8 things your kids will love about Abingdon
Make your family vacation memorable with one of these cool, kid-friendly activities. See live theatre, pet an alpaca, take a ghost tour, and explore the great outdoors. It's always play time in Abingdon, so browse our list of cool activities for kids and decide how you'll play today.
Bicyclists ride along the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA.
The Virginia Creeper Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a bucket list trail, popular with families for its accessibility and easy downhill slope. Bike rentals and shuttle service are available from the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop in Abingdon or a number of outfitters in nearby Damascus. The most popular segment is White Top Station to Damascus, measuring about 17 miles, almost all of it an easy downhill ride. vacreepertrailbikeshop.com
“Float the Fork” – enjoy relaxed kayaking or tubing on the North Fork of the Holston River. The kayak trip is five river miles, tubing is just shy of one river mile. Adventure Mendota will launch you with your squirt gun for some old-fashioned fun, then tube or kayak back to the pick up spot. adventuremendota.com
Abingdon Farmers Market
Considered the best farmers market in the region, the Abingdon Farmers Market offers art, crafts, baked goods and apparel, in addition to produce and meat. On Tuesdays, look for the Farm Fresh Kids booth. Every Tuesday afternoon, children receive hands-on experience in choosing fruits and vegetables, tasting and preparing different foods. After the lesson, children are given a $2 Fresh Buck coupon to spend on healthy foods at the market. Open Tuesdays 3pm-6pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm during the season. abingdonfarmersmarket.com
Abingdon Spirit Tours
Now in its 19th year, Abingdon Spirit Tours are led by the one and only Haint Mistress, Donnamarie Emmert. This tour is especially popular in the month of October, but it can be reserved throughout the year, weather permitting. It is a two hour walking tour of downtown Abingdon, where visitors are entertained with bits of Abingdon history as well as local ghost lore. Call 276-706-6093 for info.
Mini-Golf at The Martha
The Martha Washington Inn & Spa is well known for grown up treats like 4-star accommodations and spa services. But now kids can get in on the fun with a mini-golf course that is open to the public. In 2015, The Martha opened a mini links course on its property. The 18 holes feature Abingdon-themed obstacles. Balls and putters can be rented at the front desk, and the course is open during daylight hours. themartha.com
Take a farm tour and pet the alpacas at Dreamland Alpacas just outside Abingdon, VA.
Pet the alpacas and learn more about these friendly relatives of the llama! This alpaca farm is open to the public, with a gift shop featuring products made from the cozy soft alpaca wool. In Meadowview, VA, just 15 minutes from Abingdon. dreamlandalpacas.com
The state theatre of Virginia, Barter offers a diverse mix of musicals, plays and comedies. Many plays on the main stage are appropriate for older children. The Barter Players present theatre for young people, ages 5 and up. Call the Barter Theatre box office for information on specific plays. Youth tickets and family packages available. bartertheatre.com
Get great views of the Virginia Creeper Trail as you do the zipline course in Whitetop, VA.
Creeper Trail Zip Line
Located at the top of the Creeper Trail. Take a zipline tour with stunning views of the mountains and the trail. A Trip Advisor Reviewer wrote “It is an easy, four line run, great for first timers. The staff was friendly and thorough in explaining the necessary skills…They have an excellent Facebook page that they keep updated with pics of each day's riders. Being able to see the range of people who do it (heights, weights, ages etc) was a comfort in deciding to give it a go.If you're visiting the Virginia Creeper Trail, consider doing the zipline. You'll be glad you did.” creeperzipline.com
BONUS IDEA! Area festivals offer fun for the whole family. Pictured: Trail Days in Damascus, VA.