Located on Virginia’s southeastern border where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is Virginia’s largest coastal city, combining delicious food, outdoor adventures, and plenty of award-winning craft beer, wine, and spirits within its borders. Virginia Beach offers something for everyone, making it a truly perfect vacation destination for families with kids of any age. A Virginia Beach family vacation includes sun, sand, surf and plenty of entertainment for everyone in the family. There's always plenty to see and do, expansive castles to be built and so many other nooks and crannies waiting to be explored.
Day 1: Wake up to ocean views, dolphins swimming, navy jets flying and boats everywhere! For a sunny summer this place is for laying your towel down on the sand and basking in the sun. When hunger strikes, grab a bite to eat from one of our favorite grab-and-go spots like Zeke’s Beans and Bowls or Taste Unlimited, then head back to the beach to enjoy.
We also visited the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. How can you walk the beach without walking out the pier? There were many people both fishing and catching crabs. It was cool to see all along the beach from out in the water. The sunset from the pier is a breathtaking view. Amazing nightlife in Virginia beach. You always can hop into a little shopping at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. You will find classic beach staples like Sunsations, charming local boutique clothing and gift shops, Atlantic Avenue has a little something for everyone.
Day 2: On Day 2 we planned to see the sun rise from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.The Virginia Beach Boardwalk was built with cyclists and walkers in mind. With separate biking and walking paths, cyclists can ride their beach cruisers along the coast without having to dodge pedestrians or cars. For a classic Virginia Beach adventure, rent a four-wheeled surrey bike and work as a team with your entire family as you pedal full-steam ahead. With rental stations all along the boardwalk, you can come right off the beach and go. After having breakfast from Log Cabin Pancake House; serving up traditional American breakfast & lunch fare, including a breakfast buffet we went to Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Below I listed some information about the aquarium.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Address: 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Open: 9AM-6PM DAILY
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, is an aquarium and marine science museum located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just south of Rudee Inlet. The exhibits at the museum are contained in over 800,000 US gallons of fresh and saltwater displays.
ADULT (ages 12-61) CHILD (ages 3-11)
Aquarium Admission for ADULT (ages 12-61)- $24.95
Aquarium Admission for Child (ages 3-11)- $19.95
Dolphin Watching Boat Tour $27.95
Discover the amazing underwater world of the Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience coastal habitats from around the world. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits, are ready to enchant and inspire you! Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Sandbar Shark, Green Sea Turtle, Harbor Seal , Komodo Dragon,Sand Tiger Shark , and Oyster Reef.
You also can enjoy a 1/3 mile walk along scenic Owls Creek and Oyster Reef. Oysters provide a valuable resource to the marine environment, improving the water quality and serving as a protective habitat for juvenile fish and other animals. In the evening we strolled through Virginia Beach’s downtown district, Town Center, for a night of shopping, shows, and great food. Stop by the Royal Chocolate to close out the night with a tasty treat!
Day 3: We have visited Atlantic Fun Park; Seasonal amusement center featuring 16 rides, a go-kart track, midway games & food stands. Very fun place to bring your kids. For quiet beach visiting you also can hop into Resort Beach; The beach was easily accessible, & clean. Uncrowded at the time. Was what we needed before a stressful few days. There is an excellent and valued Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum.
This museum oceanfront cottage documents migratory birds with paintings, artifacts & carved decoys. Right on the ocean/boardwalk, beautiful gardens, awesome decoys and art, lovely gifts (bought myself several), and tour guides.
- For accommodation, you can book the hotels earlier, it saves money.
- Try to visit on the weekdays if possible; Weekend is crowded.
- Must visit Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center