You are at the heart of what we do, which is why we want to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month with you this July!
Free & Low-Cost Activities
We’ve got plenty of free and low-cost ways to enjoy all that Parks & Recreation offers! Soak up the sun outdoors in the parks or cool off indoors at any of the community recreation centers.
Spend a Day at the Pool
Leave the pool maintenance to us and enjoy a relaxing summer swimming at any of the six community recreation centers. For the cost of a day pass ($8 for adults; $6 for ages 3 - 17), you’ll be lounging on noodles, swimming laps, and enjoying unique features like climbing walls, giant pool floats and water play structures. Williams Farm, packs even more thrills with its 156-foot pool slide and outdoor sprayground. View pool calendars by site
Get in the Game
Challenge your family and friends to some friendly competition on the racquetball or basketball courts at our recreation centers. A day pass or membership gets you access to these amenities plus billiards, game rooms, cardio equipment and weight rooms.
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If tennis is your sport, we offer both lighted and unlighted courts throughout the city. Courts at the parks are available at no cost. For a premier tennis experience, Owl Creek Tennis Center offers both indoor and outdoor court rentals and a complete pro shop.
Vertical Climbing Wall at Seatack Recreation Center
Age 6 & up | Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 – 8 pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 – 4 pm | $4/hour + day pass or membership
Traverse Climbing Wall at Great Neck Recreation Center
Age 6 & up | Monday & Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Sundays from 3:15 – 4:15 pm | Day pass or membership required. No additional cost.
Park It Outdoors
We have an abundance of parks that give you plenty of free or inexpensive opportunities for recreation and relaxation! Whether you want to fish, play sports, exercise, or have a barbeque, we have 265 parks
to choose from, totaling over 4,000 acres of land!
Park Spotlight: Mount Trashmore ParkYou can easily spend the day at world-renowned Mount Trashmore Park! Kids Cove playground is a mecca for children who love to climb, swing and slide. Two man-made mountains provide the perfect landscape for flying kites. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits will satisfy those with a competitive nature along with a variety of sports equipment that is available for check out from the park office for free. A newly expanded asphalt trail provides the perfect terrain for walking, running or biking. This park is also home to one of the city’s three exceptional skate parks for skateboarding, BMX and inline skating. All skateboarding facilities are free. Picnic shelters of all sizes are available to host your gathering. Shelters are first come, first serve, but reservations take priority.
Park Spotlight: Red Wing ParkHome to four very unique gardens, Red Wing Park is a locals’ treasure and an excellent spot to escape the daily grind. Pay a visit to the Miyazaki Japanese Garden and you’ll find yourself in the midst of tranquility, surrounded by cherry blossom trees, a painted bridge overlooking the calming pond, and the recently completed Azumaya, or Japanese tea house. Beyond the gardens, this park is also home to one of three public, off-leash dog parks. For a more active experience, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a racquetball court, horseshoe pits and playgrounds are all available. Sports equipment can be checked out for free at the park office.
Bike, Walk or Run Scenic Trails
Virginia Beach consistently ranks among the most “physically fit” cities in the nation within various publications. Much of this has to do with our devotion to providing as many fitness opportunities as possible. We have over 100 miles of city bikeways and trails
, each trail different from the next. Stop by the city's newest natural area, Pleasure House Point, for a relaxing stroll along the shoreline where wildlife sightings are sure to be plentiful.
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Kayak Local Waters
Beach It or Take Out the Boat
In a coastal community, the beach reigns supreme, and we take special care to offer some of the best beach and boat facilities for you and your family to enjoy.
Park Spotlight: Little Island Park
Come to the beach and the park all at once! Little Island Park
offers beach access for surfing, swimming and fishing and also has playgrounds, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, picnic shelters and a 400-foot fishing pier right along the Atlantic coast! A variety of items are available for check out for free from the park office including corn hole boards, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs and nets. ($3 parking for Virginia Beach Residents; $5 parking for non-residents; $7 fishing pier fee)
Park Spotlight: Munden Point Park
For access to the North Landing River, head out to Munden Point Park
. ($7 boat launch) The park also offers kayak and canoe rentals for $10/hour, along with traditional park amenities such as ball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and a disc golf course. A variety of items are available for check out for free from the park office including cornhole boards, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs and nets.