Late summer breezes are in the air and as the summer is winding down, the oceanfront still entices visitors to “Live the Life.” Grab a surfboard, swim through the mighty waves, kayak with dolphins, embark on a sport fishing adventure – or just lay on the sun-drenched beach all day long. What a life!
Throughout the year, Virginia Beach pulsates with cultural celebrations, live music performances and diverse festivals, bringing the sights, sounds and flavors of the world to the oceanfront. Upcoming festivals and events include the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend from September 25-27, and Oktober Brewfest from October 17-18.
The shoreline is just one way to experience the resort city’s entertainment and adventure. For those who long to strap on their running shoes, throw the kayak in the ocean, or sleep under the stars, nature’s gifts await you in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach is a wonderland for physical adventure. More than 18,600 acres of state parks and wildlife refuges, over 121 navigable miles of waterways and 35 miles of ocean and bay beaches give visitors a variety of landscapes for exploring the great outdoors.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park offer a combined 13,400 acres of numerous hiking trails and are home to over 300 species of nesting and migratory songbirds, American bald eagles, shorebirds and ducks, as well as otters, white-tailed deer, red fox, loggerhead turtles, feral pigs, and reptiles.
For a thrilling ocean adventure, embark on an ocean kayaking excursion to observe bottlenose dolphins as they feed, tail slap and jump among the ocean’s waves. During the winter months, enjoy a whale watching boat ride and witness the fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
Discover Virginia Beach’s fascinating marine life at the Virginia Aquarium, featuring over 800,000 gallons of aquariums and more than 300 hands-on exhibits. Harbor seals, sea turtles, sharks, rays, river otters and an outdoor aviary will teach visitors all about the wildlife that calls Virginia Beach home. Coming soon, the Virginia Aquarium will unleash Restless Planet, an interactive journey through 4 modern-day habitats that chronicle Virginia’s ecological history.
When the sun sets, find the chic and elegant at Town Center, offering 17 city blocks of shopping, luxurious dining and exciting nightlife. Enjoy the taste of coastal cuisine as you savor succulent seafood dishes, from steamed shrimp to oysters on the half shell. New to Virginia Beach is the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,300 seat performance venue hosting regional and national artists in dance, music and theater.
After all the activity, it’s time to dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the sun and surf. Virginia Beach’s world-class 3-mile boardwalk boasts a separate bike path, perfect for strolling, rollerblading, biking or people-watching.
Indulge in outdoor adventure, exciting oceanfront festivals, coastal cuisine and Virginia Beach’s 3-mile long boardwalk, perfect for strolling, biking and people-watching. Live the Life in Virginia Beach. For more information, visit www.vbfun.com or call 1-800-VA-BEACH.