Virginia Beach Family Attractions & Things to Do

Things to Do in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is famous for its beaches, boardwalk, and summer fun. The entire stretch of Virginia Beach has excellent waterfront access, with spacious white sand and water suitable for swimming from June through October. The three-mile oceanfront boardwalk features an upbeat atmosphere. It’s perfect for biking, roller-blading, running, or just strolling.

We were in Virginia Beach for three packed days full of family-friendly and budget-friendly fun. The city isn’t just for a summer vacation; it’s for all-year-round. So what is there to do in Virginia Beach? Here are some of the activities we checked out on our trip.

Free Virginia Beach Attractions

The Beach

The water was too cold, but it was sunny and warm. We played in the sand and had a great time!

The Boardwalk

I think it’s the nicest boardwalk I’ve ever been to. Not too much noise, yet still a lot going on for October. We saw a lot of people riding bikes. There were also some parks, piers, and statues to check out.

family attractions in virginia beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park

This park is located at the end of the boardwalk. It was really crowded when we were there, but it was easy to keep up with our son. We liked it because not only was there a lot for him to do, but it was also like playing on the beach because it had sand on the ground. Many of the areas were shaded, which would be nice on a hot day. The park is free, but we did have to pay a very small amount for parking.

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

We found this museum to be very kid-friendly. It was built in 1985 and is the last remaining original Virginia Beach boardwalk cottage. We loved that both adults and kids could enjoy it. They had several different gallery areas with ducks and birds to look at. They also had two computers with learning and drawing games, plus a carving area where we were able to see some of the wooden ducks being made.

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum - virginia beach
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Virginia Beach VA

During the cooler months, this beach resort remains popular due to its mild climate, world-class inshore and deep-sea fishing, wildlife, parks, museums, cuisine, shopping, thriving art community, and other activities.

Affordable Activities Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Farms & Farm Tours

The Hunt Club Farm offers year-round farming activities in Virginia Beach, VA. Included is a petting zoo, farm market, seasonal events and more. Address: 2388 London Bridge Road | Virginia Beach, VA | 23456. Telephone: 1 757 427-9520

Cherie’s Bike And Blade Rentals

This rental company is located all over the boardwalk at 2nd, 8th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 31st, and 34th streets. They carry surreys, bikes, tandems, family bikes, in-line skates, chairs, and umbrellas at affordable prices along the boardwalk. We rented a two-person surrey which had seating for two children on the front. It was hard for us to pedal without getting tired, but we still had a lot of fun. It was such a great way to see more of the boardwalk!

AquaMan Sportfishing Charters

AquaMan Sportfishing Charters offers guided tours aboard a fully-equipped Bertram Sportfisherman vessel to some of the most plentiful fishing grounds in the region. Offshore and inshore fishing excursions are offered. Tours depart from the docks at Rudee Inlet off of Mediterranean Avenue. Address: Rudee Inlet at Mediterranean Ave. | Virginia Beach, VA | 23452. Telephone: 1 757 200-0200

Expensive Virginia Beach Attractions

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
We absolutely loved the aquarium. There was so much to see and do there that we didn’t even make it to the second building. It’s ranked among the Top 10 marine science and aquarium facilities in the U.S. and offers 800,000 gallons of aquariums and over 300 hands-on exhibits. The aquarium had both exhibits for us to walk around and look at, and hands-on areas for both kids and adults to learn and discover. Our favorite part of the center was the huge shark tank. The glass wall for the tank was the biggest I have ever seen, and it was as if the sharks were coming right at us. Another aspect of the aquarium that we really liked was that they had knowledgeable staff throughout the center. They were able to give us tidbits of information about the creatures we were looking at. We had such a great time!

Virginia Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Beach Dolphin Tours & Swimming

The Virginia Beach Fishing Center is the jumping-off point for visitors looking to observe bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat.
Address: 200 Winston Salem Ave. | Virginia Beach, VA | 23451

Jungle Golf
This miniature golf place is great. It was another favorite of the trip. We weren’t sure if our son would be too young for it at 2.5 years old, but he had a blast and actually kept the ball on the course.

25 Things to Do with Kids in Virginia Beach

1. Walk the boardwalk at Virginia Beach.
2. Visit the farm animals at Hunt Club Farm.
3. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies at  Virginia Beach Farmers Market.
4.  Hang out with the fish at the Virginia Aquarium.
5. Let them loose in the Children’s Play Area at the Lynnhaven Mall.
6. Brush up on their space education at the Virginia Beach Planetarium.
7. Fly a kite and go crazy at the fun Kids Cove at Mt. Trashmore.
8. Swim at any f the 7 Virginia Beach Recreation Centers.
9. Let loose their imagination while playing at Green Bean Contemporary Child’s Play.
10. Ride on the go-carts at Motor World.
11. Get wet on the water slides at Ocean Breeze Waterpark.
12. Encourage their creative side at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
13. Walkthrough the Old Coast Guard Station.
14. Toss a penny in the water fountain at Town Center.
15. Try out paddleboarding with Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle.
16. Make them cook for a change at the Young Chefs Academy.
17. Try out some mini golf at Jungle Golf.
18. Eat pizza and play games at Planet Pizza Space Grill.
19. See the city on the Ferris Wheel at Atlantic Fun Park.
20. Take a selfie in front of King Neptune’s Statue on the Boardwalk.
21. Join a pirate voyage aboard Capt. Jack’s Pirate Adventures.
22. Go for a family hike through First Landing State Park.
23. Bounce their wiggles out at Virginia Beach Bounce House.
24. Lug the whole family bowling at Pin Boy’s at the Beach.
25. Take the family to the beach playground at JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park.

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