This is our FAVORITE vacation spot. Of all time. Really. I think we have been there 6 times? out of our 11 married years. We have taken family members there, just to share with them the amazing place. It is clean, and I don't need to worry about my kids being exposed to rude and vulgar language, etc. Great place. On the beach/boardwalk, there are playground toys (free) as well as an amusement park (costs), but you don't have to spend money to have fun. The kids LOVE the water, and the sand.
My children's favorite beach activity is the ocean. They can't get enough of swimming in the ocean here!
I would recommend that you plan to spend a couple days on the beach, but not all day. The kids can get quite tired after just a few hours of the sun and water.
OK, I admit it, this California girl really can't see too much different in the beaches from Delaware to Florida along the Atlantic coastline. To me the water quality, waves, undertow and sand quality is much more dependent on the weather and season than the location.
However, I will say that the entire Virginia Beach area surprised me by being more natural and less commercial than I expected. In Virginia Beach, the hotels come directly up to the boardwalk on one side and on the other side of the Boardwalk down a few stairs is the beach.
By the Neptune Statue there is a tot-sized play structure and down a few blocks further there is simple/classic adult exercise equipment.
Our Family went to Virginia Beach recently, and it truly was lovely. We went around sunset, making it all the more of an amazing view. At this time it wasn't too crowded, so we could simply enjoy the trip. Definitely would recommend this as a perfect trip with the family!
I have been there many times and the food around there is great. They have things for all ages and shows around there. They have things from tattoo places, beach places, riding bikes and you can rent anything like motorcycles and mopeds to ride around on.
We visited VA Beach often during our 4 years living in Virginia. The water is perfect and warm in the summers. It was common to see dolphins in the water which was fun! It was our tradition to go here every July 4th and sit on the beach to watch fireworks. Highly recommend enjoying some time here with your family / little ones! Our kids have always enjoyed seeing dolphins frequently from here too.
We visit the beach often because we live very closeby. We love Virginia Beach and all there is to do while we are down there. The beach is very clean and the lifeguards really watch while the people and children are in the water. We have had nothing but great experiences when we go to the Virginia Beach BEACH. The beach does get a little packed/busy but that is to expect when it's the summer and so very HOT. Overall, the beach is a wonderful experience and I would tell anyone to visit while on vacation.
The beach at Virginia Beach is average. I have been to Ocean City as far south as Aruba and this beach is cleaner that some I have been to, but not nearly as beautiful as the Caribbean. The water and beaches seem to be better taken care of than Ocean City. People are friendly and there are a lot of tourists. The sand is plentiful, so there can be volleyball games that don't interrupt the sun bathers. Get out there early and reserve your lounge chair!
This is a great beach for families. The boardwalk area, with all of the hotels and restaurants, can be fun because everything is so close and in walking distance. You can easily take a break from the waves to go grab an ice cream cone, then go right back to sitting on the beach. Plus, there are plenty of lifeguards on duty at all times. It can sometimes be difficult to find a restroom, and it can get pretty crowded at times, but the scenery and the atmosphere are worth it.
We went on a weekday and we stayed in an affordable hotel. The beach was clean and not crowded. There were plenty of restaurants and shops around. They had an inflatable play area we didn't get a change to go there but I thought it was a nice addition.
Virginia Beach is a nice place. Yes, it can be touristy like anywhere else, but the Boardwalk and sand are clean, the town provides a good number of showers/changing facilities, and there are lots of lodging and parking options. The beach is nice and wide, and you can easily fly kites, throw a frisbee, etc. The town does not allow cussing or bad language (seriously, it's one of their rules!).
As another reviewer noted, the waves can be a bit forceful, so if you have little ones, make sure they are wearing floaties or a vest.
When we went in July, we found very few seashells at this beach. Another weird phenomenon was one day the water was very warm, and two days later it was ice cold (60 degrees). I am told that a storm out on the ocean churned the water and dredged up some very cold water from way down deep. Still, it was quite a shock to go from 100 degrees down to 60!
This has been our first visit to VA Beach - it's a very 'urban' beach. We're used to beach being very far from restaurants and activities, but this one is very busy with people, hotels, restuarants. Our hotel is right on the boardwalk, so we have a short walk from the hotel, over the bike trail, then the beach.
The waves are a bit rougher than we're used to, so we had the kids on life vests. There's a very wide sandy, clean beach area, so plenty of room to run around and fly kites, play volleyball, etc.
On the boardwalk there's playgrounds, open shower areas for rinsing off sand, easy access, bike trail - and lots of places to rent bikes.
The beach was fun and my daughter enjoyed playing in the sand and water. Only downside is that there are no formal changing rooms. You are expected to be in your swim gear by the time you get there. The plus side was if you forget your chair and umbrella, they can be rented on-site and if you come after 3pm, they discount the regular price for you.
We go to Virginia Beach often because of a travel soccer tournament in the area. The beach and town are very clean. The boardwalk is a nice area to walk or ride a bike. They have nice playgrounds on the beach for the kids to play on. The locals are friendly and always willing to recommend places to eat or activities. A lot of free concerts on the beach.
we went to virgina beach one time with the children and i have to say i like our home town beaches better but then again i don't like change. the prices seemed really inflatted and the aquarium was under construction when we went. it was very crowded but i guess any beach has that potential.
The beach at VA beach is a lot of fun and is a great place to take your families. Yes there are usually a lot of people on the beach but you can still have fun and there is a lot of sand compared to some beaches i've been to where there is a small beach. VA Beach actually has a big beach to play volleyball, fly a kite, make sand castles, and more I love and go every year since I was 5 years old!!!
My family and I vacation at Va Beach every summer for the past 3 yrs. We love the cleaniness of the beach. We go around 4th of July and there is never a short of things to do. They have live bands and acts going on every night. I cant wait till next year!
My husband and I took our 3 kids to Virginia Beach for our family vacation this year. Since we brought our 2 month old along, I was concerned about the noise level on the boardwalk at night. So, I booked our hotel further north at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel. Not only did we have our own private beach area, but it was also a short 10 minute drive to the boardwalk. We all had a great time just playing in the water, eating dinner right on the beach and enjoying live music. Great for families with small kids who need naps and you don't want to haul everyone back to the hotel. We had a fun time!
in VA Beach - they seem to have it all! Fresh seafood, loads of children's activities, a fantastic, diverse night life and plenty of sights to see. Can't go without visiting Mt. Trashmore! Also don't miss the Aquarium! Lots of reasonable hotel rates and every kind of food imaginable.
Where you stay and where you park your beach blanket depends on what you like. The highest concentration of boombox, bikini, and college crowds are usually found in the resort area from Twentieth through Thirty-fifth Streets. The bodies can be blanket to blanket and the people-watching is prime, especially along the boardwalk, the 30-foot-wide paved path edging the sand.
For families who like more quiet, there are some good spots. These include the strip of sand along the North End, from Forty-third Street north toward Fort Story. The southern end of town, the Sandbridge area, has lifeguards and a quieter pace than the hubbub in the heart of town.
For something different, you might try the beach at Fort Story, the Army base, which is open to the public. Whatever stretch of sand you pick, time-honored traditions include swimming, sunning, and bodysurfing.
Here you can look up from your sand castle and maybe see dolphins breaching the sea. On summer evenings Atlantic Avenue transforms into a family-style street party called “Beach Street USA,” with a variety of entertainers, including crooners, strummers, magicians, and jugglers.
Near Virginia Beach’s see-and-be-seen strip of sand, you can still view the land as it was seen by America’s first settlers. Located at the southernmost end of Virginia Beach, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park share similar topography, but have different functions. Back Bay is mostly a wildlife refuge,
whereas False Cape is primarily 10 miles of rustic beach area. At both Back Bay and False Cape, you can surf, cast for flounder, or sight white-tailed deer that dart through the thickets. Both serve as havens for nature lovers, because access is primarily by foot, bicycle, private boat, or by an open-air electric tram operated by False Cape State Park.