15 Fun Things to Do on Virginia Beach's Iconic Boardwalk
Stroll the Boardwalk
There’s no better way to experience Virginia Beach’s iconic three-mile boardwalk than to walk it, yourself. For optimal views (and photo opportunities), get up early and stroll at sunrise.
Bike the Boardwalk
With multiple locations along the beach, Cherie’s is the one-stop shop for everything you need to cruise the Boardwalk in style, including beach cruisers, mountain bikes, family bikes, and in-line skates. Beach-goers can also rent body boards, surfboards, beach chairs, and umbrellas.
Eat Soft-Serve Ice Cream
When in Virginia Beach, a soft-serve cone on the Boardwalk is a must. Of the multiple stands along the Boardwalk, check out the custard at the aptly-named “Soft-Serve Ice Cream” (on Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street). Look for the stand adorned with rainbow neon.
To Do: Atlantic Fun Park
With both thrill rides and more kid-friendly rides, this theme park provides fun for the whole family. For a birds-eye view of the boardwalk, hop the Ferris wheel.
Go Fish at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier
Located at the intersection of the Boardwalk and 15th St., this 1,000-foot-long pier features a bait-and-tackle shop where visitors can rent a rod (no fishing license required). There’s also a snack bar, if you’re feeling peckish.
Explore at Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Located in the historic DeWitt Cottage along the Boardwalk, this museum exhibits artifacts from the area’s rich history of wildfowling and the use of bird decoys. It also boasts its own carving room, where local artists-in-residence demonstrate the tricks of the trade.
Shop at Tinkham Decoys & Folk Art
See something you like at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum? Contemporary wildfowl art and carvings are also available for purchase, including from immensely gifted local folk artist Spencer Tinkham, of Tinkham Decoys & Folk Art.
Explore the Old Coast Guard Station
This historic museum, located in a Coast Guard Station built in 1903, houses 1,800 artifacts and more than 1,000 photos of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services and the Virginia Beach community. The museum’s research library is also open to the public.
Go Horseback Riding on the Beach
Few Virginia Beach activities are more scenic than a horseback ride along the Atlantic. (Atop their horses, visitors can guide their steeds right to the shoreline so they can dip their hooves in and cool off.) Guided rides are offered from October to May, and are suitable for kids.
Eat at Green Cat Juice Bar & Market
The boardwalk isn’t without healthy options: head to Green Cat for devious raw juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls, plus other organic (and 100% gluten free) goodies like soups and salads.
Drink at Back Bay Brewing Company
Founded by a group of friends from Virginia Beach, this immensely popular spot brews new beers year-round. The indoor-outdoor tasting room is the perfect spot to post up for an afternoon.
Drink at Wasserhund Brewing Company
This Resort Beach brewery aims to bring German beer culture to Virginia Beach—its name means "water dog" in German—with its selection of high-quality ales and lagers. (It has 12 beers on tap.) The brewery also serves up brick oven pizza, plus beer sausages and sauerkraut.
Drink at Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Having recently moved to Resort Beach, Chesapeake Bay Distillery boasts the first vodka tasting room in the city. Visitors can sample the company’s Blue Ridge Vodka and Chick’s Beach Rum—both made from locally-sourced ingredients—among other spirits.
Eat at Terrapin
Located just inland of the Boardwalk, this intimate Virginia Beach spot continues to shine thanks to acclaimed chef Rodney Einhorn, who is widely considered the catalyst of the city’s farm-fresh food movement. The restaurant is worth a visit for its perfectly-prepared proteins and confidently-crafted cocktails.
To Eat: Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks
This refined seafood-steakhouse, located in the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel, is the only Four-Diamond steakhouse in Virginia. The menu boasts aged prime beef, various fruits of the sea, and seasonally-changing sides to round out any meal.