Things to do in VIRGINIA BEACH with kids

First you can see it in their eyes….and then in that big smile forming on their face. It’s that moment that kids first see the ocean. The crashing waves, the sound of the seagulls and all that sand that’s just ready to be played in - what an incredible moment!

There are so many fun things to do in Virginia Beach, it’s become a place where families seem to keep returning year after year. 

The highlight, of course, is the beach and that beautiful ocean! Arrr, is there a pirate in those little swashbucklers? Then climb aboard Captain Jacks Pirate Ship Adventures and take to the seas!  Animal lovers would get such a thrill at spotting those dolphins with Rudee Tours Dolphin Watching, and in between building those sandcastles, they can check out those weird and wonderful ocean creatures whilst staying nice and dry at the Virginia Aquarium.

Of course, there is so much more to Virginia Beach! Get climbing with Virginia Beach Rock Gym, rev those engines at American Indoor Karting or enjoy some culture at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art!

With all this kids fun, life’s certainly a beach!

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  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary art

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    Creative fun and learning at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, with permanent and changing exhibitions to immerse families in the amazing world of art.

  • Atlantic Fun Park

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!

  • Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful museum in Virginia Beach which hopes to preserve and exhibit the story of waterfowl - through the history, through artifacts and through art.

  • Rudee Tours Cruises

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    Dolphin watching cruises, sunset cruises and wildlife cruises (including whale watching!)...all with Virginia Beach's Ridee Tours. Take the family on a very special family day out off the Virginia ...

  • Captain Jacks Pirate Ship Adventures

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    Arrrr...family adventures on the high seas with Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures! Get out and search for treasure on their pirate ship tours complete with water cannons - swashbuckling!

  • Grommet Island Park

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    (2 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful outdoor beach playground in Virginia with 100% accessible oceanfront park!

  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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    (2 miles) Virginia Beach

    Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX Theater. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

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    (3 miles) Virginia Beach

    It's an adventure in the trees for those active kids over 5 years, with an aerial forest park with bridges and zip lines at Virginia Beach!

  • Motor World

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    (3 miles) Virginia Beach

    Motor World is "your place to race" in Virginia Beach, Virginia featuring 11 go-kart tracks, 250 Karts with 16 different style Go-Karts to choose from.

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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    (3 miles) Virginia Beach

    A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!

  • Kayak Nature Tours

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    (4 miles) Virginia Beach

    Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!

  • American Indoor Karting

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    (6 miles) Virginia Beach

    Race against friends and family at this indoor karting track in Virginia!

  • Hunt Club Petting Farm

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    (6 miles) Virginia Beach

    Hunt Club Farm is a 23 acre family-owned farm in the heart of Virginia Beach - just 5 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Provides Agricultural based education and entertainment for the local ...

  • First Landing State Park

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    (6 miles) Virginia Beach

    Visit the site of that infamous first landing of the colonists in 1607 - also Virginia's most visited state park!

  • Mount Trashmore Park

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    (8 miles) Virginia Beach

    An environmentally friendly park with playgrounds and a skate park, that was created on a former land fill site! A popular Virginia Beach attraction for all ages!

  • Virginia Beach Rock Gym

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    (10 miles) Virginia Beach

    Indoor rock climbing fun in Virginia Beach for all ages with rappelling, bouldering, and a realistically textured wall. Great to keep those kids active!

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden

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    (13 miles) Norfolk

    A beautiful and colourful 155-acres with thousands of plants of display, as well as a number of diverse gardens, including a children's garden

  • Cloud9 Trampoline Park

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    (15 miles) Chesapeake

    Over 10,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines in a 20,000sft facility. Our trampoline field features over 50 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks ...

  • Chilled Ponds Skating

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    (15 miles) Chesapeake

    Indoor skating fun at this Chesapeake ice rink, with public skating, lessons, and hockey!

  • Chesapeake City Park

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    (16 miles) Chesapeake

    90 acres of nature for families, with open space and reforested pine trees. Great park space within the city of Chesapeake, with playgrounds, skate park and activities for all!

  • Chesapeake Arboretum

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    (16 miles) Chesapeake

    Visit 48 acres of nature's classroom at this Chesapeake Arboretum, with gardens, trails, and amazing nature to explore!

  • Virginia Zoo

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    (17 miles) Norfolk

    Meet over 350 amazing animals. Take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains on pretty days. A fairytale family day.

  • Spirit of Norfolk Cruises

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    (17 miles) Norfolk

    Enjoy a range of lunch and dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises and speciality cruises around the spectacular Norfolk waterfront!

  • American Rover Sailing Cruises

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    (17 miles) Norfolk

    Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Day and evening cruises showcase the best of America's greatest seaport. Sail majestically by giant ...

  • Great Bridge Lock Park

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    (17 miles) Chesapeake

    A 19 acre park surrounded by a canal and river, with playground and picnics too. A great spot in nature in Chesapeake

  • The Chrysler Museum of Art

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    (17 miles) Norfolk

    Although renovations have closed the main building until Spring 2014, the Glass Studio and Historic Houses remain open.

  • Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises

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    (18 miles) Norfolk

    Cruise the waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River with these fascinating cruises on the Victory Rover

  • Nauticus

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    (18 miles) Norfolk

    Maritime adventures in Norfolk with the USS Wisconsin, exhibits covering maritime history and 3D movies too!

  • Chesapeake Planetarium

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    (18 miles) Chesapeake

    Public programs available at this fascinating planetarium, where kids can learn all about the wonders of space from Chesapeake!

  • Childrens Museum of Virginia

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    (18 miles) Portsmouth

    Kids can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist and more in the roleplay settings, plus interactive fun: once your child has experienced standing inside a bubble, science will never be the sam!e Includes ...

  • Northwest River Park

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    (21 miles) Chesapeake

    A beautiful 763 acre park and campground in Chesapeake, with year round nature fun including hiking, fishing and boating!

  • Virginia Air and Space Center

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    (23 miles) Hampton

    Dozens of hands-on air and space exhibits await the whole family at this premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight! With actual historic aircraft!

  • Cherrystone Family Camping Resort

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    (30 miles) Cape Charles

    300 acres of natural waterfront for your family adventure! Located on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, this campsite has lots of kids fun to be had!

  • Virginia Living Museum

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    (31 miles) Newport News

    Virginia's natural heritage comes alive through living exhibits that encompass all the state's geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story.

  • The Mariners Museum

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    (32 miles) Newport News

    Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and much more.