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The Virginia Beach coastline is flexible enough for parents with kids in tow to have a getaway that’s filled with adventure and exploration or simple relaxation. From building sandcastles and splashing in the water to getting up close and personal with seafaring critters, Virginia Beach attractions offer families plenty of ways to customize their trip.

Seaside adventures


It's not surprising that the beach is the city’s main attraction for families. It can be a festive, tourist-fueled experience, a backdrop for ecological wonder, or a quiet retreat. It all depends on what part of the coast you visit. If you want to take the kids for a day of fun in the sun, Virginia Beach won't disappoint.


Chesapeake Bay Beach


Also known as Chick’s Beach, this subdued shoreline is where the locals take their kids to escape the boardwalk's bustle. Expect calm waters and a more relaxed environment that's perfect for little ones.



Chesapeake Bay Beach website

Educational encounters


There are several museums and cultural spots in Virginia Beach that will fascinate kids and grown-ups alike. Children can experience U.S. history firsthand by visiting the city’s colonial-era buildings. Animals are always a hit, and little ones can also get an intimate look at the region’s marine creatures at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine centre.


Virginia Aquarium and Marine centre


Kids and adults can check out more than 300 species of marine animals at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine centre. There's even a touch pool with indigenous shellfish.


717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach 23451. Tel: +1 757 385 3474


Virginia Aquarium and Marine centre website


Rock wall and go-karts


Virginia Beach is home to plenty of amusements to keep families entertained for hours on end. Children of all ages will enjoy careening down slides into refreshing pools, while more adventurous types may want to try their hand at climbing a rock wall or driving a go-kart. Spots like Atlantic Fun Park and Ocean Breeze Waterpark will provide fun for the whole family.


Atlantic Fun Park


This coastal amusement park features several classic family carnival rides. A ride aboard the 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel will give you a bird’s eye view of the boardwalk.


233 15th Street, Virginia Beach 23451. Tel: +1 757 422 0467


Atlantic Fun Park website


Ocean Breeze Waterpark


This Caribbean-themed attraction has waterslides, a lazy river, and a lagoon designed for small children. Parking is free, and so is the sunscreen.


849 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach 23451. Tel: +1 757 422 4444


Ocean Breeze Waterpark website


Nature in action


Virginia Beach’s 265 parks highlight its status as an ecological haven. Some of these spaces allow families to enjoy a little outdoor adventure, whether that entails hiking through the city’s rural marshlands or paddling a kayak down one of its many waterways. If your kids simply need some space to run around and play, there's plenty of that, too.


First Landing State Park


This seaside park has about 20 miles of trails for families to explore. Several kayaking companies can also arrange a tour of the adjacent waters.


2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach 23451. Tel: +1 757 412 2300


First Landing State Park website


Fun on the water


The waters around Virginia Beach are ripe for family fun. Cruising the harbor with gold-hunting pirates or animal lovers looking for dolphins are popular pursuits that are sure to entertain visitors of any age. You could also go over and under the water by driving the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.


Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures


Set sail with a scurvy band of buccaneers in search of booty on this interactive, 75-minute boat ride.


308 Mediterranean Avenue, Virginia Beach 23451. Tel: +1 757 305 9700


Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures website