Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront

#1 in Best Things To Do in Virginia Beach
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Free

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Beaches, Free, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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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Former visitors loved walking along this park's well-maintained trails, adding that the paths are relatively easy to trek. However, a few travelers said some trails lack adequate markers, so download the park's trail map or ask a park ranger for detailed directions to avoid getting lost.

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