With over 35 miles of sandy beaches, Virginia Beach is already a clear choice for your next family vacation. In fact, Virginia Beach is one of the United States’ prime tourist destinations.
Despite the name, there are plenty more things to look forward to than just a day on the beach. Virginia Beach is packed full of fun activities to appeal to just about anyone.
If you’re wondering if you should book your next family vacation for Virginia Beach, check out this list of some of the top family-friendly attractions Virginia Beach has to offer.
First Landing State Park
This park is where the Jamestown colonists first landed in 1607, and is the region’s most-visited state park. It is a National Natural Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the spot for you if you enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, and biking, with 20 miles of trails and 1 1/2 miles of beach.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
When visiting Virginia Beach, checking out the famous boardwalk is a no-brainer. This 3-mile concrete boardwalk stretches along the oceanfront and is lined with benches, colonial-style street lamps, sculptures, and biking and walking paths. Throughout the year, you’ll find various events and festivals, and there are also street performers regularly found entertaining people on most days.
Atlantic Military Aviation Museum
This museum is located at the Virginia Beach Airport, and houses one of the largest collections of WWI and WWII military aircraft in the world. The majority of the aircraft on the premises have been restored to flying condition, and you can even ride in a restored aircraft piloted by an experienced pilot over the countryside, the sand dunes, and the waterway.
Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Your family vacation wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Ocean Breeze Waterpark, a family-friendly water park and entertainment center. The park features more than 30 rides and water slides, river adventures, a pirate ship, and a massive wave pool. And don’t worry if you forgot to pack your sunscreen, because the park offers free sunscreen and inner tubes for all visitors.
Rudee Flipper Dolphin Tours
See the Sea! Experience the beauty of the Virginia Beach coastline and see dolphins in their natural habitat on a cruise aboard the Rudee Flipper. Every tour is narrated by experienced staff who are ready to share knowledge and answer any questions you have about dolphins or the Virginia Beach coastline. The boat features two levels and 360-degree views, has a snack bar with hot and cold food, and a full bar serving adult beverages.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
The aquarium is home to over 12,000 animals to see in exhibits ranging from coastal environments to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. They have two touch pools with stingrays and horseshoe crabs, a ropes course, and a 3D theater. Don’t miss the Harbor seals, North American river otter, and sand tiger sharks!