Where can you swim at Virginia State Parks?

When the heat's on, it's time to get wet. Many parks are great places to cool off, have a snack and enjoy nature's finest settings. Even better, guarded swimming is free for overnight guests. Pack up the kids, sunscreen, shades, beach towels and sun hat and head to a Virginia State Park.

These parks offer swimming:

Small lake - Bear Creek Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Holliday Lake, Hungry Mother, Twin Lakes

Large lake - Claytor Lake, Lake Anna, Smith Mountain Lake
Pool - Breaks Interstate, Chippokes Plantation, Natural Tunnel, Pocahontas, Staunton River, Westmoreland

Find out more on the individual page for each park -  browse through the Virginia State Parks here...

Top image: Cool off at James River State Park where you can rent tubes
Bottom image: Some beaches also offer diving platforms like Fairy Stone State Park


* * *  Field Trip Fun for Your Family & 2016 Summer Day Camps!  * * *


Children’s Museum of Virginia Summer Camps

Portsmouth - ages 3-15, sessions in June & July
Art, STEM, Creative Writing, History and Adventure.
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Frontier Culture Museum Summer Camps
Staunton - ages 5-12, sessions in June & July
Children will participate in activities such as fishing, cooking in the historic homes, a nature hike, games, a lesson in the schoolhouse, “puddling” in West Africa, and more.
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Henricus Historical Park Summer Camps
Chester - ages 3-12, sessions in June, July & August
Join our professional staff in interactive and fun camps at this amazing living history park. Camps include period historical demonstrations and interactions and make-and-take craft activities.
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Hunt Club Farm Summer Farm Camp
Virginia Beach - ages 4-12, sessions in June, July & August
Hunt Club’s Summer Farm Camp provides children the opportunity to learn about life on a farm. This program offers hands on experience with farm animals. Each session includes several horseback riding experiences, fishing, farm games, daily cool down water activities, arts and crafts, and more! Campers leave with an abundance of knowledge and appreciation of all living things.
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Maritime Adventure Camps - The Mariners' Museum and Park
Newport News - grades pre-K through HS, sessions in July & August
Our week-long camps discover the rich history and science of the maritime world. Children will explore trips around the world, discover the depths of the oceans, become pirates for the day, see monsters and mermaids, travel on the Titanic and so much more. New this year is Maritime Drama Camp!
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Triple C Camp
Charlottesville - grades K-10th, sessions in June, July & August
Day camp programs for K-10th graders all summer long! Swimming every day, Horseback
riding, Nature, Canoeing, Sports, and a Climbing Tower with a 500ft Zip Line.
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Virginia Living Museum Summer Camps
Newport News - ages 4-grade 5, sessions in June, July & August
Museum educators help children explore nature and space through hands-on activities, visits through the Museum and live touchable animals.
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