So Disney World was outside of the family budget this year. But spring break doesn't have to be a somber, stay-at-home pity party.
Here are a five ways to spend your time off in Tidewater — including a few suggestions for those of us whose springtime "break" must take place on a single Saturday afternoon.
Solve a historic mystery
Colonial Williamsburg has re-introduced its interactive RevQuest mystery game for the spring break season. Participants in what the historic attraction calls an "alternative reality game" follow clues to uncover a treacherous plot against a Revolutionary War leader.
During their exploration, sleuths will meet with everyday characters from the Colonial period, join the march of the Fifes and Drums and watch as cannons fire to salute independence.
Spring visitors also will see the newly reconstructed Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, which opened March 31. Modeled after James Anderson's blacksmith shop — a blacksmith from the 1770s who turned his shop into an industrial complex — visitors will learn about several trades practiced by journeymen, apprentices, prisoners of war, servants and slaves.
The RevQuest game, which runs through April 22, and access to the new blacksmith shop are included in the cost of a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.
Tickets cost $39.95. For more information, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com or call 800-447-8679.
Remember the Titanic
Perhaps watching"Titanic"in 3D will ease your woes about missing out on your own spring break cruise.
In memory of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship, the wildly popular 1997 movie "Titanic" starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio will return to theaters in 3D splendor for one day on Wednesday, April 4.
Among the local theaters, AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24 and Regal Kiln Creek Stadium will show the film.
Throughout the week, the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is hosting a "Night of the Titanic" planetarium show. And TheMariners' Museum in Newport News will educate students on the history of the sunken ship during a special Titanic Student Day, when kids will participate in hands-on activities in connection with the 100th anniversary event.
Fishing season in Hampton Roads ramps up in April, when fisherman can expect to hook bass, crappie, walleye and catfish.
The Buckroe Beach Pier in Hampton opened for the season March 30 and will stay open 24 hours a day through October. The pier offers rod rentals, a snack shop and a bait shop. Admission ranges from $6 to $8 to fish. Call 727-1486 for more information.
The James River Fishing Pier at Huntington Park in Newport News is one of the longest piers in Hampton Roads. It also is open for fishing from April to October. Admission costs $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children and seniors. Call 247-0364 for more information.
Other piers include Hilton Pier, Denbigh Park, Peterson's Yacht Basin, Monitor-Merrimac Overlook and King-Lincoln Pier, all of which are free and open to the public, sunrise to sunset. A valid state fishing license is required. York River State Park's pier is open from 8 a.m. until dusk, 566-3036.
Hampton Roads Charter in Hampton starts its seasonal fishing trips on April 14. For more information, call 868-3474.
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