Most people plan their trips to the beach for the warm, summer months. But, did you know there is a time where you can have miles of beach, open water, catch whales in action and walk an uncrowded boardwalk all to yourself?

That’s right – visit Virginia Beach – in the winter.

Check out these highlights:


Warm up your whale whisper techniques because humpback whales are hanging out off the shores of Virginia Beach. The artic chill drives the majestic creatures south, where they spend a majority of the winter, specifically January and February.

Whale sightings are already plentiful, so grab you camera and head to the oceanfront. Various venues offer excursions throughout the day, often narrated and supplemented with educational history.

Why not spend your winter hanging out in Virginia Beach with one of the largest creatures on the planet. They like it here. You will too!

Under the Sea: Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Come explore over 800,000 gallons at one of the best aquariums and animal habitats around​. Want to meet Big Mama, the sea turtle? She has a lot of swimming around to do. How about Hector the harbor seal? He has tricks and treats behind his flipper for his fans.

At the Virginia Aquarium, ​​visitors can discover the amazing underwater world of the animals that call our coast home. The adventure doesn’t stop there. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and experience coastal habitats from around the world. You will be able to see thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits.

The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Adult prices start at $29.95 and a child ticket starts at 24.95. Visit for more information.

Have the Beach to Yourself

Take in three miles of a nationally recognized boardwalk. Stroll through the sand and listen to the waves without the summer crowds. It’s all possible in the winter.

Let the wildlife be your guide as you look over where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. On warmer winter days, you can even dip your toes in the water without catching a chill. You might even spot a pod of dolphins, or even a whale in these waters this time of year.

Keep the ocean at your fingertips by stopping by plenty of restaurants that stay open year-round, as well as shopping for retail therapy.

Virginia Beach has endless options for winter fun that’s great for the whole family.

What will you do in Virginia Beach this weekend?