Warm days, cool evenings, refreshing water, and soft sand are a given with any Virginia Beach vacation. If you want to truly Live the Life, paddle into some of our outdoor adventures. Explore Wildlife and Outdoor Adventures in Virginia Beach.
Ready to set sail over open waters or splash around in the surf? Then you've come to the right place! From exhilarating watersports to relaxing boat tours, Virginia Beach has tons of aquatic activities to suit every water-lover!
Virginia Beach offers something for everyone with over 4,000 acres in parks and national refuges. Get back to the elements and discover a new way to see Mother Nature – by foot, bike, kayak or segway!
Along with commercial campgrounds, Virginia Beach is home to beautiful state parks where the true nature lover can set up camp.
Virginia Beach offers something for everyone in the over 4,000 acres in neighborhood parks, community parks, district parks, and other open spaces. Find out more about everything from playgrounds to picnic shelters and ball fields!
Virginia Beach has 16 different access sites to the various bays, creeks and rivers in the area.
This 4,321-acre area is a mile-wide barrier split between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, in the extreme southeast corner of Virginia Beach. It has 6 miles of unspoiled beaches, 12 primitive campsites, and 9 miles of hiking/biking trails.
Explore over 9,000 acres of beaches, dunes, farm fields and marsh at Back Bay Refuge.
On April 26, 1607, some 100 English settlers landed here and established the first elective government in English America before pushing up the James River to establish Jamestown. This historic event is reflected in the name of Virginia’s most visited state park.
Visit Virginia’s largest natural area preserve and discover the unique wetland community, forested swamps and freshwater tidal marshes of the lower North Landing River.
There are a number of awesome creatures which you may encounter during your visit to Virginia Beach.
Take a horseback ride down Virginia Beach’s pristine coastline or one of our many beautiful trails for a one-of-a-kind experience. Perfect for riders of all skill levels, horseback riding on your Virginia Beach vacation is a fun and unique way to Live the Life
We ask that you please work with us to help to protect and preserve our beloved natural areas.
Please familiarize yourself with what special requirements you may need for your visit to be a happy and healthy one and plan accordingly.
Kids, teens, adults and groups visiting the Virginia Aquarium can experience the natural world in an exciting new way - at the Adventure Park! The Adventure Park is both fun and full of learning opportunities about nature and one’s self.
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Mother Nature wasn’t shy when she
worked her magic on Virginia Beach. Aside from being a premier East
Coast beach vacation destination, with miles of pristine shorelines,
Virginia Beach boasts the best boardwalk, lush wildlife trails,
thousands of acres of parks, and the meandering waterways of the
inner and outer coast.
The unique configuration of Virginia
Beach is an adventure sport and outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Kayak
down our beach shoreline or maneuver the bay waterways for an up
close and personal introduction to the Virginia Beach wildlife. The
lush natural surroundings of our marshes and wildlife refuges will
envelop you in the harmonious chorus that our indigenous flora and
fauna have to offer.
No family beach vacation is complete
without a little adventure. Intent on a physical challenge? Seeking
out a serene natural sanctuary? Virginia Beach is acres of East Coast
beach front, a meandering inner coastal waterway, hiking trails,
nature walks, fresh water and salt water habitats all wrapped up in
one destination. You just might lose yourself soaking up the pure
wonderment that we live everyday. It’s time to reconnect,
rejuvenate, and reinvent yourself with what comes natural - Virginia
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The trail to high-flying fun follows the treetops.
Grab some sun and suds at a local craft brewery.
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Unleash your vacation at our pet-friendly parks and beaches.
Customize and send your very own Virginia Beach E-postcard.
Go behind the scenes with seals, sea turtles and sharks for a life experience like no other.
Start surfing at the Visitors Center with Free Wi-Fi.
Check out how emerging artists have turned familiar oceanfront fixtures into a public art project.Now on display at 19th Street and Parks Ave.
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