Bear Path Acres “Zoo”
This is the perfect destination for families who want to view wildlife while contributing to a good cause. This is actually a nonprofit sanctuary for exotic animals with a quiet country atmosphere and a great learning atmosphere. Follow the walkways to see birds of prey, a grizzly bear, big cats, primates, and more.
Fort Chiswell Animal Park
This family destination is the largest of all zoos in Southwestern Virginia and gives you the most interactive experience you will find in the state. The zoo covers 45 acres and features animals spanning six continents. There is also a petting zoo with deer, llamas, and goats, along with a Safari Bus Tour.
Hunt Club’s Petting Farm
Families with small children should drive their Ford Explorer to Hunt Club’s Petting Farm. You can feed and pet llamas, chickens, sheep, and goats. There are also turkeys, geese, peacocks, guinea hens, pigs, donkeys, alpacas, birds, and more.
Massanutten Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark
When your family is ready to cool off in some water, visit this water park that has attractions both inside and outside. The inner area has eight waterslides, a surfing attraction, hot tubs, and the Adventure River. The outdoor portion covers 80,000 square feet with mat racers, a wave pool, and even water basketball hoops.
Splash Valley Water Park
Another great Virginia destination for cooling off as a family is the Splash Valley Water Park. There is a large bowl slide as well as other slides for all ages, sizes, and adventure levels. Smaller children will enjoy the SprayGround, and the current river is great for all ages.
Visit Berglund Ford in Salem, Virginia, to get your own Ford Explorer and start enjoying these family friendly destinations.