10 Things to Do in Virginia Beach before Summer Ends
Cap Off Your Summer with these Virginia Beach Activities
Fall is just around the corner. Before the leaves begin to change and the temperatures drop, make the most of what’s left of summer in Virginia Beach. Here are our top 10 things to do before summer ends.
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1. Hit the Beach One Last Time
A trip to Virginia Beach is best capped off by spending some time in the surf and sand. Visit all three of Virginia Beach’s beach areas, from Chic’s Beach to the Oceanfront to Sandbridge Beach. Even though school is back in session, a summer weekend is the perfect time to bring the whole family out for one last day at the beach.
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2. Make a Splash at Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Ocean Breeze Waterpark is Virginia Beach’s only waterpark. The park features rides, slides and other aquatic attractions, perfect for kids and adults. Spend a day at Ocean Breeze Waterpark racing down thrilling water slides, floating down the lazy river, tackling the wave pool or just relaxing poolside. Ocean Breeze closes for the summer season on Sunday, Sept. 8.
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3. Hit the Waves on a Jet Ski
If you are looking for an exciting day on the water, you can find waverunners and jet ski rentals up and down the beach. Let the breeze blow through your hair as you hit speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Choose from one-, two- or three-person jet skis to take out into the open ocean for some serious fun.
Rudee Inlet Jet Ski offers thrill seekers Yamaha WaveRunner rentals. For 30 minutes or an hour, ride across the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Rudee Inlet Jet Ski has one of the largest riding areas in Virginia Beach.
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4. Have a Meal Outside
Virginia Beach has a number of fantastic restaurants, perfect for every appetite and budget. From family friendly and casual to fine dining and romantic—you can find a restaurant for every occasion. Before the summer season ends, enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner on an outdoor patio. You’ll not only have a great meal but also a fantastic view of the city or beach.
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5. Enjoy a Drink at an Oceanfront Bar
It’s not just eating you can do under the summer sunshine. Virginia Beach also has several bars with large outdoor patios where you can enjoy one of our signature Orange Crush cocktails. Along with fantastic drinks, many of these bars also boast fun lawn games, swinging seats and live music. These drinking venues can be perfect for the whole family, including your pets.
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6. Catch a Show from Live! On Atlantic
Live! On Atlantic provides nightly entertainment at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront during the summer season. The sidewalks from 17th to 25th Streets become stages for lively performers, including singers, magicians and more. Live! On Atlantic continues with its performances on the weekends, Sept. 6–7, 13–14 and 20–21.
7. Spend the Day at First Landing State Park
There’s never a bad time of year to visit First Landing State Park but summer is certainly one of the best times of year for outdoor adventure. Located in north Virginia Beach, First Landing State Park is a 3,000-acre park perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, camping and more. Bring the kids to learn about nature and the native wildlife during one of the park’s summer programs.
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8. Take a Boat Tour or Charter a Boat
There are several outfitters that offer boat tours along Virginia Beach’s miles of coastline and expansive waterways. On these tours, you can learn about the area’s military history, spot dolphins, take in the sights or simply enjoy the view.
March Hare offers sport fishing charters on a 51-foot Custom Carolina sportfisher. Or, contact Cast & Blast Fishing Charters for a range of water activities, including inshore fishing, kayaking, dolphin watching, crabbing, sunset cruises and more. The Virginia Aquarium also offers boat trips to discover the area’s aquatic wildlife.
9. Visit a Local Farmers Market
Get a taste of summer by visiting the local farmers markets. Pungo, Virginia Beach’s agricultural community, has several markets and stands that offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Bring a basket and visit one of the “U-pick” farms where you can stroll acres of vines and trees to collect your own produce.
10. Have Some Fun on a Budget
Did you know that Virginia Beach was named one of the “Best Beaches to Visit this Summer” by Money Magazine? Have some free fun before summer is over when you visit Virginia Beach. There are a number of exciting things to do in this coastal community that won’t break the bank. Explore the three-mile Virginia Beach Boardwalk or discover the spectacular murals within the ViBe District. Save even more money by browsing our coupons.
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