Virginia Beach has a lot to offer that is fun and affordable, even free!
Three miles of beaches, need I say more?
Virginia Beach has one of the longest boardwalks in the world, and alongside is over three miles of sand, surf and sun. We are home to a beautiful beach with plenty of space for the whole crew. And guess what? You can enjoy all of that for free! Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Now you’ll have to decide which one to visit first; check out this post to learn more about the Beaches in Virginia Beach!
Take it inside and learn something
Museums in Virginia Beach may not be free, but they are reasonably priced. A trip to the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue museum will cost you less than $10 a person, cost varies depending on age. Generally, they have discounts on their website to make the price even more affordable. Or check out sites like Groupon.com for affordable specials. Also, check out the Museum of Modern Art which has ever-changing displays featuring both local artists and nationally renowned art. Admission is also less than $10/person and varies per person with discounts for children and veterans. Check out their website for a list of free entry days!
Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts
Apart from the beach, there are many places to experience the local region either by trail or in a nearby farm. First Landing State Park is close, and the only cost is to park your car ($4/weekdays and $5/weekends). You can spend all day exploring thousands of acres of trails and enjoying wildlife in their natural habitat, plus the park borders a beach along the bay, so you could take trails in the morning and relax by the water in the afternoon. If your family wants to see domestic animals up-close and personal, check out Hunts Club Farm. While there, you can go on a pony ride ($5 per ride) and encounter farm animals in the petting zoo ($6 per person). You can also fly a kite on the top of Mount Trashmore. It was once a landfill but now it’s covered with rolling grassy hills, two large playground areas, and a path that walks around the lake (did we mention free parking?). It’s an environmental feat that will keep your family entertained for hours!
The Light House, a little history
It’s free to visit, but remember that you’re entering a military base, don’t forget to bring ID for everyone 18 and over, as well as your car registration/insurance (You’ll have to show this before going in). Once on the base, you’ll see the oldest, government-funded lighthouse in the United States: The Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1792. Next to it, you’ll see a newer lighthouse that’s still in use, so you get to see two on one trip! Climb to the top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (191 steps to the top!) and behold amazing views from the observation deck.
Virginia Beach hosts tons of festivals starting in early spring and going all the way to the holidays! From art walks and music festivals to International Sandcastle competitions and marathons, there’s always something happening near or on the boardwalk. For a full list of what’s happening, check out BeachStreetUSA.com.
Bonus: Get discounted tickets to local attractions when you stay with us! We’ve got an assortment available, so ask the front desk agent when you check in!