Get Outside and Enjoy the Beautiful Weather
Autumn in Virginia Beach means gorgeous weather that will make you never want to go inside. I’m talking warm (but not hot) days and cool, breezy afternoons and nights. It’s the perfect recipe for a relaxing day at the beach or a walk in one of our beautiful nature parks.
Most people assume that just because it’s fall, that the beach isn’t an option. Virginia Beach crushes that stigma because not only are the beaches open for people, but they are also open for dogs. The water is still warm and the sand isn’t scorching hot. Whether you want to spend a full day on the wide-open beaches or sit out for just a couple of hours, it is definitely worth the visit. Public beaches include the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, North End, Chic’s Beach (also known as Chesapeake Beach), Sandbridge and Croatan.
You can also enjoy the outdoors in other ways than just going to the beach, as the city is home to numerous outdoor attractions and recreation areas. First Landing State Park, being one of the most popular in the city, is a 2,888-acre park that fronts the Chesapeake Bay. There are tons of walking trails and even a strip of beach perfect for those who want to relax away from the general public.
Mount Trashmore is a multi-use park bringing in visitors of all ages with its wide variety of features and attractions. There are two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skatepark, a vert ramp and paths that can be used for walking, biking, etc.
Another popular park is the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This 9,108-acre refuge contains barrier islands, dunes, marshes and maritime forests. It serves as a habitat for countless species of wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. It’s a great place for educational and exercise opportunities.
False Cape State Park has a similar atmosphere to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. From April to October, guests can explore by foot and travel into the heart on a tram. During the rest of the year, it can be accessed by boat or on foot through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.