Sandbridge chair in Little Island Park.

What does one do post-workout on a Saturday? Keep the adventure going of course! We opted for an impromptu field trip to Sandbridge. Just an easy 25 minute drive across the city and we were there.

Sandbridge Saturday

Saturday brought a fair dose of fall with cool breezes, warm sunshine, and locals only on the roads. Prime conditions for a fitness field trip! My fiancé and I love a good road trip, but we don’t always have the time to take a getaway. However, there is something about this drive that makes it feel vacation-like. This southeastern corner of Virginia Beach brings a low, country to beach vibe. Complete with country roads, farm stands, and off-season free beach access parkingWhile our family consists of just us two, for the moment, Sandbridge serves up activities for all ages and all types of families.

sandbridge playground

Once you turn left on Sandpiper Road, you can feel the relaxed vibe of Sandbridge kick in. Clever house names, little to no traffic, and hidden spots like Baja Coffee that only locals know about. We took the road all the way to the end and opted for a stop at Little Island ParkLittle Island Park also makes an ideal spot to park. Clean beaches, restrooms, shelters, and a kids’ play area onsite are essential for a perfect Sandbridge beach day filled with exercise. We took the short walk to the beach and even ventured onto the pier. A calm, serene spot for a post-run stretch or meditation. You can venture further onto the pier for $1 as well. 

Sandbridge beach waves

Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and Running Trails At Sandbridge

If more nature or endless trails is your thing, you can get that, too! Fitness fans can access an untouched area of the city of Sandbridge by entering the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The gates are just steps away from the Little Island Parking lot. If you are still planning a visit this season, get there fast. The False Cape Trail is closed starting November 1 through March 31. 

After a good dose of Vitamin Sea, we headed back to our side of town. But not before a quick stop by Margie And Ray’s for a bowl of their famous She Crab Soup. $8 for a bowl that is packed with flavor and meat. Be sure to come as you are, nothing fancy about the joint, which is what makes it another favorite in Sandbridge for us.

Margie and Ray's Sandbridge she-crab soup

All in all, our little road trip to Sandbridge was worth the drive. I encourage you to take an adventure day in Sandbridge as well. Hit the farm stands, make time for play, and soak up our city sun and fun! Don’t forget to share your favorite adventure on FamilyApp!

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Jess Horton is equal parts Marketing Mastermind, Social Media Slayer, Blogger, Brand Builder, Fitness Enthusiast, Influencer, and Creative. Born and raised in Hampton Roads, she grew up in a home where faith and fitness were important parts of daily life and development. Jess comes from an education and marketing background. In 2011 she combined her passion for fitness with her professional skill set to create TheFitPetite.com, a health and fitness website designed to bring encouragement to individuals as they pursue the healthy lifestyle they deserve. By 2013 she left a corporate marketing career and was sweating and slaying full time. Jess is certified both by the American Council on Exercise and the Road Runners Club of America as a trainer and coach. Jess is a life-long runner and regularly practices yoga and meditation. She finds joy in witnessing individuals make lifestyle changes that bring them closer to living a sweat-filled, soulful life. On most days, when Jess isn’t training her clients, she can be found running through Virginia Beach or at a local coffee shop crafting blog posts on her computer. When she isn’t working, Jess enjoys spending time with her fiance and their dog at their home in Virginia Beach. Jess has been recognized as a top social media personality in the Hampton Roads area. She has been featured in Eat This Not That, The Virginian Pilot, HR Growler, and on various local podcasts. Follow her journey on Instagram @TheFitPetite

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