I don't know about you, but after this horrific winter here in the North East, I am dreaming of a beach getaway! Virginia Beach is a great getaway for families. The whole town seems to be set up for families with kids. There are plenty of reasonable places to stay, great places to eat and tons of fun activities. Here are some of our favorites:
Where to Stay:
This depends on what you are looking for. There are plenty of beachfront hotels for the choosing. Or you could rent a condo for a week. Or if you are the adventurous type, there is camping available right on the Chesapeake Bay at First Landing State Park or check out the local KOA Campground for more amenities.
What to Do:
Virginia Beach is FULL of family friendly activities. First and foremost - THE BEACH! Their beaches are huge and clean. In the resort area, there is a boardwalk that runs for 3 miles along the beach. It also has a separate bike path, so definitely bring or rent bikes while you are there. There are playgrounds on the beach located at 2nd St., 10th St., and 31st. The playground on 2nd is a handicapped accessible playground called Grommet Island and is awesome!
If you're looking for some nature, check out First Landing State park for hiking trails, picnic areas and wildlife. There is also Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Got yourself a rainy day? Then check out the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
Wanting some more action? Well there's plenty of that around too! Besides surfing, boogie boarding or skim boarding on the ocean, you could check out Ocean Breeze Waterpark and get your adrenaline running on one of their waterslides. You could get surfing, kayaking or paddleboarding lessons with Beach Eco Tours. Or if you're just looking for some mellow fun, there is plenty of mini golf, the Boardwalk Amusement Park on 15th street, or the infamous Nightmare Mansion - not recommended for small children or the faint of heart!
Where to Eat:
To start, take a little drive away from the oceanfront and visit Whitner's Barbecue. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, this is THE BEST barbecue that we have ever had!!! Looking for oceanfront dining? Well check out the many restaurants along the boardwalk. Looking for a sweet treat? Then check out The Skinny Dip. With multiple locations and an endless array of frozen yogurts, toppings and sauces, you are sure to be pleased!
Finally, for all things Virginia Beach, check out Visit Virginia Beach
If you go, let us know and send some pics!!!