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VIRGINIA BEACH VACATION SPOTS
Choosing a place to stay on Virginia Beach will take some planning as the sandy beach has distinct locations along it's 20 km stretch. In reality Virginia Beach as a location is about sandy beach vacations and less about the urban sprawl which now extends all the way along the beach and miles From Chesapeake Bay to the state line.
Oceanfront is one of the most popular locations and home to the enormous boardwalk that extends for miles and miles (59 Blocks!). The huge length of the beach here means there is always enough room for your families although you may like to hire a bicycle at one of the many hire spots along the way , or bring your own.
If you are not sure where on the Oceanfront you may like to locate yourself I have included this video footage of about half it's length below. Keep in mind that the boardwalk is most busy on the southern end.
Part of the attraction of this area is Beach Street USA. Over the summer there is complimentary family friendly activities and entertainment on daily. Go to the area between Atlantic Avenue between 17-25th.
VIDEO: Virginia Beach Virtual Bicycle Tour - Boardwalk from 1st to 25th Street - VaBeach.com
Location: in Virginia Beach, Va. The Virginia Beach oceanfront is 14 miles away. The hotel is on 26 landscaped acres.
Amenities: The Founders Inn has a few restaurants. The Hunt Room has Colonial style fare with while the Swan Terrace Restaurant offers brunches on Sundays featuring fresh local seafood, desserts and cheese blintzes. Complimentary high speed Internet access is available most places including rooms.
The hotel's Flowering Almond Spa offers an indoor pool, six treatment
rooms and a meditation room with candles, music and views of the lake.
The spa's fitness center includes cardiovascular and weight training
equipment. The hotel includes a jetted tub overlooking a nearby lake
and an outdoor pool. The pool includes fountains and a 25 foot enclosed
Rooms: The 240 guestrooms include balconies or terraces. Some have views of the landscaped grounds and the lake.
Reviews: This one is not distinctly a family resort. In fact, most of the reviews aren't from families with small children but with families with teenagers. However that does not mean you can't go and have a pleasurable time with a family. The website is littered with photos of children and there is more than enough activities to do it with the beaches, amusement parks, historical landmarks and shopping outlets nearby.
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This all oceanfront suite hotel is located on the boardwalk. It's the newest one on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Less than one mile from Beach Mall. Close to
the beach, rock climbing, bowling, and lazer tag for the families.
Amenities: The website advertises a comfortable indoor heated swimming pool open year round from 7am-11pm for the family.
Rooms: have a private balcony, chance of an amazing view, free high-speed Internet, 2 TVs, sofa bed and kitchenette.
Reviews: The hotel's special touches like keeping the
complimentary hot breakfast well stocked up, having computers in the
lobby to print boarding passes, and the good rooms make a good
impression on guests. Guests with small children and teenagers are
quick to recommend this one and come back.
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Location: All suites overlooking Virginia Beach.
Amenities: direct beach and boardwalk access, indoor pool, fitness center and guest laundry. High speed wireless internet, valet parking, hot breakfast buffet and weekly barbecue are all complimentary.
Rooms: Have a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker and a private balcony overlooking the beach.
Reviews: You would have to search hard to find a bad word about this hotel. The breakfast and beach experience seems a little above what others are offering in the area. Good food and the valet looking after cars (complimentary) were reported. The big spacious rooms and facilities around the hotel were a hit with families.
Location: At the quieter end of the resort strip across from the Virginia Beach boardwalk.
Amenities: Two pools with two elevated hot tubs, a large rock waterfall formation and comfortable lounge chairs, and tables make the outdoors a comfortable place to keep kids entertained. Indoor facilities are also as good or better.
suites with full kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs, and a washer and dryer.
Calming colors, a gas fireplace, and a furnished
patio overlooking the lush courtyard spell luxury.
Reviews: The resort is recommended by families and singles alike. Guests liked the big rooms and the family friendly environment. Seems most aspects are outstanding bar the fact that the walls are perhaps a little thin and easy to hear through.
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Unlike the other hotels on this page this one is not
families. That's because we always try to include resorts with eco
where we can and want you also to have a fantastic luxury vacation.
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Location: on commerce street, town center.
Amenities: this hotel also offers a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and gym. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner or have 24-hour in-room dining. There is a lobby lounge.
Rooms: The 236 guest rooms include Deluxe Rooms, Suites and a private Executive Club floor. All rooms have High Speed Internet Access, flat screen LCD televisions, dual showerhead.
Reviews: Guests rave about the luxury a new hotel brings - especially before the bedding begins to age. Newness also makes for a cleaner place in many instances and guests really liked how clean this place is. Many say it is the best in the area. It rates well with families with teenagers and small children.
Location: On beach
in the northern resort area, adjacent to the boardwalk and five miles
Amenities: Indoor pool, seasonal outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness room. Courtyard Cafe and quality restaurant, which serves breakfast buffets, lunch and dinner. A lobby workstation with a computer, printer and complimentary high speed Internet access is a nice touch.
Rooms: Daily housekeeping, free high-speed Internet. 2-room suites make extended stays comfortable, with kitchenette & separate sleeping area. Romantic jacuzzi rooms feature a spa & ocean view.
Reviews: Guests with families report that their children go home happy having met other children. The pool area seems a great attraction as well as the location. On the downside, there was an occasional report that the bathrooms in some rooms were not as big as other resorts. Guests on honeymoon also enjoyed this place.
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The Quality in has outdone itself a little with this one. Perhaps the
highest rated hotel in Virginia beach with families. And for that
reason we are going to include it as well.
Location: On the boardwalk and at the start of Beach Street.
Amenities: An indoor heated pool has a lap lane, fitness center, "RockFish" Bar and Grill, concierge and more.
Rooms: Recently renovated studios, one, two and three bedroom suites have full kitchens, stocked for the family.
Reviews: Some guests expected to have a balcony only to find they did not have one. Many more had more positive experiences and the overall consensus is that this is an outstandingly great hotel for families. That is what it does well and does not really pretend otherwise. Free snacks for the kids everyday were appreciated by kids and teenagers alike.
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If it's a quiet Virginia Beach family vacation spot you are looking for than head for Sandbridge by Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This more peaceful and natural location will provide the opportunity for your family to reconnect, on bicycle tours , surfing or simply walking the beach together.
Chesapeake Bay Virginia Beach Vacation Spots
While most of the action is Oceanfront some families like to situate themselves at Chesapeake Bay to take advantage of the calm water beach which favors families with young children. The vacation vibe does exist here with marina and family restaurants dockside, but in reality it is the Oceanfront where many families are heading.
First Landing State Park is located on Chesapeake Bay and is an option for families looking to stay especially close to nature. While there are activities to do in the park, you could also supplement these with trips to the beach. Go prepared for Outdoor showers however. Outdoor showers and clean restrooms are a helpful touch. While there are also cabins campsites were $24 to $32. at the time of writing.
At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay is a Lighthouse where 1607 settlers arrived and is one of the oldest in the country. Add Cape Henry Lighthouse this to your list of family friendly Virginia Beach activities and enjoy the scenery.
The Town Center at Virginia Beach is probably not the ideal environment for a family vacation. However there are times when it is worth a visit like for example when the local artists come out to show their wares in a lively environment. There are also well known restaurants and shopping.
Virginia Beach for Young Children to Teens
One attraction that covers a lot of age groups is the adventure area at the Virginia Aquarium. The Adventure Park allows children older than five with little or without any experience to glide through the trees like little monkeys. There are 13 challenge levels depending on your child's age and abilities over Owl Creek. This works out to hundreds of tree crossings.
Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Tours
While pirate attractions re becoming increasingly popular Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Tours are at least a little different. You actually hit the seas on a replica of a 65 foot Spanish Galleon and go in search of other famous pirates like Blackbeard and the Pearl. All with singing and dancing. 757-305-9700
Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Ocean Breeze Waterpark is the most frequented in the area with more than 20 rides and attractions. You won't need to pay for parking or tubes here.
Virginia Beach Mini Golf
Really as you would expect there is a lot of mini golf happening in Virginia Beach. VB Jungle Golf is but one of scores.
When to Visit Virginia beach
Of course you want to visit for a beach vacation in the Summer and know that this is the busy time of the year, but do you really want to go ahead anyway? If you are camping than yes probably but book in advance. Also if you want to take advantage of all the free activities the yes for you too.
If you are looking to price down your Virginia Beach vacation why not wait until prices drop in October and pick up a discount in advance. The restaurants are not going to close and you will have more room to get around without the crowds.Flights to Virginia Beach
You will more than likely arrive at Norfolk International Airport which is located less than half an hour away from you accommodation on the beach, or a little further for some other locations including the city.Train To Virginia Beach
Yes you can take Amtrak to Newport but will need to hop a connecting bus to Virginia Beach.
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