Virginia Beach is well known for sandy shores and blue skies, but green is definitely its go-to color. Home to one of the last great salt marsh habitats on the East Coast with hundreds of miles of inland waters, thousands of acres of parks and countless trails, this is much more than a seashore vacation. Whether you’re on one of our beaches or deep within the canopied forest of our state parks, there’s an open invitation to paddle, bike, hike, surf and swim your way to happiness.
Adventure sports are part of daily life here, so you’ll have no problem finding outfitters and guides to the area’s streams and wildlife refuges. Trails lead to pristine beaches at False Cape State Park, where primitive camping puts you under the stars with nothing but natural surrounds. First Landing State Park is a popular site for cycling and running, with well-established paths winding through old growth forests.
On the water, the chance of a dolphin encounter makes ocean kayaking a real treat in Virginia Beach. Along with surfing and paddleboarding, kayaking offers powerful connection with the quiet of nature. Boat tours take you to both offshore and inshore waters in search of dolphins, whales and more. For thrill seekers, parasailing and jet skis amp up the fun.