The 10 Best Things to Do in Virginia Beach, United States

December 5, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Virginia Beach has all the elements of a classic seaside resort: gorgeous beaches, a lively boardwalk, plenty of restaurants and nightspots, and amusement rides sure to appeal to kids. Sports enthusiasts will find celebrated golf courses in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area, as well as sea kayaking and miles of hiking trails. Many believe Virginia Beach is at its best in the off-season, when the town is less crowded but the weather is still mild.
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1. Military Aviation Museum

1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457-1542 +1 757-721-7767
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Military Aviation Museum

World War One and Two aircraft THAT STILL FLY are the heart of this unique museum. 40,000 guests each year travel from all over the world to see our aircraft, especially during our major events and airshows. Come see why the Military Aviation Museum is one of the top attractions in all of Virginia Beach! Take a flight in an open cockpit biplane for a once in a lifetime experience, and learn about the heroes of the first fifty years of military aviation.

Reviewed By okumawa - Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Military Aviation Museum has planes and hangars from WWl and WWll. Unfortunately, there aren't very many and the entire upstairs is empty. It might be interesting during an event, but it was mediocre for a family visit. The prices were reasonable, but could've been better spent. Pro: The volunteers are really helpful, although they seemed busy at times.

2. Sandbridge Beach

Virginia Beach, VA
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sandbridge Beach

Reviewed By Hunter H

I loved this beach. Usually there are a lot of sand flies in the VB area but I didn’t have a problem when I drove up to Sandbridge. It has a nice little beach town that I loved seeing!

3. Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach, VA +1 804-590-2430
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

This three-mile concrete promenade is always busy with bicyclists, strollers, diners and people-watchers. During the summer, three oceanfront stages offer nightly entertainment.

Reviewed By Victoria F - Canada

So we had to pick the week when it's COLD and I do mean cold high of 7 but sunny. We walked down Atlantic Blvd to about 31st Street due to it being so windy on the boardwalk, then we cut over to the boardwalk to walk back as the wind was at our backs much better. Watched teams playing blooper ball on the beach, a few people out and about. Clean looking for a place to grab a hot coffee with maybe Bailies no nothing, ended up going into Calypso's to rest our feet. Nice clean boardwalk.

4. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347 +1 757-301-7329
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and nature photography in a completely natural environment. The Refuge grounds are open sunrise to sunset daily. The Visitor Center hours of operation are the following: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

Reviewed By DRJ7374

I walked seven miles from Backbay into False Cape on the trails, then walked six miles on the beach back to my car. The sand dunes are huge. This is such a serene place. Miles of dunes and beach as far as the eye can see.

5. First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1415 +1 757-412-2300
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 910 reviews

First Landing State Park

Nature enthusiasts will love this park with 2,700-acres of hiking trails, cypress swamps and nesting grounds for a variety of birds.

Reviewed By JIll R

We went for what we thought was a 6 mile loop but we missed a turned and it turned into a 12 mike loop! The park is beautiful the marshes along the wooded path create a beautiful ecosystem the cypress trees are stunning the sounds of frogs and birds it was lovely. The lake is also a stunning view and it’s not very hilly so it’s perfect for a long hike.

6. Virginia Beach

Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Virginia Beach

Reviewed By Kattia47 - Charlotte, NC

This was my first time visiting Virginia Beach and it was wonderful. Although the weather was freezing it made it hard to actually enjoy the beach but when it warmed up it was a pleasant stay. Will be back in warmer weather

7. Neptune's Park

3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3032 +1 757-491-3000
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 464 reviews

Neptune's Park

Home of the FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Neptune's Park adjacent to the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, sports 72,000 square feet of space overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This park is not only home to the Free Summer Concert Series but also lots of special events all year long. Neptune's Park is truly one of a kind and we invite you to see for yourself.

Reviewed By Victoria K - Tampa, Florida

We went on the Neptune Festival day so it was crowded and I couldn't really give a fair review for this place, but the Festival was cool with all sorts of art and the statue was really incredible. It's a HUGE statue and I kind of wish I could have a miniature of it for my house.

8. Mount Trashmore Park

310 Edwin Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4523 +1 757-473-5237
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 403 reviews

Mount Trashmore Park

Reviewed By naturistcouple1234 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach is located right along highway 264. The park is known for the large hill that sits in front of a large pond. There are running trails that circle the hills and pond. The park also features two play grounds. One that is very large with climbing boulders, playset, swings, and restroom facilities. There is also a medium size skate park as well as a full half pipe there. The top of the hill is a great place to fly a kite or to work on some hill training or stair climbing. The longest loop around the park is probably around 1.8 miles. There are also excercise stations located around the running trail. The park is well maintained.

25th & Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Naval Aviation Monument

Reviewed By Edward C - Bellport, New York

The monument square is located right off the beach so it's within strolling distance from all the major hotels. I served in the navy, particularly on two carriers and I can say the entire history of this service is well represented. It's a must visit for those who have ever served on a carrier. Leave yourself a half hour to look at all the exhibits and plaques, an hour if you want to read everything.

10. Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Association for Research and Enlightenment

215 67th St, At the intersection of 67th Street and Atlantic Avenue., Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061 +1 757-428-3588
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Association for Research and Enlightenment

Explore the fascinating work of Edgar Cayce, documented psychic and the "father of holistic medicine." Founded in 1931 to research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams, philosophy, reincarnation, and intuition. Join us daily for free lecture, film and tour. Visit our library, bookstore and gift shop, relaxing meditation garden, or stone labyrinth. Enjoy a healthy meal at the Leaping Lizard Café or relax in our holistic spa. Visit our Web site for a full schedule of events for our non-profit organization.

Reviewed By Roger033 - Harrisburg, PA

As a Life Member it was nice to be back at the A.R.E for another conference. I attended the conference on Friday night and things were going well until I was rudely interrupted by an employee by the name of Renee.

I was intensely focused on the program and was occasionally checking my iPhone to see if the day before purchased spare battery was indeed re-charging my phone. {it wasn't, I needed to unplug and plug it back in again, who knew?]

Moments later, I get this lady interrupting my listening to the speaker, stating "Are you recording this?"

I had no clue what she talking about and so I said "what?"

She said "Are you recording this?"

I said "no" and she went away.

For the record "NO! I WAS NOT RECORDING THE EVENT"

There was a hour left to the presentation but I was never able to regain my focus on the presentation. i returned the following morning for another presentation and was still unable to get back in the groove.

I went back to my hotel, checked out and went home, I have the expectation that when I attend a event at the A.R.E it will be a peaceful sanctuary away from home. I didn't spend hundreds of dollars in the price of the conference, hotel and other cost to be annoyed/harassed at a conference.

I follow the rules of society to a fault! If you are coming to me to assist me in my spiritual growth, GREAT!!! THANK YOU!!!, otherwise PLEASE leave me alone PERIOD!

Of course, the million dollar question is "What was I to learn from this experience" Still listening for the answers to that question.

BOTTOM LINE: The A.R.E. has been a great resource for many, many years in providing me with the knowledge needed to grow spiritually. I am indeed most grateful to all the dedicated professionals at the A.R.E.

However, I currently have no desire to return to A.R.E & will be reviewing if my charitable donations should be redirected elsewhere, the answers will come.

Thanks again!

Roger

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