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How to Enjoy Summer for FREE in Virginia Beach

Heron sighting at Chesapeake Bay

Summer in Virginia Beach is a time of excitement, relaxation, and exploration, and residents of Atlantic Shores have the perfect location to experience it all! Nestled in this exciting and vibrant coastal city, Atlantic Shores offers a dynamic community that celebrates all that summertime has to offer. With Virginia Beach’s stunning beaches, rich history, and vibrant culture, this little slice of heaven on earth is a playground for free activities and entertainment that will make your summer unforgettable.

In this guide, we will not only take you through the best free summertime experiences Virginia Beach has to offer but also show you how Atlantic Shores is the ideal home base for enjoying all the delights of the sunshine season.

So, get ready to soak up the sun, dive into adventure, and create lasting memories without breaking the bank!

Visit One (Or Many) of the Local Beaches in Virginia Beach

As the heart and soul of Virginia Beach, the local beaches entice visitors and locals with their pristine sands, refreshing waves, and salty sea air. Whether you choose the tranquil shores of Sandbridge Beach, a secluded beach known for its sand dunes and sea oats, or the picturesque charm of Chesapeake Bay, with its scenic shallow waters, each beach has its own unique allure.

Go On A Virginia Beach Boat Tour

Embark on a thrilling boat tour and explore the majestic waters surrounding Virginia Beach. From dolphin-watching excursions to sunset cruises, there is a boat tour to suit every taste and budget. Feel the cool ocean breeze on your face as you navigate the waves, catching glimpses of playful dolphins or majestic whales. Discover hidden coves, lighthouses, and other scenic wonders that can only be experienced from the deck of a boat.

Visit The Cape Henry Lighthouses

Step back in time and venture to the historic Cape Henry Lighthouses, true gems of Virginia Beach. Standing tall since 1792 and 1881, these iconic beacons of maritime history offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can also learn about the lighthouse’s fascinating historical past, climb their spiraling staircases, and marvel at the breathtaking vistas from the top. The unique features of these two lighthouses being so close together make them an iconic summertime stop in Virginia Beach. The Cape Henry Lighthouses are a testament to the city’s rich heritage and a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts.

Take a Walk Along the Virginia Legends Walk

Plenty of historical spots that dot coastal Virginia exist for history buffs to explore. One noteworthy spot we recommend checking out is the Virginia Legends Walk, where visitors can uncover the stories of Virginia’s historical legends as they stroll along.

This trail weaves through the heart of Virginia Beach, honoring the remarkable individuals who have shaped the state’s history. Take a moment to pause at each monument, admiring the intricate details, and contemplate the contributions of these legendary figures.

The Virginia Legends Walk is a historical tribute to its rich past and a peaceful retreat where you can find solace amidst the bustling, modern city.

Visit Virginia Beach’s Parklands and Wetlands

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Virginia Beach’s parklands and wetlands. With over 18,000 acres of state and local parks, you’ll have endless outdoor places to explore! From the serene trails of First Landing State Park to the wildlife-rich Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the untouched landscapes of False Cape State Park, these parks offer a sanctuary for nature lovers to explore and enjoy.

Enjoy Live Entertainment at “Live! On Atlantic”

When the sun sets, the vibrant energy of Live! On Atlantic comes alive. These exciting performance events, hosted by the city of Virginia Beach, bring together live bands, musicians, and captivating entertainers for unforgettable concerts and festivals right on the oceanfront.

You’ll be able to dance to the rhythm of live music, savor delicious food from local vendors, and soak up the electrifying atmosphere.

Here’s a pro tip: Get to the events early to find a good spot close to the action!

Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Expand your horizons and immerse yourself in contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This dynamic and attractive museum showcases thought-provoking art exhibitions featuring renowned artists from around the world. MOCA also offers art classes and workshops, allowing you to unleash your creativity and connect with the local art community.

One note: The classes and workshops are not always free, but visiting the museum is free.

Say ‘Surfs Up’ at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

Experience the exhilarating spirit of coastal life at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Housed in a historic former Seatack Lifesaving Station, this unique museum celebrates the rich heritage of coastal communities and maritime affairs. Immerse yourself in the stories of brave surfers and heroic lifeguards who have navigated the waves to keep the shores safe. View vintage surfboards, browse fascinating exhibits, and feel the contagious enthusiasm that the surfing culture brings to Virginia Beach.

Visit the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

No trip to Virginia Beach is complete without a leisurely stroll along the iconic Virginia Beach Boardwalk. This vibrant 3-mile oceanfront walkway is lined with a myriad of dining opportunities, entertainment venues, shops, and local attractions. As you stroll, you’ll feel the lively energy, savoring the tantalizing aromas from beachfront restaurants and cafes. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is the heart of summertime fun and a gateway to unforgettable experiences.

Embrace the Summer Lifestyle at Atlantic Shores Living Community

Summer at Atlantic Shores is a time of delightful experiences and warm friendships. Our vibrant community offers a range of amenities and activities designed to make the most of the summer season.

Take a refreshing dip in our sparkling swimming pools or join a water aerobics class to stay active and cool under the sun. Explore your artistic side in our arts and crafts classes, stay socially engaged by joining our book club, or enhance your culinary skills and share mouthwatering meals with friends in our cooking classes designed for seniors.

With Atlantic Shores as your home base, you can fully embrace the summer lifestyle!

Make Your Summer Unforgettable in Virginia Beach

As you embark on your summer adventure in Virginia Beach, make the most of every moment. Cherish the beauty of the beaches, the richness of the local history, and the vibrant culture that surrounds you. And when you’re ready to retire and embrace the serenity of Atlantic Shores, you’ll find a welcoming community that offers many activities and amenities to enhance your retirement lifestyle. From pristine beaches to engaging cultural experiences, Virginia Beach has it all. So, pack your bags, soak up the sun, and create lasting memories in this vibrant coastal paradise!