Don’t let the gray keep you away from enjoying an adventurous Virginia Beach day! Rainy beach days often feel like a bit of a wash, but we like to think of them as opportunities for getting creative with our time and seeking fun away from the sun. Whether you’re craving to get in touch with your inner Picasso or with your wild side, you’ll find there’s plenty to discover while staying fully covered.
Soar to New Heights. Experience the rush of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane, thanks to iFly’s state-of-the-art and mega-powerful vertical wind tunnel that helps create variable wind speeds in excess of 180 mph, providing you with the sensation of a free-fall, as trained instructors guide you through a variety of fun maneuvers. The adrenaline-filled experience is fun, challenging and exciting for thrill-seekers ages three to 103.
Discover Your Inner Picasso. Explore exhibitions that are interesting, engaging and totally unique at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), where this season you’ll find Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Skin and Bones, Andrea Dezsö: Dreamtime and Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out. Even the kids will enjoy it, thanks to Pre-K Art Days and Family Workshops held year-round.
Take to the Sky. Picture yourself in the cockpit of a WWI and WWII aircraft as you dive into history at the Military Aviation Museum, the world’s largest privately owned collection of WWI and WWII military aircraft that still fly. Your tour just might be guided by a former pilot of the very plane you’re looking at!
Chow Down on Your Favorite Movie. Order your favorite meal and grab yourself a local craft beer from the comfort of your own cushy seat in front of a giant screen at Beach Movie Bistro. The seven-screen movie theater and dining venue features first-run films and delicious menu options, including sandwiches, pizzas and even crab dip, to enjoy while watching the movie of your choice.
Tickle Your Funny Bone. Perfect your punchline and try your hand at being the center of attention in the big, bright lights of a comedy club as you learn from the best during Comedy School at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone in Town Center. Free classes are scheduled throughout the year, along with knee-slapping performances from some of the nation’s top comics.
Free Your Wild Side. Dive into more than 800,000 gallons of fun during your self-guided tour of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, where you’ll explore the ocean depths and navigate Virginia’s various aquatic and marine environments throughout time. You’ll even get to see the rare Komodo dragon, exotic cobras and the endangered Tomistoma freshwater crocodile among more than 300 species of animals; take in a movie at the National Geographic 3D Movie Theater or visit the new Dinosaurs! Exhibit.
It’s the season of giving, and nothing brings people together like a common cause. In Virginia Beach, we take social responsibility seriously and are always looking for special ways in which our visitors (individuals or groups) can get involved with our community. Opportunities range from improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and working on behalf of our troops to providing care and assistance to people in need. Do something different this year and give back to the beach!
Help restore and protect the Lynnhaven River by volunteering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Learn about and help grow oyster beds, and much more.
Support our armed forces by collecting books or magazines for them, becoming a pen pal or assisting homeless veterans through the USO of Hampton Roads, Books for Soldiers and Vetshouse Inc.
Teach your kids the value of recycling by having some fun. Count up how many items you’re able to recycle from your vacation, using our recycling bins conveniently lining the Resort Beach
Dine with a purpose, and support our sustainable restaurants that help give back to the beach
Help protect sea turtle eggs from surrounding prey by “nest-sitting” at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Collect the hotel soaps from your stay and donate them to the homeless at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) on your way out of town
While packing for your vacation, ask your kids to collect loose change and make a donation to the Virginia Aquarium’s Conservation program
There is so much we can do to help make our world a better place, and Virginia Beach is a great spot to start. With varying commitment levels, there’s a perfect opportunity for everyone. What will you do to make a difference?
When you’re coming to Virginia Beach, tours may be on your mind. Perhaps you’re interested in whale watching? Do your want to playfully chase dolphins? Are you looking to go on a night time dining cruise? There are many VA Beach tours that can be a wonderful experience during your vacation to our wonderful city. Learn more about them here.
Taking place along Main Street in the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center, Light Up the Town is the quintessential holiday experience for the entire family.
Light Up the Town takes place from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Town Center and Pembroke Mall.
Light Up the Town begins with the magical appearance of Santa Claus to the delight of the young and young-at-heart. A lively procession with Santa’s elves, costumed characters, a band, holiday train, stilt walker, and horse and carriage with Santa and Mrs. Claus will make its way down Main Street, ending at Fountain Plaza with the magnificent lighting of Town Center!
Festivities continue at Pembroke Mall for Storytime with Santa.
Light Up the Town is a free event for the whole family.
A new holiday tradition is coming to Hampton Roads this winter! Santa’s Seaside Village is setting up shop at Atlantic Avenue & 30th Street to delight the young and young-at-heart with animated displays, shopping, live entertainment, and Santa Claus himself…all with a “beachy” twist!
Walk through the animated displays in our giant tent. See Santa’s elves busily building, packing, and shipping toys to be delivered on Christmas Eve to boys and girls everywhere. Feast on pretzels, popcorn, and cookies, and sample the goodies in Santa’s Sweet Shoppe. Enjoy live entertainment like carolers, storytelling, and arts and crafts demonstrations. Shop at the quaint merchandise booths in our Merchant Square and select your holiday presents! Take a spin on the carnival rides and thrill to the holiday lights and decorations at Santa’s Seaside Village. Best of all, visit with Santa and take a photo as a reminder of your family’s visit at Santa’s Seaside Village!
Celebrate the fall and pumpkin season at Hunt Club Farm’s Harvest Festival! With a petting farm, pony rides, carnival rides, haystacks, live entertainment and their huge pumpkin patch with mums, cornstalks and straw, you can experience everything fall, right here at the beach!
Halloween is just around the corner! Do you have your costume(s) picked out yet?
Perhaps you don’t “do” costumes yourself anymore, but you have young children and…they sure do!
As you get ready to make or purchase a Halloween costume for your child, keep in mind these safety tips for the big trick-or-treat day itself.
• Keep any “sharp” accessories, such as swords, knives for your pirate, or Jedi Knight, soft and flexible. And short.
• Yes, it may “ruin” your child’s costume and, yes, you’ll probably get a ton of push back from your youngster, but make sure you place reflective tape on the costume itself. Better the “look” of the costume be “ruined” rather than your child’s life because a car didn’t see him or her in time.
• Never let your youngster go out and about on Halloween alone. If younger than 12, she shouldn’t go without adult supervision, even if going in a large group of children. Teens 13 and older may be able to go on their own, but make sure you know each and every one of the kids your child plans to trick-or-treat with.
• Make sure your children walk (not run) from house to house. This is especially important if their pants or skirt are longer than they’re used to wearing, or they’re wearing big shoes of some sort.
• Always bring a flashlight with you as you go from door to door. And use it.
• Opt for makeup instead of a mask, if possible. Masks can limit how well your child can see. Try the makeup out before the big day, to see if it irritates your child’s skin. Insist that your child wash his or her face before going to bed. You can promise your child you’ll reapply the makeup if his or her school is allowing a day for wearing Halloween costumes.
• Don’t let your child eat homemade treats, unless you know the people who made them well. There are, unfortunately, some nut cases out there who think it’s hilarious to put something in popcorn balls or caramel apples that can harm a child.
• Make sure your child’s costume is flame retardant. Aim to steer clear of candles and luminaries that may line a sidewalk or walkway.
• Limit how much candy your child may eat during trick-or-treating and/or at home afterwards. Tummy-aches can and do occur if one eats too much of the sweet stuff too quickly.
Virginia Beach has something awesome brewing-a really great craft brew scene. There’s no better way to get a taste of the beach life than to pull up a barstool and sample the coastal flavors of Virginia Beach. From pineapple IPA’s to hearty pumpkin porters, Virginia Beach’s local brewers pour their passion into every pint. For the perfect mix of suds and sun, visit a local Virginia Beach brewery or sample them all on a brewery tour.