Weekend City Picks: Virginia Beach

With a trio of pristine beaches and three miles of boardwalk, it’s easy to fall in love with this unhurried beach town. Bring the kids (and your bathing suits) to Virginia Beach, where seafood is aplenty and relaxation is the only thing on your to-do list.

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Arts & Entertainment

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Beach’s performing arts center is heralded as one of the country’s acoustically best, and hosts national acts alongside local performers and seminars.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Wine nights. Food trucks. Contemporary art. Sign us up, and head to the small-but-cherished MOCA to see the city’s best exhibits.

Festivals at Town Center
Town Center is Virginia Beach’s go-to hub for shopping and dining, but the plaza also hosts the city’s best events, like its annual Town Center Craft Beer Festival and Festa Italiana.


Father Son Beach

Chesapeake Bay Beach
Overlooking the Cape Henry Lighthouse, Bay Beach is the area’s prime family spot thanks to its calm waters and castle-worthy sands. And don’t forget Fido: The beach is pet-friendly in the summers!

Beach Street USA
A treat for parents as much as their kiddos, Atlantic Avenue turns into a never-ending street festival May through Labor Day. On any given night, you’ll find jugglers, magicians, costumed characters and musicians lining the sidewalks, streets, parks and ocean.

Food & Drink

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Fusion Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy Atlantic views and its fresh catches — like lump crab cakes and flounder po’ boys — at Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel’s Fusion.

Tautog’s Restaurant
Across the street from Resort Beach is the city’s must-eat spot for she-crab soup … and crab nachos. Pair ‘em with a G.I. Pilsner from the local Young Veterans Brewery Company.


First Landing State Park

Atlantic Trips
Take a trip on one of the city’s countless boat tours to whale — and dolphin! — watch with the family; humpbacks love the food-rich Virginia coast. If you’d rather take an active role in the water, jump on a fishing charter for some high-profile hooks.

First Landing State Park
Hike, bike or kayak your way across Virginia’s most visited state park (and National Landmark). With nearly 20 miles of trail — including 1.25 miles on the beach — you’ll witness the city’s precious maritime ecological system firsthand.

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