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Virginia Beach Ranked One of the “Best Beaches to Visit this Summer” by Money Magazine

Every summer, millions of travelers head to Virginia Beach for some fun in the sun and to experience everything the city has to offer. From the beach to the dining and live entertainment, there are so many things to see and do in Virginia Beach that won’t break your vacation budget. It’s no wonder why Money Magazine named Virginia Beach one of the “Best Beaches to Visit this Summer.”

Money Magazine Ranks Virginia Beach Seventh

Virginia Beach earned a spot on Money Magazine’s list for a number of money-saving reasons. Traveling to Virginia Beach is simple, as the coastal city is accessible by major highways and visitors can fly into Norfolk’s and Newport News’ airports. Over the last year, flights into these cities neighboring Virginia Beach have dropped nearly 13 percent.

Money Magazine also praises Virginia Beach’s miles of sandy beaches, along with top-rated local bars and restaurants and a variety of attractions.

Top 5 Free Activities in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has a number of activities that are free to enjoy when you visit during the summer. Here are our top five favorite free things to do in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach boardwalk free

1. Head to the Beach

Virginia Beach boasts three beaches that each offer a different experience. Choose from the Oceanfront beach, Sandbridge Beach or Chesapeake Bay Beach (also known as Chic’s Beach). Spend a weekend exploring all three to figure out which is your favorite. 

Click here to read more about Virginia Beach’s beaches.

2. Explore the Boardwalk

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk offers plenty to see and do. Bring your bicycle and ride down the designated bike lanes or start your day with a walk or jog along the three-mile boardwalk. As you stroll, take a look at all of the fantastic monuments and statues along the boardwalk, including the massive King Neptune sculpture.

Click here to read more about the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

3. Listen to Live Music

During summertime, Virginia Beach is filled with live music from local restaurants as well as the stages on the streets and beach. Live! On Atlantic brings live entertainment right to the Oceanfront sidewalks from May through September. There are also free concerts held throughout the year that bring local and national headliners right to the beach.

4. Discover Virginia Beach’s Art Scene

The ViBe Creative District is Virginia Beach’s arts and culture neighborhood, located just a few blocks from the Oceanfront. The ViBe District is bursting with vibrant murals, sidewalks and buildings that showcase the city’s talented local artists. Explore the ViBe District and snap a few selfies along the way.

5. Find Free Summer Events

Many of Virginia Beach’s popular attractions feature free events and activities during the summer season. Attend a free gallery talk at the MOCA Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Watch a free movie at the Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Be sure to visit a local winery or brewery for free tastings throughout the week. The city also plays host to plenty of free, family-friendly events.

Click here to view a calendar of events.

To save more when you visit Virginia Beach, check out these coupons for local activities, attractions, restaurants and more.