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        Free things to do at the Oceanfront in Virgina Beach

        My own quick search of “free things to do at the oceanfront” pulled up a list of things not actually at the Oceanfront, or not even free. Eyeroll. Places like

        • Mount Trashmore Park (15 minute drive)
        • First Landing State Park (fee and 15 minute drive)
        • New Realm Brewery (free but 15 minute drive)

        The Oceanfront is:

        • The resort area of Virginia Beach
        • From 1st street to about 42nd Street
        • From the boardwalk to about 6-8 blocks inland

        My kids actually get bored after two days at the beach. It blows my mind but they get antsy for something else to do.

        So here you go, no need to drive anywhere, or put anyone in carseats… unless maybe if you’re going to the Cavalier at 42nd Street. From music, to history and open to space for kids to be kids, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront has it.

        free things to do at the Virginia beach oceanfront- grommet island park

        Playgrounds on the beach 1st Street & 31st Street

        Do our kids get bored with the sand and water? It blows my mind but mine do! These two play grounds are right on the beach, just off the boardwalk. Grommet Island at 1st St is wheelchair accessible with lots of ramps.

        The 31st St playground is adjacent to the King Neptune Statue which is the symbol of Virginia Beach. Its also right next to the free summer concert series so let the kids play during the show!

        King Neptune Statue 31st Street

        This statue of King Neptune is the symbol of VA beach and a highly Instagrammable photo spot! Also right next to the LIVE! On the Atlantic stage and a playground

        Live! On the Atlantic Summer Concert Series

        As of writing this, there is no 2022 schedule available and the listed websites redirecting. But from past years, live entertainment at the 31st St stage happens every Wednesday night from mid June through Labor Day. Check out https://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/explore/events/concerts/ for more information

        Virginia beach ninja course and park at 36th street. free things to do in va beach

        Ninja Warrior Park and course at 26th Street

        This is a grown up playground by my boys love it too! There’s even bars, rings, ropes, tight ropes, the gamut of fun tricks to try. Also free!

        Pictorial history of virginia beach at 36 street. free things to do with kids

        Pictorial History of Virginia Beach | 36th Street

        I love history, and I especially love old photographs! On 36th St there is a series of panels with old images of the boardwalk, the Cavalier, epic storms. You can see the cars of 60s, the wide landscapes of the homes and original hotels before the Oceanfront was a thing.

        Skate park at Wave Riding Vehicles 19th Street

        A few blocks off the beach is WRV or Wave Riding Vehicles. They’ve got a small skate park across the street from their shop that they own. As long as there’s not a skate camp happening, its free to the public!

        Old Beach Farmers Market

        At the corner of 19th & Cypress streets is the Old Beach Farmers Market most Saturdays from 9-noon, one block from the Virginia Beach Convention Center, in the parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro.  They’ve a wide variety of produce, prepared foods, snacks, and artisans all locally made – and even veteran owned!

        Vibe Creative District branding Photography session by Alison Bell, Photographer

        ViBE Creative District Mural Walk

        You can’t help but notice all the murals around town. Once a month the ViBE Creative District offers a free guided tour… or you can get on the VIBE website and do it yourself any time you want. The mural directory lists the location, artist, inspiration and year it was created. They’ve even got a Google map with all the pin points.

        free things to do at the oceanfront in virginia beach

        Dolphin Watching

        You don’t always need to take a boat ride out to see dolphins! Very frequently they feed close enough to shore to see them from the beach. We’ve seen them at 5th street, 81st street and Fort Story (which is the northern most tip of VB that is the opening to the Chesapeake Bay) They’re most active early morning and at dusk.

        Ride bikes or skate on the board walk

        Please mind the lanes! There is a special path for wheels on the boardwalk. If you have the room to bring bikes, do it! Its the best way to get around – breeze through your hair and a lot less sweat. Virginia Beach is super friendly to cyclists with bike stands everywhere. Worst case, just lock them up on the boardwalk railing. Bring your locks!

        Free things to do in Virginia Beach Oceanfront with kids - the Cavalier hotel

        My favorite – The Cavalier Hotel

        The Cav put Virginia Beach on the map as a resort town in the 20s. It was the first of its kind built in the 1910s. It preserved the art deco style and houses a small museum of its own history – post cards written by guests, old cutlery, cookware, uniforms, and enlarged photographs. You can walk the lawn, grab a beverage and let the kids play without being a guest. If you’re lucky the bell hop may even show you the indoor pool with the original lion head fountains!

        The Cavalier also hosts free summer events like movies on the lawn, and garden parties that are paid tickets. They’ve got multiple restaurants that warrant a kid free date night, and offer tours of their on site distillery, Tarnished Truth.

        Get their 2022 Event PDF here.

        Dewitt Cottage & Waterfowl Museum at 12th Street

        You may have walked by this unsuspecting little building tucked between hotel high rises and wondered what the heck it was! “Built in 1895, the deWitt Cottage is the oldest remaining private structure on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.” The cottage is home to the Atlantic Waterfowl Museum, which is totally free!

        The cottage also hosts weddings and corporate events.

        free things to do at the Virginia beach oceanfront

        Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

        Built in 1878 for the Life-Saving Service, it proceeds the US Coast Guard which took over this building 1915. “Coastal History is alive & thriving at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Standing proudly at 24th Street on the Boardwalk, the museum building itself is a Virginia Beach icon on the National Register of Historic Places.”

        Open Wednesday-Saturday.

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        Hi! I’m Alison!

        I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better!

        I’m a chaos-commanding family photographer thriving in the loud & messy.

        I love freezing time, photographing families in their own element at home, or on the beach!

        I’m  the ring leader of four boy circus, half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia Beach, VA!

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