Virginia is beautiful in the fall. With the changing of seasons brings a renewal to the air and the landscape. Virginia Beach is no exception. The air is still warm enough to enjoy the warm Atlantic Ocean. October may seem to be somewhat of an odd time to visit the beach, but in reality it is one of the best times. As a full-time traveling family, we plan beach vacations after Labor Day specifically because the tourist season is over, the kids are back in school, and we basically have the entire beach to ourselves. The week we spent at Virginia Beach was no exception. There were so many fun and exciting Things To Do in Virginia Beach!
Hi, my name is Susie and I am a beach-a-holic. I love the beach. Really any beach will do. Actually, no, no it won’t.
I actually have a beach-fail story. On one bright and sunny September afternoon as we were driving South down the East Coast from Canada, we stumbled upon one beach that even I did not enjoy.
In fact only Maddy (9) and Dan (my husband) dared enter the water. And when they emerged, they were covered in red seaweed. And the worst part was that the air, or water, or both smelled awkwardly bad at best.
But aside from that beach (which will go unnamed), I really really love the beach. The sun, the sand, the ocean, the waves, the surfing, kayaking, the skim boarding, body boarding, football, volleyball … even the smells. The beach is my absolute happy place. I refer to it as Salt Water Therapy!
It is one of those places where everyone, from our 19 year old to our two year old, can have a blast. It’s one of those places where, upon stepping foot on the warm sand, every bone, every muscle, every worry, every thought ceases to exist and in their place is nothing but pure contentment.
Virginia Beach KOA Caters To Families
So when we decided to hit up Virginia Beach a few weeks ago, you can imagine my elation. Even more so, because we were staying at a KOA Holiday Resort for the first time ever.
Now, we don’t normally stay at private campgrounds, preferring the cheaper alternatives that the state campgrounds offer, or the ultimate privacy and freedom of boondocking. This time, however, we were meeting up with Dan’s sister, and her family doesn’t share our love of camping. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offers everything from deluxe cabins to tent sites, so we settled on a KOA in VA Beach.
It was really quite epic. So epic, in fact, that I was slightly worried that some of the kids, particularly the younger ones, would opt to stay at the campground instead of heading to the beach, which was neither an option, nor an issue.
But you can understand my concern when, upon arrival, our kids were squealing because there were two pools, one with, as we later found out, super crazy fast slides. These were fun for both Dan and me and all the kids, including Coby, our two year old wonder child.
But that wasn’t all. There was a Jump Pad and the even more incredibly fun Jump Pillow, which is the equivalent of a trampoline. Then we found the arcade room, a huge outdoor game of chess, a sand hill, and bocce ball. KOA even has a dog park for your furry friends.
On the mornings that we got a bit of a late start, the kids would head out and take advantage of all the uber fun things at KOA while we finished up with a meeting or whatever – we travel full time and conduct business on the road. But every morning by 10 a.m. at the latest, we’d all pile into our stellar 1999 Chevy Suburban and hit the beach.
Virginia Beach is Great in The Fall
For the entire week we were vacationing, we could not have asked for better weather. The sun was shining, the air was warm as was the water, and the waves were … decent.
The fall is a really great time to visit Virginia Beach for all those reasons and one more – you’ll have plenty of beach space. The fact is that there are far less tourists in the fall, due to kids going back to school. And because of this, post Labor Day travel is our favorite. I will say, however, that local Virginia Beach residents apparently know how incredible their autumns are. The strip, boardwalk and the beach were packed on Saturday.
Wave Works Surf Shop in Virginia Beach
I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention this really sick surf shop, Wave Works. We stumbled upon them at the urging of a lifelong surfer. The shop is unassuming and they cater to the real surfer, not the hipsters. These guys know their stuff and so when we showed up looking for a surfboard for our son’s birthday, they went beyond our expectations.
Instead of trying to sell a bunch of tourists an expensive board because they could, they took us to the used board section and spent a lot of time helping us decipher the right board for an 11 year old who really didn’t have a lot of surfing experience, but was one heck of an athlete and would undoubtedly pick it up quick.
They were so awesome and so honest and helpful that we went back for three more boards. I even bought one for myself! Surfing is now something that this fulltime traveling family has in our blood, and we can’t wait to get back on our boards!
Things to Do In Virginia Beach
Virginia is beautiful in the fall with all the leaves changing to bright reds, yellows and orange. The sweltering heat is gone, yet the sun shines brightly and the water is still warm. And Virginia Beach is not only known for its epic ocean activities.
Fall is the Virginia Beach locals’ favorite season to get outside and explore parks, play foodie and enjoy all the gorgeous favorite fall colors – like craft beer, fresh produce from local farms and stunningly beautiful ocean sunrises. Go ahead, give it a go, live the dream, hit the beach this fall!!