Escape to Virginia Beach this summer for your family vacation without breaking the bank! We’ve outlined our top picks for affordable or free things to do in Virginia Beach to maximize your vacation budget.
Visit the beach
Walking along the sand or splashing around in the ocean is completely free of charge in Virginia Beach! We’re home to 14 miles of public beaches so spending a day relaxing and sunbathing on the each is a must around here.
Attend Beach Street USA events
Hit the boardwalk and beach at night for many free concerts and events with Beach Street USA! From art and culture to live music and dancing, there always seems to be a fun event going on at the beach in the summer around here. Every Sunday and Wednesday, after the Fourth of July, you can also catch a dazzling fireworks show at 10 p.m. at no cost!
Walk the boardwalk
Though you might spend some money at the souvenir shops or restaurants, you can always go for a free walk along the historic and popular boardwalk!
Spend a day at First Landing State Park
For only $9, park your car at First Landing State Park and spend a day exploring the 10 hiking and biking trails, kayak or canoe out in the water, or swim in Chesapeake Bay! You can also go fishing in the park after getting a Virginia saltwater fishing license.
Get fresh, healthy snacks at the Old Beach Farmers’ Market
Just a few blocks from the beach and a block from the Virginia Beach Convention Center is the Old Beach Farmers’ Market. On Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, pick up fresh and in-season fruits and veggies and yummy baked goods to fuel your energy for your Virginia Beach vacation.
Find new thrills in Virginia Beach
Take the kids over to Atlantic Fun Park with tons of family-friendly rides, midway games, and a Go-Kart track! Whether you want to take it easy on the 100 ft. Ferris Wheel or soar to new heights on the sling shot, you’ll be guaranteed to find some fun at this amusement park. Single ride tickets start at just $1, though most rides will need at least three to six tickets to ride, or you can opt for the value of unlimited rides with an armband for $20 for riders under 48” or $35 for 48” and taller.
Step back in time at the Military Aviation Museum
Got a history buff in the family? Then you’ll want to visit the Military Aviation Museum to see authentic World War I and World War II military aircrafts. In May, June, and October, the museum has air shows and flying demonstrations. For a unique experience, budget for a plane ride with a veteran pilot in a 1941 Boeing Stearman! Admission is $15 per adult, $7.50 per child, and children ages five and under are admitted free as well as World War II veterans.
Keep cool and play a round
Beat the summer heat and have some fun with indoor mini golf at King Neptune’s! It’s a 3D adventure in blacklight and only $7 per person. The course has 10 holes and is perfect for golfers of any age.
Start planning your affordable Virginia Beach vacation by finding the right accommodation for your stay and keep in mind that guests under 12 stay for free with parents/guardians at Sundial Inn!