Virginia Beach, VA

Top Activities

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: Explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won’t want to miss our 3D theater.

Chesapean Outdoors (kayaking with dolphins and SUP): Founded in 1996 as Chesapean Kayak Tours, we developed a reputation as one of the area’s best kayak touring companies for dolphin watching off the coastline of Virginia Beach. Now we specialize in guided eco-tours and we offer a variety of outdoor activities that guarantee adventure and fun for all!

The Aerial Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium: High-flying adventure is coming to the Aquarium Summer 2014. Consisting of 12 different ropes courses containing 160 platforms in the trees, plus another 40 platforms in a unique separate outdoor facility called “The Labyrinth”, the park will boast a variety of challenge levels, from introductory through advanced for children, teens and adults.

Dolphin Watching/ Whale Watching: Observe bottlenose dolphins and their dynamic behaviors during a 90-minute excursion on the Atlantic Ocean. Take a two and a half hour adventure to search for humpback whales, fin whales, and other wildlife that visit the Virginia Beach coast during the winter.

Coastal Food Tours: Coastal Food Tours of Virginia is Virginia Beach’s source for food tours, culinary events, pub crawls, and corporate team building events that bring together history, architecture and cuisine in a variety of different venues and neighborhoods.

 

Special Events

A Dolphin Watching Cruise on the Rudee Flipper

Our Dolphin Watching tours are exciting, educational, and fun for the whole family!  Cruise the Virginia Beach coastline from Rudee Inlet to Cape Henry in search of playful bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife, plus beautiful sights, gorgeous sunsets, and more! Your 90-minute ocean excursion is narrated by our experienced crew, who will be available to share their knowledge and answer your questions.  For your convenience and comfort, the Rudee Flipper is equipped with a climate-controlled cabin, upper and lower decks for viewing, a snack bar, and a full adult beverage bar.

Our boats depart from the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, at the corner of 5th and Pacific Avenues, have quick access to the Atlantic Ocean, and include free and easily accessible parking.  Make Rudee Tours Dolphin Watching Trips a must-do adventure during your time in Virginia Beach!

 

Dolphin Watching Cruises: March 25th-October

Sunset Cruises: Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

Whale Watching Cruises: December-March


Amazing Sea Adventures – Dolphin Discoveries

Our boat trips offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of our marine environment and its inhabitants. Each tour offers close-up observations, and when resources allow, we will be using a research-quality hydrophone (an underwater microphone) to listen for dolphins and whales. Specially trained Aquarium educators provide discussions about dolphin behaviors, and share what is being done to conserve and protect the species and its habitat. Brown pelicans, bald eagles, and other seabirds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles.

Teh Aquarium’s Sea Adventures adhere to all responsible wildlife viewing guidelines, which ensure our trips do not disturb the animals.

Schedule

  • March 18 – May 26, 2017  Wed; Fri, Sat, Sun
  • April 9 – 15: Two trips daily
  • Daily trips May 27 – September 4, 2017: Dolphin Watching, Ocean Collections, Evening trips
  • Trips are subject change due to boating conditions. See our Calendar of Events for the most current trip availability.

Virginia Arts Festival

The mission of the Virginia Arts Festival is to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance, and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.

Local Transportation

Hampton Roads Transit (The Wave): VB Wave is an easy way to get around the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Wave shuttles make stops along Atlantic Avenue, the Virginia Aquarium, Ocean Breeze Water Park, the Holiday Trav-L-Park, the KOA campgrounds and the Shops at Hilltop. These hybrid-electric shuttles are also a lot of fun.


Orange Peel: Don’t get caught standing in line waiting for a taxi at the airport. Call ahead and make arrangements for a vehicle to be waiting for you upon your arrival. Our rates are very affordable. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Amtrak: The Norfolk station services daily Amtrak trains to Petersburg, Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and north up to Boston, as well as Thruway buses between Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News.


Venture Tours: Venture Tours is one of the most well-respected motorcoach companies in the Tidewater/Central Virginia area.  Our buses are clean, safe and equipped with state-of-the art technology.  We tailor our services to your group travel needs. Our business is delivering your group to your destination safely and affordably.


Enterprise Car Rental – Airport Location: This Enterprise Rent-A-Car is conveniently located at the Norfolk International Airport. Through tremendous leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit of our employees, we have built the largest car rental brand in North America, known for exceptionally low rates and outstanding customer service.


Distance from Major Airports

  • Norfolk International Airport (to downtown) – 18.1 miles