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Virginia Beach Travel Tips

Virginia Beach is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country. After booking your stay at one of our beautiful beaches, you will definitely want to make plans to visit one of these popular area attractions.  The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center tops the list.  The aquarium features hundreds of animal species like Komodo Dragons, Sand Tiger Sharks, dart frogs, Seahorses and of course the aquarium’s beloved river otters, Tippy Homer, and Sheldon.  The aquarium offers behind the scene tours, boat tours,  zip lining at The Adventure Park, up close and personal encounters with animals, virtual pod adventures, and Educators throughout the aquarium who conduct Q&A sessions.  While there, be sure to ask them what they have inside their grab, go, show messenger bags!  

Explore Nature and Natural Landmarks

Another great attraction is First Landing State Park. it is Virginia's most visited state park, a National Natural Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  First Landing State Park includes a sandy beach along the shores at an area called the Narrows plus 20 miles of trails, campsites, boat ramps, and picnic areas to enjoy.  While visiting this location, be on the lookout for amazing wildlife and take part in the Swamp Stomp on 4/13/2023, the Tree I.D. Hike on 4/29/2023, a National Trails Day guided hike on 6/3/2023. You can also sign the kids up for the Junior Ranger Summer Camp through August 1st, 2023, or enjoy learning cultural history at the Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day at First Landing.  

Experience Thrill and Adventure

For the thrill seekers in your family, there's no better adventure than Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.  Bush Gardens offers the best thrill rides around.  Enjoy an exhilarating ride on one of their many roller coasters or choose a leisurely sky/ train ride.  The park features rides and foods representing many countries' cuisine and cultures. Busch Gardens offers top-notch shows and entertainment throughout the year.  This is one attraction you won't want to miss.  Water Country USA offers water slides, pools, wave pools, and lazy rivers.  In the summer of 2023 Water Country USA will open their new ride Riptide Race. Splashtastic fun for the entire family.   Water Country USA was voted Top 3 Best Outdoor Water Parks in the 2022 Reader's Choice Awards and a USA Today 10 Best winner.  You won’t want to skip this wet and wild attraction.  Both parks are only a 45-minute drive from Virginia Beach, VA.

Waterparks & Watersports

Ocean Breeze Water Park is located just over the Rudee Inlet Bridge in Virginia Beach and  is a locals' favorite. You can enjoy a lazy ride in the Adventure River, body surf in the Runaway Bay, or splish and splash on one of the many water slides. Full concessions and cabana rentals are available. This attraction offers a day of fun in the sun.

You’ll find many water sports attractions at the famous Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Charter a boat for deep-sea fishing or climb aboard one of the dolphin-watching cruisers.  This is home to the largest sport-fishing fleet in Virginia featuring FV's up to 120'.  The perfect attraction for all fishing enthusiasts in your family. 

Adventure Parasail & Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals offers parasail rides that give you an incredible bird's eye view of the resort area. Or you can enjoy riding the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean on a wave runner or get the family together on a banana boat ride. Paddleboards and Kayaks are also available for rent.  Conveniently located at Rudee Inlet next to the Virginia Beach Fishing Center.

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If you have a specific activity in mind that you don’t see listed here, ask your friendly Atkinson Realty agent for more recommendations when you reserve your Atkinson Realty Vacation home.