Visiting Virginia Beach with Children

Virginia Beach is a beautiful location to visit with the family. Especially in autumn when the trees turn bright red and orange, Virginia Beach is an ideal location to spend a weekend.

Have kids? Virginia beach has many family friendly attractions for everyone to enjoy!

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Beautiful Virginia Beach

The Best Attractions For Families

The Virginia Aquarium is a perfect location for your child’s imagination to run wild. Catch swimming animals with your hands and observe the beauty of the ocean in observation tanks featuring exotic animals from around the world.

Another great location to stop for an afternoon is First Landing State Park, the primary site of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Rich in American history, this area has seen activity from Native American canoes, settlers, traders, as well as modern cargo ships. Brush up on your history as your kids run along the shore and play in the waves.

Whether you’re an expert angler or just want to bring the kids out on the water you’ll love the fishing options available at Virginia Beach. Located near Chesapeake Bay, the open Atlantic Ocean, and many small freshwater waterways, there are opportunities available no matter what your skill level or preferred location.

Reel in some world-class offshore action or bring the kids to a calmer inland location for a day of excitement and anticipation. No matter what you’re looking for in a fishing experience, Virginia Beach has the perfect experience for you.

The Best Dining Options

If you like to fish, you will love participating in a ‘Catch and Cook’ evening with a participating restaurant in the area. Simply join a charter fishing tour with one of the providers in the area and bring your catch to a local participating restaurant. (Options Include: Rudee’s, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, Murphy’s Irish Pub, and Waterman’s Surfside Grill) They’ll cook it for you and you’ll be able to enjoy the rewards from your adventure earlier that day!

If you want to dine like a local, there are many delicious restaurants along the beach itself! These locations range from family oriented eateries to high-end locations for a romantic evening with the sweetheart. For a map of these beach restaurants, visit this link.

Have a sweet tooth? Check out some of the local chocolate factories in the area! For a taste of homemade European style chocolates try the Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Care for an exquisite fondue? The Royal Chocolate is as good as it gets!

Looking for something stronger? Six breweries are in the Virginia Beach area for you to explore. You will need to leave the kids at home for this one unfortunately as they won’t be allowed inside on the tour.

Places to Stay

You will have no shortage of places to stay in Virginia Beach, and you’ll be able to find affordable lodging on nearly any budget! For a slightly more expensive option, check out the Vacations Homes lining the water. Condo rentals are also available, as well as many lovely bed and breakfast locations.

A large number of hotels are also available. Many are located along the shore just a short walking distance from the main attractions and restaurants.

Driving Instructions

Virginia Beach is conveniently located within a day’s drive of most American cities in the northeast. City specific directions are listed below.

Boston, New York, and Philadelphia – Travel south on I-95.

Quebec, Montreal, Toronto (Canada) – Travel south on I-81.

Washington, Richmond, Williamsburg – Travel east on I-64.

Raleigh – Travel north on I-95.

Charlotte – Travel north on I-85.

Once you arrive, you’ll want to make your way to one of the eight parking garages stretching along the coastline. Once your car is taken care of, you will be free to enjoy all the wonderful experiences Virginia Beach has to offer!

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