Virginia Beach Things To Do - Outdoor and Adventure Tours

Make your vacation a green one with earth friendly adventures in Virginia Beach!

Green living may be the current “fashion,” but we’ve been offering ecotourism in Virginia Beach for  decades. Ocean Kayak and let the dolphins swim right up so they can get a good look at you. Visit the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and see sea turtle nesting grounds, rare wild bird colonies and miles of untamed beach where human impact is kept to a minimum. That is what ecotourism is all about, enjoying activities in natural habitats like the oceans and forests without disturbing them.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the adjacent False Cape State Park are perfect examples. False Cape has no vehicular access. Visitors trek in along the beach or via a rustic trail. It’s being a park of the great outdoors.


We know you’re eager to get out on the water, so make kayaking your first adventure toward eco-exploration. There are plenty of places to rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboat, and there’s nothing as serene as paddling out a ways and getting in touch the beauty of Virginia Beach’s nature. Signup for TULA Outdoor Adventure Sports. If you want adventure, paddle out into the ocean and hang out with the fish dolphins or surfers.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Take to a new form of transportation by learning the popular pastime of stand up paddleboarding. The tranquil waters near the Chesapeake Bay are ideal for a relaxing tour that allows you to reconnect with nature as well as view some of the beautiful waterfront homes throughout the area. Sign up for lessons with TULA Outdoor Adventure Sports, and a professional paddleboarder will show you how to maneuver around while also pointing out the natural wildlife.


Head to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 9,250 acres situated on and around a thin strip of coastline, and enjoy a hike on their Bay Trail. While you’re there, take part in their educational program, motivating people to learn maintenance of healthy ecosystems as well as conservation and enhancement of our fish and wildlife resources. Help to preserve Virginia Beach’s natural beauty by making your vacation a green one.

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757 Adventures
545 S Birdneck Rd Ste 202 Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Other, Virginia Beach

757Adventures specializes in customized activities and special occasions that include, but aren't limited to aircraft and helicopter tours and instruction, land excursions to include special night ... Read more >>

Back Bay Getaways
3713 South Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Located at the southern end of Sandbridge Beach and at the entrance to over 12,000 acres of protected coastal and marsh habitat, Back Bay Getaways will take you away on an adventure designed by nat... Read more >>

4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Back Bay on the west. The barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water ... Read more >>

Little Island City Park in Sandbridge Virginia Beach, VA 23451

During spring, summer and fall, the tram departs at 9:00 A.M. and takes roughly one hour to reach the contact station in False Cape. While passing through the refuge, passengers are likely to see a... Read more >>

Beach Bike Tours
2901 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Oceanfront North (26-40), Virginia Beach

Beach Bike Tours is an active alternative to traditional sightseeing, offering family-friendly guided bicycle tours. Participants explore the beauty, history and culture of Virginia Beach from a bi... Read more >>

Chesapeake Bay Center
2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Get back to nature at this environmentally-focused, interactive visitor information center in First Landing State Park. The Center showcases a historical exhibition of the first landing of settlers... Read more >>

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1725 Laskin Rd #515 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Welcome to the home of the diving professionals at Chesapeake Bay Diving Center, a full service diving center. We have been training safe and comfortable divers since 1986.

313 Laskin Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Chesapean Outdoors is Virginia's Beach's premier Eco-tour company. Our popular guided dolphin tour allows a unique perspective into the world of bottlenose dolphins from easy to use sit-on-top ocea... Read more >>

P.O. Box 61413 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Founded by Vickie Shufer in 1986, Eco Images offers a variety of experiences to help others connect with nature and enhance their appreciation of the outdoors. She launched her career with the publ... Read more >>

Fisherman's Wharf Marina 3 logo
524 Winston Salem Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Oceanfront (Marina District)

Welcome to Fisherman’s Wharf Marina, the largest marina inside scenic Rudee Inlet. We take pride in providing excellent customer service and maintaining a top notch facility. Whether you are trav... Read more >>

Lake Drummond is located inside the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a nature preservation with hiking trails, birdwatching, biking, fishing, boating, and hunting.Virginia Tourism Corporation,
3100 Desert Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23434

Comprised on nearly 1110,000 acres of forested wetlands, canals, ponds, lakes, sphagnum bogs, evergreen shrubs, and marshy boarders, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest e... Read more >>

Grommet Island Park
1st Street Jetty Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Oceanfront South (1-10)

Grommet Island Park is no regular beach park. In fact it is America’s first 100% handicap accessible park to make certain that every”BODY” can enjoy the beach. The inspiration for this sta... Read more >>

Hampton Roads Air Tours
5190 W Military Hwy Chesapeake, VA 23321

For those who enjoy the costal region and love the water, this tour will fly you through our great Chesapeake Bay and then will circle you around the Cape Henry Light House while enjoying the vi... Read more >>

2508 West Landing Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23456

East Coast Equestrian Training Center is a great place for horse camp, riding lessons, equestrian events! Our facility sits on 100 acres in the Pungo Borough of Virginia Beach about 7 miles from th... Read more >>

Atlantic & 30th Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Join us at 30th Street and the boardwalk in Virginia Beach and Get Carried Away . From November 1st, 2007 - April 15th, 2008 you can ride a horse on the beach, at the boardwalk, or on the beautiful... Read more >>

Kayak Nature Tours
89 st Virginia Beach, VA 23451
North End

By Reservation Only!

Kayak Nature Tours, Ltd. is a guided kayak tours company that kayaks with the Dolphins in Virginia Beach, Va.

One of the top things to do in Virginia Beach (Trip... Read more >>

Lighthouse Inflatables
64th St Virginia Beach, VA 23454
North End

Lighthouse Inflatables is the East Coast distributor for Walker Bay inflatable products. Lighthouse Inflatables offers inflatable stand-up paddle boards, inflatables dinghies, inflatable kayaks, in... Read more >>

Little Island Park
3820 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Located at Sandbridge Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, this bathing beach provides a chance to frolic in the surf and ample opportunity to view many diving ducks, gulls, and Atlantic bottle-nosed dolph... Read more >>

Lynnhaven Dive Center
1413 N Great Neck Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Great Neck Corridor, Virginia Beach

LDC opened its doors in the fall of 1979. We were located in a small store in hilltop south shopping center, right next to Kmart. We had a 1956 school bus which was converted into a camper to take ... Read more >>

Mount Trashmore
312 Edwin Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Town Center

Once a landfill, over 60 feet high, 800 feet long and 165 acres. Home to Kids Cove playground, skate ramps, and many special events. Fitness trail, water wise gardens and many more recreational ame... Read more >>

577 Sandbridge Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Sandbridge, Virginia Beach

Located in Sandbridge adjacent to National Back Bay Wildlife Refuge with onsite water access. Ocean rentals has everything you need for the beach. Surfboard sales, rentals, surf lessons and surf ca... Read more >>

Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium 1 b
801 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451
General Booth

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium — an eco-friendly zip line and aerial adventure experience in the trees above the scenic Owls Creek. Kids, teens and adults can all enjoy The Adventure Par... Read more >>

Virginia Aquarium
717 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451
General Booth

Come explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Experience our hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary,... Read more >>

Xtreme-U Flyboarding
701 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Booth, Virginia Beach

Welcome to Fly Board………..Their staff of professional instructors are committed to providing you with the safest and most enjoyable experience the area has to offer. This staff is made up almo... Read more >>