Fun

17 Amazing Things to Do

1. Virginia Motor Speedway

Feel the excitement when the hum of the race cars speed by on a dirt race track. Seasonal races and mud bogs May through October. Family friendly and concessions available.

Visit the Virginia Motor Speedway website to learn more.

Stock cars racing at the Virginia Motor Speedway

2. Deltaville Baseball

Enjoy America's favorite summer pastime in a 1948 ballpark that makes you feel like you've walked back in time: the pace a little slower, people little friendlier and a good old fashioned ball game! Host of the Deltaville Deltas baseball team.

To learn more, visit the Deltaville Deltas website.

Aerial view of the baseball park in Deltaville


3. Restaurants You've Got to Try

Small town charm and friendly faces. We welcome the foodie fans to:

  • A 1950s style soda fountain counter
  • Award winning barbeque
  • The best little delis and coffee shops
  • Diners
  • Our waterfront dining
  • Seafood that's never been on a truck
  • Upscale dining without the pomp

Visit our Restaurants You've Got to Try page to see a sampling of these great places to eat and drink.

Something Different Restaurant Specials Chalkboard

4. Bethpage Miniature Golf and Ice Creamery

Wild, wacky "Cowtopia" themed 18 hole miniature golf. Bethpage was a dairy farm after the Civil War which inspired the whimsical cow design featuring:

  • Cow train
  • High-flying cows
  • Hippy cows
  • Mad scientist cows
  • "Mooseum", and more

Afterwards, have a treat with a selection of over 20 different ice cream flavors and homemade waffle cones. Open April through November.

Take a video tour with the Bethpage Miniature Golf and Ice Creamery on YouTube.

Cowtopia area of the Bethpage Miniature Golf and Ice Creamery

5. Visit the LOVE Sign for a Photo Opportunity

777 General Puller Highway
Saluda, VA 23149

Get into the spirit of Virginia is for Lovers! Be sure to bring your camera for some one of a kind photo opportunities in front of the LOVE sign and post to social media using the hashtag: #LOVEVA. Stop in at the Middlesex County Museum or have a picnic in Chesty Puller Park while you're there. Plan your next picnic beside the Deltaville LOVE sign at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

A block letter display spelling LOVE at the Deltaville Maritime MuseumA block letter display spelling LOVE with Middlesex attractions painted on the front

6. Kayak or Paddleboard

Get into the water! Check out these launch sites and outfitters for your kayak and paddleboard needs:

  • Deltaville Maritime Museum: bring your own and launch at Holly Point Nature Park on Jackson Creek
  • Jackson Creek Outfitters: rent SUP and kayaks June through September at:
    Deltaville Marina
    274 Bucks View Lane
    Deltaville, VA 23043
    Phone: 804-776-9812

People enjoying the water on a paddleboard and in a kayak

7. Come by Boat

Whether you prefer sail or power, Middlesex can give you the respite you need! Dock in Urbanna and walk to the charming small town for all your amenities. Deltaville is the "Boating Capital of the Chesapeake" with world renowned:

  • Boat sales
  • Charters
  • Lessons
  • Marinas
  • Marine technicians

Boats in a Circle with their front ends pointing away from each other in the Fishing Bay

8. Urbanna Oyster Festival

These top picks are events you'll want to add to your bucket list. Who else has cocktail boat races, the official state oyster festival and waterfront concerts under the stars of the bay?

Virginia's official oyster festival that's hosts 60,000 people to celebrate oysters! Urbanna opens up its streets for parades, oyster shucking contests, waterfront pirates, ecology education, and oysters any way you like it: roasted, steamed, raw, stewed, and fried.

For more information, visit the Urbanna Oyster Festival website.

People waving and enjoying themselves at the 2017 Urbanna Oyster Festival

9. View from an Airplane

Take a different perspective of the many rivers, creeks and tributaries along the Chesapeake Bay, a whole new experience from above! Contact:
Bay Aviation at Hummel Airfield
2649 Grey's Point Road
Topping, VA 231469
Phone: 804-436-2877

Aerial view of the water from an airborne plane

10. Charter a Boat

Don't own a boat? No problem! We have charters for fishing trips, romantic sunset cruises, and eco-tours.

Learn more by visiting our Charters and Sailing Classes page.

A Golden Age Charters boat at the dock

11. Go Sailing - Learn to Sail

Learn to sail or go out sailing with a crew. Youth sailing programs and camps are available during the summer at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club; learn more at the Summer Sailing School page. For more information on other available sailing lessons, visit our Charters and Sailing Classes page.

People sailing on a boat

12. Camping

Middlesex County offers award winning RV camping including amenities like:

  • Beaches
  • Kayaks and paddleboats
  • Miniature golf
  • Water parks, and more

A Family Camping

13. Museums of Middlesex

Visit the 3 area museums and learn about oysters, boatbuilding, the Mitchell Map and heroes from Middlesex County.

Close up view of a mast with a rigged sail

14. Museums in the Streets

Download the Museums in the Streets app on your phone for a walking history tour of Urbanna.

Individuals using an app on their tablet for a walking history tour of Ubranna

15. Piankatank River Golf Club

Welcome to Piankatank River Golf Club, one of the most unique and beautiful courses in the entire Virginia golf community.

The front nine is tree lined with gentle rolling hills giving you a mountain course feel. On the back nine, the course flattens out with three holes along the magnificent Piankatank River. Here at Piankatank River Golf Club we have everything players have come to expect from a truly top tier golf facility, including a thoughtful course design, fully-stocked pro shop and elegant setting.

For more information call the Piankatank River Golf Club at 804-776-6516.

A golfer playing at the Piankatank River Golf Club

16. Virginia Oyster Country

Everything you wanted to know about our regions oysters, where to buy them, which restaurants serve them, where to buy oyster jewelry and art plus more! Try Virginia's Oyster Academy and the Waterman Heritage Tours.

Virginia Oyster Country

17. Virginia's River Realm

Plan your vacation to the region: events, things to do, itineraries, eats and sleeps. Visit the Virginia's River Realm website to sign up for the e-newsletter for exciting updates, and to learn more!

Virginia River Realm