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what to do with teens

We will be traveling to Mechanicsville Dec. 10th for a sporting event with team of teens. Looking for some interesting day trips that won't bore them and won't torture the adults. Any suggestions?

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As teens we always went to the mall. If you were looking for something more educational, the Science Museum of VA is about 15-20min away from Mechanicsville. It is a really nice museum, and has a nice Imax theater, however it is round so the movie is all around you and if you are sensitive to lights or motion it could make you feel nauseated. Here is there website for more details: http://www.smv.org/

Are you looking to stay within the Richmond/Mechanicsville area? If not the historic triangle (Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown) is only an hour away.

During the night time Richmond will be having its tacky Christmas light tour. Most bus companies and limo companies in Richmond offer some sort of tour package to see the "tacky lights" all over Richmond, VA. www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php…

Need other idea please let us know what sorts of things you are looking for, and if you want to stay in the Richmond vicinity.

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Kings Dominion Amusement Park is 20 miles north of Richmond in Doswell, VA and is quite popular.

The new U.S. Marine Corps museum, very interactive and colorful, is 70 miles north of Richmond in Quantico, VA, and free of charge.

Busch Gardens Theme Park, was voted as the most beautiful theme park in the country, and is in Williamsburg, VA.

The bohemian "Carytown" neighborhood along West Cary Street in Richmond, is artistic with many eclectic restaurants, cafes, costume shops, college students, etc.

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Busch Gardens' nickname is "The Old Country" and the different sections are each in a theme of a different European country with appropriate musical variety shows, foods, quaint architecture, and thrill rides based on each of those countries. There are free trains, as well as free aerial cable rides, to take you between the different sections of the park. If your children have cell phones, you could leave them there while you visit historic Colonial Williamsburg (or play at the outstanding golf courses, but I guess it's the wrong season for that).

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Unfortunately, when you will be traveling, Kings Dominion & Busch Gardens will be closed- they closed for the season at the end of October & won't open back up until March.

Perhaps ice skating? Here is a link to a rink in Richmond. www.richmondicezone.com

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Sorry, I should have realized that the two theme parks are closed for the season.

The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier near Petersburg, VA (20 miles from Richmond) is highly recommended and fairly new. It shows in an objective way, the conditions of how soldiers on both sides of the war, lived and fought.

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