What Things to Do in Virginia Beach?

What Things to Do in Virginia Beach?
Located where the Atlantic coast meets the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a mecca for outdoor recreation during any season. Most popular as a summer vacation destination, this quintessential beach community offers sandy shorelines and an abundance of natural history just awaiting exploration.

Hike within the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Although most visitors correlate Virginia Beach with its strip of resorts, outdoor enthusiasts find peaceful beach hiking opportunities within close proximity to the hotels and main beach. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge contains 4,608 acres of untouched habitat that is home to migrating and wintering waterfowl. More than 20,000 snow geese and a wide variety of ducks visit Back Bay during the peak of the fall. Stroll the miles of shoreline while viewing the diverse wildlife and land formations on the barrier island. Or launch a kayak or canoe from a 1-acre site that connects them to the vast marshlands and shorelines of the refuge. This boat launch is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and motorized crafts are prohibited.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
(757) 721-2412

Mountain Bike at First Landing State Park

Featuring dirt roads with a few small hills, mountain biking in First Landing State Park provides exceptional scenery and nearby beaches for swimming on warm summer days. Ideal for novice mountain bikers, combine a weekend of riding the 19 miles of trails with camping within the state park.

First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451-1415
(757) 412-2300

Parasail in the Chesapeake Bay

Rudee Inlet, located in within the city of Virginia Beach, offers an ideal location for first-time and experienced parasailing enthusiasts. Several guide and rental services within close proximity to the inlet offer packages to get you sailing up to 1,200 feet over the Chesapeake Bay.

Surf in the Atlantic Ocean

Home to the annual Eastern Surfing Championship, Virginia Beach is a haven for playful waves and a classic surfing tradition. From the 1st Street Jetty to 42nd Street, novice surfers and experienced shredders find waves to suit their skill level. Several downtown surf shops and schools offer board and wetsuit rentals as well as surf lessons providing the basic foundations for riding waves in the Atlantic Ocean.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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