You’ll surely want to snap plenty of seaside pics when you take a Virginia Beach family vacation, but the city brims with colorful spots to capture treasured memories, too.
Be sure to upload your pics to Instagram and share the fun you’re having with friends and family. Below is a quick guide to the best spots in town to grab the perfect ‘Gram.
1. Hit the Deck
Oceanaire Resort’s 10th-floor sun deck and lounge is a relaxing place to soak in the sights during your Virginia Beach vacation. It’s also the perfect spot for getting some Instagram-worthy pictures of fireworks over the sea during July and August. The weekly fireworks take place on summer nights, erupting over the water at 10 p.m.
In the cooler seasons, you can get cozy by the resort’s oceanfront fire pit — and snap some hypnotizing photos of the flames while you’re at it. You don’t need to forego your swimsuit, either; the Ocean Beach Club indoor pool, accessible to Oceanaire Resort guests, features cascading waterfalls that make an idyllic backdrop, and it’s open year-round.
Pro tip: Download a professional app like Moment Pro that has split focus and exposure and shutter burst to get the best images of fireworks or fire pit flames.
2. Step Back in Time
Head six miles north of Oceanaire Resort to Cape Henry Lighthouse to catch Virginia Beach attractions that date back centuries. Grab a great ‘Gram of the two historic lighthouses in one frame — or climb the spiral staircase to the top of the oldest lighthouse to snap a selfie with the Virginia Beach oceanfront and newer lighthouse behind you.
Pro tip: Temps at the top of the lighthouse reach more than 100 degrees on the hottest summer days. Go at 10 a.m. when the park opens for the softest lighting and coolest weather — or, book your Virginia Beach vacation for shoulder season in the fall, when the crowds have thinned, but the views as just as spectacular.
3. Fit Right In
Ocean Beach Club‘s 17th-floor fitness center looks out over the ocean, making it easy to stay in shape without losing that vacation vibe. It’s also a great opportunity to enjoy the resort’s stunning panoramic view.
Pro tip: Head to the gym for a sunrise workout on a partly cloudy day, and pose for a pic with purple seas and mauve clouds behind you.
4. Work Out on the Beach
Breathe in the sea air and pose upside down or swinging like Tarzan on the swing-along rings and bars at Hillier Ignite Fitness Park, located just 0.2 miles north of the Ocean Beach Club along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.
Pro tip: Play with geometric shapes darkened against the pre-dawn sky when you shoot toward the ocean. Capture a shapely silhouette of your companions as they use the equipment.
5. Feel the Beat(les)
Stay at Boardwalk Resort and Villas, and you’ll be just steps away from one of the best restaurants in Virginia Beach. Be sure and bring your camera when you visit. Not only will you get great views of the Virginia Beach oceanfront from Rockfish Boardwalk Bar and Seagrill, but the largest collection of Beatles Memorabilia will whisk you away to memories from back in the day.
Pro tip: Get grand ‘Grams of unique memorabilia behind glass by turning off your flash and using white balance settings appropriate for clouds or shade. Shoot straight on to avoid distortion, and use a telephoto lens on an SLR camera for best results.
6. Have Fun With It
Pro tip: Walk out on Virginia Beach Fishing Pier after dark, and use a 30-second shutter delay to catch pics of the park’s lights in motion reflected on the water.
7. Make Fun Accessible
Grommet Island Park has fully accessible features and is convenient to Virginia Beach boardwalk hotels — it’s a short distance south of the Beach Quarters Resort. Colorful surfboard and sea animal sculptures make amazing, Instagrammble backdrops, and raised sand tables, sensory boards and wheelchair access will light up the faces of kids of all ages and abilities.
Pro tip: Free beach wheelchairs let photographers of all abilities head out to experiment with capturing seaside pics.
8. Take a Lazy Day
Put on your best selfie-face when you spend a day at the picturesque poolside at Turtle Cay Resort. Frame a group shot at a gazebo-covered hot tub, or imbibe the tropical vibe with backdrops that include a waterfall, swaying palm trees and lots of lush foliage. The pools and elevated hot tubs are pleasantly heated, so you can hang poolside long after Labor Day Weekend.
Pro tip: When taking pics in harsh sunlight by the pool, have someone hold up a white towel or sheet to reflect onto your subject’s face and minimize harsh shadows.
9. Go Fly a Kite
When looking for things to do in Virginia Beach, don’t forget to head inland. A 13-mile drive west brings you to Mount Trashmore Park, where opportunities for signature selfies and inspiring Instagrams abound in the 165-acre paradise built over an old landfill. Bring a picnic and lounge by a man-made lake, or climb a colorful stairway. The park hosts a variety of seasonal events, too.
Pro tip: Head to the Kids Cove Playground, where imaginative play structures let you capture your little one’s sense of wonder framed by circles or other geometric designs. Go on a windy day and capture Insta-worthy photos of kites flying from the park’s mountains.
10. Strike a Stoic Pose
Pose for picturesque selfies at the base of a giant statue of King Neptune, or photograph the regal ruler gazing out over a stormy sea. The statue towers 34 feet above the boardwalk at 31st Street, just one-third of a mile south of Ocean Beach Club Resort. Check out Neptune’s Park, where you can listen to live entertainment at free evening concerts during select times of year.
Pro tip: Get adorable close-ups of kids cuddling up to lobster, fish and other pose-worthy sea creatures at the base of the statue.
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