If your family loves the great outdoors, Virginia Beach is the perfect destination for your next escape. With 35 miles of beaches, 293 parks and facilities, 29 miles of scenic waterways, and 300 miles of bike paths and trails, spending time outdoors provides an escape from everyday stress, from self-guided bike tours to family-friendly hikes and everything in between. Families should consider getting the Get Outdoors Pass, which offers deals and discounts to visitors to explore local attractions, tour operators, rentals and more.
Back Bay Wildlife Refuge & First Landing State Park
South of the resort area and nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay is a 9,250-acre freshwater habitat home to a wide range of wildlife. The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is accessible by marsh trails, bikes, seasonal guide tram service, canoes and kayaks. The refuge protects critical habitats for threatened and endangered species ,such as loggerhead sea turtles.
Make sure to visit First Landing State Park, featuring 20 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore the unique coastal habitat. Travelers can take guided kayak tours through the marshes, bays and lagoons, as well as embrace the maritime forest community and spend the night in one of the climate-controlled cabins, tents or RVs.
Birthplace of East Coast Surfing
James M. Jordan, Jr. and his massive Hawai’ian surfboard launched Virginia Beach as a surf destination in 1912. Today, riders of all experience levels still seek out Virginia Beach’s swell and compete annually in the East Coast Surfing Championship.
Grommet Island Adventure Park
Enjoy a beach day at Grommet Island Adventure Park. This location was built specifically to accommodate wheelchair patrons. The oceanfront beach features plenty of play areas accessible by polymer decking. It also features raised sand tables, hand-operated sand scoop, a sensory board and sway boat that puts kids “on” a surfboard or among a pod of dolphins. This park provides the perfect beach day for everyone!
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, with properties in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, is encouraging travelers to start planning holiday travel with its Effortless Escapes promotion. Travelers receive savings of up to 63 percent and all-inclusive rates from $162 per person/per night. Book through Nov. 21 and travel through April 30, 2022; the Effortless Escapes promotion is available at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancún, Azul Beach Resort Negril, Generations Riviera Maya, Hidden Beach Au Natural Resort Riviera Maya, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
A new study from Vacasa, the nation’s leading vacation rental management platform, found 48 percent of parents are planning to travel with their kids — however, it also showed a near-even 46 percent are planning a vacation with their spouse only. After a year of homeschooling, parents need a break this autumn!
Savor the good life at the new family-friendly, all-inclusive beachfront resort located in the exclusive private community of Cap Cana, home to the iconic sugar-white sands and clear blue waters of Juanillo Beach, when it opens this November.
Sign the family up for a volunteer project while on vacation to create new memories, help others and make the world a better place. Consider one of these organizations for your next family vacation.