Virginia Beach is one of the hottest beaches on the East Coast right now. Everyone is flocking to it, and for good reason. Beautiful beaches, booming nightlife, and the best seafood in Virginia. They also offer attractions for everyone in the family. Here are our top 7 things to do while in Virginia Beach.
1. The Oceanfront Board Walk
Virginia Beach is known for its iconic three-mile Oceanfront Boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue, dotted with a plethora of nostalgic family-friendly attractions that are reminiscent of a simpler time. Families can take a surrey ride along the oceanfront or peddle beach cruisers to Atlantic Fun Park, a permanent free-admission carnival, before munching on Jody’s Popcorn’s gourmet popcorn or sampling old fashioned salt water taffy at Forbes Candies, a boardwalk staple since 1930. Kids will also get a thrill out of the many area arcades, fun houses, such as the 3D Mirror Maze, Haunted Fun House and Rockin’ Rosie’s Fun House, or putting around one of the miniature golf courses such as Jungle Golf.
2. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is Virginia’s largest aquarium and one of the most visited in the nation. The Virginia Aquarium chronicles the state’s various aquatic and marine environments throughout time and features more than 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats, as well as an outdoor nature trail and aviary. View more than 300 species of animals, including the Komodo dragons, exotic cobras, the endangered Tomistoma freshwater crocodile, spotted eagle rays and many more.
3. The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium
The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium houses the largest ropes and zip-line course in Virginia. It offers courses ranked for beginners all the way up to double black diamond.
Sandbridge is a quiet, family-oriented beach, located just south of the Virginia Beach resort area and is the hub for seasonal vacation home rentals. Sandbridge has five miles of beautiful golden sands along the Atlantic Ocean and offers a truly ideal family retreat.
5. Cullipher Farms
Cullipher Farm, one of the Pungo area’s many organic, you-pick it farms gives you the opportunity to pick your own fruits and vegtables. They also offer a selection of locally made jams that are absolutely wonderful. Cullipher Farm grows over 250 varieties of the highest quality fruits and vegetables specializing in strawberries, sweet corn and tomatoes.
6. Kayacking Through Back Bay
There is nothing like kayacking through Sandbridge’s Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge with Surf & Adventure Company. You can enjoy the pristine waterways and catch glimpses of raccoons, opossums, grey and red foxes and muskrats. Encounter herons, osprey, bald eagles, kingfisher and colorful birds throughout the marshes as turtles and snakes sun themselves along the waterway banks. See the wonders of nature at their very best.
7. Go Oystering with Pleasure House Oysters
During an oyster farm tour with Pleasure House Oysters, you can sample Virginia Beach’s legendary Lynnhaven Oysters, while learning about their historical significance and revitalization efforts, and touring a local working oyster farm by boat.
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