Get Away from the Crowds – at the Beach

Visiting Virginia Beach in January is a great way to vacation without the crowds.

The winter season is a little less busy, a little quieter, but by no means boring! There are still plenty of exciting things to do. January offers a host of special events and festivals that celebrate many different areas of interest.

Hampton Roads International Auto Show

Cars, cars, and more cars! Get your gear on at The Hampton Roads International Car Show, or HRADA, which will be held January 13 and 14 from 10am until 10pm and January 15 from 10 am until 6 pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The show will feature displays about new automotive technology and the future of the industry, as well as, a huge range of car and truck display models. Admission costs include:

  • Children 11 or younger- Free
  • Adults and children ages 12 and up- $10
  • Seniors and Military- $7

Advanced tickets are also available for $7 each until January 12, so get the while you can and peruse as many cars and trucks as your heart desires.


Winter Wildlife Festival

For nature lovers and the less mechanically minded, the Winter Wildlife Festival will be going on from January20 until the 22. Vendors and displays will be set up at the Princess Anne Recreation Center on January 21 from 11am until 2pm. The rest of the festival will be devoted to scheduled outdoor trips and special sessions. Each of the trips has an age limit and a fee, some trips like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Fisherman’s Island excursion is only for those 18 or older and costs $45. Others, like the Owls and S’mores session, are for any one 5 years or older and only costs $10. For the excursions, participants will explore different habitats in Virginia Beach and focus on particular kinds of wildlife observation like bird watching, photography, or exploration. There are a huge number of excursions and sessions to choose from so check out the festival web page to choose the best ones for you.


Virginia Flower and Garden Expo

Nature lovers more interested in flora than fauna should definitely check out the Flower and Garden Expo. The expo is designed to foster education on horticulture for everyone from the seasoned professional to the casual hobbyist. The expo will feature vendors, exhibits, and displays to educate and inspire gardeners of all kinds. There will be chances to shop and special children’s activates for young plant lovers. The expo will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 27 and 28 from 10am until 7pm, January 29 from 10am until 4pm, and admission is just $10 a person.


Naturally, while you’re in town, we’d love to have you as our guest at a VSA Resort.  Call us for special January rates, 800-340-1158.