Virginia Beach AttractionsLast edited: April 16, 2017
When you choose VA Beach, you're not just making a healthy and safe choice for your ocean vacation, you're also making a fun one. There are so many fantastic things to do here, no matter the season.
If you're like me, boredom can quickly arrive after too much relaxation. And if you have children, their boredom could easily become your aggravation.
That's why over six million visitors choose Virginia Beach to unwind, relax, and be entertained -- every single year. There are many fun things to do here for singles, couples, and families.
Below you'll find over 100 attractions available to enhance your vacation, many of them are free -- all of them are fun!
We'd love to hear from you. Please comment on the ones you like, or dislike. We value your opinion. This page is continually being updated so check back before and during your vacation.
We'll be adding money saving options for many of these during the 2017 summer season.
See the area in a completely different perspective! Virginia Hang Gliding invites you to take a ride with them for a thrilling experience that will give you an adrenaline rush. Hang gliding here is a must-do while on vacation if you are a person who seeks exciting adventures.
Looking to learn to paddle board, kayak, or jetski? Lighthouse Inflatables is perfect to show you how! If you already know how to, you can rent their equipment at low prices. This is an incredible place to have fun with water sports while taking in great views of the scenery.
VA Beach Boardwalk has been named one of the top five boardwalks in the whole USA. Of course, many of us find it's truly #1 since it's full of live music entertainment, delicious restaurants with an oceanfront view, awesome festivals, historic sites, and glorious statues.
Full of sun, waves, and sand, coming to the Oceanfront is undoubtedly a favorite thing to do in Virginia Beach. Known for its record-breaking length (3 miles long), this beach can definitely handle the crowd. It's easy to find a perfect spot to hang out for the day with friends or family.
The Virginia Living Museum allows you to see over a hundred species of animals in one place! Find raccoons, foxes, wolves, alligators, birds, turtles, fish, seahorses, and more. There's no doubt you'll come away from this attraction with more knowledge about various animals.
The 2017 Patriotic Festival is free and open to the public. This favorite Virginia Beach thing to do among military service members and supporters will take place at 5th Street and the Oceanfront with major performers like Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, and more.
This family-friendly favorite Virginia Beach festival brings kite enthusiasts to the oceanfront for a day full of flying. Participants of the flying contests are encouraged to make their very own kite for Atlantic Coast Kite Festival for a chance to win 1st place!
You can tour this World War II Battleship for free! A complete tour of this ship, located in Norfolk, VA, takes approximately an hour or a little less than. Learn about this history about this ship for knowledge about the USS Wisconsin and also learn about WWII from her standpoint.
This Tidewater British Colonial style house is the second oldest home that is still standing. The Keeling House was built in the late 1680s, and with great craftsmanship as it is still in amazing condition. See what is preserved at this unique home you will only see in this beach city!
As one of the nation's only 100% handicap accessible beach playgrounds, Grommet Island Park is one of the firsts in the country to deliver the fun to EVERYBODY! Located at 2nd Street, this perfect playground is truly one of a kind. Click here to find why this playground was made.
The Virginia Legends Walk is all about great and famous Virginians who made an incredible impact on our country. Celebrities, presidents, musicians, and explorers are honored here. Find Edgar Allen Poe, George Washington, Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and many more who are honored at this free dedication.
Funny Bone Comedy Club features local acts and as well as famous comedians that will both make you laugh your face off. Some acts are, well... crude, so most shows are 21 and up. This VA Beach Comedy Club doesn't leave you hungry! Dine in with their delicious menu items.
The Beach Playground at 31st Street is convenient for families to take advantage of while on a trip to the beach. This playground is free to use and designed for children ages 2-12 to play. No need to worry about hot burning slides because this play area is made with materials that aren't affected by the sun.
If whale watching is something you'd like to experience while in VB, there is a certain time you should visit! Did you know whales prefer to swim around the east coast with during a particular time of year? Click here to see when to come if you whale watching is on your bucket list.
If you're the exploring type, jump in your car and head over to Town Point Park in Norfolk, the neighboring city to Virginia Beach. Norfolk has just revitalized the area and it opens May 4, 2017. It's a 7 acre park on the river with exciting shops, free concerts and entertainment, and much more.
Norfolk Botanical Garden may very well be the most beautiful garden you've ever seen. Take a trip to Norfolk, VA to bask in the glory of breathtaking plants, pretty flowers, and the natural wildlife that calls this garden home. You'll see eagles, reptiles, birds, and insects who also love visiting this garden.
The Arena Racing USA tournament requires a skilled driver to navigate and speed through the tight track inside the Hampton Coliseum. There will be spin outs, bumper to bumper collisions, and perhaps some pile-ups. There will also be driving demonstrations that will interest people of all ages.
Harbor Park, Home of The Norfolk Tides, is a perfect place to enjoy a game of baseball. Enjoy this popular American family tradition and take yourself our to the ball game at Harbor Park!
More than a hundred professional surfers attend the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship to show off their skills and have been doing so since 1963! Surfing, bikini contests, live music, flag football, and so much more will be the events of the weekend at this summer sporting event.
The historic building of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, the historic de Witt Cottage, was build in 1895 by the town's first Mayor. This free Virginia Beach thing to do will show you a large variety of wildfowl that have traveled the area of Virginia.
The Naval Aviation Monument, located at the Oceanfront at 25th Street, is to support Naval Aviation and inform the public about this important (and sometimes under recognized) service. This is great for a quick thing to do to learn about history when walking along the Boardwalk.
Edgar Cayce Society (also known as the Association for Research and Enlightenment) offers a meditation room, lectures, and activities to help teach about dreams, meditation, health, and intuition. Tap into Cayce's ways and psychic abilities at this famous Virginia Beach attraction.
See marine life up close and personal at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Center. Go through a tunnel like aquarium where you'll see fish, sharks, and turtles swimming right above your head! This favorite museum is great for a family-friendly outing that will create lasting memories.
The Virginia Air and Space Center is one of the most places for families who have a fascination with places and spacecraft. And let's be honest, what family doesn't have at least one member who does! This is fun for the whole family. There are movies to enjoy as well as interactive exhibits.
Fort Monroe is the largest stone-built fort used to protect the USA from attacks. The Casemate Museum is located on Fort Monroe and has many historical artifacts on display. You'll see how the rooms in the fort were used, various weapons, (including over 30 canons) and medical tools that were used over 200 years ago.
Walk through this museum to find the weirdest of the weird of bizarre occurrences that are documented. From two-headed cows to strange human oddities, Ripley's Believe It or Not has it all! Did you know Virginia Beach has also made Ripley's list for The Longest Pleasure Beach in the World?
The Old Coast Guard Station Museum is packed with history. You can read through old documents or have a tour of the upper and lower gallery of this free museum. Being just steps away from the Oceanfront, it's convenient to make pit stop at this historical landmark.
Watch large Navy ships glide across the bay while driving across the historic Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. You can get out of the car at a stopping area to fully take in the view, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, and take a trip to the gift shop for keepsakes to bring home.
This is where the professionals play and the future professionals! This National Golf Course in VA Beach is a Par 72 course and gives players a real challenge. The First Tee Program of Hampton Roads is a 9 hole course to give kids a start for their game of golf.
If you love nature, then visiting a portion of the Great Dismal Swamp should be at the top of your list of things to do. In one hour, you could be surrounded by over 200 types of birds, many mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Take a small step back in time before technology took over.
Winter Wildlife Festival hosted by the Virginia Parks and Recreation provides a wealth of knowledge to those who are looking to learn more about our area and its animals who call it home. Many exhibits will be here. Choose which ones interest you and sign up today!
The Oktober Brewfest will feature a large selection of beers. But, there's more! Delicious German foods will be available as well as a cute and hilarious Dachshund Beauty Pageant. When the evening comes, Oktober Brewfest turns into ROCKtoberfest with local rock bands to perform.
Stand up paddleboarding is a relatively new aquatic experience. Imagine balancing yourself on a wide surfboard and having an oar for stability and movement. With a tiny amount of practice, you can easily paddleboard in Virginia Beach. We had a lot of fun doing this in Rudee Inlet. Learn how, where, and why you should do this on your next vacation.