Family Friendly Travel Review of Virginia Beach

During a recent break from school my family and I traveled to Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Virginia Beach is about a 5 hour drive from the Philadelphia Area depending on traffic and weather conditions.  Since we were in Virginia Beach in November it was neat to see how the town was decorated for the holidays. One of the neatest holiday events is McDonalds Holiday Lights at the Beach.  This is the one time a year that you can drive your car on the boardwalk to see a half million twinkling lights.

The town is very welcoming and so was everyone we interacted with.  Everyone was so helpful and wanted to make sure we discovered everything about this fun beach town.  It's also very easy to get around by car, bike, or even walking.


We stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites Oceanfront hotel.  Click here to read our review of the hotel.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from for everybody's budget.


We didn't have a bad meal the whole time we were in Virginia Beach.  We loved the fresh seafood and there are plenty of choices to choose from. One of our favorite restaurants was Rockafeller’s located on the Rudee Inlet Rockafeller's the slogan is “Good Eats, Good Spirits!” and they definitely have that there.  It was so hard to choose from the selection of food was so large.  We had a gorgeous view of the inlet and during the summer months you can watch the boats come in and out of the inlet.

They are known for the Oysters Rockafeller so we had to try them and they were delicious.  Since we were down south we had to get some yummy hush puppies.  I tried the twin bistro steaks and the portions were so big I had to share it with everyone at my table.  We also ordered the crab, shrimp, and seafood pasta, another hit at our table. The kids menu has a nice selection of seafood and traditional kids favorites.  And you can't leave Roackafeller's without getting the desert sampler, it has something for everyone.

Other great restaurants:
Big Sams Raw Bar
Doc Taylor's
Waterman's Beachwood Grill

Local Activities
Beach Movie Bistro- great to catch a movie and a bite to eat on rainy days at the beach
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Bike Rentals

For more information: please visit the the Virginia Beach & Visitors Bureau's web site,, the official source of travel information for Virginia Beach

Note: Thanks to the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau for arranging for our review of the Virginia Beach Area and for helping with our travel expenses. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.