Virginia Beach: 5 free things for visitors to do

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 11:14 am •  Published: July 31, 2014
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach is no generic beach town. It's the largest city in Virginia, which means there are plenty of things to do throughout the year for free.

The city caters to tourists at the oceanfront resort area, but the cost-conscious traveler can find a variety of activities to do without opening a wallet at the oceanfront and elsewhere in the city.

THE BEACH

Virginia Beach is home to two distinct sets of beaches. The city has beaches at the oceanfront and beaches at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The oceanfront beaches are wide, but become packed with tourists in summer. The bay beaches are narrow and attract locals who live nearby and prefer calmer waters. Parking can be a challenge at both sets of beaches, but free spaces are available on side streets and in residential areas on the north end of the city away from the oceanfront resort area.

A 34-foot (10-meter) statue of King Neptune, the mythical sea god, stands watch over the oceanfront and is a popular selfie spot.

TOWN CENTER

Town Center is Virginia Beach's version of a downtown. The city is mostly suburban in nature, but in recent years it has created a downtown vibe in the heart of the city with a concentrated set of new offices, apartments, shops, bars and restaurants. During the summer, there are frequent outdoor musical performances at no cost. Parking in one of Town Center's garages is free.

MOUNT TRASHMORE

Virginia Beach took a former landfill and turned it into one of its most popular parks. Mount Trashmore is just off Interstate 264 and has two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skate park and multi-use paths. The main mountain, Mount Trashmore, is 60 feet (18 meters) high and is a popular spot to fly kites. Badminton equipment, boards and bags for corn hole (played by tossing bags in a hole), footballs, Frisbees, horseshoes, rubber playground balls, soccer balls, volleyballs and volleyball nets can all be checked out for free.?

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