Things to See and Do in Virginia Beach
You will never run out of things to do when visiting the wondrous city of Virginia Beach. Whether you’re looking for a full day excursion, a quick photo-op or something new to learn, Virginia Beach lets you do it all. Below are just a few of many different things to see and/or do during your visit this summer.
For a Day on the Water
Go whale or dolphin watching with Rudee Tours or the Rudee Rocket, where you’re soaking up the sun and getting a glimpse of the ocean’s giant creatures up close. Or tune into your wild side by going parasailing with Adventure Parasail or renting a paddleboard or jet ski from one of Virginia Beach’s many rental companies, like Virginia Beach Watersports or Tula Paddle Sports. Prefer something guided? Perhaps an excursion with Kayak Nature Tours would be right for you and your crew!
Take a risk by going indoor skydiving at iFly located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront or head to APEX Entertainment in Town Center for a wide variety of activities to choose from, like bowling, escape rooms, go-karts, axe-throwing and more. Get a close look at aquatic creatures at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center or observe nature on your own in one of the city’s many parks. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of different animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals and fish, and has a range of habitats, from forest and dry land to marshes and beachfronts. First Landing State Park is also a great place for a hike, as it has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of Chesapeake Bay frontage.
For History Lovers
Military Aviation Museum is the perfect place to dive into history. Home to one of the largest private collections of WWI and WWII era military aircrafts, the museum restores the planes making them airworthy and fly them during demonstrations and air shows. The Navy Seal Monument, which can be found on the 38th street bike path at the Oceanfront, honors the Frogmen of the earliest SEAL predecessors that came together in Virginia Beach in 1942. The Cape Henry Lighthouse is stationed at 583 Atlantic Avenue and dates back to 1881. This is an awesome spot to take pictures if you choose to visit it during your next trip to Virginia Beach. The King Neptune Statue is another Virginia Beach staple. Located on the boardwalk right in front of Neptune Park, the 34 ft statue represents the mythical god, Neptune.