If you’re looking for one of the most diverse and picturesque beach destinations on the East Coast, then look no further than the beloved Virginia Beach, a veritable haven for sun-seekers, seafood lovers and nature enthusiasts.
It couldn’t be easier to find unforgettable things to do in Virginia Beach, from strolling the impossibly picturesque boardwalk to checking out gorgeous wildlife refuges. A summer weekend exploring this East Coast gem won’t feel like long enough!
Virginia Beach is packed with mainly beachfront hotels that offer a range of different prices and amenities, from rooftop pools to cosy restaurants with stunning views of the Atlantic. There’s no better way to wake up in Virginia Beach than with the sweeping panoramas you’ll get from staying on the boardwalk, or further north if you’re after some peace and quiet. You can easily book your Virginia Beach hotel on Expedia.com.
I always like to have some kind of idea on where to start if I’m pressed for time in a great place, so without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the best things to do in Virginia Beach.
Explore the Boardwalk
You’ve arrived, the sun is shining and what better spot to hit than one of the nation’s most beloved boardwalks. The three-mile stretch offers some of the best views and entertainment in town and is undisputedly one of the best things to do in Virginia Beach. Be sure to visit the famed King Neptune Statue and have a wander around Atlantic Avenue, tucked away behind the waterfront and home to endless beach stores, cafes and restaurants.
Enjoy an evening at Chicks Beach
Once the sun has gone down, head over to one of Virginia Bay’s best kept secrets at Chicks Beach, where you’ll find HK on the Bay, an irrefutable favorite among local music lovers who arrive to the oceanfront venue to listen to local and national bands.
Breakfast by the sea
Start your day by grabbing a bite at Citrus, an eatery of unrivaled East Coast hospitality and quality that prides itself on its freshly prepared and locally sourced food.
Head out to a national park
One of the most popular things to do in Virginia Beach – and for good reason – is explore the natural wonders of First Landing State Park. The park is a nature lover’s playground, and between the beachfront stretch of Chesapeake Bay and mile upon mile of beautiful hiking trails, you can easily spend the whole day here without getting bored.
Catch a show
Removed from the waterfront atmosphere championed by most venues, the Sandler Centre for Performing Arts is a breath-taking venue in the city center that showcases some of the most engaging modern arts in town, from theatrical musicals to concerts!
Delve into the fascinating military history of the US at the Military Aviation Museum, home to some of the rarest and functional aircraft from WWI and WWII. As far as exciting things to do in Virginia Beach are concerned, the thrill-seekers amongst you will be pleased to know that the museum also offers short rides in some of the planes!
Before heading off, stop at Chick’s Oyster Bar to sample some of the best seafood on the East Coast – it’s always full of locals and visitors alike, and the perfect sign off to a summer weekend.