So...what are the best Virginia Beach attractions--and the best attractions beyond the beach?
The Virginia Beach area is a family vacation getaway paradise...beaches, science museums, aquariums, theme parks, historic sites...the list of sights goes on and on.
But since you want to maximize your travel dollar, which attractions are right for you?
To help you plan your visit, I've personally reviewed most of the top attractions in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, the Hampton Roads area, Williamsburg, and beyond...and added admission details, hours, ways to get discount tickets, and general tips for making your trip as fun and inexpensive as possible.
Keep in mind what a lot of people don't realize: the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area is not just a summer vacation spot, it's a great fall and spring destination too. Crowds are less, hotels go on sale, and cooler temps prevail, making either of those seasons a delightful time to visit as well.
In fact, Virginia Beach was recently named one of the Best Beach Locations to visit in the Fall.
There are so many Virginia Beach attractions and fun things to that you can't possibly do them all...even after multiple trips. In fact, I've devoted a dedicated page to Planning Your Virginia Beach Vacation, plus one dedicated to Virginia Beach Attractions Near the Resort Area, attractions like:
Want to get discount tickets and travel deals to make a more affordable family vacation? Go to my Discount Travel Deals page for Busch Gardens discount tickets, Kings Dominion discount tickets, and more.
Looking for free or low-cost Virginia Beach attractions? Go to my Cheap or Free Fun page.
Don't know what to do on a rainy or snowy day? Here are my Best Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Virginia Beach for my favorite Virginia Beach attractions that are either indoor or defy the weather.
Want to know how to get there? Check out my links to local airports.
Air Power Park
Why will air and space enthusiasts love this park?
Who (or what) is Allison the shark?
Virginia Air and Space Museum
How can you crash and burn at this fantastic space museum?
The real McCoy...Why do archaeology lovers "dig" this spot?
Defend the fort talk with an Indian...and how'd they fit so many people on such a tiny ship?
Tips for Visiting Jamestown
We'll show you which Jamestown Attraction is right for you...
The James River Plantations
Hob-nob with the rich and famous at this amazing mansions.
The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
A free and fun excursion on the James River.
Newport News Attractions
It's the ultimate sea-faring museum, including the turret from the USS Monitor!
Virginia Living Museum
What's the "buzz" at this "touchy-feely" zoo/museum/aquarium?
What recent change made this hot art spot better than ever?
Like going back 50 years in time! Great shakes, burgers and fries--a classic among Virginia Beach attractions.
Read my son's review to see why even kids will like this free museum...
Spirit of Norfolk, Tall ship cruises, & Bahamas cruises
Bakers Crust Restaurant & Crepes
Watching them make a chocolate and hazelnut Crepe Noisette (then savoring every mouthful) is an event in and of itself.
Mermaids on Parade
Hunting for mermaids? It's a fun, free, and creative scavenger hunt!
What has touch tanks, sharks, computer simulation games, tornadoes, subs, and a battleship? And guess who gets in for free?
Catch the full spectrum of naval history at this free museum.
It only comes once a year, but it's a spectacular parade of tall ships, pirates and more!
Rowena's Tea Room and Shop
Why is this our #1 spot for a Girls' Day Out?
One of the most family-friendly Virginia Beach attractions.
Commodore Dinner Theater
Pretend you're a movie star at this Art Deco cinema cafe experience. Our favorite date spot among many Virginia Beach attractions! Will it become yours?
Portsmouth Childrens' Museum
Hands-On heaven for kids of all ages...especially if you like to crash planes!
Best kept secret in Richmond! Historic house, bears, secret gardens, & more...
Museum of the Confederacy and White House
The OTHER White House from the Civil War
Science Museum of Virginia
Basketball-playing rats, cool science experiments, and an IMAX!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
One of the largest collections of Faberge Eggs in the World...plus an ant tunnel through George Washington's face!
Virginia Historical Society
Virginia and Civil War historical, curious oddities, and it's free!
What do two US presidents, Jefferson Davis, 18,000 soldiers, and a black iron dog have in common?
A comprehensive overview of all the many attractions in Williamsburg.
Here are our top 5 favorite things to see at Colonial Williamsburg (and one to avoid!), plus our trick for seeing it for free!
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Griffon, Verbolten, Mach Tower, and more. Check out my exclusive tips for getting discount tickets!
Water Country USA
Wanna get wet? Check out this gnarly family water park!
Paramount's Kings Dominion
Are you an adrenaline-loving coaster junkie? Try this all-in-one amusement park/water park.
Want a waterpark where the weather's always a perfect 82 degrees year-found? My kids like this place better than Disneyland!
Ghost Tours of Williamsburg
These ghost tours show you the spooky side of history...pirates, tavern "wench" ghosts, and more.
Williamsburg Haunted Dinner Theater
This interactive experience combines a live version of "Clue" with a 71-item buffet, so you can figure out "whodunit" over jumbo shrimp and cheesecake!
The ULTIMATE in pampering. Read our insider review of this deliciously decadent spa.
Prime Outlets Williamsburg
Which shops offer free chocolate samples? Why should you count cows here?
Why is staying at their campground a great deal for Busch Gardens visitors?
Virginia Shakespeare Festival
See fabulous Shakespeare productions (like Romeo and Juliet) at this world-famous summer festival.
Yankee Candle Factory
Why do our kids insist on stopping here to see the free show?
Why is Yorktown a quaint and hidden jewel waiting to be discovered?
Why is this historic attraction is so much fun...and such a bargain?
Yorktown's Carrot Tree Kitchens
Read about our family reunion dinner at this historic cottage...and their fabulous carrot cake!
In Washington, DC...
Best Washington DC sights for less!
How we planned a three day Washington, DC vacation for 5 for about $500!
So many things you can do in Washington DC without paying a dime.
DC's all-news-all-the-time museum full of fascinating history and artifacts - your chance to be a news anchor for a day.
National Air & Space Museum
Touch Moon and Mars Rocks, Fly a Plane, See a Space Shuttle -- All for Free!
What you need to know before you go (including tips for how to get tickets)
George Washington's beautiful mansion and estate overlooking the Potomac
Museum of the Marine Corps
An amazing, interactive (and free!) stroll through the history of the Marines
Perfect for James Bond lovers, and spy and gadget enthusiasts
The best sights, restaurants, and family fun in beautiful Charlottesville
The amazing home of Thomas Jefferson
James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland
The pleasantly surprising home of our 5th President
Authentic colonial food, a fascinating tour, and punch served by tavern "wenches."
Carter's Mountain Orchard
Enjoy a breath-taking view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains while picking delicious apples and peaches.
James Madison's recently renovated mansion and grounds
In the Shenandoah Valley...
Simply the largest and most popular cavern in the eastern United States. Listen to their stalagpipe organ play...
Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton
At this recreation of Shakespeare's famous indoor theater, you can see actors "do it with the lights on"...
His fascinating hidden getaway-- the first octagonal home in the U.S.
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