Virginia Beach, Virginia, is touted on the Eastern seaboard of the United States as a family friendly beach. If you are looking for fun, inexpensive vacation ideas for your family this summer, you may want to consider a trip to the area.
In addition to the beach, there are many free and inexpensive things to do with your family while visiting the area.
The museum is on 24th street on the boardwalk. You can learn about Coastie history and other things during the tour of the museum. Be careful! The museum is supposedly haunted. Maybe you can spy the ghost!
This attraction is free and it’s on 13th street just off the boardwalk. Here, you can learn about famous Virginians and their contributions to America and the world.
Mount Trashmore is very close to the beach, just off of the interstate. The park is REALLY called Mount Trashmore! It gets it’s name because the man-made mountain in the middle of the park is made from trash.
Be sure to bring along a kite. It’s fun to climb the mountain and fly kites on the top of the landmark. At the park, you’ll also find a skate park, a playground, walking trails, and much more.
My kids loved visiting this lighthouse! The lighthouse is on a working military base, so be prepared to have your car searched before you can get to the lighthouse though.
The kids hiked to the top of the lighthouse where we were all treated to a spectacular view! Admission to the landmark is minimal.
If you love history and nature, this is the place for you. First Landing State Park was the first place the colonists landed before making their way to Jamestown in the 1600’s.
Here, you can hike, bike, boat, and explore the nature trails. There are also cabins which you can rent, or campsites. Reserve spaces well in advance as they fill up quickly. Remember that summer time in Virginia is hot and humid. If you are camping or hiking during August or September, remember to bring insect repellent as these are “mosquito months”.
This attraction is well worth the cost. You can explore the aquarium, take a stroll on the nature trails on the aquarium grounds, watch an IMAX movie, or take a dolphin or whale watching boat tour.
My kids love this museum and I’d readily recommend adding it to your “must see” list when you are in town.
Have you ever visited Virginia Beach? What was your favorite local attraction?