Water Country USA: The Ultimate Summer Family Vacation

Underwater-photography-kids-GoPro-Hero5We hope you’ll find some helpful tips to plan the ultimate summer family vacation at Busch Gardens VA and Water Country USA.

A trip to Busch Gardens VA was already on our family bucket list.  It’s a popular family destination for New Yorkers, whether traveling by car or by plane.  So when we had the chance to experience Water Country USA (just down the road from Busch Gardens), we knew it would be a memorable way to mark the official kick-off to summer!

After a fun vacation, full of whipping down water slides like an exploding-mom-cannon, hearing chants of “ONE MORE TIME!” on repeat, and waiting at the bottom of rides for my super-enthusiastic kiddos, we have a few helpful tips to share.

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UNLEASH YOUR INNER CHILD: When my kids immediately expressed their love for the Nitro Racer freeway, I’ll never forget the looks on their faces as I hightailed it up the line and then came sliding down like an out-of-control belly-down-mom-torpedo.  And the kids continue to talk about the funny expressions and noises that their dad made while rafting together down the adrenaline-packed rides (“He was more scared than we were!!!”).  In our experience, the kiddos love to see their parents let loose and dive head first into fun.  While many of the rides can accommodate for all four of us, there were plenty of times when my husband and I playfully argued about who could go first.  Bring your inner child; the rides are that much fun!

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Map Out a Plan: With a ton of thrilling rides and attractions, it’s great to have a plan. Our do-not-miss favorites include Big Daddy Falls, Aquazoid, Hubba Hubba Highway, Colossal Curl, Nitro Racer and more.

Our kids are on the cusp of being tall enough for many of the thrilling rides while still appreciating the kid-friendly attractions for ages nine and younger.  If you have little ones, there’s plenty of areas designed for their fun at Kritter Korral, H20 UFO, Cow-A-Bunga, and many others.

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GO FOR THE QUICK QUEUE: The option of purchasing Quick Queue will grant you access to short lines and even shorter walks to the top of a few rides. Although your day will certainly still be a blast sans Quick Queue, the passes spit our kids out of the bottom of their favorite rides faster than we could have imagined.

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DINE IT:  With a bunch of delicious dining options, our group consensus led us to Tex-Mex at Hot Spots Cafe.  The kiddos went for chicken tacos, while my husband and I filled up on salads.  The kids will never let a promised vacation-treat be missed, and there are so many fun options for dessert, other than what I assumed they’d go for (ice cream!). Also, don’t forget to purchase a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.

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RENT A CABANA:  Elevate your park experience with your own private shaded area to settle in, store your belongings, hydrate and relax.  A cabana rental comes with a private attendant, locker rental, two drinks per person and even towels to take home as souvenirs.   Even though the park is packed with ample loungers and locker rentals, there’s nothing like having a central (and private!) VIP spot to rest sun-tired bodies after the important work of splish-splashing down water slides.

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GRAB A SOUVENIR: While we’re big on choosing experiences over things, allowing the kids to select a small souvenir is a fun way to add to the vacation memories. In addition to every possible water park necessity, all of the shops are filled with fun trinkets galore.  The kids each chose a goodie from Wipeout Gifts and Apparel.  This is also the spot to grab a new suit and cover-up if you need one! They’ve got you styled with options from Roxy, Quicksilver, Salt Life, and more.

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Get in the Picture:  Special vacation memories quickly become an important part of our collective family story.  And while I’m often on the other side of the lens (like a lot of parents), family photos are important! Our trip to Williamsburg VA is certainly one for the memory books. We can’t wait to return!

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  1. That looks like so much fun! My family loves to spend the day at water parks. It’s so refreshing to hit the pool and woosh down all the slides.

  2. Alexis Lavko says:

    I’m looking forward to spending time with my kids on the beach this summer. Ones loves the water and one lives the sand.

  3. Stefanie says:

    This places sounds incredible! Amazing for kids… and adults!!!

  4. Nancy Bowers says:

    I am looking forward to spending time with our grand hildren this summer.

  5. Nancy Bowers says:
  6. What an awesome place to enjoy some family fun while beating the summer heat. I love that you made it a point to get in a few photos too. Such precious memories!

  7. I am looking forward to heading to North Carolina- relaxing by the pool and sleeping late!

  8. That looks like so much fun. My family has always loved visiting water parks together.

  9. I di not think of a road trip from NY but it could be a fun road trip. My kids love waterparks so this would be a great destination and also check out Busch Gardens.

  10. Darcy Koch says:

    I am looking forward to backyard get togethers with friends and family. I also am looking forward to having my grandsons spend time with me.

  11. Having some fun here and cooling off would be great. I would definitely try to get on all of the slides and rides! The quick queue would be a good option.

  12. Thanks for the recap – we’re still trying to figure out plans for an August getaway and this would be perfect!

  13. You had me a cabana rental! Can I chill their while my family explores the park?!

  14. Where we live it has been so hot & humid that it gets hard to breathe at times! I would love to release my inner child with a lot of water fun!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity!!

  15. Anita Jude says:

    I am looking forward to going camping out for a few days with the family

  16. Anita Jude says:
  17. How fun! Water, kids and summer make for lots of fun

  18. crystal mccord says:

    We have been looking forward to our season passes at our local water park. We have really been putting them to great use and so much fun! I also tweeted this giveaway at: https://twitter.com/modestmom/status/885858358863040513

  19. Looking forward to go camping and swimmimg🤗

  20. Rachel Jenkins says:

    Im looking forward to our yearly summer vacation trip to the lake house, all the family gets together and we cook out, swim etc! So much fun!

  21. Rachel Jenkins says:

    Tweeted @mhjenkin

  22. I look forward to spending time with my girls as we head to see family and friends. My older two are at camp and once they get back, we are on the go! A $100 would definitely be well spent for some summer fun!

  23. This looks like so much fun! We already did our big family vacation, but I’m looking forward to a road trip to my hometown in Pittsburgh to celebrate Blake’s first birthday.

  24. I have never been to Busch Gardens, but we should totally plan a vacation there! I’m looking forward to visiting Turks and Caicos this year!

  25. Lisa Brown says:

    I am looking forward to the yearly family reunion camping trip in a few weeks’ time.

  26. Lisa Brown says:
  27. Julie Wood says:

    I look forward to spending time doing fun things with the kids. We already went to the Water Park, and we will be taking our big camping trip next week. We are all excited!

  28. Julie Wood says:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/885929659484917760

  29. Natalie says:

    I am looking forward to traveling on a road trip to Colorado to see my brother and baby niece!

  30. Natalie says:
  31. I am looking forward to go to the beach

  32. Margaret Smith says:

    Every year we go the the beach for a week along with my brother and his family. Looking forward to going there next month. Thanks so much.

  33. I look forward to things being more carefree, not having to wear boots, multiple layers, etc., especially as I have to walk most places.

  34. Margaret Smith says:
  35. kelly tupick says:

    I am looking forward to going out to Colorado and visiting my brother. Hoping there is a nice water park out there to cool down from the hot heat.

  36. kelly tupick says:
  37. mami2jcn says:

    I’m looking forward to a trip to South Carolina.

  38. I didn’t know they had a Busch Gardens in Virginia. It sounds like you had an awesome time! Love all the pictures you took.

  39. mami2jcn says:

    tweet—https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/885941717475708930

  40. Jessica To says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the lake with my nephews.

  41. Chrissy says:

    I am looking forward to several weekend trips with friends where we will have access to a pool and hopefully get a chance to relax and read! That is assuming the husbands watch the kids but I bet we can convince them to do that…:)

  42. Chrissy says:
  43. What an absolutely fun place to visit for a getaway. We would love to go here!

  44. Ann Fantom says:

    I’m looking forward to going on a family vacation to the beach this summer.

  45. I am looking forward to attending a family reunion this summer!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  46. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/886017953178759169

  47. We’ve been to two waterparks this summer already – this one looks like one we would love to go to as well. It’s so HOT here in Florida, we look for every chance to cool off!

  48. I am looking forward to traveling on a road trip with my husband and kids ,we are so excited as it will be our first time 🙂 !

  49. Who wouldn’t want a summer vacation like this! I think it’s an amazing place to go to for the summer and it’s definitely a lot of fun for the whole family!

  50. I would love to take a vacation here with my grandchildren.

  51. We love summer and I am looking forward to spending time with my family and doing a lot of swimming and hiking together.

  52. I love summer because I live near both the beach and mountains. It’s a great season for going to the beach, camping, lounging by the pool & most importantly – eating! 🙂

  53. I’m looking forward to my son learning how to dive this summer!

  54. We all love to be out for a swimming party. My kiddos and cousin, it’s so fun. Btw, all your pics are great. Your kids look so lovely.

  55. I’m looking forward to having a lot of bbq’s
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  56. Chrystal D says:

    I’m looking forward to getting my truck back on the road and finding a job!

  57. I am looking forward to camping.

  58. Margo Smith says:

    I’m looking forward to time down with the kids. We live in a very hectic place and always rush around. The summers are our time to kick back and appreciate each other.

  59. https://twitter.com/nacleme/status/886073903004569600
    Looking forward to a road trip and amusement parks.

  60. Lauryn R says:

    This definitely looks like an extremely fun family place!! I am really looking forward to going camping, my all time favorite past time! 🙂

  61. Looking forward to go camping and swimming with my family

  62. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and visiting a new city.

  63. I looking forward to time at the pool.

  64. some down time from work 8 month’s of the year we are so busy need some rest

  65. Lazy Days at the Beach.

  66. Kimberly Owens says:

    I live for the summertime because I adore warmer weather and longer days. Spending time with my family and enjoying the season no matter what we choose to do or where we choose to go.

  67. Tracey L says:

    I’m most excited to spend lots of time with my kids! The school year can be so hectic and crazy and we don’t spend enough quality time together! Summer let’s me catch up on time with my boys!

  68. Shayna Brookman says:

    I am looking forward to having fun w/my kids, at the park, at the pool, etc.

  69. Kimmy Ripley says:

    We are hoping to go to Kalahari in Ohio!

  70. Love Water Country. Went in Portsmouth NH. Hope they open one closer here in SC or I’ll have to go home to NH to enjoy all the BEST State in the USA has to offer.

  71. Tari Lawson says:

    I am looking forward to a trip to Italy with my mom.

  72. Heather W says:

    We are looking forward to our big move this summer! And the solar eclipse 🙂

  73. Cindy Merrill says:

    Looking forward to a few days camped out by the ocean this summer! Cooks outs, campfire stories, lots of laughs.

  74. Melissa says:

    i love summer. looking forward to going to amusement parks with my family.

  75. Pamela Gurganus says:

    What I’m looking forward to this summer is going to the beach!

  76. Pamela Gurganus says:
  77. Ashley C says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the beach with my family!

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  78. Cathy Philipps says:

    I’m looking forward to lots of time with my grandkids fishing and swimming at our cabin!

  79. Linda Kish says:

    I am looking forward to an evening visit to the San Diego Zoo, one of my most favorite places to visit.

  80. kathy Agate says:

    water parks are so much fun & safe as the grandchildren get older as we can gather in one section and enjoy the fun!

  81. Suzanne K says:

    I’m looking forward to a whale watching cruise out of Ventura, CA and very much hoping to see blue whales!

  82. Linda Lansford says:

    I am looking forward to going to the beach

  83. monique s says:

    I am looking forward to a big family barbeque

  84. Heather W says:
  85. Jenna Hudson says:

    I am looking forward to camping for the first time with our kids!

  86. Spending time with my family.

  87. Jenna Hudson says:
  88. Jessica W. says:

    I’m looking forward to vacation time and relaxing with the family.

  89. Jessica W. says:
  90. relaxing and watching my son hang out with his new friends in the neighborhood

  91. Joy Runge says:

    I’m looking forward to time with my girls, no school for them and no work for me all summer! its so nice to really reconnect after the busy school year schedules!

  92. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family at the beach this summer!

  93. susan smoaks says:

    I am looking forward to our summer vacation. We are headed to the beach week after next.

  94. susan smoaks says:
  95. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I’m looking forward to sleeping in late this summer.

  96. Kelly Kimmell says:
  97. David Hollingsworth says:

    I’m looking forward to eating more ice cream. I haven’t have any for a long time.

  98. Keri Barhorst says:

    Looking forward to a couple weeks when my sister and I take our kiddos to the Columbus zoo and we stay overnight and the next next day go to zimbeeza way. It is a water park connected to the zoo

  99. shannon fowler says:

    Im looking forward to wedding planning this summer. We are getting married at disney in the fall, and I couldn’t be more excited.

  100. shannon fowler says:
  101. I’m looking forward to al fresco brunches, white wine, and travel to Santa Ynez/Solvang and Carmel.

  102. Derek Jennings says:

    I am looking forward to flying 4,000 miles back home this summer and visiting family!

  103. Vikki P says:

    I’m looking forward to taking vacation and relaxing in the sun.

  104. Julie Matek says:

    I am looking forward to going to a water park next month:)

  105. I am looking forward to cook outs, picnics, sun fun and water play.

  106. Nicole H says:

    I’m looking forward to traveling with my family this summer. We already went to the Omaha Zoo and are heading to Seattle too.

  107. joanne wisniewski says:

    relaxation, fun, family

  108. claudia davis says:
  109. claudia davis says:

    I am looking forward to heading back to the Maine coast for a week or so this summer.

  110. Carrie Conrad says:

    I am looking forward to water parks and county fairs!

  111. Believe it or not, I am looking forward to getting our house painted finally. One more major project to cross off that list! Oh, and my beach days while they paint! 🙂

  112. Cindy Bates says:

    We are looking forward to spending time on the lake with family and friends this summer. We love sharing out love of the water with everyone.

  113. Licia Miles says:

    Here’s a link to my tweet, thank you for the opportunity!
    https://twitter.com/MissHeartofGold/status/886309897654198272

  114. Kim Henrichs says:

    I’m on a top 50 best of Texas BBQ road trip adventure this summer.

  115. Kristen Joiner says:

    I’m looking forward to the beach the most. Just being out in the sun and feeling the sand beneath my feet would be nice.

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  117. Patrick Gwinn says:

    I am looking forward to staying cool, hopefully in water

  118. Jessie C. says:

    We are looking forward to a trip to CA.
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  119. Jessie C. says:
  120. Mindi Eden says:

    I am looking forward to going to Cumberland Falls this month!

  121. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I plan on floating around in my unicorn all day in our new pool!

  122. Karen Moore says:

    I am looking forward to lots of quality family time, camping, fishing and family fun games

  123. Karen Moore says:
  124. Janice Dean says:

    I am looking forward to vacationing with my grandsons up in northern Michigan!

  125. Sheila V. says:

    This looks like so much fun! I plan to swim a lot to cool down from the heat!

  126. Christine White says:

    Fun contest! Here s hoping!

  127. Dawn Kaestner says:

    I’m looking forward to enjoying the veggies from our garden.

  128. Sabrina Zehner says:

    Looks like great fun

  129. Dolores Q. says:

    Actually, I’m looking forward to working in my garden. I love flowers.

  130. Linda Szymoniak says:

    We’re staying close to home this summer, and since we just redid our deck last year and got a beautiful new set of patio furniture and grill this year, I think we’ll be spending a lot of time at home. I do want to do some day trips with my girls, too – there are a couple of Japanese festivals not far from us, and of course we have some great hiking nearby. I’m really wanting to go to the Indiana Dunes just a short distance from us and to one or more of our state parks for hiking.

  131. Linda Szymoniak says:
  132. I’m taking my children on a cruise for the first time, I truly hope they enjoy it

  133. Denise B. says:

    I look forward to pool time with our children.

  134. looking forward to spending time with my 5 grandchidren

  135. Anel Winney says:

    This summer I’m looking forward to welcoming my second baby!

  136. Anel Winney says:
  137. sarah k says:

    I’m looking forward to relaxing and maybe going to some local state parks.

  138. Rebecca kish says:

    Cant wait to spend time with family!

  139. sarah k says:
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  141. Looking forward to long, lazy days at the pool this Summer

  142. miranda says:

    going to the beach

  143. Debra Miller says:

    My family is going on a 2 week camping/fishing trip. Totally out there with limited social contacts. It is going to be a blast! Your summer adventure looked like so much fun.

  144. I am looking forward to swimming

  145. Delores Frisby says:

    Looking forward to a wonderful time with family and friends.

  146. summer for me is grilling all the time

  147. Debra Miller says:
  148. I’m looking forward to spending leisure time with my granddaughter and not have to rush to school and no homework!

  149. linda ricotta says:

    looking foreward to spending more time outside with my kids enjoying the sunand the beach

  150. Wendy Pesce says:

    I’m looking forward to our family vacation ion Myrtle Beach

  151. Wendy Pesce says:
  152. I’m looking forward to traveling this summer 🙂

  153. Onyinye Elochukwu says:
  154. Lorena Keech says:

    I love spending time with my garden, and eating outdoors when the weather allows.

  155. CINDY C says:

    swimming

  156. CINDY C says:
  157. Jennifer Curry says:

    I just found out I was in remission this week. I am looking forward to no more chemo this summer!

  158. tammy s says:

    I look forward to spending some time at the beach and pool with the kids. https://twitter.com/5studts/status/886366789927555072

  159. alicia peterson says:

    I look forward to going to Mexico with my husband to celebrate our ten year anniversary! Our family looked forward to visiting the Dells, we went last weekend and it was a blast!

  160. Amanda Hoffman says:

    I’m looking forward to the eclipse! I really hope I can make it into the path of totality

  161. Harry Knopp says:

    I’m looking forward to long shadows from tall shade trees, a reclining lawn chair, and a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade.

  162. Jennifer Red says:

    I am looking forward to hanging out with my mom more and finishing some beading projects. Also eating the corn we are growing in our garden, never had fresh before.

  163. Kelly D says:

    I look forward to taking my kids to the beach.

  164. Kelly D says:
  165. Eleanor Cooper says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the beach

  166. Carol Moore says:

    I am looking forward to my daughter starting kindergarten. We are all excited!

  167. Steven Epstein says:

    looking forward to fishing and boating and maybe a trip to Hershey in August

  168. Steven Epstein says:
  169. Gal Colleen says:

    I’m looking forward to being on the beach with a great book!

  170. Marilyn Nawara says:

    We are looking forward to taking our granddaughter on a trip to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village this summer. This is the first time we’ve taken her on a trip without her parents.

  171. Marilyn Nawara says:
  172. Kelly mcgrew says:

    Well I already went to OBX so I would like to just chill with my nephew and have some fun in the sun!

  173. mary loveland says:

    This water park looks fun

  174. Ina Gribbins says:

    I have been moved for a while and I am looking forward to finishing everything that has to do with the new place as soon as I have my new furniture!

  175. Janine H says:

    I look forward to swimming in the summer!

  176. Ashley C says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the beach!

  177. Paula Gillespie says:

    I look forward to spending quality, extra time with my daughter doing whatever she wants from going to the local museums to local parks to the mall to our local YMCA swimming. We love spending time together and laugh almost the entire time.

  178. velder S Dixon says:

    Going to the beach with grandchildren

  179. I’m looking forward to going to Colorado to visit family this summer.

  180. John Joseph says:

    Annual summer vacation trip is always looked forward to in our household.

  181. I am looking forward to going on several bike rides.

  182. krystal wethington says:

    More outdoor family time.

  183. More bike rides

  184. Valerie Ann C. says:

    i’m hoping for a late summer vacation with the kids!

  185. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I’m looking forward to going fishing with my husband this summer!

  186. looking to hiking with friends

  187. We love to spend time at the pool and the beach.

  188. Looking forward to having no schedule and just relaxing with the kids

  189. Valerie L says:
  190. I’m looking forward to enjoying some time in the sun with my husband!

  191. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    I am looking forward to spending time in the sun.

  192. Andrea Pena says:

    family time with our college munchkin

  193. Rebecca Graham says:

    We are looking forward to going on a cruise this summer.

  194. Hiking with my girl

  195. I’m looking forward to our annual family camping trip! 🙂

  196. I tweeted as well: https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/886500824008060928 Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  197. Tina Aguilar says:

    Can’t wait to just chill and relax this summer.

  198. Kimberly O says:

    My workplace has summer hours which means early Fridays! I look forward to that every year! Thanks

  199. Kimberly O says:
  200. Karla Franklin says:

    I’m looking forward to a few day trips to the mountains with my son to get some relief from this heat!

  201. Karla Franklin says:
  202. Thea Horrell says:

    I am looking forward to spending time with family. After being in and out of the hospital for the last year and still seeing doctors time with them will feel wonderful. The place looks like something the grand kids would love!!!! Thank you

  203. Tammy K says:

    I’m looking forward to the warmer weather.

  204. Claire D says:

    I’m looking forward to completing plenty of our home renovation projects! We purchased our first home in February and it’s been nonstop fixer upper mode since then!

  205. Vanessa says:

    Looking forward to all the beach time and watching my kids learn how to swim better! Thanks for the opp to win

  206. Dale Fish says:

    I’m looking forward to fishing and gardening goodness!

  207. Wow, thank you so much! I sent it as iceyninja 🙂

  208. tim kaiser says:

    Peace and Relaxation

  209. Summer brings lots of fun water activities. We like to set up sprinklers and water toys for the kids to play in the back yard. We also take a road trip to spend time visiting the Grandparents who just happen to live close to the beach.

  210. patricia caradonna says:
  211. patricia caradonna says:

    We just got back from a family cruise to Alaska. Also my son just got married on 7/8/17. He is the first of four to get married. Our twin daughters just turned 30 – milestone birthday. I am looking forward to a 7 day cruise in a Aqua suite Labor Day weekend plus weekend getaways to the beach in our RV.

  212. deanna hanson says:

    going to the beach this summer

  213. Jodi Boulier says:

    Summers are when we get to catch up on some of our grandchildren. We look forward to visiting our children. The kids ae so busy with work and raising our grandchildren we make it easier by spending time with them. Traveling to another state to see a couple and doing weekend trips to visit. Which always results in taking a kido home with us for a week or two!

  214. Yasmin Jefferson says:

    I am looking to spend time with my kids in the beach or the sand. My babies are water babies.

  215. Carolyn D says:

    I look forward to relaxing, going to the beach, and seeing movies in theaters.

  216. Carolyn D says:
  217. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’m looking forward to a family vacation

  218. Denise P says:

    I look forward to lots of cookouts and watermelon!

  219. Ellie Wright says:

    I’m looking forward to watching my grandsons play for their Little League district championships.

  220. Ellie Wright says:
  221. Annmarie W. says:

    My favorite week each year is the week we spend at the beach with family! So I’m really looking forward to that again this summer!

  222. Annmarie W. says:
  223. elcane desir says:

    I’m looking forward to swimming lessons and lots of sunny days before fall and winter comes to fill me up with holidays and lots of busy days

  224. Lester Cavey says:

    I like being outdoors in the summer time. I tweeted at https://twitter.com/lestercavey/status/886627894193160193.

  225. Kathryn Hoehn says:

    My daughter’s wedding!

  226. Kathryn Hoehn says:
  227. Arionna Stanley says:

    I’m looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday 7.22. It’s been such an amazing tear just think of how miserable I was to be pregnant in the summer last year. Looking forward to celebrating her day at the DC Zoo.

  228. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Summer to me is going somewhere you don’t usually go.Somewhere new and different, doing new things rather than doing your daily activities.Summer is the time to have fun and go to the beach, pool,hang out with friends or travel around with family.Whether its just walking my dog or even visiting the zoo, at least I’m doing something to start off or even finish summer.

  229. CJ Queen says:

    I look forward to spending time with family.

  230. KellieRose Wilson says:

    We are looking forward to a family trip to N. California!

  231. KellieRose Wilson says:
  232. Sandy H says:

    I’m looking forward to our cruise!

  233. rickel bart says:

    my daughter coming home from overseas

  234. HilLesha says:

    I’m looking forward to doing more traveling. 🙂

  235. A trip to a water park is always a fun activity for my family. My inner child resurfaces the moment I set foot inside the park.I love water slides, but not the extreme ones where you spend a few seconds inside a tunnel. I am slightly claustrophobic so that won’t be my kind of jam.

  236. Steve Weber says:

    I’m looking forward to concerts the most!

  237. Shannon says:

    We love amusement parks and water parks!! We look forwarding to lots of swimming whether it be in a pool, a lake or tubing in a river!

  238. Valerie Parker Thurman says:

    my grandson is hone for the summer after graduating with honors from college. he’ll attend grad school in another state in September so I look forward to preparing all his favorite foods and spending time telling him about our family history.

  239. Looking forward to gardening in our garden (and getting a tan!), and ATVing here in the mountains of southern WV!

  240. Tara Liebing says:

    We aren’t planning on going on a vacation but just doing things locally like going fishing, going to the movies and going swimming.

  241. lauren knott says:

    That looks awesome! I am looking forward to pool time with my kids.

  242. Cheryl S says:

    Looking forward to California Sisters’ trip!

  243. Tara Liebing says:
  244. I’m looking forward to hiking in the sunshine

  245. Love the warm days and the sun and water.Love to just feel the day with those I love! Enjoying the time we spend together!

  246. Justine says:

    I’m looking forward to some time in the good old outdoors camping!! I just love this time of year and your post is inspiring me to get out there and take advantage of it 🙂

  247. Josh Lippman says:

    Looking forward to some quality time with my kids

  248. Christina O says:

    I look forward to the rest of my vacation.

  249. I love visiting my kids – one in SD, the other in MN. We usually take the RV and get to spend time catching up, exploring the area, and enjoy the great outdoors!

  250. Kristine Paull says:

    County fairs wirh the family. Love me some fair foods and rides.😁

  251. Carol LuBien says:

    I’m looking forward to drives by the ocean.

  252. Margot C says:

    We’ve been looking forward to relaxing outdoors and doing nothing!

  253. Margot C says:
  254. elizabeth miller says:

    What I am most looking forward to this summer is going to Hershey Park with my 11 year old and her best friend for 2 days to celebrate her 12th birthday.

  255. elizabeth miller says:
  256. im looking forward to relaxing at the beach

  257. Nicole Bowers says:
  258. Nicole Bowers says:

    As a single working Mama with 2 jobs, I am looking forward to spending some fun, quality time with my family camping, hiking, and swimming and letting my cares just float away!

  259. Angela W says:

    Going to the pool and beach! Love the photography at the water park.

  260. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Spending time at our son’s lake cabin watching the kiddos have fun

  261. Katrina says:

    Looking forward to doing some wedding planning in the sunshine this summer. Such a fun way to stay busy!!

  262. I’m looking forward to moving

  263. elishia bakle says:

    I am looking forward to spending some time with my youngest brothers whom I have never spent a lot of time with since there is a 20 year age difference.

  264. angela s says:

    Sleeping in and relaxing!

  265. Christine Labelle says:
  266. Noah Ramer says:

    I’m looking forward to all the warm weather!

  267. BIRDIE SKOLFIELD says:

    iM LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE BEACH TIME WITH THE KIDS

  268. BIRDIE SKOLFIELD says:
  269. Stephanie Fossum says:

    I am looking forward to taking my kids camping.

  270. Meridith Belfield says:

    Our summer is almost over but I’m looking forward to spending more quality time with my kidlets and making more memories!

  271. Meridith Belfield says:
  272. Linda Wheeler says:

    Looking forward to days at the beach and pool, and maybe getting to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA!

  273. Carrie Messer says:

    I am looking forward to spending time with my kids and my husband.

  274. Carrie Messer says:
  275. angela s says:

    I’m just looking forward to having fun with the kids and sleeping in.

  276. Erin Will says:

    This summer we are looking forward to moving into our new home! We close on our first house next week, I can’t wait to start decorating!! My kids can’t wait to play in their large backyard! 🙂

  277. Erin Will says:
  278. Christel Elliott says:

    I’m looking forward to my sister visiting! She lives in Williamsburg and has season passes for her entire family and is lucky to be able to visit Water Country and Busch Gardens frequently. I can’t wait to see her and my nephews and niece.

  279. Christel Elliott says:
  280. Angela Hendricks says:

    I can’t wait to go to the beach!

  281. laurie steiner says:

    We love to go camping and taking the grandkids on adventures in the summer!

  282. Kristin C says:

    I’m looking forward to celebrating my kid’s birthdays. They are both summer babies.

  283. Looking forward to traveling with my grandson to Florida!

  284. I’m looking forward to relaxing and taking a little road trip this summer.

  285. Terra Heck says:

    I’m looking forward to making a couple trips to Six Flags St. Louis to ride the coasters and see the shows. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  286. Jen Haile says:

    I’m looking to forward to going to the beach some time this summer! The temperatures have been relentlessly brutal here!

  287. Jen Haile says:
  288. ARLENE MCCU says:

    I’m looking forward to Traveling ,Visiting my grandkids for the summer

  289. Brigitte Bauman says:

    Yes, I am looking forward and actually enjoying this summer spending time with family and friends.

  290. alisha eiler says:

    I love going to flea markets and rummage sales.plus it saves me money and is so much fun.

  291. Todd Ingham says:

    I am looking forward to our road trip to NY. We are going to be ale to visit family ad friends and have my son’s 5th birthday party.

  292. Marge Bowman says:

    I am looking forward to getting some outside projects done!

  293. Ariel S says:

    Looking forward to fun in the sun with my husband and daughter!

  294. Theresa Jenkins says:

    We’re looking forward to a couple of weeks of a Staycation so we can play catch-up with our house and then a couple of weekend of fun with our 5 grand kids

  295. Theresa Jenkins says:
  296. I’m looking forward to our family reunion trip to Florida. We don’t get to go every year, always fun to see everybody!

  297. Marie Beauregard says:

    I am most looking forward to no homework, lazy mornings, swimming, healthy tan little babies 🙂

  298. Love all the outdoor time!

  299. Cynthia Schmied says:

    We love to visit amusement and waterparks with the whole family. It is often the only time we get together in the summer.
    https://twitter.com/winkytinky/status/886985382839144451

  300. Vincent says:

    I’m looking forward to a camping trip with friends.

  301. Vincent says:
  302. Look forward to gardening, relaxing in the backyard.

  303. Roxanne Marie Moon says:

    I’m looking forward to swimmimg with my little boy for the first time this summer

  304. Connie Blasing says:
  305. Connie Blasing says:

    Looking forward to just spending time with friends and family.

  306. sheila ressel says:

    I am looking forward to spending lots of time in the water on our boat.

  307. sheila ressel says:
  308. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    Looking forward to taking my sons on a lot of fun day trips.

  309. eva kiss says:

    I am looking forward to take my son who just learned how to swim to a beautiful watermark.

  310. Gricelda Castro says:

    Looking forward to spending more time with my kids!

  311. Jacqueline Morillo says:

    I am looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday, my son’s third birthday, and my family’s first vacation away from home.

  312. Jacqueline Morillo says:
  313. TRACY SIMMS says:

    Spending time at any water park with my sons. Thanks for this cointest.

  314. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my family.

  315. Rachel Wilt says:

    I can’t wait to take my two daughters out to do some swimming and relaxing this summer.My oldest is 12 and is such an over acheiver!! She deserves to relax!! My youngest is 20months and is Autistic..so I’m excited to have her enjoy her real first summer!! We have alot of love in my family…just not alot of money for extras!! Thanks for the chance to WIN!!

  316. diane baum says:

    I’m looking forward to ‘puttering’ in my garden-hoping, something will actually grow. And reading some good novels

  317. Estela Medina says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the beach with family this summer.

  318. Kathryn El Shamy says:

    Looking forward to being outside with my daughter, teaching her to swim, soaking up some sun and nature.

  319. I’m looking forward to going camping in the mountains near our home.

  320. I am looking forward to having time at home and also having more time to spend with the grandchildren.

  321. Jenny H says:

    I looking forward to camping with the kids this summer!

  322. kathy c says:

    I’m looking forward to taking my grandsons to a local fairy tale-based amusement park!

  323. Sharon Nelson says:
  324. Sharon Nelson says:

    I’m looking forward to lots of relaxation and family bonding time. Summertime is when my family slows down a bit, and I want to soak up all the memories I can.

  325. I’m looking forward to going to the beach-I love the Jersey shore. I also plan on doing a lot of kayaking.

  326. Danielle Magee says:

    This summer, I’m looking forward to watching my daughter play softball.

  327. Jennifer Hess says:

    I am looking forward to spending more time with my 4 kids. I have 2 in College, a senior and a 6th grader. Time is flying by way too fast.

  328. Anthony S says:

    It’s all about being in, on, or near the water.

  329. I am looking forward to spending time at the beach.

  330. Cassandra French says:

    Busch Gardens is a blast! I went for the first time two summers ago. The main park & water country are my favorite parks now! We bought a week-long pass to both parks – plenty of time for those “one-more-times!”

    This summer, I’m mostly stuck in the shade with my two month old, but I’m looking forward to taking her on her first beach trip & to visit all of the family!

  331. we are looking forward to my DAUGHTER graduating college and taking her and moving her into Disney!! She will do a 6 month Internship there!!! Big move coming up!

  332. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’m looking forward to taking the kids to the water parks! I can’t wait.

  333. Stephanie Larison says:
  334. spending more time having fun with my family

  335. Lauren Lat says:

    I am looking forward to swimming at the beach

  336. We’re always looking forward to time on the water – lake, river, beach, doesn’t matter!

  337. I’m looking forward to a road trip to the Smokey Mountains later in the fall when the colors will be gorgeous.

  338. Kristina says:

    I am looking forward to getting out and enjoying the warm weather with my family, doing fun things locally, travelling.

  339. Kristina says:
  340. I am looking forward to visiting friends in Tennessee.

  341. Richard Hicks says:

    We are looking forward to visitng the beach.

  342. Richard Hicks says:
  343. Jennifer H. says:

    We like to grow a garden.

  344. Jennifer H. says:
  345. Audrey Stewart says:
  346. Audrey Stewart says:

    We are spending our summer painting our house. Fun Hey?

  347. Tabitha says:

    I’m looking forward to my 5 year old learning how to swim!! She’s so close!!!

  348. Alejandra Carreno says:
  349. Alejandra Carreno says:

    I’m really looking forward to both my vacations this Summer! This is the 1st year in a long time since my family & I have been able to travel twice in Summer. Doing a road trip to SD & WY to see Devil’s Tower & Mt Rushmore. Then heading to the Houston Space Center in August 🙂

  350. jacqueline v says:

    definitely looking forward to some beach time

  351. amanda whitley says:

    i look forward to taking a road trip next month

  352. Jamie Stanley says:

    I am looking forward to swimming!

  353. Jamie Stanley says:
  354. sherri crawford says:

    our family loves to camp

  355. LAMusing says:

    Looking forward to a BBQ

  356. LAMusing says:
  357. Julie Hawkins says:

    I’m looking forward to our annual summer family reunion this summer.

  358. adriana says:

    im looking forward to evening weather.

  359. Theorn Willis says:

    Looking forward to a hunting trip in Hawaii. Wild boar!

  360. Michael says:

    Definitely looking forward to our annual family reunion beach trip!

  361. Michael says:
  362. I am looking forward to family trips and visiting relatives.

  363. I’m looking forward to spending more time outside with my family.

  364. donna porter says:

    I am looking forward to our summer beach vacation. We truly do need some time away!

  365. donna porter says:
  366. I am looking forward to spending time with family during our annual beach trip

  367. Suzanne says:

    Going to Korea

  368. Kurt Hoffmann says:

    Looking forward to my kid heading off to college and a new chapter in his life.

  369. Jessica Miller says:

    I look forward to going to the beach

  370. Jessica Miller says:
  371. The best part of summer for me is the fresh flowers in my yard, Dahlberg Daisies to be exact! I love all flowers, but these are special to me! I love ’em!!

    A few years back, I discovered some Dahlberg Daisies (Thymophylla tenuiloba) at my local nursery, and it was love at first sight… I mean with their feathery foliage and cheerful yellow flowers, whats not to love? They give me a “happy-place” feeling!

    I planted them as a border in my front yard because it super sunny out there, and they did very well until wet summer weather set it, and they all died back. I thought for sure they would all die… but no it wasn’t the end of these little plants, – each spring, after a bit of winter rain, seedlings of Dahlberg Daisies pop up around my front yard, thriving with absolutely no attention from me at all until summer sets in once again.

  372. Jennifer Abrams says:

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/sbjfap2/status/887736699228499969

    What a timely post! We are planning a trip next summer to the Williamsburg, VA area, and want to spend a day at Water Country USA!! Thank you so much for all of the information. This is very helpful in our planning!

  373. Cathy Coibion says:

    I look forward to more time with my grandchildren!!!

  374. Candace Miller says:

    I am looking forward to many beach days.

  375. Julie Hawkins says:
  376. Linda G. says:

    I’m looking forward to riding our bikes on our local bike trail and taking a couple mini trips around our state.

  377. Kathy Pease says:

    I always look forward to vacation at the beach with my husband

  378. Kathy Pease says:
  379. MaryAnn says:

    I’m looking forward to spending more time with my kids.

  380. MaryAnn says:

    Enter to win a $100 VISA GC #sweeps via @MarinoBambinos & check out Water Country USA travel tips #SweepstakesEntry http://www.marinobambinos.com/2017/07/water-country-usa-the-ultimate-summer-family-vacation/

  381. We are looking forward to trips to the beach and pool.

  382. Belinda Burton says:

    I’m looking forward to lazy mornings and later bedtimes, days by the pool, and smores by the campfire!

  383. Stephanie says:

    I am looking forward to spending time with my family outdoors.

  384. Catherine says:

    I’m looking forward to happy fun filled days at the beach with my family!

  385. Candace Galan says:

    I am looking forward to road trips and camping!

  386. rosemary says:

    on the beach

  387. Every summer I look forward to spending time with my family.We always have so much fun swimming,barbecuing,and enjoying outdoor fun together as a family!

  388. Jessica Lynn says:

    This summer I hope to go camping and to the beach with my family!

  389. Anastasia says:

    When I’m not working, I plan to stay cool and catch up on my Netflix queue 🙂 It will be lovely to relax!

  390. Anastasia says:
  391. Cat Hare says:
  392. Peter G says:

    Looking forward to taking a trip to Disney.

  393. Peter G says:
  394. I’m looking forward to the eclipse. We live in the best viewing area or so I’ve heard. It will be a fun family time since our daughter won;t be at school that day.

  395. Heather Hollands says:

    I have a grandbaby on his way here in the fall, so this summer I am excited to help my daughter prepare for his arrival.

  396. I am looking forward to the warm weather and summer vacations!

  397. Alison Little says:

    Such awesome tips thanks so much for the post! The thing I’m most excited about for summer is just relaxing out on the porch during the summer nights just feeling the warm weather, smelling the bonfires, just relaxing, I absolute love that part of summer! !

  398. Alison Little says:

    Heres my tweet. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    https://twitter.com/MarinoBambinos/status/885591689204834304

  399. betty arthurs says:
  400. betty arthurs says:

    Nothing. for summer to be Over

  401. We had 2 Scout trips and a family reunion on our summer to-do list, and only the reunion is left to attend. Crazy Horse monument is terrific, but the little one just couldn’t make it the last of the hike to the arm. The old fashioned train trip was fun for everyone, and who knew there was an alligator rescue/farm in Colorado!

  402. Pam Flynn says:

    I’m looking forward to my granddaughter coming to visit. She is going to be 7 really soon!

  403. Every year my family visits NYC over the summer break

  404. Just looking forward to my husband coming home from his year deployment.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  405. amy stonger says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing my niece and nephew for the first time in three years.

  406. amy stonger says:
  407. Joseph Gersch says:

    i am looking forward to hot weather

  408. Spending lazy mornings reading in bed and snuggling rather than rushing off to school.

  409. Latanya says:

    to do a few staycations with my family

  410. Latanya says:
  411. Klydra Pugh says:

    I’m looking foward to hanging out and relaxing with friends.

  412. I am looking forward to lots of time with my children, creating wonderful memories.

  413. Madonna says:

    We really have no plans this summer.

  414. Madonna says:
  415. I am looking forward to going to Chicago next month and seeing tons of extended family!

  416. Laura Santaita says:

    I am looking forward to spending time with my kids and doing fun things!

  417. Betsy Dillon says:

    I am looking forward to spending more time with my son and husband. I lost my daughter in June at the age of 22 so I have realized that every minute and memory made could be the last! So I intend to make them good ones!

  418. Kristine C says:

    Looking forward to fishing with the kids and hanging out with family.

  419. Janet OBrien says:

    I’m looking forward to doing more outdoor activities

  420. Rhonda Y says:

    I’m looking forward to a road trip with my daughter.

  421. rosemary says:

    wow

  422. I am looking forward to being active and having fun with my son this summer!

  423. Amity J says:

    I have chronic pain and love the warmer weather.

  424. Melissa Storms says:

    I am looking forward to getting my 13 year old away from the keyboard and outside more the rest of this summer.

  425. Madeline says:

    I’m looking forward to going to Washington, D.C. this summer to tour the museums and White House.

  426. Madeline says:
  427. Kyl Neusch says:

    looking forward to heading to North Carolina

  428. Natalie U says:

    Unfortunately for me, summer is the busiest time at my place of employment and I take no time off…I’m just waiting for it to end!!

  429. Kamla L. says:

    I looking forward to enjoying great weather and relaxation.

  430. Natalie S. says:

    We are heading to the Oregon coast in a few days! It’s our favorite vacation spot!

  431. angela s says:

    Going to the beach and sleeping in.

  432. ANNETTE FISHER says:

    I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO THE SUN.

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