Tue, February 12th, 2013 - By

Stretching Your Budget in Virginia Beach

There are 14 miles (22.5km) of FREE beaches located in Virginia Beach, Virginia; besides the fun you can have in the white sand and glistening ocean, there are still loads of other free things to do in Virginia Beach. Summer will be here before you know it, and America’s east coast is a real hot spot (forgive the pun), so start planning your Atlantic shore break now. You’ll find plenty to do and be able to stretch your budget too.

Many of the attractions in the area are free of charge, as well as several festivals and cultural events like the ones I’m about to tell you all about. Check out just a few of the entertaining things you can do for free when you head to Virginia Beach.

The Beaches 

The main resort area is a place not to be missed if you’re seeking any type of entertainment. Festivals and the wide variety of family-friendly entertainment fills the streets throughout the summer and is a daily occurrence. The busy nightlife is one not to be missed in this part of the area and let’s not forget how entertaining people watching can get too.

If you’re looking to simply swim and enjoy the beach, explore Chesapeake Beach, its shallow and protected waters are ideal for swimmers. If you’re looking for a more relaxing an even more secluded area check out Sandbridge (a stretch of beach on Virginia Beach’s southern shore). No hotels here – just vacation homes, very soothing to enjoy the ocean waves and simply soak up in the sun.

Beach Street U.S.A. 

This is one very entertaining street to enjoy and explore the culture surrounding the area. Here you can see nightly puppet shows, bands, magicians, jugglers, etc. along Atlantic Avenue between 17th and 25th Streets. This entertainment is a nightly event during the summer months and is great if you’re travelling with children or simply looking for a good time.

54th Annual Boardwalk Art Show & Festival 

This festival is held June 18-21. You can browse more than 40,000 pieces of art while still enjoying the ocean scenery and fresh salty air. Support a huge collection of local and international artists while they display and sell their paintings, ceramics, crafts, jewellery, sculptures, and photography. The festival also features additional shopping and nightly entertainment each and every day.

Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market 

Experience the rustic side of Virginia Beach at its Farmers Market, this is less of a ‘beachy’-scene and you’ll see more of the country-side of Virginia.  You can find locally grown produce, dairy products, organic groceries, a meat market, home and garden gifts, jams, and a year round restaurant. All this in one place and it’s totally free to walk around and check out!

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum 

This museum is located in the historical DeWitt cottage (1895) and displays art and artefacts documenting the wandering wildfowl that pass through Eastern Virginia. The museum hosts very nice exhibits of wildfowl and shorebird carvings trace the evolution of this unique American art form. On-site you will find wood-carving demonstrations, decoys dating from historic times to present day and a collection of exhibits covering the history of Virginia Beach. Yup, this is free too!

Photos by Nannette Turner & Jim Brickett

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 11:00
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