Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront

3315 Atlantic Avenue,
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

Reservations: (757) 305-9000

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Attractions

The boardwalk is the place to be in Virginia Beach – the city’s epicenter for all-ages events, adventurous dining and tremendous cuisine. Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront will be located in the heart of the action, just steps from the ocean and a short walk away from the top things to do in Virginia Beach.

Beyond the Boardwalk, the action doesn’t stop. Educational museums, magnificent military bases, quiet parks, and high-flying theme parks await outside of the city border. With the top things to do in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area a quick trip from our hotel, your oceanside vacation is sure to be a busy one.

Read below to learn about our favorite Virginia Beach Boardwalk attractions and other exciting points of interest beyond.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Attractions

This exciting 3-mile strip is the town’s center of activity hosting shops, concerts, photo opportunities, and much more. Hop on a bike or take a stroll down the winding oceanfront path and discover an exciting array of activities in the area.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
From Grommet Island Park to 40th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Our hotel is located near the exclusive north end of this engaging strip of retail, dining and parks. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, which runs for three miles along the beach, offers surfing, swimming, parasailing, jet ski and bicycle rentals, and plenty of sand. This free attraction is home to many of the top things to do in Virginia Beach, including annual events, live music and much more.

34th Street Summer Acoustic Series

Enjoy nightly live music on the 34th Street Gazebo right next to the outdoor patio dining at Lager Heads at the Hilton Garden Inn. Check out the schedule for times and bands for this great oceanfront series. 

Neptune’s Park

Atlantic Ave. and 31st St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Neptune’s Park is an essential Virginia Beach destination and is located just two blocks away. Live music fills the air above the bandshell as the ocean breeze blows past the statue of King Neptune. Families enjoy an evening on the expansive lawn as cyclists glide by on the boardwalk bike path just outside Catch 31, an upscale seafood restaurant.

31st St. and Atlantic Ave.

The boardwalk area’s best shopping and dining is available at 31Ocean, a new complex that combines the coast’s top restaurants and most popular boutiques. Sip a Starbucks beverage while shopping the wares of local favorites like Beecroft & Bull, the Sterling Seahorse and Beach Gallery, or sit down for an oceanfront dinner at Salacia or Catch 31.

Beach Events

The hotel is conveniently located on the oceanfront with easy access to beach events like live music, the Boardwalk Art Show and a myriad of festivals. There is never a shortage of entertainment along the boardwalk.

Beyond the Boardwalk

The Boardwalk isn’t the only a hotbed of fun and learning around here. The city of Virginia Beach features a variety of attractions and sites that are sure to please everyone in your party. Beyond that, you can discover gardens, theme parks, and more in the nearby towns of Norfolk and Williamsburg. Read on for our recommendations on the best places to go beyond the Boardwalk. All venues are easily accessible by Uber or Lyft, with promotions offered for first time riders. 

The Adventure Park

There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium! The amazing aerial forest park features climbing and zip lining through majestic trees near the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Marsh Pavilion.  Take to the treetops on 15 trails that weave between tree platforms on the 6-acre site. Trails are marked by the degree of challenge they provide, offering adventures for ages 5 through adult. Explore the park on your own or make memories with your family and friends.

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-3474

Families in search of educational-yet-fun adventures should head to Virginia’s largest aquarium. The center includes 800,000 gallons of exhibits, many of which contain species native to the Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay and Virginia marshes. The aquarium provides an up-close, hands-on look at rare fish, sting rays, sharks, sea turtles and more.

First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 412-2300

Located by the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park offers an abundance of outdoor fun such as boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. The park is also home to campsites with water and electric hook-ups.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark
849 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-4444

Ocean Breeze Amusement Park is a family-friendly Caribbean paradise home to 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and other wet and wild attractions.

Military Bases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk are home to several military bases and related attractions, such as Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval base in the world, and Battleship Wisconsin. The area also boasts the Training Support Center Hampton Roads, the Joint Expeditionary Base East located at Cape Henry and NAB Little Creek in Norfolk.

Virginia Beach Sportsplex
2181 Landstown Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 427-2990

The Virginia Beach Sportsplex is primarily home to the defending champions of the United Football League, the Virginia Destroyers. It has a permanent seating capacity of 6,000, on two decks of seating, though it can be expanded upwards to 17,000 for football games.

One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-1000

This maritime-themed science center in Norfolk offers interactive and educational displays for children about the economic and naval power of the sea. Nauticus is also home of the esteemed Battleship Wisconsin.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518
(757) 441-5830

Adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens encompasses 155 acres of themed gardens, including a children’s park, the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Colonial Herb Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Flowering Arboretum and much more.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 441-2374

Just 15 miles away, the Virginia Zoo offers 53 acres of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters with elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and many more animals. More than 100 years old, the zoo also boasts beautiful horticulture in addition to various species of animals.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187
(800) 343-7946

Part theme park and part zoo, Busch Gardens provides educational and white-knuckle fun for the entire family. Head out on a zoo tour or enjoy one of the park’s thrill rides. Rides at the park include roller coasters like Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot and the Loch Ness Monster. For the little ones, be sure to check out the Sesame Street Forest of Fun for life-sized Sesame Street character shows, a mini water park to splash in and plenty of kid-friendly rides.

Colonial Williamsburg
301 1st St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 229-1000

Just 45 minutes away, Colonial Williamsburg takes you back into America’s storied past. Walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women who created a new country.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Dining Destinations

  • Salacia
    3001 Atlantic Avenue (at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront)
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Tortugas Café & Tiki Bar
    3401 Atlantic Avenue (at Ocean Beach Club)
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Sky Bar
    3001 Atlantic Avenue (at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront)
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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