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Best Things To Do in Virginia Beach

The beach and boardwalk are the main attractions here. Although there are some spots (like Sandbridge Beach) where you can kayak and surf, the waters here are mostly too gentle for water sports enthusiasts. On land, Virginia Beach is home to multiple history-focused sights, including First Landing State Park, Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Military Aviation Museum. The city also offers nature parks and the kid-friendly Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated January 23, 2018

  • #1
    Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront
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    #1 in Virginia Beach
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Rather than your traditional wooden planks, Virginia Beach's famous boardwalk is concrete. The 3-mile thoroughfare is lined with quaint benches, Colonial-style street lamps and biking and walking paths. The boardwalk also hosts various events and festivals at different points throughout the year, though street performers can be found entertaining passersby

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  • #2
    First Landing State Park
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    #2 in Virginia Beach
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The most visited park in Virginia is First Landing State Park, where the Jamestown colonists first landed in the New World in 1607. Today, it is a nice getaway from the shoreline crowds and a fantastic spot for enjoying the great outdoors. Be prepared to hike, camp, swim, bike or

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  • #3
    Sandbridge Beach
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    #3 in Virginia Beach
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Though Virginia Beach's main stretch of sand is situated next to itsboardwalk, for a quieter option with fewer tourists, head 15 miles south of the city'sresortarea to Sandbridge Beach. This 5-mile swath of sand dunes, sea oats and shoreline lures swimmers and surfers, as well as families who desire more

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  • #4
    Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
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    #4 in Virginia Beach
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, located a mile south of the downtown resort area, offers more than 300 hands-on marine exhibits, including two animal touch pools with stingrays and horseshoe crabs. The property also features the Bay & Ocean Pavilion (where turtles, sharks, Komodo dragons and more are

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  • #5
    Cape Henry Lighthouse
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    #5 in Virginia Beach
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Just north of First Landing State Park is Cape Henry Lighthouse, the first lighthouse ever authorized by Congress. The attraction still has connections with the government; located on the grounds of the Fort Story military base, you'll have to show ID (either a REAL ID Act-compliant driver's license or a passport) at

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  • #6
    Military Aviation Museum
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    #6 in Virginia Beach
    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    History buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike will love checking out the Military Aviation Museum. As its name suggests, this museum is packed with military aircraft (more specifically, World War I- and World War II-era airplanes), which have been restored to their prewar condition. Noteworthy items from the private collection include

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