2022 Guide to Spring Break in Virginia Beach: Where to Go & Things to Do

February 5, 2022

The state of Virginia may conjure images of colonial history, fertile farm country, and the Arlington National Cemetery, but just a short jaunt to the Southeast reveals a world of boardwalks, beaches, and oceanfront fun.

Virginia Beach has long been heralded as a go-to summer spot, but those in the know have been celebrating spring break in Virginia for as long as they can remember. However you choose to commemorate your time by the ocean, Virginia Beach is a safe and sensational spring break destination for tourists of all ages.

While the cerulean waters of the Atlantic might have quite a chill come Mid April, there is still plenty to see, do, and eat in this vibrant coastal city.

Wander down their famous three-mile boardwalk explore marine life at the Virginia Aquarium. Or, witness a sunset over the Chesapeake Bay while kayaking. 

Those less inclined for outdoor activities will achieve serenity and solace by visiting Neptune City's many shops. Then find their way to the restaurants where they can feast on oysters, She-crab soup, and more.

view of Virginia Beach from ocean with crowd of people Virginia Beach, Virginia, USAVirginia Beach Hotels

Thirty-five miles of sandy shoreline and the dulcet tones of crashing waves have been drawing visitors to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for decades. Crashing up against the boardwalk, this area serves scenic ocean views, luxury accommodations, and plenty of local entertainment. 

Whether you seek an outdoor pool for a crisp midday dunk or a full-service family-friendly resort. There are plenty of options when it comes to Virginia Beach Hotels:

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Boasting modern, spacious, and minimalist rooms, this contemporary high-rise resort provides the perfect reprieve from any raucous spring break partying. Located right on the beach and just minutes from Neptune's Park. Guests here can delight in searing views from their rooftop infinity swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Those looking to get their pump on can swim laps in the second indoor pool on colder days. Or hit their fully decked-out gym.

No beach towel? No problem! Hilton hotel guests can partake in the complimentary use of umbrellas and sun lounges in their private beach area. 

The Founders Inn & Spa

Quaintly charming, with a touch of British manor appeal, the Founders Inn & Spa is the perfect choice for a romantic rendezvous. Or a more intimate spring break setting.

The suites here are well-appointed featuring cheerful decor, and many come with fireplaces and lake or garden views. Take a load off at their Flowering Almond Spa, and order a custom massage or facial treatment.

End your night on a deliciously decadent note when you sample the gourmet fare at their renowned Swan Terrace Grill.

Four Sails Resort

Luxurious, upscale, and effortlessly elegant the Four Sails Resort has more than earned its stellar reputation and prestigious RCI Silver Crown Award. Whether you reserve a King Suite or specialty penthouse, relax in complete bliss as you soak in panoramic ocean views, Jacuzzi tubs, and more.

Be sure to grab some rays on the sun deck, splash about in their heated pool, or sweat out those spring break toxins in their serene sauna. 

Outdoor Adventure & Aquariums

False Cape State Park

Take a walk on the wild side! If that ocean breeze is feeling quite nippy, lace up those hiking boots and prepare for miles of unspoiled natural beauty when you head to False Cape State Park.

This hidden gem offers a glimpse into a unique estuary habitat, golden sugar sand beaches, dunes, salt marshes, and more. With five different trails to choose from, totaling over 15 miles, you can choose to explore False Cape State Park by foot or bike.

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Keep your peepers primed as this park is a sanctuary for many diverse native animal species, including snow geese, shorebirds, otters, white-tailed deer, red fox, loggerhead turtles, American bald eagles, feral pigs, and wild horses.

Man and his dog walking up a path in the fall with trees and leave around him at False Cape State Park near Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

photo credit: False Cape State Park via Facebook

Oceanfront & Boardwalk

Classic beach boardwalk fun, tons of ocean-bound excitement, and world-class dining await you at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. This popular district is packed with live music, outdoor cafes, street performers, and more.

Rollerblade or bike down the three-mile stretch of boardwalk, cruise past the Rudee Inlet Station Marina or hit the shops at Atlantic Avenue. Sample some succulent seafood and fish tacos at Mahi's, or keep it simple with a boardwalk snow cone or hot dog. 

Ground view of the boardwalk at Virginia Beach on a sunny day with no traffic in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront via Facebook

Sandbridge Beach

Take advantage of the waning spring break crowds, and tackle a perfectly secluded Sandbridge Beach during the low season. Revel in the sunrise, go foraging for seashells and savor those first sips of your piping hot coffee.

Get your blood pumping with a spirited fat tire bike ride or kayak adventure, and don't forget to look out for friendly flippers playing in the waves.

Those yearning for even more rugged excitement should cruise over to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, an 8,000-acre wildlife sanctuary home to river otters, white-tailed deer, mink, red and gray foxes, and turtles. ​

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Make like Ariel and become part of that world when you escape under the sea at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Widely considered one of the best aquariums in the country, budding marine biologists will be bubbling over with joy, catching sight of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and more.

Meet a Spotted Eagle Ray, come face to face with a fierce Komodo Dragon, or enjoy cuteness overload with a Harbor Seal training session.

Searching for sweet dreams? Settle into one of the aquarium's fully immersive simulators for a scintillating virtual adventure like no other. 

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium 

Woo hoo! Swing, climb and zip to your heart's content when you tackle over 17 verdant treetop trails at the Adventure Park. Located at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's south building, this spacious park is the perfect place for dynamic daredevils to blow off some steam.

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Take to the skies as you tackle aerial stunts and challenges such as rope climbing, tree to tree zip lining, and more. With over 258 treetop platforms and 30 ziplines to conquer, you're guaranteed hours of non-stop Virginia Beach exhilaration. 

Virginia Beach Bites & Bars

Repeal Bourbon and Burgers

Virginia Beach may be the home of She-crab soup and Soft-shelled crab, but when that burger craving hits, there is no better place to heed your hunger than Repeal. So settle in for some juicy 100% grass-fed perfection when you snag a reservation at this speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant.

Everything from the standout burgers to the homemade cocktails is crafted with care and locally farmed ingredients. So go to town on a spicy 'Fire and Brimstone' burger topped with jack cheese, tabasco onion strings, fire-roasted habanero chutney, and sriracha aioli perfectly pairs with their signature 'build your own' Old Fashioned. 

Close up of two alcoholic drinks with a tall drink menu behind them and a blurry bar in the back ground at Repeal Bourbon and Burgers in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Repeal Bourbon and Burgers via Facebook

Bubba's Seafood Restaurant & Crab House

Hold up on the Forrest Gump jokes, as this is a different Bubbas! All kidding aside, the seafood at Bubba's is seriously good, and landlubbers seeking fresh-caught fish and crab will not be disappointed.

For over 30 years, this family-owned establishment has been churning out the best She-Crab soup and crab cake sandy's (crab cake sandwiches) in all of Virginia Beach.

Meanwhile, If you're lucky enough to visit during Soft Shell crab season, give those a try. Then head to the Back Deck bar for a nightcap.

Terrapin

For a splurge-worthy spring break dinner you won't be able to stop raving about, head to Terrapin for an evening of ambiance, elegance, and sustainable organic eats.

Their seasonal menu is ever-changing, but you can bet on being bowled over by head chef Rodney Einhorn's inventive take on classic comfort dishes.

Opt for their four-course tasting menu, or order a la carte and enjoy heavenly entrees of pumpkin ravioli with chanterelles, linguini with eastern shore middle neck clams, or Ashley Farm's fried chicken with truffle mac and cheese. 

Chix on the Beach

A Virginia Beach staple for over 40 years, Chix on the Beach delivers jaw-dropping waterfront views in the heart of the Oceanfront district. Enjoy the cool breeze on their patio deck. Meanwhile, sip a signature Waterman's Original Orange Crush. It's made with their special secret recipe. Next, contemplate what seafood to devour.

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Crush that hunger with an appetizer of crispy hush puppies before indulging in steamed snow crab legs with drawn butter, or go for a Chesapeake traditional steamer bag packed full with your choice of shrimp crab, or clams doused in Old Bay and served with kielbasa sausage and red potatoes. 

Catch 31 Fish House and Bar

Cocktails, staggering Atlantic ocean views, and a superior raw bar. Can you name a better combination? Nestled right on the beach boardwalk, Catch 31 blurs the line between laidback and luxury dining.

Grab a patio table and sip a handmade fruit-flavored libation such as the 'staycation.' It's an intriguing mix of vodka, passion fruit, orange guava, and soda. Meanwhile, warm yourself by the plentiful fire pits that overlook Neptune's Park.

If you're feeling peckish, sample some freshly shucked oysters. Or, go for broke with the statuesque Atlantic Tower. It features a bountiful array of oysters, clams, smoked PEI mussels, as well as cocktail shrimp.

View of the outdoor dining area and fire pit at Catch 31 Fish House and Bar in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Catch 31 Fish House and Bar via Facebook

ViBe Creative District

Sculpture installations, murals, and a thriving community of artisanal creators make the ViBE District a must-visit for those artistically inclined.

Stroll through this unique space of local makers, painters, and creators. Meanwhile, witness them hard at work on their wares.

Pick up exceptionally crafted wood pieces, handmade handbags, signs, and more. Then, grab a steaming hot latte from Veteran owned Fathom coffee. Or, explore the district's prolific brewery scene on a craft beer tasting tour.

Finally, end the day with a sweet treat. Help yourself to a scoop of Lolly's Creamery limited release seasonal flavors. 

Virginia Beach Entertainment & Shopping

Town Center 

Shop til you drop at the Town Center! This epicenter of entertainment, nightlife, and indoor play are just minutes from the Oceanfront. In addition, it's jam-packed full of rainy day-approved activities.

Stock up on your favorite men's and women's fashions. Then laugh until your sides hurt at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Or, challenge your kiddos to a laser tag or go karting competition at Apex Entertainment.

Need to flex that creative muscle? Cozy up at the Muse Paintbar, unleash your inner Picasso and paint the day away. 

The Artery in the Oceanfront District

Sumptuous massages, surf shops, fine dining, and plenty of beach-themed fun come together at Virginia Beach's up-and-coming Artery District. Visitors of all ages will be dashing around with delight as they load up on bikinis and board apparel at the Freedom Surf Shop, jam out to records at Vinyl Daze, or craft their own plant baby terrarium at PlantBar.

Movie buffs will relish the opportunity to catch a late-night blockbuster and brew at the Beach Cinema Ale House. Meanwhile, competitive types can work on their lane game at Pinboys at the Beach.

If all of that retail therapy has you bordering on hangry, hightail it to the Food Network famous Beach Pub. It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

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Sandy shores, sno cones, and sublime seafood eats have enticed Virginia Beach visitors for years. However, for those seeking to eschew crowds and oppressive humidity, Spring break in Virginia is perfect.

Rollerblade down the boardwalk carefree, then swing like Tarzan at the Adventure Park. Or revel in tranquil morning hikes at the salty marsh-filled False Cape State Park.

From craft brews to Bay views to soft-shelled crab. There are many sensational flavors, sights, and attractions to sink your teeth into in Neptune City.

This spring break, under the watchful eyes of the mighty sea god, explore the beauty, entertainment, and attractions of Virginia Beach

What Will Your Virginia Beach Spring Break Look Like?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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