Who isn’t on a budget these days? Planning a Virginia Beach vacation doesn’t have to expensive. So be kind to your wallet and read our guide on how to plan a budget-friendly Virginia Beach vacation that won’t break the bank.
Enjoy the beaches
It goes without saying when you come to Virginia Beach you want to go to the beach. Sandbridge Beach, Chic’s Beach and the Oceanfront Beach are all free and open to the public. So, grab your bathing suit and beach chairs for a day of fun in the sun, for FREE!
Hike Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is situated along the coastline, with most ofthe refuge marshlands located on islands within the Back Bay. Visitors will be able to catch glimpses of wildlife, such as sea turtles, falcons, and pelicans just to name a few. There are many scenic trails that will guide you through this secluded part of Virginia Beach. There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle.
Explore like a local and head out to the Old Beach Farmers Market. A fresh outdoor marketplace, this farmer’s market features fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, a wide variety of cheeses, and of course baked goods. Visitors can also shop for handmade soaps, flowers, and other local artisanal crafts. Entrance is FREE.
Formerly known as Beach Street U.S.A., Live! On Atlantic is a concert and entertainment series offered on Virginia Beach. Atlantic Ave. comes alive beginning Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer with street entertainers such as magicians and jugglers, concerts, and a variety of food vendors all situated on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. There is fun for all and most of it is FREE!
Cruise the Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is one of Virginia Beach’s main attractions and biking down the boardwalk is a great way to explore the entire stretch. Either rent a bike from one of the numerous places in town or bring your own. Visit our activities page to find out about local bike shops where you can rent your bike. Cost varies but can start around $9 an hour.
Watch the latest movie release at Beach Cinema Ale House every Tuesday, where all day, all movies are just $7! And it’s not just popcorn and soda they serve, this cinema offers up cold beer and wine along with a rather good-sized menu with options like pizza and tuna tacos just to mention a few.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Take a drive on the modern marvel of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. When it first opened in 1964, the Bridge-Tunnel was selected as “one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world”. For over 50 years the tunnel has captured so much attention due to its unique design, where the bridge-tunnel crosses over and under the water where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Toll cost is $13 in off season and $15 in peak season.
When you think Virginia Beach, you think salt water taffy, right? Your dentist may not be too happy but stop in at the Candy Kitchen for their homemade salt water taffy, creamy fudge, and hand-dipped chocolates. Get creative and make your own ice cream sundae to enjoy on a hot summer day.
With budget-friendly accommodations, Sundial Inn is the perfect hotel to book for the best location at Virginia Beach at the best price.