It can be hard to plan a vacation for the whole family. Often, the kids demand to see things that will bore the adults, and the adults want to see things that are inappropriate for the children. Luckily, Virginia Beach is filled with plenty of attractions that provide the perfect compromise. On your next stay in the area, add some of the following child- and adult-friendly destinations to your itinerary.
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
At the Virginia Aquarium, you can feast your eyes on over 10,000 animals living in 800,000 gallons of water. You and your kids can enjoy observing harbor seals, cownose rays, loggerhead turtles, North American river otters, sand tiger sharks, and many more creatures from the great depths. When you’re finished gazing, head over to the Adventure Park, where you can go on an eco-friendly zip line through the trees above a scenic creek.
Make visiting the aquarium easier by booking hotels near the area. That way, you can cut down on travel time and maximize your visit to the center. It’s open every day from 9 to 5 p.m., so you could make several stops here during your vacation.
Ghost crabbing is just as fun as it sounds. It involves going to the beach at night with a flashlight and a net in hand to try and catch these nocturnal vermin of the sand. You can watch them scurry away, interact with each other, and even chomp down on a meal. Your kids will love the idea of chasing something in the dark, while you and your partner can take that moonlit walk on the beach you’ve always dreamed of.
You can even make a game out of the activity by collecting crabs into a bucket and watching them scramble away, seeing who can catch the most crabs, or seeing who can capture the biggest crab on the beach. Remember to release all your crabs back onto the sand when you’re done playing with them.
iFLY Virginia Beach
Have you ever wanted to go skydiving but lacked the motivation to just do it? iFLY Virginia Beach is a simpler method of the heart-stopping activity that doesn’t involve any planes or drops from miles above the earth. Instead, you’ll be placed inside a vertical wind tunnel that generates 1,600 horsepower, creating a giant wall of air that will lift you off the earth. You can float here and experience a simulated skydiving sensation without even leaving the building.
Because children as young as three can enjoy the experience, it’s an activity the whole family can get behind. Best of all, it’s open every day from 9 to 8 p.m., except on the weekends when it closes at 10 p.m.
Of course, there’s plenty more you and the kids could enjoy on your next trip. The beach and boardwalk have plenty of things to keep you busy during the day. But if you’d like to try something unique, these attractions will definitely hit the spot.