Virginia Beach Attractions

Things to do

2.75 million visitors can't be wrong! Virginia Beach is an amazing area with an incredible oceanfront boardwalk, miles and miles of beautiful beaches, restaurants for every palate, high-end resorts to affordable lodging and shopping areas to fit every budget. There are a wide variety of family venues including amusement parks, animal attractions and golf courses. It's the perfect vacation destination for you and your family.

Be sure to check out the oceanfront accommodations. There are plenty of choices including affrodable motels, upscale hotels, posh resorts and condo rentals- all located on the three mile long boardwalk. You'll be steps away from a variety of restaurants, entertainment venues and beachwear shops.

The Boardwalk in Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach Tourist Attractions

Don't miss out on what we consider the area's top tourist attractions! Some are right down the road and all are within an hour, but one thing is that you'll want to visit them all while you're vacationing in the Tidewater area!

Take a stroll on an oceanfront boardwalk fit for a king; King Neptune that is!!! The boardwalk stretches a full 3 miles and accommodates leisurely walkers, hardcore joggers, bicycle enthusiasts and inline skaters.

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center just completed a multi-million dollar, 12,000 sq. ft. renovation and you don't want to miss it!

Do you have the skills to pilot the Space Shuttle? Let your imagination take flight as you visit the Virginia Air and Space Museum, located just 35 minutes from the beach!

Still looking for more things to do while on vacation? Be sure to visit the Virginia Living Museum! You'll get up close and personal with over 250 species native to the Virginia area. From the mountains to the sea, explore Virginia's beautiful wildlife.

Are you an animal lover? Be sure to check out our webpage on the local zoo in Norfolk. Information includes operating hours, driving directions and a video showcasing many of the park highlights.

Need a little more action during your vacation? Then you definitely need to check out one of the many Virginia Beach Amusement Parks! From the 15th Street Amusement Park, to the Ocean Breeze Waterpark, we have something for everyone.

Tidewater area really does have it all. We know you're going to love visiting the area; the only regret will be that you're not staying in one of our fabulous oceanfront hotels or seaside resorts a little longer!

Virginia Beach Events

Balloons for Virginia Beach EventsHome to several great sporting events like the East Coast Surfing Championships, the North American Sand Soccer Championship and the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, our beach hosts some of the finest sport competitions along the East Coast.

Each year the East Coast Surfing Championships gets bigger and better. The event has officially been renamed Coastal Edge ECSC and promoters are excited to bring more sport attractions to the table along with expanding the array of activities to five full days.

Coastal Edge is Tidewater's leading surf and skate retailer. They will be working in conjunction with Vans and Monster Energy to put on the best East Coast Surfing Championships Tidewater has ever seen!


Musical notes for the Virginia Beach Amphitheater informationHow about a great night out listening to your favorite musicians while enjoying the beautiful weather? Check out the Verizon Amphitheater! This outdoor venue doesn't take a backseat to anyone.

Choose your seating area. You can't go wrong. The main seating is under a canopied roof and allows you to get up close and personal with your favorite musicians. The lawn area is perfect for bringing a nice blanket and hanging out with friends. The Verizon Amphitheater rents lawn chairs too.

Don't worry about the view from the lawn area! There are two huge screens that project everything going on stage. You won't miss a thing and the lawn seats have a great price.

Colonial Williamsburg

Ready for a great day trip? Be sure to visit Williamsburg, VA. It's the site of the first permanent English settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and boasts historical attractions like the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, along with a variety of museums and great theme parks like Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Planning Your Vacation

Virginia Beach Virginia Flip FlopsStart planning your family vacation today. Here are mileage and drive times from popular cities to VB!!

Drive Time
Driving Directions
Baltimore, MD 247 4 hrs 40 mins
Boston, MA 583 11 hrs 2 mins
Buffalo, NY 575 10 hrs 44 mins
Camden, NJ 274 5 hrs 39 mins
Chicago, IL 892 15 hrs 43 mins
Cincinnati, OH 627 10 hrs 15 mins
Cleveland, OH 563 10 hrs 9 mins
Hartford, CT 483 9 hrs 14 mins
Montreal, QC 717 13 hrs 32 mins
New York, NY 360 7 hours 13 mins
Newark, NJ 353 7 hours 3 mins
Philadelphia, PA 274 5 hours 41 mins
Pittsburgh, PA 437 8 hours
Providence, RI 539 10 hours 30 mins
Richmond, VA 107 2 hrs
Rochester, NY 584 10 hrs 20 mins
St. Louis, MO 928 15 hrs 25 mins
Syracuse, NY 515 9 hrs 48 mins
Toronto, ON 672 12 hrs 36 mins
Washington, D.C. 208 3 hrs 47 mins

Thank you!

Thanks for checking out our website while looking for things to do in Virginia Beach. We hope you find the information we have on the area's many tourist attractions helpful and that it helps you get the most out of your vacation time spent in this fun-filled city.

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