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Virginia Beach comes alive from May to September. Temperatures are moderate and seasonal. In the summer, days are hot and humid (80-90 average); while evenings are cool and balmy (60-70). In early spring, the water might be a little cool for more than wading, don a windbreaker and take a stroll along the boardwalk.
Summer in Virginia Beach is all about the festivals. Every weekend, and most nights, local and national artists perform along the boardwalk – Free! Bring the family, dance in the sand, and take in the sights and sounds of the Boardwalk Art Show, American Music Festival, Latino Fest, Neptune Festival and more. Treat the kids to a giant turkey leg, funnel cake, crab cake and other mouth-watering delights from local vendors.
Bikes, peddle-powered buggies (for 4-6), and inline skates are available for rental. A two-lane bike path parallels the boardwalk from Rudee Inlet to 34 th Street and beyond. Swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, parasailing, miniature golf, shopping, dining and nightlife are within a block of the beach. Take a gondola ride or a dolphin watching trip, both departing from Rudee Inlet.
Virginia Beach is a town for all seasons. During the quiet winter months, locals turn their attention to sporting and cultural events in Virginia Beach and neighboring cities. Hampton Roads offers a variety of enrichment activities that include the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, Broadway shows at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall, Stage performances at the Wells Theatre, Admirals Hockey, and ODU Basketball. Whale watching trips hosted by the Virginia Aquarium are a very worthwhile thing to do and are offered between the end of December and mid-March.
In any season, be sure to check out the Old Coast Guard Station and the Atlantic Wildfowl Museum (housed in the 1895 DeWitt Cottage) and the Contemporary Art Center, which is displaying the original Magna Carta until Septmber...these are all within walking distance of each other.
Moving away from the oceanfront, Virginia Beach’s new Town Center is rapidly emerging as the area’s main hub for business and entertainment. The Sandler Center for Performing Arts is a new arts venue featuring musicals and solo artists.