Whether you’re setting out on a weekend away, enjoying a romantic escape from the stresses of everyday life, or bringing the entire family along for fun, there are endless things to do in Virginia Beach to accommodate you. The wide range of Virginia Beach attractions and activities – from Colonial Williamsburg to Busch Gardens and oceanfront relaxation – provides entertainment for all ages.
Set out shopping, golfing, on a boating adventure to see dolphins, or enjoy an array of fun things to do within steps of our Virginia Beach boardwalk hotels. Just don’t forget to save some time for relaxing on the beach!
If the spirit of Virginia Beach could be distilled into one place and time, it would be a summer evening at Neptune’s Park. Live music fills the air above the bandshell, as the ocean breeze blows past the statue of King Neptune. Families enjoy an evening on the expansive lawn as cyclists glide by on the boardwalk bike path just outside Catch 31, an upscale seafood restaurant.
norfolk botanical garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518 | (757) 441-5830
This 155-acre garden features more than 40 themed sections, many of which are open year-round. Take a tram ride through thousands of stunning plants including primary collections of camellia, holly, hydrangeas and roses. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is located just a few miles inland from the boardwalk, near Norfolk International Airport.
VIRGINIA AQUARIUM & MARINE SCIENCE CENTER
717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 | (757) 385-3474
Families can explore all things sea life – walk through a saltwater fish tunnel, watch a variety of sharks, pet stingrays or play with interactive exhibits. The aquarium features 800,000 gallons of exhibits, an IMAX screen and also arranges boat excursions to explore the aquatic area around Virginia Beach.
Embark on a romantic cruise off the Virginia coast. Operated by companies such as Virginia’s Jewel Charters and Dockside Fishing Center, sunset cruises provide a great way to get out on the water and enjoy the beauty of Virginia Beach from another angle. Some tours specialize in Dolphin sightings, some serve dinner onboard, and some offer live entertainment.
VIRGINIA BEACH BOARDWALK
From Grommet Island Park to 40th Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, just steps from our resort hotels, was named by National Geographic as one of the “Top Ten Boardwalks in America” and was built for Virginia Beach family fun. From surfing to swimming to bike riding to building sand castles, the beach and boardwalk provide hours of free entertainment, all just a short walk away from your comfortable accommodations.
Rent a pair of bikes from Grommet Island Park to 40th Street for a peaceful ride, or take a leisurely evening stroll down the boardwalk. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is lively without being overcrowded, and you’re never far from the cool breeze coming off the Atlantic.
VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
206 High St. Portsmouth, VA 23704 | (757) 393-8031
Learn more about the athletes who hail from Virginia at this inspiring and educational sports hall of fame and museum. The Virginia Hall of Honor includes information on the state’s greatest athletic exports, and exhibits such as the Redskins Skybox, Bon Secours Training Room, You Make the Call Media Center, and Chuck Boone Sports Complex allow families to step into the action.
VIRGINIA AIR & SPACE CENTER
600 Settlers Landing Rd. Hampton, VA 23669 | (757) 727-0900
The Virginia Air & Space Center provides plenty of fun, educational adventures for curious kids of all ages. Families can see the real Apollo 12 Command Module, view an authentic Mars meteorite, and pilot realistic FA-22 Raptor and space shuttle flight simulators. The center also features a five-story IMAX 3D screen with digital surround sound.
BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG
One Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg, VA 23187 | (800) 343-7946
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the area’s largest theme park, featuring water slides, roller coasters and an array of family favorites such as the Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Families can shop, dine and explore the grounds together, and kids get their own section of the park with smaller rides. If you want to satisfy the kid within, be sure to check out Verbolten, the park’s most exhilarating thrill ride.