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Virginia Beach

Inspect the historic monuments, hike through the maze-like trails of the parks and relax on the long and sandy beach.

Virginia Beach has a wide and lively boardwalk at the back of its 3-mile (5-kilometer) stretch of sand. The town contains several state parks and a vast refuge with freshwater lakes and a diverse terrain. Visit Virginia Beach for a combination of dynamic culture, historic landmarks and relaxing parks.

Stroll past the many shops and restaurants of the beachside boulevard and enjoy the vista of the Atlantic Ocean. Reach Neptune’s Park, a cultural cornerstone of the city, with regular open-air summer concerts. It is marked by the exceptional King Neptune, a large sculpture of the muscular god of the sea.

For a sense of the history of this oceanfront city, visit the fascinating Old Coast Guard Station. The museum sheds light on the rescue techniques of the lifesaving service.

Consider how the city also looks toward the future, with innovation exemplified by Mount Trashmore Park. The site has been entirely transformed from an abandoned landfill into a green, hilly park flanked by two lakes. Follow the walking trail and pause for a picnic atop a former landfill mountain.

Explore the outer regions of the city for its vast and varied parks. Go to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to spot deer, horses, snow geese and tundra swans. Ride the tram for a tour through the park toward the picturesque False Cape State Park.

Cycle along the trails of First Landing State Park. Work on your tan at the beach on one of the area’s typically hot and humid summer days. Winters bring occasional snow flurries, but mostly mild temperatures.

The city is near Cape Henry, which stands at the confluence of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It is near the border with North Carolina in Virginia’s southeastern corner. Fly to Norfolk International Airport and drive east for 17 miles (27 kilometers) to reach the city. You can also get around by bus or train.

Virginia Beach is a place with vast parks with varied topography, intriguing museums and a lively beach scene.

Where to stay in Virginia Beach

Sandbridge Beach featuring hiking or walking and a sandy beach as well as an individual male

Sandbridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and parks in Sandbridge. You might want to make time for a stop at Sandbridge Beach or Dam Neck Beach.

Sandbridge
Virginia Beach which includes rides

Northeast Virginia Beach

4/5Very Good!(2,863 area reviews)

While visiting Northeast Virginia Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Virginia Beach Boardwalk and First Landing State Park.

Northeast Virginia Beach
Norfolk - Virginia Beach

Northwest

3.5/5Good!(771 area reviews)

While visiting Northwest, you might make a stop by sights like Virginia Beach Town Center and Norfolk Premium Outlets.

Northwest
Morning runs

Chic's Beach

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

If you're spending some time in Chic's Beach, Chesapeake Beach (Chick's Beach) and Sylvan Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Chic's Beach
Lynnhaven, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States of America

Lynnhaven

Travelers enjoy Lynnhaven for its beaches and restaurants. Consider checking out Francis Land House while you're in the area.

Lynnhaven
A pair of gadwall ducks on Great Neck Lake.

North Central

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North Central, Princess Anne Plaza Shopping Center and Francis Land House are top sights worth seeing.

North Central

Top Hotels in Virginia Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
4 out of 5
3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA
The price is $149 per night

Located in Northeast Virginia Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and Neptune Statue. ...

4/5Very Good! (945 reviews)

"Really nice hotel, great lacation, the beach is 20 feet from the hotel. Staff was great. Hotel was very clean. We love Virginia Beach."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1307 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA
The price is $119 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Northeast Virginia Beach hotel is on the boardwalk, steps from Seabreeze Beach and Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Virginia ...

3.9/5Very Good! (940 reviews)

"Very clean room. Friendly staff. It is a little dated but is right on pier which is great for me. Nice ocean front view"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
3 out of 5
5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA
The price is $87 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Northeast Virginia Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seabreeze Beach and Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Neptune Statue and First Landing ...

3.3/5 (1,149 reviews)

"We had a good experience at this hotel. The cleaning needs to improve but other than that it was quiet and pleasant to stay at the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Popular places to visit in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
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Virginia Beach Boardwalk

4.5/5(3,185 reviews)

Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll along this oceanfront strip, the heart of Virginia Beach’s dining and entertainment scene.

Virginia Beach Town Center
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Virginia Beach Town Center

4.5/5(523 reviews)

When you visit Virginia Beach Town Center, a popular shopping spot in Virginia Beach, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches or experience its great live music.

Sandbridge Beach
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Sandbridge Beach

4.5/5(290 reviews)

Escape to this quiet, family-friendly beach to enjoy fishing, strolling, dining on fresh seafood or simply relaxing on the sand.

Virginia Beach Convention Center
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Virginia Beach Convention Center

4/5(252 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Virginia Beach Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Virginia Beach. Experience the great live music or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark
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Ocean Breeze Waterpark

4/5(302 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Ocean Breeze Waterpark and find out why this is a favorite amusement park in Virginia Beach. Discover the seafood restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Neptune Statue
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Neptune Statue

4.5/5(816 reviews)

Find out about the history of Neptune Statue, a well-known monument in Virginia Beach. Discover the great live music in this walkable area, or seek out the jogging trails.

Top things to do in Virginia Beach

Guided Kayak Dolphin Watching Eco-Tour
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Guided Kayak Dolphin Watching Eco-Tour

$60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Virginia
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Virginia

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Virginia
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Virginia

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Virginia
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Virginia

$10
Per adult
Virginia Beach Scavenger Hunt: Surf, Sand and Sculptures
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Virginia Beach Scavenger Hunt: Surf, Sand and Sculptures

$20
Per adult
Paint Night
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Paint Night

$31
Per adult

Reviews of Virginia Beach

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2204
5 - Excellent 49.01045141205248%
4 - Good
1826
4 - Good 40.604847676228594%
3 - Okay
372
3 - Okay 8.272181454302869%
2 - Disappointing
68
2 - Disappointing 1.5121191905714921%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.600400266844563%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

The beach was great but the Travelodge was HORRIBLE

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Will not go back again. Very dirty on Atlantic Avenue, felt unsafe at dusk. Has gone to a very nasty town from years before.

5/5 - Excellent

Danielle

Jun 7, 2020

Great crystal and gemstone shops.

5/5 - Excellent

Cordell

Jun 6, 2020

Been coming here for 20 years. Since a little, teen to an adult. VA Beach is my home away from home. From leisure, swimming and partying I'll forever love and enjoy this Oceanfront.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

The beach and shops were very nice.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Va beach is great. I go often. Great place for family and children.

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