With the changing seasons, the horizon is often speckled with the glistening fins of our dolphin friends in Virginia Beach, especially around dawn and dusk. With miles of coastline along the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, our mammal friends are a common sight this time of year no matter where you’re looking.

While dolphin-watching from the comfort of a swell-side beach chair is one of our favorite pastimes, the best way to experience dolphins might be to get out on the water with them. Head to the harbor at Rudee Inlet, where many maritime options abound. Hop aboard one of our many popular boat tours and watch the wake as dolphins race to keep pace. Or, for an even closer look, get right down on the water on a sit-on-top kayak or stand-up paddle board, from Chesapean Outdoors. If you’re feeling adventurous, get an unmatched view by heading out on a parasailing expedition operated by the family-owned Adventure Parasail and take in the fin-tastic fun from above. In the Chic’s Beach neighborhood, we recommend opting for dinner and a show! A sunset dinner at one of the dockside restaurants of the Lynnhaven Inlet and Marina is a great place to see some dolphins up close, as they often swim into the Lynnhaven Inlet to visit.

With large groups of dolphins often ambling off of our coast, sightings are practically guaranteed. Whether by land, sea or sky, opportunities abound to see these intelligent creatures in Virginia Beach.