Wednesday October 28, 2020
Facebook Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Linkedin Linkedin
logo

5 free things to see and do in Virginia Beach, from the oceanfront to Mount Trashmore

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Boardwalk
Virginia Beach is no generic beach town. It’s the largest city in Virginia, which means there are plenty of things to do throughout the year for free.

The city caters to tourists at the oceanfront resort area, but the cost-conscious traveller can find a variety of activities to do without opening a wallet at the oceanfront and elsewhere in the city.

THE BEACH

Virginia Beach is home to two distinct sets of beaches. The city has beaches at the oceanfront and beaches at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The oceanfront beaches are wide, but become packed with tourists in summer. The bay beaches are narrow and attract locals who live nearby and prefer calmer waters. Parking can be a challenge at both sets of beaches, but free spaces are available on side streets and in residential areas on the north end of the city away from the oceanfront resort area.

A 34-foot (10-meter) statue of King Neptune, the mythical sea god, stands watch over the oceanfront and is a popular selfie spot.

King Neptune, Virginia Beach

TOWN CENTER

Town Center is Virginia Beach’s version of a downtown. The city is mostly suburban in nature, but in recent years it has created a downtown vibe in the heart of the city with a concentrated set of new offices, apartments, shops, bars and restaurants. During the summer, there are frequent outdoor musical performances at no cost. Parking in one of Town Center’s garages is free.

Town Centre, Virginia Beach

MOUNT TRASHMORE

Virginia Beach took a former landfill and turned it into one of its most popular parks. Mount Trashmore is just off Interstate 264 and has two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skate park and multi-use paths. The main mountain, Mount Trashmore, is 60 feet (18 metres) high and is a popular spot to fly kites. Badminton equipment, boards and bags for corn hole (played by tossing bags in a hole), footballs, Frisbees, horseshoes, rubber playground balls, soccer balls, volleyballs and volleyball nets can all be checked out for free?

Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach

NAVAL AVIATION MONUMENT PARK

Virginia Beach is a proud Navy town that is home to Naval Air Station Oceana, where the Navy’s East Coast-based fighter pilots do their training. F-18s regularly fly overhead at the oceanfront, and just off the city’s boardwalk is a monument commemorating the history of naval aviation.

F-18s, Virginia Beach

 

CAPE HENRY MEMORIAL PARK

You can visit the place where English settlers first landed in Virginia in 1607 at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Upon landing, settlers erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for their safe voyage. A replica of the cross sits on a park commemorating the landing. Also on the site is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America, although climbing to the top of it requires an admission fee. Today, Cape Henry is behind the gates of a fortified military installation, but visitors can still gain access to Fort Story with identification and a vehicle search.

Cape Henry, Virginia Beach

Tags: Virginia
Here’s your first look at WestJet’s first-ever airport lounge, opening Nov. 2
Here’s your first look at WestJet’s first-ever lounge, opening Nov. 2
Where’s the best spot to grab a drink in Calgary these days? In a week’s time, it will be none other than Calgary...
Princess extends pause of operations in Australia
Princess extends pause of operations in Australia
Princess Cruises is extending its pause of operations for cruises departing from Australia and New Zealand through May...
“Millennials first to retravel,” G Adventures launches 8 new trips
G Adventures predicts millennials will be first to ‘retravel’, launches 8 new trips
G Adventures has announced eight new ’18-to-Thirtysomethings’ trips in seven countries for 2021 following a recent...
National Car Rental extending loyalty benefits by additional year
National Car Rental extending loyalty benefits by additional year
Enterprise Holdings says it is providing customers with the most robust loyalty extension yet in the travel industry...
View all News






Get travel news right to your inbox!