the places they visited from their weekend’s in the valley with their kids.

Get Inspired to Travel with Kids in the Shenandoah Valley

Kids Trail

Shenandoah Valley Kids Trail

“Kids won’t even realize that they’re learning about nature and history as they explore the kid-friendly highlights of the Shenandoah Valley using the Kids Trail.” – Melissa Moore

Read more about the historic & natural fun on the Kids Trail.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Summer Music and Theater

Shenandoah Valley Summer Music & Theater Festivals

“From June’s street fair in Shepherdstown to August’s summer musical theater in Winchester, there is a musical event for every type of kid.” – Melissa Moore

Read more about music festivals & theater offerings in Shenandoah Valley.

48 Hours in Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley

“Take the family for a weekend escape and make memories to last a lifetime. Explore underground at Shenandoah Caverns, hike to breath-taking vistas, or get your adrenaline pumping at Bryce Resort.” – Britni of Play.Party.Pin

Kick off your trip planning with this itinerary: 48 Hours in Shenandoah County

Five families show that the Valley has more to offer than you think

Exploring Shenandoah Valley’s Culinary Trail with Kids

“I sort of have a thing for farmers markets. Whenever we travel, I always seek out the nearest one just so I can get a feel for the local food scene in the area before we settle into our stay. So, naturally the Harrisonburg Farmers Market was our first stop on our journey along Shenandoah Valley’s culinary trail, and it did not disappoint.” – Carrie of FrugalFoodieMama

Read more about the Go Blue Ridge Culinary Trail.

Check out reviews from the trip: Massanutten ResortExplore More Discovery Museum, and Thunderbird Cafe.

Family-friendly luxury in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

“We arrived in Middleburg not really sure how kid-friendly it would be, and we left knowing our kids would be mad if we didn’t bring them back. The Salamander Resort and Spa made it easy to escape city life, but the Shenandoah Valley is what really captured our hearts at the end of the day.” – Keryn Means as a guest on Skimbaco

Read more about family-friendly luxury in the Valley.

Check out reviews from the trip: Salamander Resort and SpaHunter’s Head and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.

Outdoor Adventure for the Whole Family in the Shenandoah Valley

“Once we got there and saw how beautiful this area was and experienced first-hand the excitement of running through a five-acre playground, the exhilaration of zip-lining across a forest, and the joy of braving the rapids of the Shenandoah River, my family was totally hooked.” – Amy Mascot of Teachmama

Read more about the family adventures to be found in the Valley.

Check out reviews from the trip: George Washington HotelGreat Country FarmsThe Family Drive-In Theater, and Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.

Walking through History in the Shenandoah Valley

“We learned that Winchester, VA was the training ground for George Washington during the French and Indian War as well as a location for prisoners during the Revolutionary War. But Winchester was also a strategic prize in the Civil War, changing hands some 70 times during those four years.” – Jo-Lynn Shane

Read more about the discovering the history of the Shenandoah Valley.

Check out reviews from the trip: Wingate by Wyndham WinchesterFort Loudon State Historic ParkStonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum, and Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Searching for the unique and toddler friendly in Shenandoah Valley

“My family and I weren’t looking for just any activities to do together. We wanted to know what was unique about this area, from activities to artists and food to lodgings. Most importantly they had to be kid-friendly.” – Britni of Play.Party.Pin

Read the full story on the unique and kid-friendly in the valley.

Check out reviews from the trip: Chalet HighAmerican Celebration on ParadeShenandoah Caverns, and Route 11 Potato Chips.


Check out all of Trekaroo’s reviews of more Shenandoah Valley.

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About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
19 Responses
  1. Tania

    Wow, what a fun filled family vacation!!! As a teacher I love that’s it’s so educational with tons of fun mixed in. Thanks for the opportunity to visit.

  2. Teka Boshell

    My boys and I would definitely have the time of our life and cherish the memories forever if we were lucky enough to win the trip!! Please choose us!

  3. Natalie Dixon

    Oh my goodness! We’ve visited this area numerous times when my sister used to live there, but apparently did not take nearly enough advantage of the surroundings! Had no idea there were so many wonderful attractions!

  4. anitakayduvall

    Looks like a wonderful place to visit especially for the kids…learning while not realizing it.

  5. Katie Bodell

    @anita, that is my favorite type of learning– when the kids don’t even realize it because they are having so much fun! Happy #trekarooing.

  6. Kristen P

    This resort looks beautiful, filled with rustic outdoorsy adventures for the family together or individually. I could see us growing together as a family here, making memories that will last forever. Every families dream!

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