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How To Have Fun In Virginia This Summer While Social Distancing

How to Have Fun in Virginia This Summer While Social Distancing

The long, hot days of summer are now upon us. But the summer of 2020 won’t look the same as many that came before it.

Kids won’t be off to summer camp cramped in twin bunk beds, learning how to start a fire or smuggle candy in the cabin after hours. People won’t line the streets watching parades, stand in line for carnival games, or marvel at a firework show.

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Instead, the limited number of people who are out on the street will be wearing masks and standing six-feet apart. The impact of the coronavirus has left its mark on nearly every activity and social gathering we have.

But that doesn’t mean summer is canceled.

There are still plenty of ways to have fun in Richmond this summer while staying safe and not breaking the bank. Ready for some summer saving activities? Let’s take a look.

Beach days

Summer is often synonymous with swimming, and current research from the CDC doesn’t suggest that COVID-19 spreads through water. So beach days and pool parties may still keep their slots on your summer agenda.

Keep in mind that while the virus isn’t shown to spread in water, it does spread person to person which makes it important to maintain social distancing at the beach, pool decks, and more. It is best to limit contact with people you don’t live with, so sharing beach toys for the kids or inflatable rafts with neighbors or fellow beachgoers isn’t your best bet.

Virginia beach is open for visitors! You can pack up the car and head out for a nice beach day, but try to get there early as parking is at a limited, 50% capacity. The beach also requires you to maintain social distancing and refrain from group sports like volleyball and frisbee.

Remember to bring your mask, because face coverings are required in all enclosed public spaces including restrooms and restaurants. Visitor centers are still closed for the time being.

The state of Virginia has extended outdoor group activities to 50 people, but the smaller the better. Try to keep gatherings small and when do you travel, follow the state and CDC guidelines.

A beach day is a really inexpensive and fun trip. You can lay on the beach, play in the water, and enjoy the scenic nature. The local farmer’s markets are also open if you need a break from the salty waves.

Pro tip: pack water and food from home so you don’t have to spend money on costly take-out. You can also make it a day trip, so you don’t have to pay for lodging. If you do want to stay overnight but aren’t comfortable in a hotel, check out VRBO or Airbnb for alternative options. These sites usually offer more reasonable rates than traditional hotels and offer different amenities.

Museums and cultural activities

Aside from the beach, Virginia offers many unique and fun indoor experiences. Between museums, libraries, and other cultural centers, there are many ways to engage with the local culture. How are these institutions impacted by COVID-19? Let’s take a look.


  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA is set to re-open on July 4. At this time, all guests will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while inside.

  • All special exhibits will be timed in order to limit the number of people in one space.

  • In-person classes for the summer are canceled but will be offered online via Zoom.

  • The Science Museum of Virginia is still closed to the public and doesn’t provide a re-opening date.

  • Though all in-person activities are suspended, they are ramping up their online activities like Science on Tap where local historians and other professionals dive into an interesting scientific topic.

  • The museum also has live astronomy shows, a STEM blog, and digital lunch and learn sessions. Check out their website for more information.

  • The Valentine Museum in Richmond, VA will re-open its doors on June 30 and admission is free in the summer, making this a great way to learn about Richmond history on a budget.