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Budget-Friendly Virginia Beach

Pictured above: King Neptune Statue on 31st Street & the Boardwalk

A visit to Virginia Beach doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. Virginia Beach is a travel destination that makes it easy for visitors to create a vacation that fits their needs. From a large selection of hotels at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront along with many other lodging options spread across its other districts, including family-friendly campgrounds with convenient amenities, visitors have an abundance of accommodations to choose from. The same is true for activities.

There are countless ways for families to get out and about in the resort city without spending a lot of money. Below is a list of 15 outstanding yet affordable activities to do in Virginia Beach.

Attend endless events!

Virginia Beach is the perfect place for entertainment lovers. From huge music festivals with stages constructed right on the beach to intimate acoustic concerts in small gazebos along the boardwalk, the resort city knows how to entertain its locals and visitors.

Hang out on the boardwalk

Along with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, the boardwalk is a central hub for activities. Whether you’re looking to attend an event, get some exercise or relax and people watch, there’s always something interesting happening at the boardwalk.

Pack a picnic

Enjoying a low-key lunch at one of Virginia Beach’s parks makes for a fantastic afternoon. Sit down at one of Mt. Trashmore’s picnic tables and then climb up the mountainside, hike around the lakes or let the kids burn off some energy at the playground.

Dine al fresco

Dining out doesn’t always equate to expensive, thanks to the great deals at many Virginia Beach restaurants, such as happy hour and early bird specials. While Virginia Beach restaurants offer a large variety of menus, casual beach bites—such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches and tacos—are a staple. Have a delicious meal on an outdoor patio and soak in the coastal vibes and refreshing breezes.

Ride bikes

Whether you bring your own bike or rent one, the resort city is full of trails for riding bikes. The three-mile Virginia Beach Boardwalk is certainly a popular spot. For something a little different, try peddling on a multi-person surrey bike if you are with a group!

Visit the Cape Henry Lighthouse

For a reasonable entrance fee, visitors can visit this historic site and enjoy both an educational and scenic experience. Climb the steps to the tower and witness exceptional views.

Explore a park

Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing and birding are popular activities in Virginia Beach. Go on an outdoor adventure at one (or several!) of the area’s extraordinary parks during your next visit. You can’t go wrong with a visit to First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Mt. Trashmore or one of the area’s other many other parks.

Take a scenic drive

Build in some extra time to take a pleasant drive to see the City with a bigger lens. Travel north and drive over the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel (celebrating its 60th anniversary this year) to Virginia’s Eastern Shore or go countryside to Virginia Beach’s southern region, or move inland and explore the City’s other remarkable districts. (Note: Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel has a toll fee.)

Listen to live music

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is home to many musical performances, big and small, year-round. Come enjoy a wide range of music genres at the boardwalk, including the numerous free concerts. Mark your calendars for the free Oceanfront Concert Series, happening at 17th and 24th Streets Parks, starting on June 5 through September 18 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Explore museums

Virginia Beach is full of amazing museums, many of which are either free or inexpensive.

At the oceanfront, stop in at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum or the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum to hear fascinating stories about the City’s history and heritage. A visit to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a must-do for art enthusiasts. (Note: The Miliary Aviation Museum costs money but is well worth it.)

Watch beach sporting events

Beach volley ball at the oceanfront is a common sight, but the area also hosts a number of large sporting competitions. Sports fans, mark your calendar for the Jackalope Fest on May 31-June 2 and the North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC), celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, on June 7-9.

See a free movie on the beach

Round up your group and head to the beach for a free movie night. On 29th Street on the beach, the Beach Blanket Cinema event runs June 20-August 22 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. and features a different movie at each showing.

Search for public art displays

A must-see, the King Neptune Statue has a towering presence on 31st Street on the boardwalk. Also in the nearby ViBe Creative District, a stroll around the artsy neighborhood will present a display of eclectic murals on buildings, street art and art structures. Terrific photo opportunities await your visit!

See a theater show

Keep an eye on the calendars for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Zeiders American Dream Theater and the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach for upcoming shows. Sometimes a free show or event is offered at these venues.

Treat yourself to an ice cream Ice cream is a favorite treat in Virginia Beach. Grab a tasty cone at one of the many ice cream shops along Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your visit to Virginia Beach!

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