Virginia Beach Family Vacation Guide

Welcome to the Virginia Beach Family Vacation Guide! We'll do all  we can to help you make the most of your time together.

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Choosing a place to stay on Virginia Beach  will take some planning as the sandy beach has distinct locations  along it's 20 km stretch.  In reality Virginia Beach  as a location is about sandy beach vacations and less about the urban sprawl which now extends all the way along the beach and miles From Chesapeake Bay to the state line.

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Oceanfront Virginia Beach

Oceanfront is  one of the most popular locations and home to the enormous boardwalk that extends for miles and miles (59 Blocks!).  The huge length of the beach here means there is always enough room for your families although you may like to hire a bicycle at one of the many hire spots along the way , or bring your own.

If you are not sure where on the Oceanfront you may like to locate yourself I  have included this video footage of about half it's length below. Keep in mind that the boardwalk is most busy on the southern end.

Part of the attraction of this area is Beach Street USA. Over the summer there is complimentary family friendly activities and entertainment on daily. Go to the area between Atlantic Avenue between 17-25th.  See more information.

VIDEO: Virginia Beach Virtual Bicycle Tour - Boardwalk from 1st to 25th Street -

Sandbridge Island

If it's a quiet Virginia Beach family vacation spot you are looking for than head for  Sandbridge by Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This more peaceful and natural location will provide the opportunity for your family to reconnect, on bicycle tours , surfing or simply walking the beach together.

Chesapeake Bay Virginia Beach Vacation Spots

While most of the action is Oceanfront some families like  to situate themselves at  Chesapeake Bay to take advantage of the  calm water beach which  favors  families with young children.  The vacation vibe does exist here with  marina and  family restaurants  dockside, but in reality it is the Oceanfront where many families are heading.

Virginia beach Camping

 First Landing State Park is located on  Chesapeake Bay  and is an option for families looking to stay especially close to nature.  While there are activities to do in the park, you could also supplement these with trips to the beach. Go prepared for Outdoor showers however. Outdoor showers and clean restrooms are a helpful touch.  While there are also cabins  campsites were $24 to $32. at the time of writing.

Head to Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach - More information:

At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is a  Lighthouse where  1607 settlers arrived and is  one of the oldest in the country. Add  Cape Henry Lighthouse this to your list of  family friendly Virginia Beach activities and enjoy the scenery.  

The Town Center at Virginia Beach is probably not the ideal environment for a family vacation.  However there are times when it is worth a visit like for example when the local artists come out to show their wares in a lively environment. There are also well known restaurants and shopping.

Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off the second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • -  Cheap Airfares 
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet-Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.

Virginia beach for  Young Children to teens

One attraction that covers a lot of age groups  is the adventure area at the Virginia Aquarium. The Adventure Park  allows children older than five with little or without any experience to glide through the trees like little monkeys . There are 13 challenge levels depending on your child's age and abilities over Owl Creek. This works out to hundreds of tree crossings.

The Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium is the top paying attraction in the area.  Full name Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is touted as among  the" best aquariums in the country".  From hundreds of hands on exhibits to their National Geographic 3D Theater, it’s hard to fit all that the Virginia Aquarium has to offer into just one trip.  757-385-FISH (3474)  Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grommet Island Beach Park

Grommet Island Beach Park is a pretty special place for kids. ALL kids can play here and there is adapted equipment here that ensures it. This really it's a big playground located where surfing in this part of the world got it's start. Some of the unusual and unique activities you will find here include sand castle tables and little sway boards that allow children to visualize themselves swimming with dolphins - you will have to watch the video.

Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Tours

While pirate attractions re becoming increasingly popular Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Tours are at least a little different. You actually hit the seas on a replica of a 65 foot Spanish Galleon  and go in search of other famous pirates like Blackbeard and the Pearl. All with singing and dancing.  757-305-9700 

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Ocean Breeze Waterpark is the most frequented in the area with more than 20 rides and attractions.  You won't need to pay for parking or tubes here.

Virginia Beach Mini Golf

Really as you would expect there is a lot of mini golf happening in Virginia Beach. VB Jungle Golf is but one of scores. 

When to Visit Virginia beach

Of course you want to visit for a beach vacation in the Summer and know that this is the busy time of the year, but do you really want to go ahead anyway?  If you are camping than yes probably but book in advance.  Also if you want to take advantage of all the free activities the yes for you too.

If you are looking to price down your Virginia Beach vacation why not wait until  prices drop in October and pick up a discount in advance. The  restaurants are not going to close and you will have more room to get around without the crowds.

Flights to Virginia Beach

You will more than likely arrive at  Norfolk International Airport which is located less than half an hour away from you accommodation on the beach, or a little further for some other locations including the city.

Train To Virginia Beach

Yes you can take Amtrak to Newport but will need to hop a connecting bus to Virginia Beach.

Family friendly Report From Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach: Family Travel Report