What are the five best things to do with kids in Southern Virginia?

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Caroline Patek

With its sprawling landscape, kids will love running around in Southern Virginia. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, drive through historic towns or partake in activities that Primland offers to the public, here’s Forbes Travel Guide’s list of the five best things to do with kids:

1. Visit Mabry Mill. A historic settlement that recreates rural life around the turn of the century, Mabry Mill is surrounded by scenic green forests. It offers a smithy, a wheelwright shop as well as a gristmill and sawmill.

2. Hike around the Blue Ridge Parkway. It would be a shame to travel to Southern Virginia without hiking in the lush Blue Ridge Parkway. There are numerous trails to explore, and along the way you’ll find waterfalls, wildflowers, mountains and pastures.

3. Go tree climbing at Primland. In a partnership with Blue Ridge Tree Climbing, guide Bob Wray will teach you how to climb 60- to 80-foot tall trees on the property. For a fee, this activity is open to both resort guests and visitors. Tree climbing is  ideal for families with older kids, as children must be at least 8 years old to participate.

4. Walk around Millionaire’s Row. Located in the town of Danville, Millionaire’s Row is an area with majestic — and restored — houses that showcase classic Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Take a guided walking tour for a peek inside the lives of the wealthy families who made their fortunes from tobacco and textiles in the late 1800s.

5. See an event at Virginia International Raceway. Head to the track to see a piece of Southern Virginia’s heritage: racing. The Virginia International Raceway plays host to various events throughout the year, such as the American Le Mans Series and Heacock Classic Gold Cup, both held in the fall.

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