Looking for nearby things to do with the youngsters in your life? Here are some ways parents and grandparents can keep kids active, entertained and happy during summer vacation.
Huntington Park in Newport News
Yorktown in York County
Gloucester Point (across from Yorktown)
Buckroe in Hampton
Newport News Park and fishing piers at Hilton Elementary School, Denbigh Park, Lee Hall Reservoir, Harwoods Mill and Peterson's Yacht Basin in Newport News; 886-7912.
James River Bridge Fishing Pier in Newport News (privately managed); 247-0364.
Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton; 825-4657.
Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk; 583-6000 or www.oceanview fishingpier.com.
Pier on Water Street (at bottom of Comte de Grasse Street) in Yorktown (no fee or license required because York County pays for it).
Note: Virginia requires fresh- and saltwater-fishing licenses for ages 16 and up (12 and up for nonresidents in freshwater). Admission to a fishing pier generally covers that licensing requirement. For more details about regulations and places to fish along the Chesapeake Bay, visit www.baydreaming.com/fishing.htm.
MUSEUMS AND MORE
Busch Gardens, www.buschgardens.com
Children's Museum of Portsmouth, www.childrens-museum.org
Jamestown Settlement, www.historyisfun.org
Mariners' Museum, www.mariner.org