New to Virginia Beach? Here are 5 must-do things around town.

Virginia Beach is clearly known for its beach, but there is so much more to this city than the oceanfront, especially in the winter months. Locals enjoy the arts, history, sporting events, the great outdoors and a wide variety of entertainment.

For Art enthusiasts, we recommend the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Through diversity in their changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community. MOCA has a gift shop and also partners with the VIBE arts district nearby. For hours and admission, click here.

Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

For the History buff in your household, Cape Henry was an important area for naval vessels carrying imported goods. Unfortunately, during the first year of The United States newly formed Congress, 57 ships had already been lost because there was no lighthouse. The lighthouse even played a role during the Civil War. Most lighthouses were torn down when decommissioned, but the Cape Henry Lighthouse remains a historic landmark. Click here for hours and admission pricing.

Inside Cape Henry Lighthouse

For the athlete in your family, the Virginia Beach Field House is the winner. The Field House has leagues for the semi-pro and the amateur.  There are many sports for children and even parents. There is also a play area for children younger than three. Reviews reveal a great atmosphere and helpful staff. They even have a Parent’s Night Out. Click here for their address and phone number.

Virginia Beach Field House

Many wouldn’t think to head out into the ocean water outside of the summer months, but winter is the perfect time for science enthusiasts. Guess who doesn’t mind the cold with their layers of blubber? Whales! Humpback whales and fin whales swim through our area in late December through mid-March. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers Whale Watching Boat Trips for your viewing enjoyment. Click here for hours and admission prices.

Whale Watching Trips

Want to act like a true local? Drive your family through a 20-year-old Oceanfront tradition, the Holiday Lights Maola Milk Merry Mile. It’s the only time of the year that cars get to drive right on the boardwalk. In fact, last year about 25,000 vehicles participated in this tradition. Families can hear holiday music along the display on their car radio. Southeast Tourism Society’s named the tradition “Top 20 November Events!” Click here for hours and admission.

Holiday Lights Maola Milk Merry Mile

Whether you call it Coastal Virginia, Hampton Roads or Tidewater, we hope that you will call this region “home”. This area is a diverse “community of communities” with something for everyone! Let us help you find your home here.