Things To Do

The Ultimate Guide To Virginia Beach!

It’s no wonder why thousands of visitors flock to Virginia Beach every year.

We’ve put together the ultimate “Things To Do In Virginia Beach” list so guests can explore the many options that are near our hotel.

Sightseeing & Entertainment   |   Restaurants Near Our Hotel   |   Shopping   |   Transportation

Sightseeing & Entertainment


First Landing State Park (4.2 miles)

Rudee Tours (1.4 miles)

Neptune Statue (0.7 miles)

Old Coast Guard Station (246 ft.)

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier (0.6 miles)

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (0.8 miles)

Nauticus (18.5 miles)

Beach Street USA (0.0 miles)

Busch Gardens (57 miles)

Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium (2.5 miles)

Jungle Golf (0.1 miles)

Ocean Breeze Waterpark (3.5 miles)

Motor World (3.5 miles)

Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rental & Parasail (1.5 miles)

Top Golf (11.7 miles)

iFly (0.3 miles)

Atlantic Fun Park (0.6 miles)

Flipper McCoys (226 ft.)

Virginia Zoo (19.9 miles)

Restaurants Near Our Hotel


The Bee & The Biscuit (10.2 miles)

Becca Restaurant & Garden (1.5 miles)

Lager Heads (0.7 miles)

The Hunt Room (1.6 miles)

Mannino’s Italian Bistro (0.8 miles)

Pocahontas Pancake House (0.8miles)

Tautogs (295 ft.)

Captain Georges Seafood Restaurant (3.7 miles)

Jumpin’ Shrimp (0.7 miles)

Waterman’s Surfside Grille (1.4 miles)

Big Sam’s Inlet Café & Raw Bar (1.5 miles)

Rockafeller’s (1.5 miles)

Catch 31 (0.5 miles)



Target (2.9 miles)

Walmart Supercenter (2.8 miles)

The Shops at Hilltop (2.6 miles)

Lynnhaven Mall (6.9 miles)

Norfolk Premium Outlets (15.7 miles)

MacArthur Center (18.0 miles)

Williamsburg Premium Outlets (62.6 miles)



Norfolk International Airport (ORF) (17.1 miles)

Newport News – Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (42.8 miles)

19th Street, City Bus Stop (0.4 miles)

Amtrak Station (17.5 miles)


You won’t have to travel far for a full day of activities at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk – only a few steps from the hotel! Leisurely stroll, bike, or rollerblade down the boardwalk while passing entertainment, restaurants, and many other sights. Venice Beach, aka Muscle Beach? Forget about it Hillier Ignite Fitness Park has the same features for free; high bars, low bars, rope climbers, balance beam, and more! For the kids, Grommet Island Park is a great option with 15,000 square feet of playground, sculptures, and tables for sand castle making. Don’t forget to snap a photo next to the famous King Neptune statue!

Distance from hotel: .2 miles

Indoor Skydiving

iFLY Virginia Beach is a great stepping stone into actual sky diving because here you get to fly in a giant wind tunnel! Be the coolest kid on the block with a birthday party at iFLY, or the world’s best boss with a team building event. iFLY also hosts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field trips to give students an educational and fun experience. The certified professionals here are happy to make your adventure a safe and exciting one. Check out their deals, from $15 off Sundays to student, teacher, military, and senior discounts. Open 7 days a week, you can fly high any day!

Distance from hotel: .3 miles

Sunset Dolphin Kayak Tours

Sunsets AND dolphins!? Say no more! This small, guided tour will take you along Chesapeake Bay to see beautiful painted skies and friendly, marine mammals. No experience is needed to be a part of this adventure. The tour starts on Virginia Beach, where instructors will go over a quick safety briefing, and then you’re off into the ocean for 2 hours to hang with Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins! If that isn’t exciting enough, you will also see sights such as The Cape Henry Lighthouses and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Distance from hotel: .2 miles

Military Aviation Museum

Military and aircraft buffs, you’re in for a treat because the Military Aviation Museum has one of the biggest private collections from World War 1 and 2! The whole collection has been restored to prior glory and most planes are used during museum flying demonstrations. Additionally, the MAM Museum offers aircraft rides, a summer camp, venue rental, and a collection of life-like dinosaur sculptures. Come take a free tour of the WWI Cottbus German Hangar and Fighter Factory included with the $15 general admission fee!

Distance from hotel: 13.7 miles

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Cape Henry Lighthouse

Cape Henry Lighthouse is the 4th oldest lighthouse in the United States of America. As a matter of fact, President George Washington authorized this project in 1792! In 1881 a newer lighthouse appeared 350 feet from Cape Henry but is closed to the public. Today, the original lighthouse is still available for visits from the public with the best 360 view of Virginia Beach. There is so much rich history to learn here at Cape Henry Lighthouse!

Distance from hotel: 5.6 miles

Haunted Historic Homes

There are several historic homes in Virginia Beach that have been claimed as haunted for years. The Cavalier Hotel has all sorts of ghost spottings; an old bell man leading you to the 6th floor, a phantom piano player, a cat scratching an old door. Dating back to 1642, the Ferry Plantation House burnt down, was rebuilt in 1830, and still carries former house guests. The Adam Thoroughgood House has plenty of paranormal activity. Guests claim to see a red haired woman wandering around and pieces of furniture moved out of place. These are just three of many haunted attractions at Virginia Beach!

Distance from hotel: furthest is 14.5 miles

Virginia Beach Beer Trail

Follow the Virginia Beach Beer Trail, downing one beer at a time. There are 13 stops in this trail; Back Bay Brewing Co, Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Co, Commonwealth Brewing Co, Deadline Brewing Project, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Home Republic Brewpub, New Realm Brewing Co, Pleasure House Brewing Co, Reaver Beach Brewing Co, Smartmouth Pilot House, Vibrant Shore Brewing Co, Wasserhund Brewing Co, and Young Veterans Brewing Co. Follow the trail of yummy IPAs and all kinds of ales in this exact order for the best route possible!

Distance from hotel: furthest is 15 miles

Aquarium and Marine Science Center

The Aquarium’s mission is to “inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices.” Explore over 800,000 gallons of fish, turtles, sharks, reptiles, and more. Outside the aquarium, there is a 1/3 mile nature trail along Owls Creek with views of a protected salt marsh. There are also daily movies shown, an eco friendly zip line, and boat trips to visit dolphins and whales!

Distance from hotel: 2.5 miles

Chesapeake City Park

This 90 acre property has tons of amenities for the public, including dog parks, an outdoor fitness area, a skate park, walking trails, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and more. This venue is perfect for concerts and events and has hosted the Chesapeake Park Whisper Concert Series and Chesapeake Jubilee.

Distance from hotel: 21.1 miles

First Landing State Park

Originally named Seashore State Park, the name was changed to reflect the significance of this park. This very park is where settlers landed and eventually moved West to Jameson, the first official English settlement in North America. Sitting on 2,888 acres, First Landing State Park offers every outdoor activity imaginable; swimming, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, picnicking. The activities don’t end at sun down; you can also camp overnight at one of the 200 campsites or 20 cabins available. 

Distance to hotel: 4.2 miles

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Sushi King

A contemporary Japanese eatery with a casual ambiance known for all-you-can-eat sushi. Sushi King is a full-service restaurant with a complete wait staff. Customers will be seated in the dining areas and servers will take their order. For one flat price, $11.99 for lunch, $17.99 for dinner, servers will continue bringing customers the freshest prepared food of their choice until they are full .

Distance from hotel: 15.8 miles

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Baladi Mediterranean Café

Baladi opened in 2008 at Hilltop West Shopping Center. Since then, Chef Khaled has been serving both quality interpretations of classic Palestinian dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of Middle-Eastern Cuisine.

The phrase Baladi Foods means natural and organic foods that are prepared with traditional methods. Café’s interior reflects the setting of a traditional home in Middle East also paying tribute to hospitality of Arabic culture.

Distance from hotel: 3.6 miles

The Bunker Brewpub

A family friendly restaurant specializing in the taste of southern coastal cuisine; complete with seafood pasta, burgers, crab cakes and famous Virginia Beach Hot Chicken Sandwich. Of course, no brewpub would be complete without a small batch brewhouse where you can experiment with ingredients to create new and exciting craft beer styles.

Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles

Le Yaca French Restaurant

A traditional French cuisine & wine served in a refined dining room with a fireplace & patio seating.
Welcome to Le Yaca, one of the top Restaurant destinations in Virginia. A long standing favorite in historic Williamsburg, Le Yaca is the dining choice for locals as well as tourists.

Distance from hotel: 61.7 miles

Blue Seafood & Spirits

This restaurant is a 60-seat, chef-owned and operated restaurant focusing on high quality, fresh seafood in a casual, yet elegant setting. They are best known for their award-winning crab soup, local fish dishes, crab cakes, and homemade chocolate bread pudding.

Blue Seafood & Spirits offer a variety of wines, local beers and their own signature cocktails. Come see, located in the Redmill Commons Shopping Center just minutes away from the Ocean Front resort area and Sandbridge.

Distance from hotel: 7.5 miles

FIREBREW Bar & Grill

Relaxed in the tavern with a warm vibe offering American fare, self-serve wine stations & patio seating.

Distance from hotel: 7.1 miles

The Hunt Room

Sip and savor in an intimate American tavern tucked away in the heart of the historic Cavalier Hotel. Reminiscent of the fabled gatherings that followed day-long fox hunts where men warmed themselves beside great hearths, sipped bourbon, and exchanged stories, the Hunt Room offers handcrafted cocktails and a simple, rustic menu of seasonal cuisine inspired by old world traditions.

Distance from hotel: 1.5 miles

The Bee & The Biscuit

A charming cottage restaurant serving New American breakfast & lunch dishes featuring local produce.

Distance from hotel: 10.2 miles

Becca Restaurant & Garden

Becca is the highlight of The Cavalier and a go-to dining destination. Modern and sophisticated, the reinvented restaurant boasts bright and inspired fare, locally sourced ingredients and a sumptuous outdoor garden setting. Always elegant yet never pretentious. Becca is perfect for any occasion.

Enjoy local, farm to table food from our restaurant & garden.

Distance from hotel: 1.5 miles

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Lager Heads

Enjoy Virginia Beach’s best gourmet burgers and local craft beers, as well as indoor or outdoor oceanfront seating for the best beach views on the boardwalk. Featuring fire pits and live entertainment when in season, Lager Heads provides the perfect stop for guests and locals alike. Lager Heads is located right on the boardwalk, inside the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, so cruise on in!

Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles