A Day Away: Virginia Beach

Welcome back to A Day Away, our pictorial blog series that will guide Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) community members to great destinations in Virginia that can be visited – there and back – in a day.

On our most recent day trip, Salinna Lor, a junior public relations major, and Omoze Oyofo, a junior public relations major, visited the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The Virginia Beach oceanfront is a treasured beach spot on the east coast and is noted for its three mile long boardwalk, entertainment, restaurants, shops, hotels and, of course, the beach! The Virginia Beach oceanfront has something for everyone – and is perfect for a one-day getaway.

Virginia Beach, VA – The most populated location of all the Hampton Roads cities, located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Virginia Beach
    • The beach itself is three miles long and is located right next to the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Parking can be found for around $10. If you’re going to the beach, make sure to bring a blanket or beach chair, plenty of water and lots of sunscreen. It’s easy to find a spot at the beach – and even harder to resist the temptation to stay! If you plan to stay at the beach for more than a couple of hours, be sure to bring a book or journal so you can relax. Virginia Beach also offers equipment rentals if you do not feel like bringing your own! Visit their website.


  • Virginia Beach Oceanfront
    • The Virginia Beach Oceanfront, which refers to the three mile long boardwalk, is a well known tourist attraction. The boardwalk was first constructed in 1988. Some of the main attractions of the boardwalk include linking the beach to over 40 hotels, shops, quaint outdoor and indoor restaurants, bike lanes and more! When heading to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, don’t forget to swing by and see the King Neptune statue – a 24 foot statue that stands on 31st Street, which leads to the Neptune Festival Park! Visit their website.
  • Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries
    • Buying boardwalk fries is a staple when visiting Virginia Beach! The Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries diner serves fresh burgers with a variety of toppings and fries cooked in peanut oil. Visit their website.
  • Beach Street USA
    • During the summer months, the City of Virginia Beach holds Beach Street USA, which consists of entertainment and other fun events for tourists. Most events are free and range from musical and magic shows to psychic readers! These events happen during the evening and nighttime, so plan accordingly if you want to attend! Visit their website.


  • Catch 31 Fishhouse and Bar
    • Catch 31 is one of Virginia Beach’s well known restaurants! Located at the bottom of the Hilton Hotel with a view of the beach, Catch 31 has a variety of seafood, steaks and flatbreads. Visit their website.


  • Virginia Aquarium
    • The Virginia Aquarium is an aquarium and marine science museum located only 10 minutes away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront! The Virginia Aquarium hosts over 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats. Admission to the aquarium is $24.95. Visit their website.
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Not feeling the beach? No worries! The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is located only six blocks from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, and is focused on fostering awareness, exploration and understanding of art. For more information, visit their website.

Join us next time for “A Day Away” to Old Rag!

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