Virginia Beach Local Info
Virginia Beach FAQsWhat will you do with your time at Virginia Beach? If you go anywhere near the beach itself, make sure to set aside time for the famous Boardwalk!
Three miles of boardwalk along Atlantic Avenue compliment the natural beauty of the Virginia Beach shore. Without cars or other motor vehicles to hamper you, you can wander at will through the shopping, dining, nightclubs and attractions that are Virginia Beach's boardwalk. Benches and nighttime illumination make one of the nation's most beautiful boardwalks a place where you can sit back and enjoy the view as well as explore. Watch the fireworks and street performers every weekend, dance the "shag," enjoy the city's famous "beach music," or appreciate any of the many other events hosted on four free stages along the Boardwalk throughout Virginia Beach's tourist season.
Beginning in April with the Spring Wine Festival, you can do everything from enter a crab in a beauty contest (July's Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, including the "Miss Curvaceous Crustacean" pageant and a race called the Crustacean 500) to running in or just enjoying the many events during the Rock and Roll Half Marathon celebration on Labor Day weekend. The biggest music event on the East Coast, the American Music Festival, has been hosted by the Boardwalk during August for the last decade.
If you're more interested in sports than music, consider the world's largest sand soccer competition, the North American Sand Soccer Championships in June; or August's East Coast Surfing Championship, with more than $50,000 in prizes for professionals and amateurs. For those of us without the sporting spirit, the Boardwalk hosts a major art show and festival in June with more than 400 fine artists and craftsmen showing and selling their works on the Avenue, and September says goodbye to summer with the Neptune Festival's sand castle contest, wine tasting, and parade. Through the November-January holiday season, more than 25 blocks of the boardwalk feature sparkling nautical and holiday displays after dark for the Holiday Lights at the Beach event.
It's not Virginia Beach without the Boardwalk. Make sure you have enough time to enjoy it whatever time of year you reach Atlantic Avenue!