Spring Break Adventures

If you decide to stay in town this spring break, here are some fun ways to spend the week. 

Go to the Beach 

Take advantage of the short drive to the beach! For this excursion, you only have to pay for parking! The price of parking varies depending on the location, but the beach is a great way to enjoy some fresh air. Some options include Chic’s Beach (16 min) or Oceanfront/Boardwalk (20 min). Sandbridge Beach is also an excellent option for a more quiet and secluded beach (30 min)

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Boat Tour (24 min)

Aquariums may seem like an activity for children, but they are entertaining for all ages. Adult tickets are $30. After walking through the museum, you could go on a boat ride along the coast of Virginia Beach to watch whales. Adult tickets typically cost $35, but bring your Student ID for a possible $10 discount!

Top Golf (8 min)

Enjoy a twist on a driving range with themed games. Prices depend on the time of day; $30 in the morning, $40 in the afternoon, and $50 in the evening. If you go on Tuesday, prices are half off!


Shopping is a staple and an easy way to pass the time. There are lots of options close to campus including Greenbrier Mall and Shopping Centers (9 min), Norfolk Premium Outlets (9 min), Town Center (11 min), and Lynnhaven Mall (15 min). 

Visit Ikea (7 min)

Two stories of inventory and decorated rooms are a great way to spend an afternoon. The perfectly staged rooms create an excellent selfie opportunity or a maze to get lost in. Eat at the cafe with friends and taste Swedish chocolate and meatballs.

Have a Picnic at a Park

Pack a blanket and some leftovers (or grab takeout on the way) for a picture-perfect picnic. There are multiple parks in the area to explore such as Chesapeake City Park (10 min), Oak Grove Lake Park (10 min), Mount Trashmore (12 min), and First Landing State Park (31 min). 

Visit Old Cape Henry Lighthouse (31 min)

What better way to enjoy beach life than to observe a lighthouse? General Admission is $8 with a Student ID. Some may be open to climbing inside for an additional $4. Old Cape Henry Lighthouse hosts two lighthouses, the old one for climbing and the new one for observing.