We are hoping to make it down the coast to see my grandparents sometime this fall, and none of my kids have ever been before. I’m excited to show them my favorite Virginia beaches and I’m excited to show them how beautiful all of the east coast beaches are.
These are a few of the Virginia beaches that we plan on visiting during our trip this fall. Will we see you there?
Virginia Beach is known for being crowded, but that’s only because it has some really cool attractions and it’s a gorgeous beach! Family members can entertain themselves on the three-mile strip or even at the Virginia Aquarium. Warn your teenagers though, this beach has a strict no-swearing rule! You will actually be ticketed for it, but it would make for a great vacation story. Check out the statue of King Neptune (below) as well!
It doesn’t matter when you time your visit if you plan on heading to Assateague island you could very well see some wild ponies! Due to environmental protection regulations, this island is known for their wildlife and for their gorgeous, kept beaches. Spend the day at Assateague, but don’t forget your binoculars, you’ll probably even see a ton of birds.
Located just two hours from Richmond, this place is perfect for the vacationer who loves a small town feel. Its quiet environment and miles of shoreline, restaurants and quaint shops make this the perfect place to sit down and stay awhile with your family. Sandbridge isn’t too far from Virginia Beach, but is much more relaxed! Some even call it the “best beach in Virginia.”
First Landing State Park
This state park, located on Cape Henry, is a 2,288-acre state park where vacationers can go swimming, hiking, fishing, and a range of other outdoor activities. You can even stay inside the park overnight, for a beach campout that your kids will never forget. This state park is said to have been a refuge for Capitan Blackbeard and his gang of crazy pirates. Perhaps you’ll see their ghosts!
Cape Charles Town Beach
Doesn’t this just sound like a great vacation destination? It’s one of the only free beaches in eastern Virginia, so it can get a little crowded at times. However, it’s one of the best in the area for swimming due to it’s calm and clear water. There are also pavilions and public restrooms on the beach, so you will have everything if you need it. Cape Charles is one of my favorite destinations!
Bethel Beach Natural Preserve
This beach is narrow and tiny, but it’s one that absolutely cannot be missed. In only 105 acres visitors can explore tidal lagoons, swamps, and even a small bay. However, because the area is a wildlife preserve, sections may be closed at certain times to accommodate the wildlife.
Depending on the time of year, Colonial Beach may not be the BEST place on the list of Virginia beaches to bring young children. But it’s a ton of fun if you have older, more mature kids! The beach is part of a small town (also called Colonial Beach) with lots of amenities. There are over 25 different restaurants to choose from if you get hungry!