When you have kids, planning a vacation can mean entirely new challenges.
You want to find a destination that everyone in the family is going to enjoy, and that in and of itself is a tall order. You might also want to find a place that isn’t too far away, especially if your kids are younger and probably not well-equipped for long-haul flights just yet.
One area of the country that’s beautiful and conducive to a family-friendly trip is coastal Virginia.
There’s plenty of fun, outdoor activities and natural beauty to be found, and a lot of families also find that the area is perfect for camping or for renting an RV because there is an abundance of campgrounds, many of which have outstanding water views.
The following are some things to keep in mind to plan an idyllic family trip to coastal Virginia.
Ocean Front RV Parks
If you’re going to be renting an RV or taking your own RV to coastal Virginia, you likely want to make sure you have a view.
There are oceanfront RV parks throughout the area.
One example is the Tall Pines Harbor Campground, which overlooks the Pocomoke Sound and features a pool, fire rings, a store and more.
There’s Sunset Beach which is located in Cape Charles, featuring the Cherrystone Family Camping Resort. Cherrystone overlooks the famed Chesapeake Bay, and there are activities like a splash park and arcade.
Then, there are quite a few RV parks in Virginia Beach, but the Virginia Beach KOA has some of the most scenic views.
False Cape State Park
If you want unspoiled Virginia coastline, you might consider a visit to False Cape State Park, located south of Virginia Beach. It’s tough to get here, and it requires that you go through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, but once you get there, you’ll see wild ponies, dunes, and maritime forests.
For something that’s not quite as remote that’s also located near Virginia Beach, there’s First Landing, which is the most popular state park in Virginia.
There’s more than a mile of beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay, and boardwalk beach accesses, as well as water and electric campsites.
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
Something else that’s unique and worth experiencing if you’re in the area is the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, and kids tend to love the opportunity to visit a lighthouse.
What’s great about the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, is that it’s right across the street from First Landing State Park, which was mentioned above and is the place where the Jamestown colonists first landed. This is also the first lighthouse ever to be authorized by Congress.
You can take the family for a climb up the steps where you get beautiful bay views.
Finally, if you are planning a trip to the Virginia coast and you’re willing to go inland a bit, don’t forget about historic Williamsburg. There’s the colonial town, which is beautiful and charming and also Busch Gardens so the entire family will likely view a trip here as a treat. Plus, if you’re RVing you can make a stop at the American Heritage RV Park.