Summer is nearly here and if you’re anything like us, you’re already daydreaming about sunny vacations, outdoor adventures, and making new memories. Warm weather and longer days, it’s a fantastic time to get to know this great country and explore her beautiful coasts, national parks, and world-famous attractions. Family fun doesn’t have to expensive, especially when InTown Suites offers affordable, extended stay accommodations in exciting summer destinations like Virginia Beach. So don’t let your wallet stand between your family and travel this season, we’ve got budget-friendly tips and ideas for exploring one of America’s hottest vacation spots.
You don’t need money when the best things in life are for free! Trails, beaches, and romantic boardwalks, Virginia Beach has it all! And the best part? They’re all outdoors, breathtakingly beautiful and cost little to no money to experience.
With an extensive park system, Virginia Beach is often regarded as one of the best in the United States. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, First Landing State Park, and False Cape State Park each provide plenty of opportunity to cycle, walk, or run the salt marsh trails that dominate this maritime forest area, providing the perfect vantage point to view several species of birds and waterfowl in addition to otters, foxes, bald eagles, feral pigs—even wild Chesapeake Bay horses! These marshes, brooks—even swamps—are the perfect places to take a leisurely paddle or even cast a line. With a mix of freshwater, saltwater and brackish estuaries, the region is known as the Striped Bass Capital of the World and hosts a variety of fish species including land flounder, trout, Mahi Mahi, and more. Try your luck further inland or venture out towards the Atlantic for some serious offshore angling.
Summer in Virginia is hot and humid, so pack light and pack efficiently! Shorts, a couple of t-shirts, sneakers, and hat should keep you nice and cool and allow for plenty of outdoor exploration. Of course, you’ll want to bring your swimsuit and flip flops, as Virginia Beach boasts some of the most idyllic beaches in the world. Sandbridge Beach provides the perfect space to try out a variety of water sports like paddle boarding, surfing, skim boarding, while just off the coast sailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing are all viable ways to enjoy the salt air. Kayak out to where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic and paddle next to a leaping pod of bottlenose dolphins searching the abundant waters for their next meal.
Speaking of finding dinner, you’ll want to spend some time exploring Virginia Beach’s iconic three-mile boardwalk. Venture into the heart of the Resort Beach area and explore the amusement park rides that dot these piers while checking out local shops. Seafood can be pricey and hard to come by in other areas of the country, but here you’ll be spoiled for choice and variety. Lynnhaven Oysters, striped bass, blue crab, clams, and shrimp are just a few species you’ll find, and of course, freshness is always on the menu. Find a quaint little crab shack or look for a local crawfish boil to get the most bang for your buck and rub elbows with some friendly locals.
This Mid-Atlantic paradise also features plenty of attractions you won’t need your sea legs for. With over 4,000 acres of city parks, there’s something for everyone, including picnic shelters, playgrounds, splash zones, and ballfields for a full-day of family fun. And, in the off-chance foul-weather should push you inside, fear not, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center provide hours of visual stimulation. Add to that 18 nearby sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and you won’t have to hear the dreaded “I’m bored” once this summer vacation.
With so much to see and do in Virginia Beach, the last thing we want you to worry about is finding affordable accommodations. Our InTown Suites Virginia Beach location provides the perfect base to explore the Chesapeake Bay region and with our fully-equipped kitchens, saving money on your summer vacation has never been easier.