A Great Place
To Just Be A Kid

  • Family fun starts with busy kids

    Great news for Mom and Dad: confessions of boredom are almost unheard of in Virginia Beach. Not only does the ocean provide limitless fuel for the imagination, there are literally playgrounds atop this vast sandy playspace, tailor made for kids of all ages and abilities.

    The power of suggestion is strong here, with pirates, mermaids and castle-minded engineers finding plenty of ways to express themselves. Future deep sea divers will love the amazing creatures of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Junior shredders will take to the waves with ease, helped along by surf lessons and outfitters. Budding adventurers will love navigating the trails of First Landing State Park. It all leads to the kind of active days that make bedtime a breeze.

    And we’re not just talking about the little ones – grownup and almost-grownup fun is equally easy to find. The resort area is perfect for limited wandering, with shops and restaurants to suit even the most discriminating tween and teen tastes. Cruising our three-mile boardwalk and bike path is a favorite outing, with bike rentals available. Best of all, keeping the kids happy is easy on you. So plan to relax and enjoy every unboring minute.

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  • Mornings in Virginia Beach

    It’s morning in Virginia Beach. The steady indecision of the shifting tide sets the soundtrack for the impending tango between light and dark in the distance. The sunlight dances into your bedroom, bringing with it the promise of a new day and...
     

    A Winter Weekend Away in Virginia Beach

    While we are all for taking some time away from our daily grinds for a sun-soaked seaside summer retreat, we also firmly believe that all seasons have something to offer in Virginia Beach. With mild temperatures and a laid-back local vibe, a winter...
     

    VA Beach Inspired Thanksgiving: Stoley's Restaurant

    For this year's Va Beach-Inspired Thanksgiving recipe, we checked in with Chef David Hannah of Stoley's Restaurant to see how he makes his sausage and herb stuffing using house-made sausage and locally-sourced ingredients. Check out his recipe below...
     

    5 Staples of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

    In the north end of the ViBe Creative District, The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is an exploration of the masterpieces of today by artists of regional and national notoriety. With regularly changing exhibits, there is always something...
     

  • Plan Your Adventure

    Grommet Island Park

    Grommet Island

    Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground For EveryBODY, a 100% handicap accessible oceanfront park, is the first of its kind in America! Now, anyone with a disability can have a day at the beach.

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    Water Activities

    Water Activities

    Sailing, surfing, swimming...you name it; we've got every water activity under the sun sure to please kids of all ages. Grab the kids and get on the water today!

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    First Landing State Park

    First Landing

    Outdoor activity for the entire family abounds in Virginia's most visited state park. First Landing offers boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, a boat launch, cabins and 19 miles of trails on 2,888 acres.

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    Mount Trashmore Park

    Mt. Trashmore

    Once a landfill, over 60 feet high, 800 feet long and 165 acres. Home to Kids Cove playground, skate ramps, and many special events. Fitness trail, water wise gardens and many more recreational amenities.

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    The Boardwalk

    The Boardwalk

    Our three-mile boardwalk is the perfect playground for biking, rollerblading, and just having fun. There are outdoor cafes and nautical sculptures on one side, and a wide beach and Atlantic Ocean on the other. What more do you need?

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    Virginia Aquarium

    Virginia Aquarium

    Virginia's marine environment is represented through 700,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a nature trail and larger-than-life movies on a National Geographic 3D screen. 717 General Booth Blvd. 757-385-FISH Group Tours and Rentals are available.

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    Play It Safe

    Play It Safe

    Virginia Beach wants your visit to be enjoyable, so please keep in mind the following safety tips:

    Never swim alone. Swim near a lifeguard. 

    Ask a lifeguard about water conditions. 

    Red flags = dangerous water. 

    Know your swimming ability.

    Stay close to shore. 

    Flotation devices are no substitute for swimming ability. 

    If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore. 

    Never leave children unattended. 

    Don't dive. Go feet first. 

    Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk, and avoid shiny jewelry or swimwear. 

    Body surfers should keep their arms in front to avoid injury. 

    Protect your skin. Use sunscreen.

    Find A Kid Program

    Find a Kid

    To ensure the safety and security of the little ones in your vacation party, many Virginia Beach hotels and motels participate in the Find-A-Kid Wristband Program. By way of an identification wristband distributed at hotel front desks to children 10 and under, this free and voluntary program helps locate wandering children and gets them back to their parents as quickly as possible. Ask your hotel if they participate in this security program.

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    Protect Against the Sun

    Protect Against Sun

    Sun Care Tips:

    Put enough on. The recommended application for adequate protection is 35 to 40ml per person per session (a handful). "So someone may think they are applying SPF15, say, but if they don't use the correct amount then it may only be equivalent to SPF8," says Richardson. 

    Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands. 

    Apply correctly. Sunscreen should be applied to clean, dry skin 30 minutes before exposure to the sun which allows it time to absorb properly. 

    Take time out in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm when them sun is strongest, but still apply sun screen because sand, concrete and water can reflect harmful rays. 

    Reapply. Perspiration, exercise, swimming and towel-drying removes sun creams from the skin so you should reapply after taking part in any of these activities, even if the product is waterproof. 

    Everyday use of sun lotions on your face and back of the hands will limit the chances of developing dry leathery skin, wrinkles, mottling and other signs of premature aging and skin cancer. 

    Cover up in the sun with loose cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. 

    Use a "broad spectrum" sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. 

    Overcast weather still requires sunscreen in summer because 80 per cent of ultra-violet radiation is still present on cloudy days. 

    Children and babies need greater protection so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.

    Bike Rentals

    Bike Rental

    One of the many things to do on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach is rent a bike with your family. You can generally fit 4-6 people on a Surrey bike that can be rented, and since the boardwalk offers a bike path, you'll have plenty of room to ride. Rentals available at: 39th St, 35th St, 24th St, 22nd St, 20th St, 19th St, 13th St, 10th St, 8th St, & 2nd St.

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