Things To Do in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Restaurants
From seafood to brewpubs, to barbeque and steakhouses—find a diverse selection of Virginia Beach restaurants onsite or near Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel.
Some of our favorites are listed below.
3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Phone: 757 213-3472
Try out the diverse American and seafood cuisine this place offers in a quick seven-minute drive or 13-minute train ride from the hotel. It has a great atmosphere—perfect for any meal or occasion with an excellent breakfast, happy hour and outstanding menu.
1253 Nimmo Pkwy, Suite 117, Red Mill Landing Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-7782
Phone: +1 757-689-2800
Away from the boardwalk in a 15-minute car ride from the hotel, FIREBREW Bar & Grill boasts a brewpub with a wide selection of beer and wine to pair with the likes of appetizers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, pasta and more.
3420 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Phone: +1 757-390-2580
Take a seven-minute drive or 15-minute train ride to try the best family-friendly, NY Italian style restaurant in VA Beach. This place accommodates several different diet restrictions with several pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, soups and a number of house specialties.
116 South Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462
Phone: +1 757-490-9050
Venture 15 to 20 minutes into town in the car and find this barbeque treasure of Virginia Beach. Choose a meat and two sides. Mac and cheese and baked beans are favorite sides here. Try one of six different sauces served at each table.
3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Phone: +1 757-213-3473
In a six-minute drive or 15-minute train ride from the hotel, take your date to one of Virginia Beach’s most romantic upscale restaurants. Scallops, steaks and seafood abound.
3102 Holly Rd. Virginia Beach, VA
Phone: +1 757-321-6688
Take a seven-minute drive to experience the upscale American fare here where reservations are strongly encouraged. Their uniquely contemporary menu items range from oysters to truffle mac and cheese, to cauliflower steak and bouillabaisse and others.
Atlantic Avenue Fun Park
Virginia Beach Amusement Park
Take your vacation to new heights and hop on a ride at the Atlantic Avenue Fun Park. This family-friendly amusement park offers fun activities the entire family can enjoy, including 12 midway games, 16 family fun rides, kiddie rides like the flying elephants, and the largest Ferris wheel in Virginia Beach. If you are a thrill seeker, dare to take the journey to the top with famous rides such as the Gravitron, the Slingshot, and the Sea Dragon. Open every day at noon, tickets can be purchased online or in person. Note that Midway Games are charged separately from purchased tickets
Test your driving skills at Atlantic Avenue Fun Park’s sister park, Motor World. Hop in one of their 16 different styled Go-Karts and skid down the heart racing tracks of Skycoaster or take it easy at their Jr. Stock track. But a two-park-pass and gain unlimited access to the Atlantic Avenue Fun Park and Motor World.
Just steps away from the Atlantic Avenue Fun Park, Best Western Plus is conveniently located to many oceanfront activities in Virginia Beach.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Explore beyond the sun-kissed beaches of Virginia Beach and visit the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This 8,000-acre refuge rests between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Back Bay on the west. You can access these protected habitats by hiking and biking trails, a well-maintained boardwalk, and the nearby beaches.
Visitors can expect to encounter various wildlife such as Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Tundra Swan, and the American Black Duck. Natural habitat that can be seen includes forested land, sandy beaches and rolling dunes – all offering beautiful landscape that is unique to Virginia Beach.
The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in Sandbridge, at the end of Sandpiper Road.
Relaxing Virginia Beach Activities
As you head to Virginia Beach hotels near the oceanfront, stay at Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel. We are directly located near the resort side of the beach.
Walk to dozens of boardwalk attractions in minutes from the hotel or head straight to the beach in just a few steps.
Looking for a more secluded beach? Go to “Virginia Beach’s most serene shore” in Sandbridge in less than a 20-minute drive south of the hotel.
This area has five miles of sand dunes, sea oats and a sparkling shoreline. It offers a breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife. Feel free to explore the marshes and open spaces of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park—great for kayaking, hiking and fishing.
Looking for milder waves and calmer water? Venture to Chesapeake Bay to go swimming, play beach volleyball, or build illustrious sand castles. Finish off the day by dining at a restaurant during sunset.
Retreat to your comfortable room after a long beach day for a relaxing evening.
Exciting Virginia Beach Attractions
Looking for VA beach hotels near the boardwalk? Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel offers comfortable yet affordable accommodations within steps of the beach and boardwalk attractions. Ever since its original construction in 1888 with the foundation of wooden planks, the boardwalk has remained an integral treasure of the community as Virginia Beach relies heavily on their tourism each year.
One of the first reconstructions was the alteration of replacing the wooden structure with a concrete walkway costing over $220K in 1926.
It was later redesigned in the early 1990s when the Army Corps of Engineers plunged a 30 foot steel seawall into the ground and built a concreted boardwalk on top of it as an effort to survive powerful storms.
Named “America’s Best Beach Boardwalk,” by the Travel & Leisure Magazine this three-mile-long attraction features a diverse selection of restaurants, clubs, live music and more.
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Known as America’s first lighthouse, the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach is a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike. Located near the “First Landing” site where English settlers first set foot before founding Jamestown, this distinctive lighthouse stands as an homage to the area’s maritime history. Visitors can take part in walking tours, visit the Cape Henry Memorial, enjoy a lunch at the picnic area, and partake in the educational dune talks all at this historic site.
To get one of the best coastal views, make the climb to the top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse for 360-degree views from the lantern room. Walking tours start at $10 for adults.
Virginia Beach Activities
Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel in Virginia Beach is the perfect destination to enjoy the wide variety of Virginia Beach festivals. From art fairs to live concerts, there are endless events and activities throughout the year for all age groups to enjoy. Not only is Virginia Beach a relaxing vacation destination, but the many festivals are always a source of excitement, entertainment, and culture that really add to the area.
Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Join in on the Honey Festival at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market at 3640 Dam Neck Road. This FREE festival is complete with crafts, music, beekeepers, and pollinators in the Rural Heritage Center and Educational Gardens.
Boardwalk Art Show and Festival
June 13-16 from 10:00 pm- 6:00 pm most days
On the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 20th Street to 35rd Street
Almost 300 artists gather from all over the world to showcase their work along the Boardwalk. This outdoor art show put on by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is complete with food, entertainment, and beautiful views.
Sandstock- A tribute to Rock-N-Roll
June 28-30 from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on the beach from 20th to 30th
This beach themed “Woodstock” has a wide collection of artists paying tribute to the most beloved rock and roll figures in history. All performances are FREE to the public!
American Music Festival
August 30-September 1 from 1:00 pm-11:00 pm at 5th Street Beach Stage
This Labor Day music festival is comprised of rock, jazz, country, and R&B musicians from all over. As one of the biggest outdoor music festivals on the East Coast, everyone has something they can enjoy.
September 27-29 from 10:00 am-11:00 pm on the beach between 4th and 10th Street
The Neptune Festival includes outdoor Boardwalk Weekend, concerts, international sand sculpting contests, arts and craft shows, fireworks, a grand parade, volleyball tournaments, and races! This is one weekend you don’t want to miss.
Virginia Beach FunkFest Beach Party
August 23-24 from 10:00 am-11:00 pm
On the beach from 20th-30th Street
Come celebrate the greatest of Funk music with food, dance contests, and most importantly-Funk music! General admission is FREE!
Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival
August 24 from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm at Neptune’s Park on 31st Street
Choose from over 65 beers to taste at the Beer Festival, complete with live music, food trucks, and tasty brews.
Annual Spring Wine and Food Festival
In May at Neptune’s Park
Taste over 70 wines from all over the world while pairing them with incredible food and live music.
Last Night on the Town
December 31st from 2:00 pm to 12:15 am on January 1st at the Virginia Beach Town Center
This New Year Eve’s celebration has everything from magicians, jugglers, and crafts for children to live music, food, drinks, and a beachball drop for adults!
First Landing State Park
Virginia Beach Places to See
Where history and Mother Nature meet, First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is a scenic wonderland filled with rich history and a unique coastal landscape. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park is where Jamestown colonists first landed in the New World back in 1607. Today the park is a recreational dream for locals and tourists alike.
Visitors can explore the diverse habitats of the bald cypress swamps, lagoons, and lush aquatic forest. With over 20 miles of trails, 1.5 miles of sandy beaches on the Chesapeake Bay, and close to 3,000 acres of beautiful scenery there is plenty to see and do here. With a wide variety of recreational activity such as hiking along the well-maintained trails, camping on the beach, biking, or a leisurely picnic, there are many ways to explore the park. Jet ski, paddleboard, boat, and kayak rentals are available at the park as well for those who want to explore off-shore.
Located only a little over eight miles from Best Western Plus, First Landing State Park Virginia Beach is the perfect day-cation for your vacation.
Don’t forget to explore all of the other green spaces Virginia Beach has to offer, such as False Cape State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, or visit here for a full list of all Virginia State Parks.
Perfect for a rainy day or taking a break from the beach and boardwalk crowds and explore one of the Virginia Beach museums during your next vacation.
Military Aviation Museum
Home to one of the largest private collections of WW I and WW II era military aircraft, the Military Aviation Museum is one of the more unique Virginia Beach museums to visit. Admission starts at $15.00 for adults.
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Educational for the entire family, the Virginia Aquarium offers a chance to experience marine life up close. With over 700,000 gallons of under-water habitat, visitors can expect to see sand tiger sharks, otters, seals, and over 50 different species of fish. Admission starts at $29.95 for adults.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Admire artwork from over 1,500 contemporary artists that range from a wide spectrum of influences. Visitors can also marvel at the permanent display of the 16-foot glass chandelier by the famous artist, Dale Chihuly. Admission is $7.70 for adults, $5.50 for students, seniors, and military, and children under 4 are free.
Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic buildings, the Virginia Beach Surf and Rescue Museum stands as a beacon to our coastal history. Honoring and preserving the coastal community of Virginia Beach, visitors can learn about the Life Saving and Coast Guard services. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Fun Things To Do in Virginia Beach
Cool off this summer at the area’s only waterpark, Ocean Breeze Waterpark. This family-friendly Virginia Beach water park is the perfect destination for a day of fun in the sun. With 17 waterslides, a million-gallon wave pool, 4-slide monster, and the famous Neptune’s Revenge, this park is the ultimate in summer fun! Get your heart racing on the Hurricane or take a lazy ride down the adventure river, there is sure to be a ride that everyone can enjoy.
Coming with a large group or celebrating a special occasion? Guests can rent cabanas with comfortable seating and lounging plus poolside food and beverage service from one of the four restaurants on site.
Choose from an all-day pass or a season pass if you will be visiting throughout the summer. The park offers free parking, free inner tubes, and free sunscreen for all of the guests. Plus, a free concert series and movie night every Friday night with a season pass or a purchased day-of pass.
Only a 6-minute drive from Best Western Plus, this Virginia Beach water park is the perfect alternative to the beach on a hot summer day.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Attractions in Virginia Beach
See the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center during your Virginia Beach visit. Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel is only a five-minute drive or 10-minute train ride away.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is both an aquarium and a marine science museum with over 800,000 gallons of fresh and saltwater displays.
In 2009, they underwent a $25 Million renovation designed by Chermayeff & Poole of Boston, to create four habitats: Malaysian Peat Swamp, Coastal Sahara Desert, Red Sea, and Indonesia's Flores Island—doubling the number of species displayed in the aquarium.
Give yourself a minimum of two and half hours to see the two large main exhibit buildings here: the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion.
A one-third mile nature trail connects these two buildings near Owls Creek Salt Marsh—with the Adventure Park, an eco-friendly zip line and aerial experience above.
The 12,000 animals representing over 700 species here include cownose rays, harbor seals, loggerhead turtles—to name a few. Check out the Blue Crab Corner of this species that populated the Chesapeake Bay for centuries.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets start at $20.95.