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7 Unmissable Things To Do In Virginia Beach

If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the beach minus the sweltering crowds, you definitely need to come to Virginia Beach. While you could lay on the beach all day, you could also explore this city and realise that there are plenty of things to do in Virginia Beach.

Check out the seven best things to do in this beach town.

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1. Walk Along the Boardwalk

Walking along the boardwalk in Virginia Beach is a must as this 3-mile trek will be over before you even know it. That’s because there’s so much to take in and see along the way from the street performers to the King Neptune statue and more.

Feel free to walk the boardwalk during the day or in the evening as there will still be lots to see.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

2. Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first lighthouse ever commissioned by the United States Congress. Today, it stands as a key landmark for incoming and outgoing ships.

The Lighthouse is open from 10am to 5pm daily and you can take some fantastic photos of it here.

Cape Henry Lighthouse

3. Fly in a Biplane at the Military Aviation Museum

Perhaps the coolest thing to do in Virginia Beach is to fly in a biplane at the Military Aviation Museum. Having the chance to fly in one of these old rickety planes is a real treat and will transport you back in time.

If you don’t feel safe in one of these planes, you can opt for a tour of the museum instead.

Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach

4. Check Out ViBe Creative District

The ViBe Creative District is where all the local artists come to show off their talents. In this district, you will find quite a few different murals on different buildings. It’s also in this district where you’ll find a host of hipster cafes too.

If you’re into art, come to this district and join a Mural Walking Tour too.

ViBe Creative District Virginia Beach

5. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

With this being a beach town, it’s only natural that they have their own Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Here, there are over 300 interactive marine exhibits that allows you learn more about marine wildlife in a fun and engaging way.

The Bay & Ocean Pavilion is a favourite here and is where the sharks and Komodo dragons are!

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

6. Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art showcases the best modern art in this city. At just over 6,000 square feet of art space, this museum is big but not overly massive and is cozy enough to comfortably showcase art ranging from sculptures, paintings, and glass.

This museum is a real treat for those who love art and want to take a break from the beach.

Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Arts

7. Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum

This beach town wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t well documented and that’s what you’ll find at the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum. Highlighting the past and how this city came to be today, this small museum gives guests an idea of how the sea has shaped the history and identity of this city.

If you love history, you’ll appreciate the different spin on history at this charming little museum.

James Wan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, James has always had an inquisitive nature and traveling is now his biggest passion. His biggest thrills are visiting places he's never been to and exploring different cultures. James counts Athens, Tokyo, and Rome as the top three places he's visited.

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