From flying high above the world aboard his shoulders to the genuine, full-belly laughter provoked on by one of his terrible jokes, the reasons for celebrating our fathers are endless. This year, skip the neckties and aftershave and give him something he can’t buy for himself at a store: quality time. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to show our dads a good time, in true Virginia Beach style, that are sure to have him feeling the love this Father’s Day.

Take Him Zip-Lining

 

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Adventureworks is offering a more traditional zip-lining experience to guests of all ages. This Father's Day Weekend, fathers zip for free with your paid admission. Register online at www.adventureworks.com/vb and use promo code "Dads2020" Guests will enjoy nine zip lines, up to 1,000 feet in length, including their popular tandem zip line, all nestled within 60 acres of maritime forests in the Oceanfront area.

Located just down the road from the Adventureworks, the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium is the largest park of its kind in Virginia and features multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses, perfect for thrill-seekers ages five and up. Zip through the air, up to 150 feet up, through a variety of leveled courses. Look up to see platforms in the trees connected by cables, wood and rope, that are forming bridges. Climb from bridge to bridge and experience a variety of challenges, outdoor fun and self-discovery.

 

Bike the Boardwalk

 

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The Virginia Beach Boardwalk was built with cyclists and walkers in mind. With separate biking and walking paths, cyclists can ride their beach cruisers along the coast without having to dodge pedestrians or cars, which makes it a safe place to explore for younger riders.

The 3-mile long Boardwalk is also our favorite place to break out our favorite beach cruiser bikes. You can even find tandem beach cruisers for a more challenging cooperative experience beside the beach. Whether you opt to ride the entire length of the Boardwalk or just ride your bike from stop to stop, this is one of our favorite Virginia Beach experiences.

 

Surf


Surfing with Kids

Considered by many to be the birthplace of East Coast surfing, the spirit of surfing runs deep in Virginia Beach. Whether you’re a novice, a “grommet” or a seasoned pro, catching one of our swells is a local experience you need to try.

Depending on the season, scoping out the ideal surfing conditions in Virginia Beach has become an art form. As many of our resident wave-riders will tell you, riding the perfect wave here comes at the cost of patience, tenacity and a little bit of luck – and that’s just how we like it. For those hopping on a board for the first time, Virginia Beach often offers the right conditions to safely ease into the action.  

 

Fish

 

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Known as the “Rockfish Capital of the World,” Virginia Beach and its neighboring waters are home to a multitude of freshwater, brackish and saltwater fishing opportunities. With the food-rich Chesapeake Bay adjoining the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, a long list of fish, including croaker, spot, flounder, striped bass, tautog, sea bass, trout, bluefish, skipjack, cobia, mahi-mahi, Spanish and king mackerel, puppy and red drum, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, white and blue marlin, amberjack and wahoo are abundant at various times of the year. 

Throwing a line over the edge of a fishing pier, such as the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, or simply sticking a pole in the sand and letting out some line are both great options for the land dwellers looking to test their luck without setting sail. Please note as part of the beaches opening on May 22, fishing from the beach will be prohibited from 1st Street to 42nd Street.

 

Eat

 

Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry

 

From and abundance of take-out options, to an endless list of restaurants offering outdoor dining, the restaurants in Virginia Beach are serving up the very best local flavors and coastal vibes this season. From clean spaces to the freshest food, there's a lot to love about our food scene this Father'sl Day.

 

Enjoy Our Parks, Beaches and other Natural Areas

 

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Social distancing doesn’t mean we have to stay confined to our couches for the time being. In fact, many experts recommend that we get outside and get some fresh air when we can, as long as we avoid contact with shared surfaces, like playgrounds, and with each other. We’re lucky to have some of the best beaches and parks right here in our backyard, ready to be explored.

The beaches are closed until May 22 except for the purposes of exercise and fishing. The State of Virginia has officially opened up Virginia Beach beaches on May 22 for sunbathing, swimming, fishing and active recreation; however, group sports on the beach (flag football, volleyball, etc.) are still restricted as well as tents or large groups of umbrellas.

 

Go Camping

 

Camping & Cabins- First Landing State Park

 

Virginia Beach is home to five campgrounds containing more than 1,800 campsites and nearly 70 rustic cabins, with amenities including restrooms/showers, guest laundry, bicycles, playgrounds, pools and boat ramps.

First Landing State Park offers tent, RV and cabin camping accommodations. The park has campsites both with and without water and electrical hookups and comes equipped with a picnic table and fire-grill. All tent and RV sites are located just steps from the Chesapeake Bay, offering campers close to water access. On the southern end of Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park features 12 primitive camping sites and an extensive environmental education program. There are no cabins, but campsites are open year-round and are located in four main areas – Barbour Hill Bay, Barbour Hill Ocean, False Cape Landing Bay and False Cape Landing Ocean.

 

Explore Our Beer Trail

 

Back Bay Beer

 

The ever-expanding craft beer scene in Virginia Beach is overflowing with unique flavors that we are proud to share with everyone who visits our coastal city. From juicy IPAs bursting with hops to complex barrel-aged sours, there’s a beer, and a brewery, for everyone who visits. The Virginia Beach Beer Trail is about celebrating all of our great local breweries and brews, from the Chesapeake Bay District to the Oceanfront, one pint at a time.

 

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