Virginia Beach is a wonderful summer vacation destination, offering a mix of activity and relaxation for families, couples, or solo travelers. From leisurely days on the beach, to art installations, tours and sightseeing, and upbeat dining and live entertainment options, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Virginia Beach.
Start with these 5 must-see and do’s in Virginia Beach to get your summer vacation planning underway!
1) Visit the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) offers visitors the chance to explore some of the most significant art of our time. Here you’ll discover regularly changing exhibitions featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from acclaimed artists around the world.
Spend an afternoon meandering through these mighty works of art— you’ll be glad you did!
2) Rent a bike and explore Virginia Beach on two wheels!
A unique alternative to traditional sightseeing, embark on a guided bicycle tour of Virginia Beach. Beach Bike Tours offers a leisurely tour through Virginia Beach, heading off the boardwalk past beautiful homes and gardens, and into First Landing State Park. On this tour you can walk a labyrinth, explore a bamboo forest, discover a meditation garden, hear the history of the Cavalier Hotel, and more.
Prefer to do things at your own pace? No problem! Rent a bike or some rollerblades from Cherie’s Bike & Blade Rentals — Virginia Beach’s oldest and largest rental company.
3) Check out Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge is a must-see! The barrier islands are full of large sand dunes, maritime forests, freshwater marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and plenty of impoundments for wintering wildfowl. The spectacular habitats of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be accessed via marsh trails, a boardwalk overlook, and from the beach itself.
4) See what’s happening at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts regularly hosts the Virginia Symphony, as well as opera, ballet, Broadway productions, and other renowned performing arts in its 1,200-seat venue. Be sure to check out their event calendar to see what’s coming up!
5) Meet dozens of marine animals at the Virginia Aquarium.
Don’t miss the chance to explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country! The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a National Geographic 3D Theater, programs and activities for kids, an adventure park including zip lining, and much more.
And after you’ve enjoyed all the city has to offer, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at our extended stay accommodation in Virginia Beach!
For more ideas on what to see and do in Virginia Beach, check out the Guide tab on the page linked above.