Families Love Their Moments in Virginia Beach, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not many people can say they live in a resort town.  Not many people can say they grew up in a resort town.  Yet I can!

Virginia Beach, VA has been a place where I have called home for the past 30 some years.  My friends who have grown up here have mostly come back to raise their families.  Many of my friends who live elsewhere have always commented how wonderful it must be to live in a beach city of 35 miles of beautiful coastline, succulent seafood, and year round recreational activities. 

So what is it about Virginia Beach that makes it so irresistible to live and visit?  It is the natural ability for the city to allow families to “love the moment” when they are here.

Photo credit to Virginia Beach CVB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Virginia Beach CVB

Virginia Beach is the perfect family vacation spot. It has affordability, variety, and something for everyone.  Here is a snapshot of  my family’s favorite ways to love the moment in Virginia Beach.

1.  Brunch it!  My family loves brunch.  Especially when you are wanting to relax and sleep in on the weekend, brunch is a great way to get your day started.  Try Doc Taylor’s or Pocahontas Pancakes  for inexpensive breakfast fare at the Oceanfront.  If you want to get a bit fancier or want to have an extreme breakfast buffet, try Tradewinds restaurant at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.  Their Sunday brunch menu has some decadent items such as smoked salmon and a yellow tuna searing station.  However, my family’s favorite is the make-it-your-donut station where you can pipe out your own donut into the deep fryer!  If you are a foodie at heart, one thing I’ve wanted to try is Coastal Food Tours of Virginia.  I’ve heard it is a great way to sample local handmade and homemade delicacies as well as learn about local history and culture.  To see pics of other eateries in Virginia Beach, check out my other blog Spoon on the Groove.

2.  Hit the beach!  This is a no-brainer of course.  Virginia Beach offers 3 ways to enjoy the natural waters including access to the Chesapeake Bay, resort area, and Sandbridge Beach.  My personal favorite is Sandbridge Beach because it is more tranquil and isolated.  If you want to hit the beach where you can drive pretty close to sand dunes, this is the place to go.  If you don’t rent a beach home at Sandbridge, public parking is available at the corner of Sandbridge and Sandfiddler Road as well as at Little Island Park.  Spending the day at Little Island Park is one of our favorite things to do!  There is lots of parking, barbecue grills, nice bath houses, a playground for the kids, a 400 ft fishing pier, and more.  It is right near Back Bay where you can go canoeing and kayaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Virginia Beach CVB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandbridge Dunes-Photo from Virginia Beach CVB

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Play in the Water!  I don’t just mean swim in it.  Virginia Beach offers so many recreational activities.  It is the perfect opportunity to try paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing.  If you aren’t the one to venture into a water sport, try a dolphin cruise at the Rudee Inlet with Rudee Tours.  My kids absolutely enjoyed seeing tons of dolphins swimming alongside the boat!  One thing I still definitely want to try is riding the Rudee Rocket speedboat, also at the Rudee Inlet. 

I’m so excited because I have a few Groupons to try out stand-up paddleboarding in the narrows of Seashore State Park and kayaking with dolphins!  I’ll blog about that soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Virginia Beach CVB

4.  Get rural!  Virginia Beach isn’t just home to amusement parks and beaches.  The southern part of the city has numerous farms where you can go pick your own harvest of goodies.  The spring is the perfect time to come down to pick big red juicy strawberries!  Bring a grocery bag, bowl, or beach pail (it doesn’t matter!) and come down to pick your own fresh and natural snacks.  The Pungo Strawberry Festival at the end of May celebrates the strawberry season complete with carnival rides, pig races, strawberry pies, and more!  After you go strawberry picking, stop by Hunt Club Farm, a local petting farm.  My kids love feeding the goats!  You can also enter a chicken coop and pick up baby chickens.   The llama and peacock are my personal favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Virginia Beach CVB

5.  Check out free entertainment!  The summertime at the oceanfront brings tons of free family friendly entertainment through BeachStreetUSA.  In addition to events like the She Crab Classic and festivals like the Latin Festival and Caribbean Music Festival, BeachStreet USA also lines up local musicians and entertainers along different streets at the oceanfront to perform to the public.  Taking a nice stroll with the family in the afternoon/evening can provide you with free entertainment you’d normally have to pay for elsewhere.  Virginia Beach Town Center also has “Entertainment on the Plaza” which also provides free entertainment to the public on select dates.  Located in the center of Virginia Beach, Town Center houses popular restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and Ruth’s Chris as well as the Funny Bone Comedy Club.  It’s a nice way to spend the evening on the town.

You can find even more things to do in Virginia Beach here.  If you are planning a trip to Virginia Beach, the best place to start is the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Also, don’t forget to like the Virginia Beach Facebook page to get updates on events and latest happenings for your trip!

 
So what are you waiting for?  Come visit Virginia Beach!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach blogging program. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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