The fall foliage to be seen in Coastal Virginia is a quintessential experience. Watch COVA transform from lush green to vibrant hues of orange and red as the cooler seasons creep up on us. Take in all the colors of fall, along with fun things to do all along the coast. Stop and take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings that Coastal Virginia offers.
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Experience fall’s breathtaking foliage in a new way this year, aboard a kayak on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal in Chesapeake with Adventure Kayak Tours! Atlantic white cypress trees line the canal banks as deer, river otters and the occasional black bear romp in this outdoor refuge. In addition to the vibrant fall foliage, travelers coasting the canal during fall migration can spot migratory, neo-tropical birds passing through the region during this time. If you’d rather experience fall on dry land, Chesapeake provides the option to celebrate the season in many ways: a Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket, where you can hone your problem solving skills as you make your way through the Bergey family farm’s 5-acre maze. Be sure to try some of their famous breads, pies and ice creams while you’re there! Additionally, check out the Ghost Train and climb aboard for a half-hour ride winding through the haunted woods of Northwest River Park while a storyteller shares ghoulish tales. Chesapeake has tons to offer when it comes to fall fun. LEARN MORE
When looking for a family-friendly fall activity, Turtle Creek Farm in Franklin is the place to go to enjoy a fun filled day on the farm. Hop on board a tractor for a hayride, pick your own pumpkin straight from the patch and stock up on local honey and many more goodies during your visit. The colors of Coastal Virginia shine brightly at Turtle Creek Farm and display fall foliage in a beautiful manner. LEARN MORE
Fall colors in Norfolk; think bright yellows, oranges, reds and trees like maples, hickories and oaks. A visitor to the Norfolk Botanical Garden will certainly see these brilliant trees and colors and many others. Autumn colors fill the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s landscape and you’ll see everything from vibrant oranges, to purple billows of asters and dark green colors of wax myrtles and other shrubs. A great day trip for friends and families. LEARN MORE
The color of Smithfield is bronze! The town boasts the country’s largest collection of bronze statues by acclaimed sculptor George Lundeen. These striking life-size art bronzes of historic and literary figures such as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Robert Frost provide visitors with a great photo op and add a touch of class to the arts and culture scene of the town’s thriving downtown district. Of course, there’s also a bronze pig at the Smithfield Foods Headquarters and, everyone’s favorite, the Valentine Couple. Stop by the Visitor Center for a brochure listing the location of each statue so you don’t miss one! LEARN MORE
A sunrise in Virginia Beach is a sight you won’t forget, weather it’s summer or fall, it’s worth the haul. Watch through the dancing sea oats on the dunes of Sandbridge as the waking sun glistens on the morning surf. If you’re in the resort area, beat the rush of the day’s first beach goers and take in the colors of the dawn behind King Neptune or on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. For a hidden jewel of a view impeded by nothing but the horizon, head to Rudee Inlet, drop a paddleboard or kayak into water and experience the daybreak by floating right up to it. Head down to Virginia Beach to experience fall by the beach. LEARN MORE
Autumn in Williamsburg offers the perfect mix of mild temperatures and a fiery foliage display. So pack a picnic and travel along the Colonial Parkway to see the bright oranges and reds of the trees! It’s the perfect backdrop for photographs. Then head to Jamestown Settlement where you can climb aboard the replica ship, Susan Constant. There’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had in the many area parks, so bring your bike and hiking boots to experience the fall color up close and personal! Squeeze in a late season trip to Yorktown beach or take in a round of golf on one of Williamsburg’s many championship courses. Outdoor markets abound with a large selection of wine and culinary offerings of many colors. Be sure to make this day trip to Williamsburg; even turn it into a weekend vacation! LEARN MORE