Virginia Beach on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast in the summer months. It offers a beautiful beach with a slew of great beachfront hotels lining it along with plenty of attractions and things to do. Virginia Beach is home to spectacular shopping and great dining throughout the city that has a true “beach town” feel and here are some things to do if you’re a senior visiting the area.
Put These 5 Fun Senior Activities On Your Itinerary!
1. Enjoy the beach and boardwalk
If you enjoy spending some time in the sun, looking out into the ocean while sitting in soft sand, experience the beach and just enjoy lounging and soaking up the sun. The beach is very clean and it’s a very fun atmosphere and its never too overcrowded and there are always less crowded spots to find. You can enjoy watching the ships pass by and you’ll also see military jets fly by over the beach to and from the nearby base. The boardwalk bordering the beach is also a lot of fun to just walk on especially in the evening time. If you want to have some fun, you can rent out bikes at a plethora of locations to ride down the boardwalk and stop for some great seafood dining as well.
2. Visit the Military Aviation Museum
If you're curious about all the Navy aircraft that you see flying over the beach, this museum is for you! The Military Aviation Museum is a great attraction offered in Virginia Beach that showcases one of the largest private collections of military aircrafts from the World War I and II eras. You’ll experience great history and see some amazing aircrafts and you can also see them in action with many live demonstrations put on by the museum, which is a lot of fun to watch. Seniors also receive a discount at the museum with tickets at just $10 making the unique experience very affordable.
3. Explore First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach offers great walking trails if you’re looking to connect with nature while on vacation. The state park also has Chesapeake Bay Beach along the water as well. There are 19 miles of hiking trails and you’ll experience beautiful trees and wildlife along the way on a great nature escape.
4. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is a ton of fun and a great way to beat the heat if you’ve been out enjoying the beach and need a break. Here, you can experience beautiful exhibits and habitats at one of the best aquariums in the country and learn all about underwater marine life. There are always events and special exhibits going on, so check out their website before you go.
5. Go on a boat tour
Virginia Beach offers some great boat tours where you can experience wildlife and enjoy a ride out on the ocean. The Rudee Flipper is a whale watching boat cruise that is about a 2-hour ride out in the ocean where you can see and learn about humpback whales. The Rudee Rocket is a speedboat tour where you can take a faster ride on the ocean while experiencing dolphins and other wildlife, but it’s not quite recommended for seniors as the Rudee Flipper.
This article was written by Cameron Lafontaine.