Winter is descending upon us, which means it’s time for travelers to flock to tropical destinations to escape freezing temperatures. If you’re looking for a local and more economical destination with views of the sea, Virginia Beach is an attractive vacation spot.

It might be too chilly for any significant beach excursions, but this area has plenty of activities that don’t focus on the beach. Allow this guide to open your eyes to what else Virgina Beach has to offer.

Where to Stay


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When searching for a hotel in Virgina Beach, consider the time of year. Since it’s a bit colder outdoors, you might not want to book a beach vacation rental. You still might want an ocean view, however, so it might be wise to book a hotel that has a pretty view. For comfort, search out a hotel that has an indoor pool and an option to access the beach or at least see the sea. Be sure the hotel’s dining options are indoors with a great view of the surrounding nature.

Do a Brewery Tour

Since you might not focus on beach excursions for your getaway, a brewery tour for beer lovers is the perfect fit. There are several breweries in the Virginia Beach area, and booking a tour is easy. Visit Virgina Beach has a handy website to book your tour before you arrive.

See a Real Plantation

One of Virginia Beach’s most popular attractions experienced many different incarnations until it was rebuilt by slaves in 1830 and called the Ferry Plantation House. Reputed to be haunted by 11 spirits, the house once served as a courthouse, a schoolhouse, and a post office. Now the house is a museum and an educational center for history buffs to enjoy. Because of the house’s famous reputation and reported hauntings, you can actually book a spirit tour. The Stroll of Lost Souls tour sells out every Halloween, and it’s one of the plantation’s biggest attractions.

Take Your Kids to an Aquarium

Even though the outdoors might be slightly nippy, you can still catch sea life in action. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is located just off of Rudee Inlet and contains about 800,000 gallons of freshwater and saltwater displays. Your children will delight in each bay or ocean pavilion, which offer glimpses of sea turtles, crabs, otters, seahorses, and so much more. There’s also a bird sanctuary that’s home to 70 species of birds.

Eat Your Fill in Virgina Beach

Food is an essential part of a successful vacation, and Virgina Beach has plenty to offer foodies. You’ll never go hungry with freshly caught seafood, seasonal vegetables, and barbecue joints that leave your fingers greasy with sauce and your belly happily full. Use this wonderful guide to the best eats in Virgina Beach.

Expand your view of what a winter vacation can be at a typical beach destination, and utilize this guide to plan a great getaway.