It’s time for the beach! Want to enjoy a summer holiday – head to beautiful Virginia Beach! Whether you’re hiking, biking, surfing, or lounging, we’ll show you some great things to explore while you’re here.
Situated along Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the popular coastal center is an ideal summer destination. Full of must-see spots like the Virginia Aquarium and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, no trip here is complete without experiencing its beautiful beaches. Whether you want to relax with a good book, or stay active playing sand soccer or beach volleyball, Virginia Beach offers fun for the whole family.
Hike Along Beach Trails
Many Virginia beaches offer up an entirely unique nature experience At First Landing State Park Beach, visitors can trek through the seven ecosystems within the park. These include one of the most endangered habitats in the world – the maritime forest. As you wander through more than 20 miles of trails, you can spot rare plants and unique wildlife.
Beach Fun in the Sun
Many people head to the beach to frolic in the waves, but there are also plenty of recreational activities at hand. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a perfect destination for those who love the great outdoors! This eclectic 3-mile boardwalk features everything from hotels and restaurants to arcades and boutiques. Visitors can also rent kayaks and jet-skis for water-bound adventures. The avid athlete who would rather stick to the shore can test out their volleyball skills at one of the beachside courts.
You can spend hours cruising the strip along the boardwalk with its ice cream shops, restaurants, shops, and Putt-Putt golf sites. Be sure to get a photo with the 24-foot statue of King Neptune on 31st street, and send it to family on the FamilyApp!
Many Virginia Beach sand stretches here are perfect for everyone! Go swimming, pack a beach-bound picnic, or just unwind with a good book here.
Looking for something a little less crowded? Local favorite Chic’s Beach is on the Chesapeake Bay, so the smaller waves here are perfect for younger swimmers. Come here to build an epic sandcastle or paddle around in the surf, for a subdued, beachy day.
Read & Relax at Rudee Inlet
Looking for some sunbathing without any crowds? Head to Croatan Beach! Its location along the Rudee Inlet makes it less accessible to the masses, which is another reason it’s become a surfers’ paradise.
Head further south to Sandbridge Beach, another place to set up your umbrella and settle in for a long beach read. With calm waters and few visitors, you can walk into the wavesor enjoy a much-needed day of rest and relaxation. The idyllic Sandbridge Beach in the southeastern part of the city also offers fantastic hiking and relaxing options. While some beachgoers might want to lounge on their towels, others prefer to check out the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Don’t miss the loggerhead sea turtles, peregrine falcons and bald eagles who call this 9,108-acre natural environment home.
For those who aren’t interested in swimming and surfing, boat tours can be a great opportunity to see more of the local area by water. Here are a few options:
- The Rudee Rocket Speed Boat Tour offers visitors a chance to see the beach life and animals, such as bottlenose dolphins or humpback whales.
- Hop aboard Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventure for a swashbuckling boat cruise for the family.
- First Landing Charters offers private boat tours where you can tour the area, spot local creatures and create a beautiful beachside memory.
Make Your Own Adventure
The beach may be a great place to spend an afternoon sitting in the sun, but there are plenty of fun options for every kind of beachgoer. Be sure to check off the items you see on the beach from your Virginia Beach Search & Find Adventures card, and tag #searchandfindadventures to share the fun! Whether you’re floating or boating, relaxing or hyped up after too many snow cones, Virginia Beach has something for you!
Enjoy your time in this destination city!