Day 1. Drive to Virginia   (30 June 2004 Wednesday)
5am to 4pm depart Norfolk, MA for Richmond, VA
4pm to 5pm In downtown Richmond, VA
Capitol Square lies between 9th and Governor Streets. In the square beyond the main entrance in front of the Virginia State Capitol stands Washington Monument, the Crawfor equestrian statue surrounded by other figures. A visitor center is in the old Bell Tower, once used to signal fires, raids, and other town news. East of the Capitol is the Executive Mansion, the official residence of Virginia's governors since 1813.
Facing the square to the north is the 1894 Old City Hall. The new City Hall, across the street at 9th and Broad Streets, offers a 19th floor observation deck where visitors can view the metropolitan area. The Capitol Square is open daily 24 hours.
5pm to 6pm drive to Williamsburg, VA
6pm hotel check-in Country Hearth Inn
At 924 Capitol Landing Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone (757) 229-5215 or 800-368-8383
$109/night (tax included) total of $434 for 4 nights
second bedroom $89/night confirmation number 1244389030
family suite: 1 queen-size bed, and fold-out couch, microwave & kitchenette, Complimentary InnCredible Breakfast Bar included.
The Country Hearth Inn - Capitol Historic, located in Colonial Williamsburg, is a charming boutique property located in natural unspoiled surroundings complete with bird feeders and park benches and offers a beautiful pool area with gazebos and cook-out area.
Located only one half mile from Colonial Williamsburg and within minutes from the Busch Gardens, Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg Pottery,The Candle Factory, Historic Yorktown, and the Colonial Parkway.
As you enter Colonial Williamsburg you will step back in time more than 200 years,
to the days before the American Revolution.

From I-64 take Exit 238
    to Route 143 East.
After a mile, turn
    right to Route 5 West.
Inn is on left next to DMV.

Day 2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg   (1 July 2004 Thursday)
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is an action-packed, European-themed park with 17th century charm and 21st century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of unparalleled fun and adventure for the entire family.
- Voted the world's "Most Beautiful" and "Favorite" theme park
- Six beautifully landscaped countries
- Home to the world's top-rated roller coasters
- More than 40 thrilling rides and attractions
- Eight mainstage shows
- Wide variety of award-winning cuisine and world-class shops
- A magical children's area

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been voted the world's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for fourteen consecutive years by the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) and named the world's "Favorite Theme Park" for the fourth year in a row.
The Hospitality Center serves free samples of Anheuser-Busch products and also is the entry point for self-guiding brewery tours. Both the center and brewery tours are free and accessible without entering Busch Gardens.

With dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, eight main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class adventure.
A 2-Day Bounce Ticket ® is $65/person and allows you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, or you can Bounce® between both! Tickets are valid the entire 2004 season and do not have to be redeemed on consecutive days.

Shopping! Everyone comes to Williamsburg to experience the warmth and ambiance of the Colonial period that is so beautifully reconstructedin the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg. While strolling down these enchanted streets, you'll notice quaint shops open and selling their wares. Most shops are open directly to the public and do not require admission ticket status. Local Williamsburg VA residents enjoy a pastime of finding the latest bargains. If you are looking for a bargain, you’re bound to find it in this shoppers paradise!
Patriot Plaza - Highway 60, Williamsburg
Prime Outlets - 5715 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
The Shops at Carolina - 5425 Richmond Road, Williamsburg
Williamsburg Outlet Mall - Richmond Road at Centerville, Lightfoot
Williamsburg Pottery Factory & Williamsburg Pottery Outlets - Route 60 W, Lightfoot
One of the areas most popular shopping districts is Merchants Square. It adjoins the historic area on the western end of Duke of Gloucester Street and includes one of the Colonial Williamsburg icons, The Craft House. Some of the finest restaurants are here as well as some gorgeous shops.

Day 3. Colonial Williamsburg   (2 July 2004 Friday)
Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest outdoor living history museum. This 173-acre area features over 500 public buildings, homes, stores, and taverns. Step back in time to experience the ideas and dreams of both great and everyday people on the eve of the American Revolution. The process of defining our country's values and beliefs started in Williamsburg more than 200 years ago, and it continues to this day.
A restoration of Virginia's 18th century capital city, with its commerce, government, religious and educational institutions in place. The experience is complete - the visitor will discover every aspect of 18th century daily life, including the triumphs and hardships the colonists faced with their distant royal government in England.
Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days per year. With more than 500 restored and reconstructed buildings spread across 301 acres of land, and a staff of 3500 archaeologists, researchers, historians, and historical interpreters, Colonial Williamsburg truly is a different time and place. Colonial citizens in period costume have assumed specific personas of actual people who lived. By talking with these townspeople, you can learn the most about 18th-century opinion and state of mind. Keep an ear open as you encounter the "locals." The possibility of a free America is on the lips of everyone in town - and then again, you could overhear a bit of gossip involving a recent scandal. You might even be lucky enough to meet Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or some other colonial celebrity. Historical interpreters are also on hand, serving as your personal bridge between the present and the past, helping you to understand the city's culture and history.
With their curiosity and thirst for new experiences, children love Colonial Williamsburg. Boys and girls can get into the spirit by renting a period costume to wear for the day. Let your kids exchange 21st-century dollars for replicas of 18th-century notes, which can be redeemed just like real money for purchases or meals - or taken home as souvenirs. Have children look for ways the 18th century is different from our own - no electricity, no hot running water, no microwaves, no recorded music or videos for entertainment. The endless list of differences may serve as the basis for questions for our historic interpreters or your own family discussion.
One-day visit ticket is $39 Adults and $20 Youths Ages 6-14. Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Day 4. Water Country USA   (3 July 2004 Saturday)
Water Country USA
Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic's largest family water play park, features the world’s latest, greatest, state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, spectacular entertainment, shopping and restaurants -- all set to a colorful 1950's and '60s surf theme.
The park offers a surf shop and gift shop, seven food service areas, locker rental, bathhouse facilities and free use of life vests and inner tubes. More than 1,500 lounge chairs are available throughout Water Country USA for sun-worshipers and those needing a break from all the excitement.
Hubba Hubba Highway An interactive river adventure, guests can cruise down this free-floating river ride through drenching coconuts and cool geysers. Features of the winding jet stream include several action elements and a 2,000 square foot lagoon entrance. Measuring 1,500 feet in length and covering 3.5 acres, Hubba Hubba Highway is the largest attraction at Water Country USA.
A splish-splashin' water adventure awaits guys and gals at the mid-Atlantic's largest water play park. Guests are invited to gear up, four at a time, for a high-speed toboggan race full of turns and banks. Icy waters transform into a wave of excitement as sliders accelerate through frozen landscape in high gear, causing a mountainous meltdown into a surfer's splash pool below.
Cow-a-Bunga A fully decked, 4,500-square-foot heated pool is the centerpiece of this children's water playland, which features unique and interactive water activities for children. Water slides, whimsical waterfalls, gushing fountains and wild water cannons make Cow-A-Bunga a fantasyland for kids. Cow-A-Bunga's mascot, a comical cow on skis, and a sensational bubble area add to the excitement in this thrilling summertime play-zone.

Day 5. Onward to Virginia Beach   (4 July 2004 Sunday)
8:00am hotel check-out / drive south
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Includes 155-acres, with over 20 theme gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat or by foot, including one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and roses in the East coast. Tram Tour is free with Garden Admission, available daily, year round, weather permitting. This 25 minute narrated tour emphasizes plants and flowers that are at their peak during your visit.
6700 Azalea Garden Road Open daily 9am to 7pm Admission $6/$4 Website

Virginia Zoo
The Virginia Zoo currently displays nearly 400 animals, ranging from African elephants to Siberian tigers. Located on 53 acres adjacent to Norfolk's Lafayette Park and bordered by the Lafayette River, the Zoo was established in 1901 as a City Park.
Accredited in 1974 by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Zoo is now celebrating the opening of Africa, the most exciting expansion in the Virginia Zoo's history. This $15.8 million exhibit transports visitors to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, to become immersed in the largest inland delta in the world. Okavango Delta is the first major new exhibit since the 1995 opening of the Siberian tiger habitat and added nine new species to the Zoo, including zebra, lion, giraffe, red river hog and meerkat.
The Virginia Zoological Park seeks to increase understanding of the world's flora and fauna and to add to the growing body of knowledge about them; to display animals respectfully, in a way that encourages their natural behavior; to conserve animals and their habitats; and to offer opportunities for learning and enjoyment to the public.
3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone (757) 441-2374 Admission $6/$4

2:30pm drive to Virginia Beach, VA
3:00pm see Crisaldo Padilla
    2016 Waymart Court
    Virginia Beach VA 23464
    Phone (757) 4951544

Take I-64 East.
From I-64, take exit 286B
    Indian River Rd East.
Drive 3.2 miles on Indian River Road.
Turn left at Chesterbrook Drive.
After .1 miles,
    turn left to Waymart Court.

Day 6. Around Virginia Beach with the Padilla's   (5 July 2004 Monday)
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel - Norfolk - one of the most exciting and scenic drives in the world. Take a trip to the middle of the great Chesapeake Bay where you can watch huge ships pass by. One of the engineering wonders of the modern world. The Bridge-Tunnel project is a four-lane 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing of the lower Chesapeake Bay. From shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel measures 17.6 miles (28.4 km) and is considered the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex. Construction of the span required undertaking a project of more than 12 miles of low-level trestle, two 1-mile tunnels, two bridges, almost 2 miles of causeway, four manmade islands and 5-1/2 miles of approach roads, totaling 23 miles.
Virginia Marine Science Museum explores Virginia's marine environment and man's interaction with it through hands-on and live exhibit. The main building houses Norfolk Canyon Aquarium featuring sharks; a harbor seal habitat; a floor-to-ceiling Sea Turtle Aquarium; a sea turtle hatchling laboratory.
at 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach. Open 9am to 7pm Admission $11/$7
On Beachstreet USA, the sidewalk is the stage! Performances of all kinds are presented under the stars right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The heart and soul of this unique outdoor entertainment celebration is between 17th and 25th Streets on Atlantic Avenue. Over 100 performers make Beachstreet USA their home during the summer months. Entertainment varies widely from percussion groups and vocal ensembles to puppets, swing trios, magicians, and even a harpist!

Day 7. Drive back home to Norfolk. MA   (6 July 2004 Tuesday)
  7:00am depart Virginia Beach, VA for Norfolk, MA
  6:00pm Home Sweet Home

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