August 20, 2017

What to Do in Virginia Beach (Much More than Build Sand Castles)

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back in April, I let you know about a TripAdvisor survey listing the best U.S. destinations for families to discover this summer. On the top five were two cities in my home state, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. A couple of days ago I received the 2011 Virginia Beach Vacation Guide in the mail, and boy can I see why Virginia Beach ranked number two this year.

Take a look at just a few of the kids activities you can enjoy (it’s so much more than just a beach!):

  • Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy trails, fishing, biking and even a tram ride at this 9,000 acre wildlife refuge. Several educational activities requiring kids to bring along “field notebooks” as they explore who uses the marsh and the pond habitat, as well as sea turtles, are also available.
  • Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures: Hop aboard the Lost Pearl, a perfect replica of a 65 ft Spanish Galleon, and set sea for a 1.5 hour cruise. You and your kids will sing pirate songs, engage in a water cannon battle and enjoy the dolphins that often swim alongside the boat.
  • First Landing State Park: Stop by for various self-guided and guided programs that cover crabbing, beach walks, nature hikes and structured environmental education programs. Your kids will be able to participate in a Junior Ranger program and you’ll find a wet lab at the Chesapeake Bay Center.
  • Hunt Club Farm: Just five miles from the oceanfront, you’ll find agricultural-based education and entertainment. Your kids will love the petting farm and pony rides, as well as the seasonal produce markets. They also offer a summer camp.
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: Stop by to check out the open-ocean aquarium, a turtle-hatching lab and the 3D IMAX theatre. The center also offers excursions to see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat as well as a cruise on a pontoon boat through the last undeveloped salt marsh in Virginia Beach.

You’ll also find lots of other fun family activities, like the Ocean Breeze Water Park, Motor World Family Thrill Park and American Indoor Karting. Have you ever been to Virginia Beach? I’d love to hear about some of the fun activities you took in while on your vacation.

Planning a trip to Virginia? You might also want to check out these Things to do With Kids in Williamsburg!

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