virginiabeachsunriseMy family doesn’t usually visit the beach for our family vacations.  We are often on the go, whether we are visiting theme parks or luxury resorts with fancy pools.  But, beach vacations are often some of the most budget friendly, because you don’t need to spend a small fortune during the day to enjoy yourself.  Just pack some beach towels, sand toys, and sunscreen, and you are all set.

I recently had the opportunity to check out Virginia Beach, VA during a Virginia press trip, and I was so impressed with how family-friendly it is.  Most of the hotels on the boardwalk, including the one I stayed at (the Holiday Inn and Suites), are very reasonable and offer some wonderful family amenities, like a lazy river, kids’ club, and waterslides.  In addition, guests can walk right over to the beach.

For those, like me, who grow bored with the beach quickly, there are lots of other things to do.  The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is one of the best aquariums that I’ve visited throughout America, and you can easily spend a day there.  There’s also a fabulous, permanent farmer’s market where you can get some wonderful local foods. 

If you are looking to take a little ride and see a quieter side of Virginia, the Eastern Shore offers a completely different environment, with Kiptopeke State Park and Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge just a short drive over the amazing Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging, meals, transportation and activities during this media trip.

Jodi Grundig, Finance Traveling Mom, regularly writes about her travels on Family Travel Magazine and Mom’s Favorite Stuff.