If you want a specific location along the beach in Virginia Beach to visit, head to the fishing pier. This pier measures 1,000 feet long and is along the boardwalk on 15th street. This attraction is right in the middle of the resort area, making it a popular attraction. You don't need a license to fish and there is a bait-and-tackle shop right there, complete with rental equipment. You can also get a meal or snack at the bar and restaurant.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center proves that there is more to this city than just the beach. The aquarium holds more than 800,000 gallons of water as well as live animal habitats. There are marshlands, a nature trail, an outdoor aviary, and numerous hands-on exhibits. You will find 300 different species in the aquarium with thousands of animals in total. Other highlights include the Indonesian Volcanic Island, Chesapeake Bay Touch Pond, and Red Sea Habitat. The center also hosts a 3D IMAX theater for the chance to watch breathtaking films about the natural world in a comfortable atmosphere.
The family-friendly Ocean Breeze Waterpark is a great escape when you want to get in the water, but aren't in the mood for the sandy beach. There are 16 different water slides as well as the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and Runaway Bay wave pool, the last of which has one million gallons of water. Float lazily along the Adventure River or get a souvenir at the gift shop or snack from the candy store or numerous food shops.
While in Virginia Beach, be sure to stop by Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This 8500 acre area was created in 1938 with the goal of creating a protected spot where migrating or wintering waterfowl could stay. Today, nature lovers get the chance to see more than 300 species of birds, including endangered and threatened species. This top attraction also has multiple walking trails of varying lengths, perfect for jogging strollers. This particular attraction is ideal for when you want to truly interact with nature without man-made distractions.
Children in particular enjoy Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures, which is a family-friendly short cruise on a pirate ship, the Lost Pearl. A period Spanish galleon served as the inspiration for the ship and children get to participate in the pirate show while enjoying a snack of pirate booty. You can also hunt for treasure or participate in a sword fight. The whole tour lasts about 1.5 hours.