Ocean View Beach
Offering one of Chesapeake Bay's few ocean views, Norfolk's eight miles of beach are well-maintained and free to visit. Go for a sail or kayak (there are plenty of spots to rent equipment), a summertime swim, or a picnic in one of their pavilions. This is a calm, laid-back beach with few tourists where kids can swim and play without danger--since it's on the beach, there are no big waves. Norfolk's Town Point Park, the site of the annual Harborfest, overlooks it. Locals recommend sticking to East Beach due to its safer vibe.