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Virginia Beach Activities for Everyone

On the Boardwalk and Beyond

Our Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel features beach activities and cabana services, a refreshing indoor pool, an outdoor rooftop infinity pool, a fitness room, and easy access to the 3-mile boardwalk where you can walk, run or ride a bike. Although our hotel, provides the perfect setting to enjoy the entirety of your vacation, you can discover a wide array of things to do in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area. From the excitement of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to the unique attractions of nearby towns, our hotel provides premier access to the best Virginia Beach activities around.

Read below and explore our favorite things to do on the Boardwalk and beyond. 


Virginia Beach Boardwalk Activities

Located just steps from the hotel, the three-mile Virginia Beach Boardwalk, which was named one of the “Top Ten Boardwalks in the World,” features a bike path, an array of museums, a Ferris wheel, arcade, live entertainment stages, fishing pier, and many other beach activities. With shopping, dining, museums, and more, everyone is sure to be excited on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Neptune’s Park

Marked by the large bronze statue of the sea god Neptune, you can find the heart of the Boardwalk here. Adjacent to the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 31st Street, this outdoor venue features nightly entertainment throughout the summer. The free Summer Concert Series includes a prominent series of talented national recording artists.

31Ocean

3001 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 213-3019

Located across from our hotel is a boutique shopping and dining mecca on the beach, 31Ocean. Shops include Beecroft & Bull, Mango Bay, The Lemon Cabana, as well as a variety of salons and specialty gift shops. Aside from our onsite restaurants, you can find other eateries at 31Ocean.

Beach Events

The hotel is conveniently located on the oceanfront with easy access to beach events like live music, the Boardwalk Art Show and a myriad of festivals. There is never a shortage of Entertainment along the boardwalk.

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Beyond the Boardwalk

Looking to discover hidden gems off the beach and Boardwalk? You can discover a number of things to do near Virginia Beach’s Boardwalk in amusement parks, museums, and more. Drive to the nearby towns to find a number of other area attractions for you and your family to enjoy. Explore our favorite places to go beyond the Boardwalk below.

The Adventure Park

There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium! The amazing aerial forest park features climbing and zip lining through majestic trees near the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Marsh Pavilion.  Take to the treetops on 15 trails that weave between tree platforms on the 6-acre site. Trails are marked by the degree of challenge they provide, offering adventures for ages 5 through adult. Explore the park on your own or make memories with your family and friends.

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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-7777

Experience the amazing underwater world at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Watch animal feedings, training sessions, and participate in hands-on programs. Thousands of animals represent over 300 species and are displayed in educational exhibits, including harbor seals, spotted sting rays, sand tiger sharks and komodo dragons. This is one of the most educational things to do in Virginia Beach.

First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 412-2300

Located by the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park offers an abundance of outdoor fun such as boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. The park is also home to campsites with water and electric hook-ups.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

849 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-4444
Ocean Breeze Amusement Park is a family-friendly Caribbean paradise home to 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and other wet and wild attractions.

Military Bases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk are home to several military bases and related attractions, such as Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval base in the world, and Battleship Wisconsin. The area also boasts the Training Support Center Hampton Roads, the Joint Expeditionary Base East located at Cape Henry and NAB Little Creek in Norfolk.

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

2181 Landstown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 427-2990

The Virginia Beach Sportsplex is primarily home to the defending champions of the United Football League, the Virginia Destroyers. It has a permanent seating capacity of 6,000, on two decks of seating, though it can be expanded upwards to 17,000 for football games.

Nauticus

One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-1000

This maritime-themed science center in Norfolk offers interactive and educational displays for children about the economic and naval power of the sea. Nauticus is also home of the esteemed Battleship Wisconsin.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 441-5830

Adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens encompasses 155 acres of themed gardens, including a children’s park, the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Colonial Herb Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Flowering Arboretum and much more.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 441-2374

Just 15 miles away, the Virginia Zoo offers 53 acres of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters with elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and many more animals. More than 100 years old, the zoo also boasts beautiful horticulture in addition to various species of animals.

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(800) 343-7946

Only 45 minutes from the hotel, Busch Gardens is a 383-acre amusement park widely known for its collection of thrilling roller coasters, especially Apollo's Chariot, which won #4 best steel coaster in 2012 from the Golden Ticket Awards, as well as its high-tech dark ride, The Curse of DarKastle.

Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(888) 965-7254

Also just 45 minutes away, Colonial Williamsburg takes you back into America’s storied past. Walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women who created a new country.

Virginia Beach Convention Center 

1000 19th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-2000

Just 7 minutes away from Hilton Virginia Beach, the state of the art Convention Center hosts many year-round meetings, tours and shows. With 519,000 square feet available, the building can handle the capacity for any meeting, events, or shows you want to host in Virginia Beach. The convention center is eco-friendly and has the local coastal charm but with refined amenities.

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