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Top 10 kid-friendly activities in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is consistently a top vacation destination for families and it’s easy to see why with so many family- and kid-friendly activities in town. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation to reconnect or an exciting adventure they’ll remember for a lifetime, you’ll be able to have the perfect family-friendly vacation in Virginia Beach!

Here are the top 10 kid-friendly activities in Virginia Beach you should include in your travel plans:

  1. Beach: Of course a big draw to Virginia Beach is the beach! Take the kids down to the beach to play in the sand and go for a dip in the ocean.
  2. Boardwalk: After some sun and sand on the beach, head to the boardwalk to take a stroll through Virginia Beach’s history and visit the fantastic restaurants for a snack or a delicious seafood lunch!
  3. Busch Gardens: OK, so this one is a little outside of Virginia Beach but is very popular with young travelers. Take the family over to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA! Check out the rides, rollercoasters, and shows, and take some adult time for yourself with the Food & Wine Festival events, May 26 – July 2. If your kids are more into history than thrill rides, you could swap out Colonial Williamsburg for Busch Gardens.
  4. Biking: Get some fresh sea air blowing through your hair as you take a scenic bike ride in Virginia Beach! Cherie’s Bike Rental is a good option for bikes as they have 15 locations along the boardwalk and have plenty of adult, kid, and tandem bikes for rent.
  5. Rudee tours: Catch sight of some of our water-bound locals on a dolphin watching cruise or go for an exhilarating ride on the Rudee Rocket! The Rocket runs four times a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is a fan-favorite thing to do in Virginia Beach.
  6. Parasailing: Take your water adventure to new heights with a parasailing adventure! You can fly up to 1,000 ft. above the ocean solo or with up to two friends or family members. Riders must be at least four years old and the minimum weight to fly single is 40 lbs.
  7. Mini golf: A great rainy day activity or just to escape the summer heat is taking the little ones to their tee time with mini golfing! Our top recommendations are Top Gun Miniature Golf and Arcade and King Neptune’s Indoor Blacklight Mini Golf.
  8. The Virginia Aquarium: The kids might be out of school for the summer but that doesn’t mean they can’t continue learning and having fun – especially when they visit the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The aquarium has more than 800,000 gallons of aquariums and habitats, an Adventure Park with zip lines, and a National Geographic 3D Theater.
  9. First Landing State Park: Take the kids back in time to where English colonists landed in 1607 at First Landing State Park! You and your little ones can explore the 20 miles of trails, see the swamps and lagoons, or simply enjoy the 1.5-mile stretch of beach. Please note that parking fees range from $5 – 9 for day use parking, depending on the season and if you’re in-state or out-of-state.
  10. Fireworks shows: End your kid-friendly adventures in Virginia Beach by finding the perfect spot on the beach to watch the weekly display of fireworks along Beach Street USA! During the summer, you can also catch cool events and concerts prior to many of the fireworks shows along this stretch of beach.

Start planning your summer getaway to Virginia Beach and book an affordable accommodation at Sundial Inn Motel & Efficiency. Kids 12 years of age and younger even stay free at our motel, making your vacation budget go further!

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