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Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront picture in Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront picture in Virginia Beach
King Neptune picture in Virginia Beach
Hotels picture in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Fishing Pier picture in Virginia Beach

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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 on most days. And similar to other East Coast beach destinations, you will find various restaurants and hotels along the boardwalk, as well as a white sand beach.

Travelers enjoy walking along this beautiful boardwalk year-round, citing it's less crowded atmosphere and well-maintained paths as highlights. Several visitors recommend checking out the 24-foot-tall King Neptune statue, which sits by the beach at the Neptune Festival Park entrance on 31st Street. And if you visit in winter, some say you can't miss the attraction's holiday light display.

This boardwalk and its adjacent beach are free to visit 24 hours a day, and facilities like restrooms, a fishing pier and a playground are offered on-site. Parking options are limited in the area, but street and garage parking are available for a fee. You can also take the No. 30 or 35 VB Wave trolley, which has multiple stops within walking distance. You'll find the boardwalk and beach in downtown Virginia Beach by First landing State Park and Grommet Island Park. To find out more, visit the Virginia Beach CVB's website.

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#1 Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront 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 ... Read more » eurobanks / Getty Images

#2 First Landing State Park 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 ... Read more » jomo333 / Getty Images

#3 Sandbridge Beach Though Virginia Beach's main stretch of sand is situated next to its boardwalk, for a quieter option with fewer tourists, head 15 miles south of the city's resort ... Read more » Sherry Smith / Getty Images

#4 Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 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 ... Read more » Sherry Smith / Getty Images

#5 Cape Henry Lighthouse 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 ... Read more » tmersh / Getty Images

#6 Military Aviation Museum 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- ... Read more » Joanna Poe / Flickr

Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront picture in Virginia Beach
First Landing State Park  picture in Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach picture in Virginia Beach
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center picture in Virginia Beach
Cape Henry Lighthouse picture in Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum picture in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront picture in Virginia Beach
First Landing State Park  picture in Virginia Beach
Sandbridge Beach picture in Virginia Beach
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center picture in Virginia Beach
Cape Henry Lighthouse picture in Virginia Beach
Military Aviation Museum picture in Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk offers 3 miles of bike and walking paths, plus a pristine white sand beach. eurobanks / Getty Images

First Landing State Park is filled with tall cypress trees, some of which tower above the park's 20 miles of hiking trails. jomo333 / Getty Images

For a quiet day at the shore, check out Sandbridge Beach, which sits 15 miles outside the city's resort area. Sherry Smith / Getty Images

At the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, travelers will find multiple animal exhibits, as well as a ropes course and a 3-D theater. Sherry Smith / Getty Images

One of the best times to climb the historic Cape Henry Lighthouse is on a cloudy, cooler day. tmersh / Getty Images

An array of military planes from World War I and II are on display at the Military Aviation Museum. Joanna Poe / Flickr

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