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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

virginia beach waterwaysAs one of the fittest cites in the nation, Virginia Beach is naturally home to many outdoor parks and trails. In fact, a total of 265 spaces dedicated to outdoor adventures dot the map of this city.

Over 100 miles of trails connect the neighborhoods, and the waterfront offers a calm backdrop to the lifestyle in the Hampton Roads area.

If you're relocating to Virginia Beach, take a look at the parks and recreation nearby to get to know the wealth of opportunities available to you.

Got questions? Contact the PerfectHouse Team today to speak with a local expert.

Beaches & Waterways

Virginia Beach's coastal shores are the most popular form of recreation, whether you're surfing, swimming or boating. Along the entire coast there parks that provide the services you need. Little Island Park is ideal for day under the sun or fishing off the pier, and the Lynnhaven Marina has slips and boat launches.

With all of the water in the area, there's more than just the ocean front for recreation. There are 19 waterway access sites for different users, including boat launches and kayaking sites. Pack your camping gear and spend the night in the Virginia wilderness.

Mount Trashmore

A clever play on words and a wink to the park's roots as a landfill, Mount Trashmore is a well-known and well-loved landmark in the city. This 165 acre site is the perfect example of repurposing land, and the intelligent design has created landscapes for every type of activity.

Residents of Virginia Beach will be quick to tell you that Mount Trashmore is a regular haunt. The two mountains offer a vantage point rarely seen in the relatively flat region, making for an entertaining climb with outstanding results. Steep stairs that wind up the mountains are the site of marathon trainees and dog walkers, while families can be found rolling down the hills and flying kites.

    • mount trashmoreNestled at the bottom of the mountains is Lake Trashmore, surrounded by a 2.75 mile trail. You can even fish to your heart's delight, so long as it's from land and you have a fresh water license.
    • Kids Cove is the massive playground that opened in 2010, replacing the wooden predecessor and almost doubling in size. Whether they're hanging from monkey bars, gliding down slides or scaling the obstacles, kids and adults at heart will be constantly on the move.
    • Open since 2003, the skate park in Virginia Beach's Mount Trashmore has become a popular hangout for the adventurous. A vert ramp and a bowl set the scene for future pros.
    • Health is taken to another level with the help of outdoor equipment stations. Fitness gurus can get in a dose of Vitamin D while also strengthening, and a wheelchair accessible station makes working out easy for everyone.

Ready for a post-park snack? Eager to check out the latest happenings? Browse our entertainment guide to learn more about living in Virginia Beach.

Dog Parks

Open green fields, obstacle courses, and friendly playmates are just some of things that the canine residents look forward to at the three Virginia Beach dog parks. Red Wing Park, Woodstock Park, and Bayville Farms Park are spread across the map, so each dog owner has an option nearby. Bayville Farms Park is unique in that it offers two fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for their larger counterparts.

virginia beach recreationBikepaths & Trails

Bike to work, train for a race, or stroll through the park. With Virginia Beach's bike paths & trails, there's no shortage of mileage. In fact, the trails make up over 100 miles of weaving asphalt, sidewalks and paths. The terrain varies depending on the region, with some off-road trails and on-road bike lanes.

PerfectHouse Team Favourite: If you’re after a trail with great views, then head over to one of our favorites, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. Don’t let the name fool you: there’s nothing dismal about the wetland wildlife you’ll spot along the way. The path was once a highway, so it’s wide enough to accommodate both bikers and runners.

Ice Sports

All of your Hampton Roads ice sport action can be found at Chilled Ponds. Learn to skate, practice during freestyle hour, or become part of a team. Whether you prefer to perfect your wrist shot or join the synchronized skating team, Chilled Ponds’ diverse schedule will keep you busy.

Trampoline Park

Measure your vertical, jump to the ceiling, and bounce all over the walls. Cloud9 is one of the country’s biggest trampoline parks. Located in Chesapeake, this center is a great way to exhaust the young ones and promote fitness. A family night is fit for all ages, while dodgeball on the trampolines gets the competitive energy flowing!

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