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Can’t miss things to do in Virginia Beach, VA!

Can’t miss things to do in Virginia Beach, VA!

Our travels take us to the East Coast today, specifically to Virginia Beach. There is so much for families to enjoy in Virginia Beach that we can’t help but love it! Of course the beach is always the main attraction (or at least it is for me) but it is always great to have an idea of fun places to visit.

Places to Eat in Virginia Beach

There are so so many amazing restaurants in Virginia Beach it is hard to pick just one, but off the top of our heads here goes!

Quintin’s Tea Emporium

We love finding locally owned places to stop along the way, like Quintin’s Tea Emporium.  I am as much of a coffee snob as the next guy but when I have the time to enjoy a nice cup of tea, I jump at that chance! This doesn’t necessarily kid friendly but I have to find someplace to get a hot beverage!


If you have a babysitter while in the area (think a family vacation with Grandma and Grandpa) then plan a date night at Terrapin! It is a white tablecloth restaurant with out-of-this-world inventive food! Again, you won’t be able to bring your kiddos here but if you are lucky enough to have a sitter with you, treat yourself to a date night!

Mary’s Restaurant

For inexpensive, eats that even your kids will love, Mary’s Restaurant is the perfect place to head. You will find old favorites like club sandwiches, chicken fried steak and pecan waffles just to name a few items off of the huge menu. The best part is, there is something on the menu for even the pickiest of eaters in your group.

Chicho’s Pizza

It never fails, whenever we go out of town, my family always finds ourselves at a pizza place. Which is fine by my husband and I, as long as it is local and not a chain. That is exactly what you can expect from Chicho’s Pizza. Even better is that there is often live music to change up the boring pizza routine.

Zeke’s Beans and Bowls

Anytime I can get a high quality, fresh and delicious poke bowl, I am happy. That is exactly what you will find at Zeke’s Beans and Bowls. What makes me even happier is that they also make a delicious acai bowl. So in theory, you could grab a light and delicious breakfast and dinner at Zeke’s.

Shelton’s Big Grill

I have to be honest, breakfast is our family’s favorite meal. Often we will eat a big enough breakfast that we don’t need to have lunch. Which is the type of style you will find at Shelton’s Big Grill! Besides the breakfast standards, you will also find delicious burgers and lunch fare.

After checking out the restaurants, it’s time to start thinking about things to do!

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Virginia Aquarium and The Adventure Park

The Virginia Aquarium is a great place to start! Located on the same property as the aquarium is The Adventure Park, a fun place to zip line and do an aerial ropes course. This attraction isn’t for younger kids, but the aquarium is great for the smaller kids!

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Always, a sucker for a good photo opportunity, the Cape Henry Lighthouse is a great place to get those pictures…and breathtaking views.

Just a note, the light house is on a military base so you will need to be prepared to show your ID to gain access.

Chrysler Museum

If you are looking for a good day trip to take a break from the sun rays, drive about 18 miles to Norfolk and explore the Chrysler Museum! Their latest kid-friendly exhibit is the “art of video games,” but you can also watch glass blowers work on their latest creations or take part in the once monthly family night.

Military Aviation Museum

Get up close and personal with old military planes at the Military Aviation Museum. You can even pay for a ride around in one of the historic aircraft; just a note it isn’t an inexpensive add-on.

Photo Courtsey Atlantic Fun Park website.

Photo Courtesy Atlantic Fun Park website.

Atlantic Fun Park

Head to the Atlantic Fun Park, for a day of good old-fashioned fun! Think riding the Ferris wheel while taking in the beautiful views of the beach!

First Landing State Park

Enjoy exploring the First Landing State Park, there are 20 miles of trails to hike and you also can rent kayaks or canoes!

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Children’s Museum of Virginia

This museum is best for kids up to 11 years old. From a gigantic train display, to a planetarium hands on learning is encouraged here. This is a great spot to head when you’ve had too much sun or it is a rainy day.

Just a note, the museum is closed on Mondays, so make sure you plan accordingly. Adults 18+ are $11 and kids are $10.

Have you been to Virginia beach before? What is your favorite thing to do? Place to eat?

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Navarre Beach 

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Headed to Virginia Beach and looking for things to keep you and your family busy? We've covered where to eat and what to do while you are in town!