15 Best Things To Do in Virginia Beach

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If you want a sunny retreat laced with the soothing sound of crashing waves and picturesque surroundings, the Virginia Beach in Virginia, USA is your way to go. Not only is the beach an excellent place to laze around all day and enjoy the local cuisine but also has an adventurous and fun streak to it. There are many activities to do on the beach that can make your day an exciting one. Not only is it fun for the grown ones but also the kids. Besides running and jumping around the beach, the fun foods, museums and other playful activities are just right for a fun day out for your kids.

Here are a few activities that you can consider doing on your visit to Virginia Beach:

1. Take A Stroll On The Virginia Boardwalk

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The Virginia Beach boardwalk is a 3-mile long walk along the ocean line. It offers a whole range of fun and exciting activities along with a mesmerising view of the sea. The path is lined with eateries and shops selling unique goodies that are sure to draw your attention.

2. Visit The Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art

This museum is a 6000 square feet gallery featuring all kinds of contemporary art. The exhibition is ever-changing with new art pieces being displayed constantly. You can get lost in the mesmerising world of art or even fall in love with the architectural beauty of the building itself.

3. Visit The First Landing State Park

The First Landing park is a National natural heritage. It is a beautiful oasis right in the middle of Virginia. You can sign up for various educational and adventure tours here or just enjoy the picturesque view of the Chesapeake Bay.

4. The Virginia Aquarium And Marine Science Centre

This place is a treasure trove for tourists who love flora and fauna. This place has over 700 species of birds and animals. The beautiful place is marked with trails where you can weave through exotic plants and wildlife.

5. Attend the Beach Eco Tours

The Beach Eco tours are a whole range of adventurous tours arranged for the tourists who are in search of adventure. These tours include cruises, Standup Paddleboarding lessons, wave surfing and moonlight cruises. 

6. False Cape State Park

The False Cape Park is one of the few undeveloped areas of the Atlantic coastline. Situated between the Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, this area has abundant wildlife.  The Washwood community here is also home to an old church and a cemetery. As there is no vehicular access here, you have to explore the park on foot or on bicycles. This place is perfect for a serene day out with your family.

7. Military Aviation Museum

The Military Aviation Museum is a unique museum exhibiting military aircraft from World War 1, and World War 2. It is located in the Virginia Beach Airport comprising of four hangers and an exclusive museum place. It is a place of wonder and awe for both elders and kids. Not only will the tour be an educational one but also an interesting one.

8. Visit Blue Seafood and Spirits

This restaurant is located on the Virginia Beach and is famous for its seafood. This small eatery is a favourite amongst tourists and serves fresh food along with its signature drinks.

9. Ocean Breeze Waterpark

This is another amusement centre where you can ride various water-themed rides and enjoy the day with your family and friends. Walk the Plane, Log rolls, and the Jungle falls are the popular rides of this Park.

10. Little Island Park

This is a quaint little beach park that offers various beachside activities for your family to enjoy. From elders to kids, everyone is charmed by this park situated on the north of Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. The picnic and Barbeque sites in this area is popular amongst the tourists that come with their family. Apart from that the sports areas and other activities are also largely in demand.

11. Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

This museum is unique in its way. Although small in size, it shows extensive exhibits about the migratory patterns of the Atlantic Wildfowl that passes through Eastern Virginia. It is located in the De Witt Cottage that is a history in itself and showcases many other paintings and artefacts.

12. Braise

This restaurant is famous for their Quasi-American food with their unique twist. The menu includes delicacies like scallops, braised lamb shank, shore clams etc. The soothing ambience of the place makes it a favourite haunt for foodies.

13. Rudee Flipper Dolphin Tours

This is essentially a cruise on the Ruddy flipper. The tour includes a spin around the Virginia Coastline where you can even see dolphins. It will prove to be an exciting activity for your family on a sunny day with nothing to do.

14. Visit Terrapin

Terrapin is a fancy yet cheap restaurant just a few minutes away from the Virginia boardwalk. It has an intimate ambience which is made more pleasant with the excellent food and drinks offered here.

15. Adam Thoroughgood House

This is the oldest Colonial building in Virginia and recognised as a National Historic Landmark. It was originally built in 1680 by a nouveau riche servant named Adam Thoroughgood. The quiet ambience of the neighbourhood and the sheer history of this quaint house is an attraction to many tourists.

Thus, the Virginia Beach is a fun place to visit with your friends and family. What with the sunny beach and the crystal blue ocean, Virginia Beach is the perfect place to live your dream holiday.  Book your tickets now so that you can visit this exciting beach with your friends and family and enjoy a perfect retreat.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  1. Busch Gardens

    #1 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Busch Gardens

    Tags: Garden, Play Ground, Picnic Spot

    Address: 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Va. 23187

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Grab the Busch Gardens tickets and experience to the fullest in what is considered as one of the best theme parks in the world. Although tickets for Busch Gardens can be bought from the counter, the B...Read more

  2. Virginia Aquarium And Marine Science Centre

    #2 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Virginia Aquarium And Marine Science Centre

    Tags: Science Museum, Aquarium

    Address: 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Explore over 800000 gallons of arguably the best aquarium of USA! Not just a variety of fish species, the aquarium is also home to Loggerhead Turtles, Harbor Seals, Cownose Rays and Sand Tiger Sharks ...Read more

  3. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

    #3 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

    Tags: Botanical Garden, Walking Area

    Address: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond VA 23228

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the place you go to when you want to learn about plants, or when you want to take nature photography to the next level, or when you want to just relax in a gorgeou...Read more

  4. Cape Henry Lighthouse

    #4 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Cape Henry Lighthouse

    Tags: Light House

    Address: Near Chesapeake Bay, at 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Based inside a Military area, the Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in October 1792. A picturesque locale, kids and adults alike have fun climbing up the steps of the lighthouse.

  5. Sandbridge Beach

    #5 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Sandbridge Beach

    Tags: Beach, Water Body

    Address: Off Princess Anne Road, past Upton Drive, Virginia Beach

    Timings: 01:00 am - 11:45 pm Details

    Sandbridge Beach is a secluded beach, around 5 miles in length. Boasting of pristine sand dunes, crystal clear water and soothing sea breeze, it is a peaceful place where you can relax and unwind....Read more

  6. First Landing State Park

    #6 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    First Landing State Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Park, Camp

    Address: 2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    This 2,888 acre park offers a wide range of activities for visitors. You may swim, bicycle, hike, boat, go fishing, have picnics or explore the wilderness when you visit the First Landing State Park. ...Read more

  7. Military Aviation Museum

    #7 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Military Aviation Museum

    Tags: Military Museum, Military Area

    Address: 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of World War I and World War II era military aircrafts. Each aircraft has been painstakingly restored to its prior military condi...Read more

  8. Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

    #8 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

    Tags: Bridge, Tunnel

    Address: Off mainland, Virginia Beach

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (officially known as Lucius J. Kellam, Jr. Bridge-Tunnel) is a 23 mile fixed link crossing. Both, a regular travel road and a tourist attraction, the Ch...Read more

  9. Mount Trashmore Park

    #9 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Mount Trashmore Park

    Tags: Mountain, Park, Play Ground, Lake

    Address: 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Timings: 07:30 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Spread across 165 acres, this park is an environmental achievement considering the fact that this area was previously a land fill! Today, it comprises of two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgro...Read more

  10. Old Coast Guard Station Museum

    #10 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Old Coast Guard Station Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 24th Street and Boardwalk, 2401, Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Old Coast Guard Station preserves the history of Virginia's coastal communities and maritime heritage. It houses a collection of 1,800 artefacts and over 1,000 photographic images of the United St...Read more

  11. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    #11 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    Tags: Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Walking Area, Bird Watching

    Address: 4005, Sandpiper road, Virginia Beach

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    Established in 1938 as a refuge to migrating birds, the Back Bay National Refuge is spread across 9250 acres. Around 10,000 snow geese and a variety of ducks visit Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge du...Read more

  12. Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art

    #12 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Virginia Museum Of Contemporary Art

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery

    Address: 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    According to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, “Contemporary art is the product and reflection of the culture in which we live. Most of the artwork in our Museum is made by living artists...Read more

  13. Thoroughgood House

    #13 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Thoroughgood House

    Tags: Landmark, Memorial, Architecture

    Address: 1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455

    Timings: 10:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Visit the Thoroughgood House to hear of the achievements of Adam Thoroughgood, one of Virginia’s first colonists. See and admire the elements for which the house is known; its extensive wainscot...Read more

  14. Atlantic Park

    #14 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Atlantic Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Amusement Park, Go Carting, Entertainment

    Address: 15th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    The Gravitron, the Slingshot and the Sea Dragon! Makes no sense to you? Wait till you visit the Atlantic Park and you’ll remember these rides for the rest of your lives! Experience 12 Midway Gam...Read more

  15. Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    #15 of 1211 Things To Do in Virginia Beach
    Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Waterfront, Walking Area

    Address: Parallel to Atlantic avenue, Virginia Beach,USA

    Timings: 01:00 am - 11:45 pm Details

    Virginia Beach is a tourist hub and Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a major tourist attraction. Along with the actual coastline, the oceanfront also includes the infamous boardwalk area which is around 3...Read more

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Top Virginia Beach Activities And Tours

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  • Pembroke Manor

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Pungo Ferry Bridge

    2272 Old Pungo Ferry Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • De Witt Cottage

    1113 Atlantic Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Weblin House

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Upper Wolfsnare

    2040 Potters Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Wishart-Boush House

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area

    5381 Shell Rd

  • The Narrows

  • Lake Christopher Landing Park

  • Mt. Trashmore Edwin Express Way Picnic Bench

  • Turtle Lake

  • Lake Holly

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  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

    717 General Booth Blvd

  • Military Aviation Museum

    1341 Princess Anne Rd

  • Old Coast Guard Station

    2400 Atlantic Ave

  • Francis Land House

    3131 Virginia Beach Blvd

  • Lynnhaven House

    4405 Wishart Rd

  • Ferry Plantation House

    4136 Cheswick Ln

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  • Atlantic Fun Park

    233 15th St

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

    849 General Booth Blvd

    Amusement Parks
  • Lynnhaven Bingo Center

    2686 Lishelle Pl

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Nightmare Mansion

    2008 Atlantic Ave

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Mirror Maze Fun House

    1910 Atlantic Ave

    Amusement Parks
  • Escape 757

    512 S Lynnhaven Rd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
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  • Starz Restaurant & Lounge

    4020 Bonney Rd

    Seafood Bars American
  • Lynnhaven Pub

    2236 W Great Neck Rd

    American Bars
  • Bayside Bar & Grill

    2973 Shore Dr

    American Bars
  • Funny Bone Comedy Club

    217 Central Park Ave

    American Music and Show Venues Bars
  • Static Restaurant & Lounge

    5266 Princess Anne Rd

    American Bars
  • Agave Bar & Taqueria

    2957 Shore Dr

    Mexican Bars
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  • Pembroke Hall Bingo

    809 Chimney Hill Shopping Ctr

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Bingo At Witchduck Hall

    660 N Witchduck Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Cleveland Street Bingo

    4933 Cleveland St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • T-Mania

    701 Lynnhaven Pkwy

    Casinos and Gaming Hotels and Motels
  • Casinos Unlimited

    2328 Tanglewood Trl

    Casinos and Gaming
  • T-Mania

    300 Monticello Ave

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Haygood Halls Dog Park

    Dog Parks
  • Ocean Lakes

    600 Firefall Dr

    Dog Parks
  • Black's Photography

    793 Chippendale Dr

    Dog Parks
  • Maple Bay Bark Park

    Amsterdam ct

    Dog Parks
  • Lafayette Dog Park

    114 Orleans Cir

    Dog Parks
  • Ghent Dog Park

    1310 Stockley Gdns

    Dog Parks
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  • Fort Story Beach

    Cape Henry Rd

  • Sandbridge Beach

    3820 Sandpiper Rd

  • Sandbridge Beach

    N Sandfiddler Rd

  • Chick's Beach

    Fentress St

  • 24th Street Park

    24TH St

  • Dam Neck Beach

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  • Pleasure House Point Natural Area

    Marlin Bay Dr

  • Bald Cypress Nature Trail

  • Seashore State Park

  • Cape Henry Trail

  • Virginia Aquarium Nature Trail

  • First Landing Trail Center

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  • Oceans East 2 Tackle Shop

    5785 Northampton Blvd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Atlantic Bait & Tackle

    3834 Virginia Beach Blvd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • AquaMan Sportfishing Charters

    308 Mediterranean Ave

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Knot Wish'n Custom Charters

    524 Winston Salem Ave

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Long Bay Pointe Bait & Tackle

    2109 W Great Neck Rd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Matador Sportfishing Charters

    227 Mediterranean Ave

    Hunting and Fishing
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