LIve the Life Virginia BeachVirginia Beach vacations have been my favorite vacation spot for much of my life. I was always meant to be connected with Virginia Beach. When this opportunity came along for me to show you how to Love the Moment in Virginia Beach, I jumped on it.

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This is why I love to go to Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Vacation As a Child

When I was 11 years old, my grandparents took me on my first Virginia Beach vacation to visit my aunt. She lived right on the beach and that was when I fell madly in love with Virginia Beach and the ocean. I remember just spending time on the beach staring at the water. I think we would have spent all day every day at the beach if they had let us, but we did see many of the sites of Virginia Beach too.

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Me (right) and my sister, Serena and my grandmother in Virginia Beach in the Fall of 1979.

Virginia Beach Vacation As An Adult

Once I grew up and met Jason, we took several Virginia Beach vacations because both of our parents lived in the area. I loved going down to the boardwalk and sit at one of the outside seating areas at one of the many restaurants with a fruity drink in hand and soaking in the beach air. You need to stop and Love the Moment at the beach this way!

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Jason and I getting married in Virginia Beach. It was so warm and it was Thanksgiving weekend.

We decided to get married in Virginia Beach because we loved it there so much. So Thanksgiving weekend in 1994, we tied the knot and had a mini Virginia Beach vacation right on the beach.

Virginia Beach Vacation With My Kids

Now that I have 4 kids, we take a Virginia Beach vacation several times each year and each time we try to go to at least one attraction. Here are some of our kid-friendly favorite Virginia Beach vacation attractions:

Dolphin Tours – This is a MUST! We do this every summer and each time it is like we’ve never seen them before. Take one of the dolphin tour boats (we love the twilight tours) and they will take you to see dolphins. Every time we have gone, we’ve seen many dolphins. The dolphins will often ride along the boat and you can get great pictures. There is a guide on the boat who will answer questions and share information about dolphins. My kids talk about the dolphins a LOT.

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Dolphin tour during our Virginia Beach vacation.

Virginia Aquarium – I love aquariums because I love the water so much. It is so interesting to see all the different species that live in the water and you can learn a lot about them. The Virginia Aquarium is very kid oriented and you could spend an entire day here.

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My favorite picture of my 4 kids watching the fish at the Virgnia Aquarium in Virginia Beach.

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Up close with the turtles.

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My 7 yr old loved seeing all the animals so close.

Mount Trashmore Park – This is one of the best parks for kids we’ve ever been to. It’s built on a huge landfill and has so many play areas. I always have a blast. This is the perfect place to have a picnic and let the kids run around.

The Boardwalk – We like to go down and walk along the boardwalk and stop to eat at one of the awesome restaurants and let the kids play in the sand. Along the boardwalk in the sand are several playgrounds (yes, right in the sand.) It is always fun to stop at a few and rest and let the kids play.

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The playground on the beach.

Sandbridge Beach – Our favorite beach is Sandbridge Beach because it is a bit off the beaten path. We usually spend one day at Sandbridge Beach. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the beach air and the sun. I love driving around and looking at all the beach houses in the Sandbridge area too.

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My view all day at Sandbridge.

Those are just a few of the places where my family loves to go when we are in Virginia Beach.

Running in Virginia Beach

I have to mention my running experience in Virginia Beach. Last year I ran my first half marathon and I chose the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach as my first half because it truly is a beautiful place and I wanted to finish my first half marathon by running down the boardwalk along the ocean. It was AWESOME! I am planning to do it again this year.

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That view right there is the reason I ran my first half marathon in Virginia Beach.

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And I did it! Celebrating on the beach.

 About Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is located in the southeastern corner of Virginia. It is four hours southeast of D.C. by car and within a day’s drive or less for two-thirds of the U.S. population. For visitor information, call 1-800-VA-BEACH (800-822-3224) or visit for online trip planning.

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Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach blogging program. For more information on how you can participate, click here. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let’s Talk About a Virginia Beach Vacation!

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