virginia beach attraction - the The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, two whales swimming behind a the glass aquarium wall, bystanders are taking photos

Exploring Virginia Beach: 6 Must-Visit Attractions for Every Traveler

As a veteran sailor that has seen his fair share of ports, I assure you that Virginia Beach is a stop like none other. With my experience as a writer for a marina in Virginia Beach, VA, I’ve had the privilege of immersing myself in all that this remarkable place has to offer. Allow me breakdown some of this city’s most captivating attractions.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is where the pulse of Virginia Beach beats the strongest. Spanning 3 miles, the boardwalk stays popping off in all facets of fun – hosting live entertainment, a variety or art, and a number of restaurants. Strolling around, you’ll notice the iconic King Neptune statue facing the water, little shops with local goods, and street performers dressed in brilliant colors. Whether you’re after an easy bike ride, a romantic sunset stroll, or a feast of local seafood, the boardwalk is where your Virginia Beach adventure starts.

First Landing State Park

Babcock State Park, West Virginia, USA at Glade Creek Grist Mill

Dedicated to the first English settlers of 1607, First Landing State Park is a historical gem and a natural sanctuary.  Stretching through twenty miles of biking and hiking trails, the park includes diverse ecosystems such as cypress swamps maritime forests. The park’s storied past includes tales of Native Americans, Colonial settlers, and even pirates like Blackbeard! At Virginia’s most-visited state park, guests can enjoy cabins and campsites, as well as recreational activities and educational exhibit.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Man standing in front of virginia beach aquarium

With over 10,000 animals representing more than 300 species, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is always a party. Experience the Aquarium with a tour or take a cruise on one of their boat trips that have been bringing the ocean to Aquarium visitors since 1989. The Aquarium keeps its guests from wanting to leave with its large tanks, interactive exhibits, as well as educational programs. The Aquarium has three dining options, from fast casual to grab n’ go, it’s good food for everyone. All you need to do is choose a date, get a ticket, and you can check out one of Virginia Beach’s hottest attractions! Legend has it – the Aquarium is where fun goes to have fun.

Military Aviation Museum

Low angle shot of a B-17 bomber plane from WWII captured on an airbase on a sunny day

If you are a history buff, this may be the place for you. Housing one of the largest flying collections of World War I & World War II era military crafts in the world, the Military Aviation Museum is a sight to see. This 130-acre museum displays aircrafts from World War I and World War II. The Museum’s grass runways, state of the art facilities, and fleet of history have given it the nickname “Warbird Heaven”. The museum also offers daily guided tours, special events, and summer camps for attendees of all ages. Worried the kids will get bored? No problem! The Museum offers interactive activities, flying simulators, and has educated staff on hand to enhance the experience.

Chesapeake Bay Beaches

Sunrise in Chesapeake bay

Virginia’s shores and tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are a paradise to anyone who is looking for a good time. Like to fish? You’ve got prime access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Like hanging on the beach? There is a section of Chesapeake Bay’s Beaches nicknamed “Chic’s Beach“! We all know that chic’s are always right, so it’s no surprise that this beach is is an enjoyable experience. This beach is also famous for its calm waters, perfect for swimming and paddle-boarding. The Chesapeake Bay Beaches are home to so many attractions that they might need their own blog. Just know there are a lot of state and nature parks, historic landmarks, and other significant points of interest that deserve recognition!

Nightlife and Entertainment

The Watertable Event Space Corporate Event

Once darkness descends, Virginia Beach takes on an entirely different persona. The city’s nightlife offers something for everyone, from beachfront bars to small cozy old public houses, as well as venues with live music and dance clubs. While the best possible night in Virginia Beach would be indulging in the seafood mastery served at The Water Table, the city has a lot to offer. You can enjoy exotic cocktails as bands of local musicians light up the dance floor, post up with the family at a roof top bar beneath twinkling stars, or sit back with your friends with a Cuban from Emerson’s Cigars.  The city’s nightlife is a multifaceted entertainment landscape, and each night out in Virginia Beach is sure to be a night of adventure.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are a lover of history, an connoisseur of nature, an adventure seeker, or a nightlife fanatic, Virginia Beach has something within its limits that assures an unforgettable experience. So come, set sail to Virginia Beach and let its wonders unveil itself before you.