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It's summertime and it's time to hit the beach! I love spending time at the beach because no one is ever in a hurry. There are no band practices to attend, no soccer games to rush to, no volunteer hours at the library to complete. Everyone is just happy to splash in the surf, play on the sand, spend quality time with their families and make every moment last. And there's no better place for special moments than at Virginia Beach. It's a wonderful summer destination where couples and families can love every single moment! Here are ten great ways to Love the Moment at Virginia Beach:
1) Discover the Beaches
Virginia Beach has three amazing beaches: Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area and Sandbridge. That's 35 miles of sun, sand and surf, and each one has something to suit every kind of person, whether you're a social animal looking for a volleyball game to join, or a family with little kids, or a couple looking to escape to their own beach paradise.
2) Soak up the sun
The summers are hot and the winters are mild (6 months out of the year, the high temp is 70 degrees or higher, so you can leave your earmuffs at home. Just remember to slather on the sunscreen!
3) Feast on the bounty of the ocean
Whenever I'm in a seaside town I always make it a point to enjoy seafood, because it's sure to be fresh. Blue crabs, rockfish, flounder, mackerel, you name it, Virginia Beach has got it. Foodies can even book a Coastal Food Tour to see how it all goes from farm (or sea!) to table.
4) Dive into the ocean world
The beach itself is not the only way you can get acquainted with life under the sea. You can also visit the Virginia Aquarium, with changing exhibits, IMAX® movies and lots and lots of fish!
5) Shop your hearts out
Hey, shopaholics need something to do to. Fortunately they need look no further than Lynhaven Mall, one of the largest malls on the East Coast, with three department stores, over 180 specialty stores, services, eateries and movie theaters.
6) Boogie on the Boardwalk
If you're done with lying on a beach towel, you can also take the family to the boardwalk. It's three whole miles of fun, with biking, rollerblading, cafes and more.
7) Groove to the music
It's just one summer-long party in Virginia Beach! Atlantic Avenue between 17th & 25th Streets turns into "Beach Street USA" with summer entertainment, music on the boardwalk every night of the week. What a great atmosphere!
8) Get your funk on
Speaking of music, don't miss the this year's FunkFest on Beach Street! August 24-25, which celebrates the music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players. Mark your calendars for August 24 and 25!
9) Make a home away from home
I like that you can find a place to stay at Virgina Beach, whatever your budget. There are campgrounds, vacation rental homes, or a hotel suite, so you and your family can always find a home away from home.
10) Get your heart pumping
The beautiful ocean views aren't the only thing that can get your pulse racing at Virginia Beach. Whether it's parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking or sailing, you can enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle at Virginia Beach. Of course, there's nothing wrong with just relaxing on a towel and whiling your vacation hours away.
Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach blogging program. For more information on how you can participate, click here. For more information on Virginia Beach, go to www.visitvirginiabeach.com. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.