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Virginia Beach: How To Spend Quality Time With Your Family

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October 6, 2019

Virginia Beach is 9 hours and 41 minutes away from Rochester, New York. It is a long drive from where we live, but I’m glad we managed to make it the last leg of our road trip. The beach was the second highlight of our trip after Washington DC.

Sunday

We arrived in Chesapeake, Virginia, at around 9:00 pm. We were ready for bed once we arrived at our Air BNB.

Monday

10:00 am – 3: 00 pm

We headed to the beach and arrived around 10:00 am after we ate our breakfast at a Waffle House near the rental mansion.

Even though it’s Monday, the beach was full of people. It was sunny and a perfect day for families to play in the sand and enjoy the beach. We decided to rent a big umbrella for $25. (If only we had known we could buy an umbrella from a nearby vendor for $15!) Oh well, now that you’re reading this, you learned you can bring your umbrella or buy one cheaper than renting one.

It was a funfilled day with the kids, especially for Kyle. He enjoys the waves, and to be honest, I don’t think he was out of the water for more than an hour. He only left the water for a drink or snacks.

Nate and I took turns to be with the kids as it is too hot in the sun for us. Keira and Kyle didn’t mind the heat as they enjoyed the beach. Aside from catching the waves, they enjoyed playing in the sand and trying to make a cave for the water to wash into.

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm

At around 4:00 pm we decided to leave the beach as we were starving and wanted to check out other nearby areas. We walked along the road where there are lots of restaurants, store vendors, and family activities to choose from. If you wanted to explore other activities here besides playing at the beach, there are lots of options.

We stumbled onto a Turkish restaurant and we did enjoy their food. After our late lunch/early dinner, we continued walking down the pathways until we are at Virginia Legends Walk in 13th Street. It is about the people who are born in Virginia and or live in Virginia longer that makes a difference in the country and into the world.

Some of the prominent people who are included in the lists are:
  • General Douglas Mac Arthur is known for saying to the Filipino people ” I Shall Return!”.
  • Thomas Jefferson who founded the University of Virginia and an author of separation of church and states. He also serves the country for two consecutive times.
  • My favorite one in the United States is George Washington who led the Army to stop the rebellion in the York town and maintain the freedom that they get from Great Britain. He’s known to be the Father Of The United States. If you wanted to read more about it click here.

We read some information about the legendary men and rested for a bit as they have some benches in the front near the road. Then on the way back to 21st Street, we decided to cross and walk along the sidewalks nearby the hotels.

It was a lovely walk and enjoyable. We saw people playing music in the alley and an older man riding his bike while a piece of music played. It was a lovely walk even though we were pretty tired.

We made it back to our parking area before 8:00 pm as our free parking was only until 8:00 pm. As we headed home, we decided to buy some groceries at a nearby Aldis. That way we can save money for snacks, drinks and eat our healthy breakfast without breaking the bank.

Note:  The hotel right across here is where we like to stay. It’s the most beautiful hotel we’ve ever seen among the others. There is a pool outside that you can enjoy overlooking the beach and some flowers on their fence.

 

 

Tuesday

8:00 am- 1:00 pm

This is our second-day spending time in Virginia and we decided to enjoy the big pool at the mansion. My original plan was to rest during the day so that we could be out late and check out the nighttime activities at the beach. But it didn’t go as we planned it because of the weather.

 

 

2:00 pm- 8:00 pm

 We left the mansion around 2:00 pm and decided to park on 16th Street this time. One of my goals was to find the statue of King Neptune, but I went the wrong direction. We were walking along the strip until we felt hungry and started looking for a place to eat. We stumbled on to Chix On The Beach restaurant and we were glad we made that walk. It was a great find, and we will surely eat there again if we are in town.

After eating, we noticed the clouds were starting to get dark, so we decided to walk back to find an indoor play area for the family to enjoy. Nate and the kids enjoyed it there. By the time we left to go home, it was raining.

As always, we arrived right around 9:00 pm and we were all so tired and ready for bed. I accidentally locked the door that I was not supposed to close. I was glad the owner was still awake. She grabbed her key and open our room. Otherwise, we would have ended up sleeping in the car! Lol

Wednesday

5:30- 6:30 am

I woke up at 5:30 am to start packing our things while the rest of the family were still asleep. Around 6:30 am I started waking up everyone so we could head to the beach by sunrise. We ate our breakfast before leaving the mansion.

 

 

7:00 am- 8:00 am

On our way to Virginia Beach from Chesapeake, Virginia, my husband noticed Duck Donuts on the map. I asked him to stop by so I can check it out if it’s really the same one Keira and I love from Duck, North Carolina. Trust me, it took a lot of convincing, lol, but I’m glad hubby still let us get inside the store. My daughter and I smiled up to our ears the moment we went in and confirmed that it is the donuts we’ve been longing to have for almost two years. Yeah, lucky!

I ended up buying a dozen donuts to get all the different flavors we like and we ate them on the way to the beach. Hubby didn’t like the idea, but we don’t get Duck Donuts every day. Lol

 

8:00 am- 12:00 noon

Arriving at the beach at around 8:00 am was the best thing we did on our last day. To be honest, I wish we lived close enough to a beach to stroll often. I love staring at the beach right after I wake up, but the mansion we stayed at is forty-five minutes away from Virginia Beach.

It’s a lovely, quiet morning with less than ten people on the beach when we arrived. We went back to the 16th Street area as I love having a play area for the kids to enjoy. There was a Chess table on the beach and a few nets for playing volleyball. We didn’t know they take down the games at night so when we arrived they were not set up yet. After we claimed our spot on the beach and took some pictures, I decided to wander off alone and look for the statue of King Neptune. My mother was tired of walking from the many days of our travel and my hubby and kids were too lazy to come (although they ended up walking along the beach by themselves Lol)

The best thing we did on our trip is to arrive here very early to beat the crowds. My family enjoyed walking on the beach while I enjoyed running along the water, and mama enjoyed burying herself in the sand. Throwing a football with the kids, chasing the birds, writing on the sand and digging the sand out to make a well for the water to get into made it a perfect family time. Right around noon, we decided to head out and rinse ourselves in the free showers or faucet you can find along the street.

12:00 Noon

After we got in the car, we researched where exactly this King Neptune is located. Lol, I’m glad we’re driving as it is quite a walking distance. The statue is located between 30th and 31st street. On this street, you can’t find a free parking zone, like the one we did on 21st and 16th Street. We paid two dollars here per hour for parking.

Finally, it’s easy to find the King Neptune statue from the street. It seems that this area is where people love to stay and go as I saw more people here compared to where we were on 16th Street. We took some pictures, read a little, and then headed out!

1:00 pm- 3:30 pm

Maybe you’re wondering why we didn’t go to a store this day. That’s because we’re eating the groceries that we bought on our second night here. We’re munching in the car on our way to Virginia Aquarium. It doesn’t take long to get here from the beach. We spent a total of two hours and thirty minutes at the aquarium. The kids didn’t want to leave, especially Kyle, as he enjoyed touching the stingrays and putting his hands in the water. The museum exhibit is great for the kids. Mama and I stayed longer in a place where it explains interesting facts about Virginia Beach as a whole and what you can find in the area. The time we spent here wasn’t long enough. Maybe an hour more would be better for the money we paid. We paid a total of $100 plus for two kids and three adults. 

Where to Park?

  • There are lots of options for parking but if you are like us and not staying in the beach area you can try to find free parking between 16th and 21st Street. It is two blocks away from the hotel zone. They will let you park during the day time up to 8:00 pm. After that, they can tow your car.
  • Parking one block away from the Hotel Zone is also available but more expensive. 
  • Another option if you are planning to stay less than three hours: you can park right across the street two blocks away from the hotel zone and pay $2 per hour. 
  • Whatever works for you but make sure you read all the rules and laws to avoid putting your car in a bad position.

Why on 16th Street?

  • It is not that crowded compared to other streets but still so many people.
  • There are a couple of nets if you enjoy playing volleyball but make sure to bring your own ball. 
  • There are slides and monkey bars for small kids to enjoy.
  • Do you enjoy playing chess? Yes, they have it there, too.
  • Right when you enter there is a free shower or faucet where you can wash the sand off from your body.
  • You can walk to 21st Street where the pier is and or have fun right at Atlantic Fun Park.
  • Are you in love with Street Art? Then, go between 16th and 17th Street. That’s where you can find them. There is a restaurant or music place there, too.

 

 

Why on 31st Street?

  • King Neptune statue can be found.
  • Can you believe they have Duck Donuts here, too? Yes, another place for Duck Donuts.
  • Starbucks is beside Duck Donuts. For those who love Starbucks.
  • Most people come here and it seems this area is more central and more crowded compared to the other one.
  • They have a kids play area too for younger kids to slide and do their monkey bars.

 

Summary:

Virginia Beach has a lot to offer to families. There are many activities to enjoy around the beach that don’t require you to spend a lot of money to enjoy. Playing in the beach area alone is worth the trip. Please book in advance especially if the quality of your stay is important to you. If your main purpose in visiting here is the beach, staying on the beachfront with breakfast included, refrigerator, microwave, and stove can make the costs of your high price hotel worth it. The beach can keep your kids busy all day and it is worth your time and money.

Click the following if you would like to read more about our trip this summer.

 

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  1. Reply

    Lori

    October 6, 2019

    I’ve never been to Virginia Beach, but it’s a destination that is coming one day soon – my son just moved there, so I’m sure I’ll be visiting. I’ve heard it’s wonderful to visit. Sounds like your whole family really enjoyed it!

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      April

      October 9, 2019

      Yay, lucky for your son Lori he got life in a four-season state that has the best weather and nearby the ocean and city. Yes, we did enjoy! Thanks for reading.

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    Nicole

    October 11, 2019

    I’ve always wanted to go to VA Beach. Thanks for your insights.

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      April

      October 11, 2019

      You’re very welcome! Hope you can visit soon.

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    Valerie Fowler

    October 11, 2019

    We lived in Virginia Beach for several years, and we are preparing to move back there next month. And we have not done several of these things, ha! When we lived there before we had two toddlers and life was a bit of a blur; maybe now we’ll be more into exploring. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

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      April

      October 11, 2019

      You’re very welcome Valerie and I am jealous you got to enjoy that beautiful State and place.

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    Laura

    October 11, 2019

    This is so funny. I’ve been to Virginia Beach about 20 times and haven’t seen most of the locations in your photos. Goes to show how much there is to see there.

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      April

      October 11, 2019

      Wow, you’re so lucky to be there 20 times I wanna go every year Laura.

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    Denise Gardiner

    October 11, 2019

    Such a fun trip, and seems you had a lot of activities to do, and were able to learn some more history. I loved the artwork! The aquarium has an interesting look to it, were those photos you were walking through? Thanks for sharing!

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      April

      October 11, 2019

      It’s about technology and it’s a scientific thing. It’s inside the Virginia Aquarium you won’t miss this thing when you come to visit the Aquarium as you have to walk there before heading out.

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    Carly-jo Rosselli

    October 14, 2019

    The street art on 16th Street looks amazing!

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Yes, isn’t it?!

  7. Reply

    Darby

    October 14, 2019

    This is such a great list of ideas. i’ve never gotten to explore this area so that art walk street is absolutely on my bucket list. what a cool area!

    • Reply

      April

      October 15, 2019

      Yes, I wanna go back every year! I hope so…

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    Georgina

    October 14, 2019

    Sounds like so much fun. Haven’t been to Virginia Beach and don’t know if I will in the future as I live in the UK – certainly one to consider if I am ever that way.

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Yes, if you ever visit the USA, Washington DC is a great city to explore. Virginia Beach is a 4 hours drive from there and worth the trip from DC.

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    thegenxtravels

    October 14, 2019

    Looks wonderful! I have not been here but would like to visit someday. Your pictures are great and I love the graffiti.

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Thank you. I’ve been trying to get great pictures in my iPhone 5SE sometimes I get and hope it can be better. Hopefully soon.

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    Rudy

    October 14, 2019

    I have been in Virginia Beach twice, but the last time was more than 10 years ago and I wonder if the street are is new. I don’t remember ever seeing it.
    Anyway, I love it!

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      It’s my first time to go visit so I can’t tell the difference but for sure I love it there.

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    Catherine

    October 15, 2019

    Looks like you had such a fun trip! This is my ideal holiday destination, and I know my girls would absolutely love the beach here (and all the other activities you got up to) Thanks for sharing!

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Your welcome and hope you can go soon!

  12. Reply

    Natasha

    October 15, 2019

    Virginia has some really awesome historical sites! This sounds like an awesome trip!

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Yes, it was Natasha and thanks for stopping by.

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    Julie

    October 15, 2019

    I have several friends in Va. Beach and yet I’ve never visited. I’ll have to plan a trip. Love the street art photos!

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      April

      October 15, 2019

      Yes, you should visit them and hopefully, you can go soon! The place is really lovely and enjoyable.

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    Anna Intrepid Scout

    October 15, 2019

    The beach looks fun. Great getaway for the entire family.
    By the way, the picture of the donuts look awesome!

    • Reply

      April

      October 16, 2019

      Thank you!

  15. Reply

    Tania

    October 16, 2019

    I love to check out street art and Virginia beach looks like it has some fantastic art, so vibrant. Staying on the beach would be my choice, as I love walks on the beach. Nice post.

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      April

      October 16, 2019

      Thank you and your spot on!

  16. Reply

    addycams

    October 21, 2019

    Such a fun trip for you and your family ! and I love beaches too <3

    • Reply

      April

      October 22, 2019

      Yes, thank you!

  17. Reply

    Sana

    November 4, 2019

    Loved the way you have captured the local art and shared the parking options. It is a fun read, Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply

      April

      November 5, 2019

      Thank you Sana, I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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