Virginia Beach is the ideal family vacation destination for the variety of fun activities, historical attractions, and kid-friendly nature. Planning out your itinerary for Virginia Beach can seem overwhelming at first with all the attractions and sights, but take a look at our sample itinerary below to figure out what needs to go on your family’s itinerary.
Check into Sundial Inn, drop off your bags, put on your flip flops and head out to the main avenue of Virginia Beach: the boardwalk! The boardwalk is home to shops and concerts courtesy of Beach Street USA throughout the summer season.
At 28 feet wide and stretching for three miles, taking a stroll on the boardwalk or renting bikes for the adjacent bike path is a great way to get acquainted with Virginia Beach. You’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat along the way from any one of our delicious restaurants. If you’re visiting May – September, be sure to check our events page to see what free events are happening along the boardwalk or on the beach.
After exploring, shopping, or dining on the boardwalk, head back to your room for a good night’s rest before your first full day in Virginia Beach!
You’re starting your vacation off on the right foot, or not on your feet at all as you head to the beach. Take some towels and beach toys for the kids and you’ll easily be able to spend a day along our relaxing shores!
If you didn’t eat before you left for the beach, no problem because for lunch you’re off to Doc Taylor’s, serving breakfast and lunch whenever they’re open. So, whether you want some fluffy buttermilk pancakes or fresh crab cakes, no matter the time of day, you’ll find them at Doc Taylor’s.
In the afternoon or evening, depending on if you head back to the beach, you’ll challenge your family members on their golf skills with some mini golf! We have two uniquely themed courses, the Top Gun Miniature Golf and Arcade or the King Neptune’s Indoor Blacklight Mini Golf. Let us know who got the most holes in one!
The kids will be screaming with delight during your adventure to Busch Gardens. Less than an hour away from here, you and the kids can take a little tour around the globe all in one park! Busch Gardens is divided into different countries, such as England, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, and Scotland and each country has its own unique thrill rides and coasters.
Once you make your way back to Virginia Beach, head back out to the beach to enjoy some relaxation with your family or to catch one of our beautiful sunsets.
Then, stroll along the boardwalk again to find some yummy desserts or ice cream to round out a fun-filled day.
Your fourth day is going to be a bit more educational, but still fun! Start your morning on a historic homes tour where you can take a trip back to as old as the 1600s! The Adam Thoroughgood House dates back to 1680 and is owned by the City of Virginia Beach and operated as a museum. Other museums operated by the city include the Lynnhaven House circa 1725 and shows what life was like on a plantation as well as the Francis Land House dating in the early 1800s. Learn about the history of the area and understand what life was like during these times for land owners and those that worked on the plantation.
After your trip through history, you’re off on another educational adventure and trip into the ocean! Well, not quite, but you’re off to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Get to know the creatures that call the sea their home, such as sharks and seahorses, or see animals such as loggerhead turtles, seals, and Kimodo dragons. You can also see a screening of a film in the National Geographic 3D Theater.
You may want to stretch your legs and enjoy the sunshine by renting a bike and cruising along the ocean shore.
After your cycling adventure, you’ve probably worked up an appetite which is good since you’re off to Tautog’s Restaurant for delicious seafood. The restaurant opens at 5:30 in the evenings.
Your last day is off to a roaring start with a boating adventure! With the excellent fishing opportunities and waves for a thrill ride, boating is a popular activity in Virginia Beach. You can arrange a charter or travel with Rudee Tours known for their Rudee Rocket or dolphin tours. If boating isn’t quite your thing but you still want to get out on the water, there are companies offering parasailing and jet skiing for a thrilling ride and amazing views of Virginia Beach.
In the afternoon, head back to the boardwalk for some souvenir shopping. You’ll definitely want to commemorate your trip and your friends will probably be excited about a gift from this East Coast treasure.
Then, pop into a restaurant for your last meal in Virginia Beach and we might recommend saving some room for the treats you purchased from Forbes Candies during your afternoon shopping trip.Previous Activity View All Activities Next Activity