The most obvious highlight on any Virginia Beach family vacation is the beautiful beaches. Stroll the 3-mile boardwalk lining the golden sands of Virginia Beach's beautiful oceanfront, with swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing spots literally every step of the way from Croatan Beach all the way to Cape Henry Lighthouse. That's not to mention gorgeous Chic's Beach and Ocean View Beach in the north.
The beach isn't only about the sand and the sea — the Virginia Beach Boardwalk hosts outdoor summer concerts. Grommet Island Park, meanwhile, has picnic tables and playgrounds, and the vintage Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum details the important heritage of coastal rescue missions and shipwrecks in Virginia.
Away from the oceanfront, you'll find plenty more family-friendly attractions and activities. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center showcases Virginia's former and current marine life, with an IMAX theater, boat tours, and animals such as seals, turtles, and Komodo dragons, as well as an Adventure Park with zip-lining and aerial forest trails. There's also the Ocean Breeze Water Park, Atlantic Fun Park, and mega go-kart racetrack at Motor World if you're seeking family-friendly thrills.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ferry Plantation House, and the hands-on Children's Museum of Virginia provide plenty of opportunities for learning while having fun on a Virginia Beach family vacation.