Welcome to Virginia Beach

Boasting varied activities, natural beauty, great food and flat-out fun on the east coast, it only seems fair to share the magic with the world. Welcoming visitors from across the globe, Virginia Beach is where a vacation truly sinks in, giving you a real taste of beach life in the Capital Region.

Sunrise at Sandbridge Beach
Sunrise at Sandbridge Beach
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin
Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
Kayaking in the ocean
Kayaking in the ocean
Virginia Beach boardwalk
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Gentle waves at Sandbridge Beach
Sandbridge Beach
The calm shores of the Chesapeake Bay
The calm shores of the Chesapeake Bay
Sunrise at Sandbridge Beach
Atlantic bottlenose dolphin
Kayaking in the ocean
Virginia Beach boardwalk
Gentle waves at Sandbridge Beach
The calm shores of the Chesapeake Bay

Here, you can not only explore trails through diverse forests and marshlands, but travel quiet waterways by kayak, meet the high seas by charter boat, conquer the boardwalk by beach cruiser or just rule from the comfort of your beach chair. Like the giant bronze likeness of King Neptune at the oceanfront, this is your kingdom to reign as long as you’re here.

Live entertainment? Yours for free, every summer night. Delectable dishes? On every menu in town. Rare creatures that are wild and free? Dolphins and whales are regular visitors.

Discover what the locals already know: Virginia Beach is the ideal destination for a relaxing, fun-filled holiday. The classic American seaside vacation is right here on Virginia’s southeast coast, only a 3.5-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and just 15 minutes from Norfolk International Airport.

What should first-time visitors not miss?

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s hundreds of thousands of gallons of aquaria are home to exotic species, including a few you’d never want to meet anywhere else. Komodo dragons and sharks are your friends here.

You might not expect to find this here:

A vast collection of WWI and WWII flying machines is yours to enjoy at the Military Aviation Museum.

Your child will never forget:

Turning the fastest lap at Motor World Family Thrill Park, maybe. Watching you act like a kid at Ocean Breeze Waterpark, definitely not.

Top photo op:

He’s 35 feet tall and has the bronzed tan of a god. King Neptune awaits your photo op right at the oceanfront.

Shopping Heaven:

Love boutiques? Then the Shops at Hilltop are the place for you.

Want to stay up late?

Then go here: Town Center has it all — great food, comedy, theatre, high-end shopping and lots of uptown vibes.

Don’t leave without tasting:

Rockfish, also known as striped bass or striper, is a local favourite.

Must-see museum:

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art offers a constantly changing array of new works, giving you lots to think about and discuss. And they have their own piece by Chihuly.

If you want to fit in:

Keep it casual, people. You’re expected to enter the room with a whiff of sunscreen and kick the sand off on the porch. You’re on beach time now.

Don’t overlook this:

Mid-day boardwalk people-watching is almost as entertaining as morning sunrise-watching and evening star-gazing. There’s just no time of day that this isn’t a great place to be.

Want more ideas for ways to spend your holiday in the Capital Region? Discover more fun, history and beautiful wilderness with a Virginia road trip. Or view our latest Holiday Guide.

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