Things to Do: Outdoor Rec & Waterways

Windsor Castle Parks’ Kayak & Paddleboard Outfitters now open for the season!

Windsor Castle Park’s Outfitter is now open every Saturday & Sunday through October 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 5 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations: Via email to, Online at, Or call 757.359.0846 (Phone reservations available on Saturdays and Sundays only). Single Kayaks and Paddleboards are $10 per hour. Tandem (2 person) kayaks are $20 per person. Rental fee includes paddles and

Places to Bring your Pup in COVA

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No one likes to leave their best friend at home – especially when it’s your pup! Check out these fun activities to do with your dog in Coastal Virginia. Here are 5 pet-friendly attractions in COVA: Hampton To many, taking the family on the road means grabbing a leash and making room for the dog! While in Hampton, don’t forget to pamper your pooch at one of our two bark parks! Sandy Bottom Nature

Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Spring

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Shake off winter and check out what spring has to offer in Coastal Virginia! It’s a great time to view the beautiful scenery of the region or spend the day strawberry picking. Here are 5 ways to celebrate spring in COVA: Virginia Beach The beginning of the spring season marks the start of one of our favorite times of year here in Virginia Beach, as it also marks the start of strawberry season! Grab

Spring Sporting Events in COVA

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Whether you are a runner, basketball player, or into kayaking, Coastal Virginia has something to satisfy your sporting needs. There are plenty of opportunities to participate or watch sports in the area, so don’t miss out! Here are 5 sporting events to check out in COVA: Smithfield Test your limits with the Smithfield Sprint Triathlon. Find out what you’re made of. Sign up for the Luter Family YMCA’s annual triathlon on Saturday, March 25th.

Don’t Let the Cold Stop You: Ways to Get Outside this Winter

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It’s easy to get cooped up inside during the winter, but there is plenty to do outside in Coastal Virginia if you want to break your cabin fever. Check out these fun activities to hold yourself over until it gets warmer. Here are 4 ways to get outside this winter COVA: Norfolk Get out and bike, walk or run this year! The Elizabeth River Trail is a 10.5 mile long biking and pedestrian urban

Celebrating Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History Month through art, storytelling, performance and other special exhibitions featured throughout Coastal Virginia. Don’t miss these great opportunities to experience and learn about black history in the area. Here are 6 ways to celebrate Black History Month in COVA: Virginia Beach The Virginia Legends Walk (VLW) in Virginia Beach pays homage to the legends of the state of Virginia, both past and present. Located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront

Healthy Resolutions for 2017

Go a little overboard with the food during the holidays? Who doesn’t? If you enjoyed your family time as much as we did, you’re probably also looking for some ways to get back on track this new year. Instead of just hitting the gym, we’ve gathered some fun ways to get your healthy resolutions in gear around Coastal Virginia. Here are seven ways to get healthy this year in COVA: Virginia Beach At First

The Colors Of Coastal Virginia

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. Experience fall’s breathtaking foliage in a

6 Of COVA’s Best Camping & Fishing Spots

When looking to camp and fish, Coastal Virginia has exactly what you’re looking for, and has some of the most beautiful offerings in the nation. Prepare for never-ending, gorgeous blue skies and waters. COVA features rivers, lakes and state parks that are perfect for pitching a tent and throwing out a line. No need to go far when looking for a nature retreat, COVA has you covered. Catch this, there’s an old adage in

Hanging 10 in VB – ECSC Returns (August 21-28)

Virginia Beach is the place to witness professional surfers riding the curl. Celebrating 54 years, the East Coast Surfing Championships  is North America’s longest, continuously running surfing competition. Known to locals and patrons as ECSC, the competition is also the second-longest continuously-run surfing contest in the world. The best of the best compete at ECSC, including more than 200 of the world’s top professional male and female surfers, as well as an estimated 300 amateur surfers. In