5 Ways to Play on the Water All Summer Long

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Mira Roberts

Here comes Summer at last, and with it comes abundant sunshine and outdoor life for three solid, sweet months. Summer means festivals, barbeques, fireworks, parades, anything on ice, flip flops and WATER ACTIVITIES.

If you're new to town, allow us to introduce you to your new local Summer climate: HOT. And while we don't mind this (it'll grow on you), we know how important it is to find fun ways to get outside in the Summer without feeling like you're frying.

Certainly, we encourage you to take a daily dip into our luxurious community pools, open all season long. And, if you're looking for some fresh ideas for ways to play in the sun this Summer, we've got them. We promise that you won't have to travel far or spend a lot of cash to get your water sport on, and you'll have the opportunity to see your environment from new, exciting and much cooler perspectives, all season.

Check out these 5 Ways to Play on the Water All Summer Long. You'll be glad you did!

  1. Yorktown Waterfront. Head to Historic Yorktown and find a serious explosion of options for water play on and along the York River. Take a sunset sailing cruise, charter a fishing boat with friends, rent a kayak or canoe, or lounge on the beachfront. If you need to know how to do any or all of that stuff, here are resources abounding.
  2. Ocean View Beach. Norfolk has a gorgeous beachfront, and as an extra bonus, it's about 50 times quieter than the sometimes crowded Virginia Beach oceanfront. If you're looking for some ocean as your summertime potion, head to Ocean View Beach Park, and lounge, swim or boogie board your day away. While you're there, grab a bite or drop your fishing line at the Ocean View Fishing Pier, and enjoy live music on their deck with a pretty unbelievable view.
  3. Buckroe Beach. Hampton's very own beautiful beachfront borders the Chesapeake Bay, and features 8 acres of glorious beach for play. Enjoy a playground for kids, rent various watercrafts and reserve a grill and picnic beside the shore. Buckroe Beach is designed for all day fun, relaxation and, since it's SO close, a perfect mini-staycation, all Summer.
  4. American Rover Cruises. Departing every day from Downtown Norfolk's Waterside terminal, American Rover Cruises sail the Elizabeth River during daytime hours, and offer a special sunset tour, as well. Experience your local waterways in clean, comfortable surroundings on this one of a kind, tall sailing ship.
  5. Stand Up Paddle Board. Beach Eco Tours in Virginia Beach is the original Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) company in the area, and they promise to teach you their sport in the calm waters of the tributaries leading into the Chesapeake Bay (calm is good). SUP is a great workout, but it's also a tranquil and unique way to experience your local waterways!


Tagged: Hampton , pool , summer fun , surf , swim


About the Author

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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