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Historic Virginia Highlights
ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND (1000 James Monroe Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA) was the home of President James Monroe and wife Elizabeth from 1799 until 1823. Today Ash Lawn-Highland provides visitors a unique look into the life of the 5th president. Tour the Monroe House, stroll the lush grounds and exquisite boxwood gardens. Also visit the plantation's farm animals and enjoy the peacocks. 434-293-8000. www.al-h.us.

BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE has an exciting lineup of events planned for 2008-2009. From concerts to interactive animal and landscaping weekends, there are plenty of fun activities. The world’s most beautiful theme park is also celebrating several milestones in ‘08. For all the latest information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call 800-343-7946.

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG is the nation’s largest living history museum, encompassing 301 acres including some 500 buildings restored to their 18th-century appearances; tradesmen practicing 30 historic trades and domestic crafts; historical interpreters and character actors; and 90 acres of gardens and greens. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

JAMESTOWN 4-H EDUCATIONAL CENTER. Safe and bus-friendly, our 16-acre Campus is ideal for student and youth groups visiting the Historic Triangle of Virginia.  Cabins and Lodges provide bunk beds for 216 people.  Outdoor Education programming includes environmental education, low ropes, archery, canoeing and kayaking, outdoor living skills, campfire programming, pier fishing, wetlands walkway tours, and pool swimming. 757-253-4931. www.jamestown4h.ext.vt.edu.

 At JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, visitors are immersed in the world of America’s first permanent English colonists and the Powhatan Indians they encountered. The expansive indoor museum complex brings history to life through a film and a 30,000-ft exhibit area. In the outdoor living history areas, costumed historical interpreters guide you into the past, helping you try your hand at 17th-century activities. www.historyisfun.org. 888-593-4682.

WILLIAMSBURG KOA CAMPGROUND, 4000 Newman Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Come camp on our 370 site campground. We are close to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Your family will love our Jumping Pillow! We have a heated pool, 43 Kabins, 12 Lodges, Wi-Fi, cable, pavilions, and game rooms. Bring a tent or try a Lodge or Kabin. 1-800-562-1733 www.williamsburgkoa.com.

MONTICELLO. Once home to our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, Monticello is now a museum where students can learn all about Jefferson’s life and work in politics, science, and architecture. The unusual main house, gardens, and plantation are all open for the public to learn more about this most important historical figure. 434-984-9822. www.monticello.org. REGION: Albemarle County, Central VA.

MOUNT VERNON. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon was once home to George Washington. In addition to the mansion and gardens, visitors are welcome to explore a demonstration farm and gristmill Washington used in his innovative farming techniques. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. REGION: Fairfax County, Northern VA.

is the state capital of Virginia and a city rich in American history. Here, visitors can explore the White House of the Confederacy, tour Civil War battlefields, and visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” To start planning your class’s historical adventure, contact the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. 1-800-370-9004. REGION: Greater Richmond Region, Central VA.

RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!® MUSEUM AND 4-D THEATER, 1735 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Your destination for the amazing, unusual, and bizarre! The Museum features eleven galleries and over 300 exhibits, including a 500 pound gorilla made entirely from nails! Pair the Museum up with our 4D Theater for a year round experience that’s Unbelievable. Ask about our "Overnight at the Odditorium" and discounted Group Rates! 757-220-9220. www.WilliamsburgRipleys.com.

WATER COUNTRY USA. There is a new reason this season to visit the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. Water Country USA debuts a new area called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Island” featuring new slides, a pool and a lazy river. Celebrate the great music of the 1950’s and ‘60s in the water and under the sun. Check out www.watercountryusa.com or call 800-343-7946 for more details.

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