Things to do in Virginia Beach with Kids
Building sand castles, surfing, jumping over waves and collecting sea shells are hallmarks of taking a family beach vacation at beaches around the world. A week at the beach has become tradition for many traveling families that like to get away and feel the sand between their toes.
While some families travel from one coast to another for their ultimate beach vacation, East coast families will appreciate the diversity in activities and things to do in Virginia Beach with kids when planning a summer beach trip.
Although it is true that some children could spend all day, every day at the beach splashing and swimming, having alternative activities that keep kids of all ages (and adults) engaged and entertained helps balance out the exhaustion that can come after a day at the beach. During a recent trip to Virginia Beach as a guest of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, I had the opportunity to sample a variety of activities and attractions. The good news for families traveling to Virginia Beach, is that the possibilities are endless.
Three things to do in Virginia Beach with Kids
Visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
This expansive aquarium teaches visitors about the habitats and marine life across the globe from the Chesapeake Bay to the Red Sea. Once there you can take your pick from IMAX movies, going behind the scenes with the turtles and shark habitats, or getting in the water with the seals. The Aquarium also runs dolphin watching trips from the nearby Rudee Inlet each afternoon.
Catch a show along the boardwalk
Virginia Beach comes alive in the evenings along the boardwalk with stages of performers of all types. Families can live the life with Beach Street USA events along the oceanfront from festivals,puppets, magicians and live concerts, seven nights a week, all summer long.
You may want to eat dinner at one of the outside tables at Catch 31, one of the restaurants at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront to have a prime viewing spot overlooking Neptune’s Park for the nightly entertainment (get there early for the best seats around the fire pits).
Explore Back Bay in Sandbridge by Kayak
Sandbridge is one of the off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, home to quieter beaches, residential and vacation homes and the massive ecosystem that is Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge spans over 9,250 acres across the Back Bay Watershed. A kayak tour with Surf and Adventure starts at the dock behind their shop, and leads paddlers through the secluded tributaries of the Back Bay to the open water of North Back Bay.
The choices and attractions for families in Virginia Beach are long and varied based on the length of your stay and the interests of your family. Our preference is to spend the morning when the sand has not started scalding bare feet to play in the sand, and the afternoon to explore before heading back to the waves for a quick pre-dinner splash. Whatever you choose, Virginia Beach will not disappoint for your East coast family trip to the ocean.
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