Disclosure: I visited Virginia Beach on a complimentary press trip, but all opinions are my own.
Although I didn’t bring my kids to Virginia Beach during the media trip I took a few weeks ago, Virginia Beach is definitely a very family-friendly place. I certainly hope that I can take my own children sometime – the flight from Boston is very short and it’s such a wonderful place for families. While you can (and should) combine a Virginia Beach vacation with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, as I did, there are plenty of things to do with families.
Five things to do with kids in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Spend time on the beach. Of course, you can just spend your entire vacation on the three-mile boardwalk area, swimming, sunning, and shopping. You can also rent bikes and surrey cruisers and ride around. There are also other beaches in the Virginia Beach area, if you are up for some exploring.
Enjoy pools and water park fun at your hotel. Many of the hotels on the boardwalk, like the Virginia Beach Holiday Inn and Suites (where I stayed), offer fun pools with water features. Our resort had a standard outdoor pool, a pool with two small water slides (pictured to the left), and a lazy river, along with a kids’ club and a small movie theater. Families can also get family suites, if you’d like to have more room.
Eat some delicious food. There are lots of delicious restaurants in Virginia Beach, including the Coastal Grill, Eat – An American Bistro, and Tautogs Restaurant. There’s also a fabulous farmer’s market with a butcher, ice cream shop, bakery, farm stands, and more.
Visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Although we only spent a short time at the Aquarium, it’s definitely a place where you could spend most of the day. Read my full review of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
Take a day trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Visit Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge for a quieter, relaxing day. Read my entire post about the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Disclosure: I attended the Virginia Beach Front Family Fun and Food Media Tour, and received complimentary activities, meals, and lodging.