Thrifty Vacation:Virginia Beach, VA

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Virginia Beach, VA, which boasts over 35 miles of beach, a 3-mile long boardwalk that is free to visitors, as well as free summertime oceanfront festivals and entertainment for everyone. For a unique twist, visitors can camp at First Landing State Park – just minutes from the oceanfront resort area and boardwalk!

Home to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, First Landing State Park , False Cape State Park and the North Landing River Natural Area Preserve, Virginia Beach offers more than 18,600 acres of state parks and wildlife refuges to give visitors a variety of landscapes that are budget friendly for exploring the great outdoors. A virtually undiscovered ecological treasure, Virginia Beach is one of the last great salt marsh habitats on the East Coast. Virginia Beach ’s many state and federal parks offer hiking, biking, bird-watching, canoeing and kayaking.

Virginia Beach also offers getaway and vacation packages throughout the year that not only stimulate your mind, but your wallet as well. Enjoy the Family Fun package which includes 2 or 3 night hotel accommodations and tickets to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center . Packages are always being added. For a complete list of package options, visit

Below are free or budget friendly activities and events in Virginia Beach .

Beaches – (Free) With 14 miles of open, public beaches – with NO fees – Virginia Beach offers a variety of unique beaches to fit every mood. In the resort area, visitors are greeted by a 300-foot wide beach lined by Virginia Beach ’s three-mile concrete oceanfront Boardwalk with a separate bike path, making it ideal for strolling, rollerblading and biking. If your idea of a "day at the beach" is more relaxed, visit Chesapeake Beach (known to the locals as “Chick’s Beach) for a more tranquil spot along the scenic Chesapeake Bay . For a more secluded environment, the Sandbridge area on Virginia Beach 's southern shore is perfect. The pristine shores of Sandbridge are secluded, quiet and just 20 minutes from the main resort area.

Beach Street U.S.A. – (Free) The oceanfront comes alive with special themed entertainment along the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue from 17th to 25th Streets nightly during the summer months. Puppets, bands, jugglers, magicians and others entertain crowds right on the sidewalks. Free live concerts and theatrical productions take place seven nights a week along the oceanfront.

Old Coast Guard Station – (Ages 6 and under are free, ages 6-12 is $2) Learn about shipwrecks that occurred just off the Virginia Beach coast and the history of lifesaving service from World War II to the present day.

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum – (Free) Located in the historically registered DeWitt cottage built in 1895, the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum displays art and artifacts documenting migratory wildfowl that pass through Eastern Virginia . Exhibits of wildfowl and shorebird carvings trace the evolution of this unique American art form. Enjoy on-site wood-carving demonstrations, decoys dating from historic times to present day and a collection of exhibits covering the history of Virginia Beach .

For a complete listing of all budget friendly events and activities in Virginia Beach or for more information about the area, please visit

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