Things to Do on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk


The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a haven for summer travelers. Both adults and children enjoy the activities offered along the boardwalk’s three-mile stretch. Outdoor activities are plentiful and there are a few historical and educational activities to choose from, too. In fact, there is something for just about everyone in Virginia Beach. Visitors will be excited to see the sites that have been viewed by celebrities and presidents while enjoying some good-clean fun in the sun.


Many festivals grace the Virginia Beach boardwalk’s cement streets. Chalk the Walk, a July festival, showcases sidewalk art and an art festival full of artists’ booths. Boardwalk Astronomy is a summertime amateur astronomer’s series that runs from May till September from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visitors can get a glimpse of the cosmos through telescopes and learn about our solar system. The Annual Boardwalk Art Fest that runs in June was rated one of the top 15 art shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The Neptune Festival which began in 1973, runs in September and showcases sand sculptures, a regatta, surf classes and a 5k race.

Historical Sites

The Virginia Beach boardwalk is full of history and one of the most majestic historical sites is the Cavalier Hotel. The hotel opened in 1927 and has had the privilege of hosting many celebrity visitors. It has seen seven United States’ presidents. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the Cavalier’s guest list included Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Bette Davis. In 1942, the Cavalier performed a patriotic duty by converting the stables in its barn into a Navy barracks and training school.

Exercise and Activities

The boardwalk offers many exercise activities. Many hotels along the boardwalk offer exercise classes, yoga and group runs. If you’re not staying at one of the hotels along the boardwalk, however, you can still find plenty of exercise activities. A bike path runs along the length of the boardwalk and visitors can rent bikes for two, four and six passengers. The local fishing pier is open 24 hours a day and for a small fee, visitors can catch mackerel, trout and king fish. The Shamrock Marathon is held along the boardwalk every year in March and is actually a 1/2 marathon. The marathon organization runs activities throughout the year.

Family Activities

Luckily, the boardwalk attracts many families so there are plenty of activities for children and adults to participate in together. The boardwalk’s amusement park, Fun Spot Action Park, offers bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and a carousel. Jungle Golf–only a short walk from the boardwalk–is a mini golf adventure theme park that offers an 18-hole mini golf course and arcade.


One of the big draws of Virginia Beach’s boardwalk is–well, the beach. Resort Beach is the 3.5-mile stretch of sand along the boardwalk. Visitors can worship the sun, rent water toys, eat at one of the many restaurants or take a walk down the strip.

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Alicia Butler is a freelance writer, living and working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her expertise ranges from product descriptions and consumer reviews to relationship columns and travel pieces. She has written for publications such as The Examiner, and