Top things to do

Aquarium in Virginia Beach

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

If you want to see an aquarium done right, come here. In various habitats, you can see a great array of aquatic life, including sea turtles, river otters and Komodo dragons.
American in Virginia Beach


The menu at this joint lives up to its name, including everything from hummus to dolmades, tacos to gnocchi. At lunch, the gourmet sandwiches and craft beer are a winning combination. The husband-and-wife team behin…
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

We reckon this 112,000-acre refuge deserves an award for best name in the country. Some 30 miles southwest of Virginia Beach, it straddles the North Carolina border and is rich in flora and fauna, including black be…
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

First Landing State Park

Shake off the Virginia Beach flash at this lower key 2888-acre woodland, which has 20 miles of hiking trails and 1.5 miles of beach, plus opportunities for camping, cycling, fishing, kayaking and swimming.
Seafood in Virginia Beach

Blue Pete's

Perched over a peaceful creek near Back Bay, Blue Pete's has an enchanting woodland setting and a wide-ranging and well-priced menu: oysters, gumbo, she-crab soup, brisket sandwiches, pastas and crab cakes.
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This 9250-acre wildlife and migratory-bird marshland habitat is most stunning during the December migration season. The refuge's visitor center is open from 8am to 4pm weekdays, 9am to 4pm weekends.
Seafood in Virginia Beach

Mahi Mah's

This oceanfront eatery in the Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the go-to for scrumptious seafood including sushi. It's a buzzing spot for a drink or casual meal. Happy hour is 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday.
Museum in Virginia Beach

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in an ultra-modern building, this museum has galleries hosting a rotating program of exhibitions by regional artists.