Fun Things to Do in Virginia Beach

Shop, Dine, Relax and Explore

More than just a relaxing oceanfront destination, Virginia Beach is a versatile city filled with distinctive attractions and activities. Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront is located near the south end of the city’s famed boardwalk, surrounded by opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventure, water sports, diverse dining, shopping and more Virginia Beach activities. You can be sure to find a number of fun things to do in Virginia Beach during your seaside vacation.

From special events like marathon races and boardwalk festivals to regular occurrences like concerts and family activities, the Virginia Beach calendar of events is filled with things to do near Virginia Beach up and down the Boardwalk.

The 7th Street Stage, adjacent to the Ramada, also offer free nightly live music during the summer season. View the calendar.

Whether you are seeking sun-kissed relaxation, an Atlantic fishing expedition, or a trip into history at Colonial Williamsburg, Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront offers convenient access to an array of Virginia Beach attractions.

For additional information on things to do in and around the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, please contact our expert in-house concierge at (757) 425-7800. 

Find our recommendations on the best Virginia Beach attractions and activities below.

Near Our Hotel

Our hotel provides easy access to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, a three-mile stretch of oceanfront activity and excitement. Discover our favorite things to do on the Boardwalk below.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

From Grommet Island Park to 40th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront is located near the south end of this engaging strip of retail, dining and parks. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, which runs for three miles along the beach, offers surfing, swimming, parasailing, jet ski and bicycle rentals, and plenty of sand. This free attraction is home to many of the top things to do in Virginia Beach, including annual events, live music and much more.

Neptune’s Park

Atlantic Ave. and 31st St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Neptune’s Park is an essential Virginia Beach attraction. Live music fills the air above the bandshell as the ocean breeze blows past the statue of King Neptune. Families enjoy an evening on the expansive lawn as cyclists glide by on the boardwalk bike path just outside Catch 31, an upscale seafood restaurant.

31Ocean

31st St. and Atlantic Ave.

The boardwalk area’s best shopping and dining is available at 31Ocean, a new complex that combines the coast’s top restaurants and most popular boutiques. Sip a Starbucks beverage while shopping the wares of local favorites like Beecroft & Bull, the Sterling Seahorse and Beach Gallery, or sit down for an oceanfront dinner at Salacia or Catch 31.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-3474

Families in search of educational-yet-fun adventures should head to Virginia’s largest aquarium. The center includes 800,000 gallons of exhibits, many of which contain species native to the Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay and Virginia marshes. The aquarium provides an up-close, hands-on look at rare fish, sting rays, sharks, sea turtles and more.

First Landing State Park

Located by the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park offers an abundance of outdoor fun such as boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. The park is also home to campsites with water and electric hook-ups.

Rudee Inlet Water Sports & Boats

Providing charter fishing tours, sailboat and jetski rentals, delectable dining, and more, Rudee Inlet is a standard for any trip to Virginia Beach. Aquatic adventurers are sure to make memories at Rudee Inlet.

200 Winston Salem Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-3400

Adventure Parasail

Soar above the ocean at high speeds on a parasail! As Virginia Beach’s oldest and most trusted parasail team, Adventure Parasail is dedicated to the utmost safety for participants. Stay dry or get wet and enjoy some family fun.

300 Winston Salem Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-8359

Atlantic Fun Park

This seasonal amusement center features an array of rides, midway games, and more. Perfect for summer vacations, you can find family fun at this charming Boardwalk theme park.

233 15th St
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-0467

Beach Events

The hotel is conveniently located on the oceanfront with easy access to beach events like live music, the Boardwalk Art Show and a myriad of festivals. There is never a shortage of entertainment along the boardwalk.


Beyond the Boardwalk

The excitement doesn’t stop on the Boardwalk. The surrounding area hosts an array of things to do that are sure to please anyone in your party. Read on for our favorites.

The Adventure Park

There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium! The amazing aerial forest park features climbing and zip lining through majestic trees near the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Marsh Pavilion.  Take to the treetops on 15 trails that weave between tree platforms on the 6-acre site. Trails are marked by the degree of challenge they provide, offering adventures for ages 5 through adult. Explore the park on your own or make memories with your family and friends.

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-3474

Families in search of educational-yet-fun adventures should head to Virginia’s largest aquarium. The center includes 800,000 gallons of exhibits, many of which contain species native to the Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay and Virginia marshes. The aquarium provides an up-close, hands-on look at rare fish, sting rays, sharks, sea turtles and more.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

849 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-4444

Ocean Breeze Amusement Park is a family-friendly Caribbean paradise home to 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and other wet and wild attractions.

Military Bases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk are home to several military bases and related attractions, such as Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval base in the world, and Battleship Wisconsin. The area also boasts the Training Support Center Hampton Roads, the Joint Expeditionary Base East located at Cape Henry and NAB Little Creek in Norfolk.

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

2181 Landstown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 427-2990

The Virginia Beach Sportsplex is primarily home to the defending champions of the United Football League, the Virginia Destroyers. It has a permanent seating capacity of 6,000, on two decks of seating, though it can be expanded upwards to 17,000 for football games.

Nauticus

One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-1000

This maritime-themed science center in Norfolk offers interactive and educational displays for children about the economic and naval power of the sea. Nauticus is also home of the esteemed Battleship Wisconsin.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 441-5830

Adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens encompasses 155 acres of themed gardens, including a children’s park, the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Colonial Herb Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Flowering Arboretum and much more.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 441-2374

Just 15 miles away, the Virginia Zoo offers 53 acres of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters with elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and many more animals. More than 100 years old, the zoo also boasts beautiful horticulture in addition to various species of animals.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187
(800) 343-7946

Part theme park and part zoo, Busch Gardens provides educational and white-knuckle fun for the entire family. Head out on a zoo tour or enjoy one of the park’s thrill rides. Rides at the park include roller coasters like Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot and the Loch Ness Monster. For the little ones, be sure to check out the Sesame Street Forest of Fun for life-sized Sesame Street character shows, a mini water park to splash in and plenty of kid-friendly rides.

Colonial Williamsburg

301 1st St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1000

Just 45 minutes away, Colonial Williamsburg takes you back into America’s storied past. Walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women who created a new country.


More Things to Do

Still looking for more activities in the area? Read on our guides to more activities and events in the area.

Water Sports

From paddle boarding and parasailing to surfing and snorkeling, there are a variety of water sports that you can enjoy. Read on our favorite activities in the water.

Special Events

No matter when your vacation may be, there are a number of fun things to do in Virginia Beach year-round. Learn about the best events for every season.

View more upcoming area festivals and events.

Calendar of Events

View our calendar of events to stay up to date on the most popular events during your stay.

Visual Gallery

Peruse our Virginia Beach photo gallery for the best shots of our hotel and beyond.