A spring break in Virginia Beach doesn’t mean a break from your active lifestyle. In fact, let our coastal city be your playground! Whether you prefer to bike, hike or run the trails, you’ll find plenty of ways to spring into action this season – and zero excuses! 


Hiking or Running

A man running on the beach at sunset in Virginia Beach

Whether you prefer to hike or bike, Virginia Beach’s well-established system of lush parks and natural areas provides your feet with plenty of ground to cover. At First Landing State Park, hike through seven different ecosystems as you explore this local’s slice of paradise, which is also a registered Natural Landmark. Choose from 19 miles of interpretive trails through protected habitats, including 1.25 miles of beachfront, and take in the beauty of dunes, marshes and a maritime forest. For a more adventurous take, put your best foot forward through dunes, woodland, marshes and ocean beaches within the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for loggerhead sea turtles, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other local wildlife.  Find your way to False Cape State Park to discover six miles of pristine beaches, all accessible only by foot or by boat.

And that’s not all! From the enchanting cypress swamps of the Bald Cypress Trail and the three sandy trails through the maritime forests, marshlands and beaches of the Pleasure House Point Natural Area, to the leisurely 1.9-mile loop of Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach has you covered, with more than 550 miles of trails for all skill levels and preferences.



A woman riding a bike on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk

Pedal along Virginia Beach’s 200+ miles of bikeways and trails and enjoy some immersive stops along the way when you take your pick from the Bike, Brew and History Trail, the Bike, Brew and Arts Trail or the Family Fun Trail, each of which provides a fun way to get to know our city. 

Set foot on a new path every time you visit, thanks to new biking lanes and routes being added regularly. No bike? No problem! Rent one (or any equipment you need) from one of several local vendors. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, sign up for a guided biking tour to see wildlife, murals and more.


Strength Training

Joshua Carolino Surfing in Virginia Beach

Challenge yourself with a strength-training workout directly on the sand. Located on 36th Street at the Oceanfront, Hillier Ignite Fitness Park makes fitness child’s play. With rings, beams, bars, ropes and a variety of body-weight-based exercise equipment, your workout is sure to be as invigorating as the coastal breeze. 

Want to keep the outdoor strength-training vibes going? Challenge yourself with standup paddleboarding or kayaking (the local options are endless!), or stretch your muscles while easing your mind with a beach yoga class. For a truly holistic experience, try a beach meditation, too.