The temperatures are warming and spring is peeking around the corner. Now is a perfect time to plan a trip to Virginia Beach, a fabulous coastal destination that celebrates nature, diversity, history, culture, arts and much more. From magnificent beaches and parks to fun festivals and spectacular dining, the city has something of interest for everybody. All spring visitors welcome—families, couples, young adults and pets. Come stay and play in Virginia Beach!
- Beautiful beaches
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, many people flock to Virginia Beach because of the area’s clean, wide-open beaches. While the city has a number of beaches, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the central hub with its three-mile boardwalk spanning from 2nd to 40th street. To the north on the Chesapeake Bay are Chic’s Beach (or Chesapeake Beach), a local favorite, and First Landing Beach and North End Beach. Following the coastline to the south of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront are Croatan Beach, a popular surfing spot in a residential area, and Sandbridge Beach, a more secluded beach including Little Island Park, which has a fishing pier, playground and other convenient amenities.
- Water activities
With plenty of sun, surf and sand, Virginia Beach is paradise for water enthusiasts. Recreational activities abound throughout this coastal city, including boat tours, fishing charters, swimming, jet skiing, water skiing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and much more. For beginners, various types of lessons are available, so consider trying something new and exciting. Be sure to check out the boat tours, such as a whale or dolphin watching tour, offered at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, a short distance from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Seeing marine life up close and in their habitat will surely be a special experience. Spending the day at the nearby waterpark is also a fun addition to your itinerary.
- Family friendly
Whether you choose to stay at one of the numerous hotels located conveniently at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront or someplace else in the city’s other unique districts, you will find comfortable lodging accommodations to fit your and your family’s needs. Likewise, along with a diverse selection of casual dining options (which, of course, includes amazing seafood), the area is packed with incredible activities that the entire family will enjoy, even beyond the beach. From bicycling and shopping to mini golf and amusement parks to museums and indoor skydiving, the family will always find something interesting to do in Virginia Beach, rain or shine!
- Endless entertainment
Virginia Beach is a coastal community that knows how to have fun. Year-round locals and visitors alike enjoy the numerous events happening around the city. Whether day or night, Virginia Beach has entertainment options for people of all ages. Along with the large festivals that the city hosts at the oceanfront, Virginia Beach offers a variety of performances and shows in its different districts throughout the year. (See the section below on upcoming events this spring.) Virginia Beach is home to outstanding venues including the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater and several stages along the Boardwalk. From live music at the oceanfront to performances at local theaters and concert halls, comedy shows and much more, audiences stay entertained in Virginia Beach.
- Outdoor adventures
Virginia Beach is an outdoor playground with an abundance of adventures and excursions readily available at your fingertips. With comfortable temperatures and pleasant breezes, springtime is an excellent time to visit Virginia Beach and spend significant time outside. For those looking to explore in nature, consider these ideas: Gather your crew and head to the 2,888-acre First Landing State Park. Explore the park’s many trails and set up camp at one of the more than 200 campsites there, by bringing a tent or renting one of the 20 cabins. If you enjoy high heights, climb the 191 steps to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse, soar through the air while ziplining at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium or take a parasail flight, with the option of flying solo or with others as well as getting wet or staying dry. For a more low-key outing, go sightseeing on a 20-mile-long drive via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.