​​​​​​Sports & Recreation

Virginia Beach is home to 265 city parks and facilities encompassing more than 4​,000 acres. 

Virginia Beach has over 100 miles of bikeways and trails, and unique natural landscape, which allows for a variety of activities. The nation's fully accessible beach-front park and playground, JT's Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground, provides 15,000 square feet of ramps and decking, a shaded play area, benches, and picnic areas. 

Virginia Beach among the nation's 5 beach destinations for families, MSN Travel, March 2016

Best cities for outdoor enthusiasts (No. 5), SmartAsset.com, December 2015​

The Virginia Beach Sportsplex, managed by Hometown Sports Management, is a state-of the art, multi-sport/multi-use facility, located in the heart of Virginia Beach.  The newly redesigned Sportsplex Turf field makes the Sportsplex a perfect place for year-round leagues and programs of all sizes. Comprised of the Sportsplex Stadium, Sportsplex Field Hockey National Training Center, and Sportsplex Athletic Fields, these venues provide ample space and top-quality athletic venues for Virginia Beach residents and the surrounding community.  For more information, visit www.beachsportsplex.com.

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The newly redesigned Sportsplex Turf field makes the Sportsplex a perfect place for year round leagues and programs of all sizes.  Comprised of the Sportsplex Stadium, Sport​splex Field Hockey National Training Center, Sportsplex Criterion, and Sportsplex thletic Fields, these venues provide ample space and top quality athletic fields for Virginia Beach residents and the surrounding community. 

Looking to host an event?  There is no better place than the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.  Hometown Sports Management has a full service catering facility on the premise and can accommodate events of any size. From fund raising activities to major corporate gatherings, Hometown Sports Management prides itself on the ability to provide a quality experience to all clients.

Learn more about the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and Hometown Sports Management at www.beachsportsplex.com.​​​

Sports Center

​This state-of-the-art venue will host a diverse roster of sporting events and tournaments when it opens in the fall of 2020.  The new Sports Center​ is located across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center and within an easy stroll to local shops, restaurants and attractions, including the Oceanfront Boardwalk and beach. 

 Parks and Recreation

Virginia Beach is home to 265 city parks and facilities encompassing more than 4,000 acres.

The parks and recreation system in Virginia Beach is made up of over 7,000 acres of fields, forests, wetlands, lakes and river and beach shoreline. The system of parks, open spaces and recreational facilities is very diverse serving citizens with parks right in their ow​n neighborhoods as well as providing community parks and natural open spaces with trails. There are seven recreation centers that provide year-round programming and recreational opportunities for all ages and many special use facilities such as boat launches, fishing piers, athletic field complexes, golf courses and skate parks.​

Learn more about our recreational activities and amenities in the newly unveiled Virginia Beach Outdoors Plan​ - A Master Plan for the Parks and Recreation System.​

The nation’s first fully accessible beach-front park and playground, JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground provides 15,​000 square feet of ramps and decking, a shaded play area, bench seating and areas to picnic.  The park is accessible to everyone including disabled children and adults.

The City of Virginia Beach has invested in various recreation facilities.  The Princess Anne Athletic Complex, located in the heart of Princess Anne Commons, includes eight lighted tournament-quality softball fields and seven multi-purpose playing fields.  Across town, the Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center provides twelve lighted hard courts and two climate-controlled indoor hard courts for many tournaments and round robins. ​

Virginia Beach also offers 188​ tennis courts throughout the City.  In addition, the City's seven community recreation centers offer nearly 500,000 square feet of indoor fitness and recreation space including indoor pools, gymnasiums, cardio and free-weight exercise equipment, group fitness areas, and community-use rooms.

Parks are open from 7:30 AM until posted closing time.  Parks with lighted amenities stay open until 11:00 PM for most of the year. 

In addition, the City boasts two state parks and ​a national wildlife refuge.  The 2,888-acre First Landing State Park offers boating, swimming, hiking, biking, picnicking, and 19 miles of trails   The 4,321-acre False Cape State Park boasts six miles of unspoiled beaches and nine miles of hiking/biking trails.  The Back Bay Wildlife Refuge encompasses 10,000 acres and has a wild assortment of wildlife, including threatened and endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles.​​​​​

Discover new parks with the free VB ParkF​inder mobile app (iOSAndroid)​ or locate a city park here​.


Golf courses are plentif​ul in Virginia Beach.

There are 11 top-rated courses designed by such world famous course architects as Fred Couples, Arnold Palmer, and the legendary Pete Dye.  These courses, including the prestigious Virginia Beach National, are sure to intrigue beginners and challenge the pros. 

For more information, click here.​​


Virginia Beach ranked 4th among Trip Advisor's Top 10 Beach Destinations in the United States - March 2012

Fishing​ in Virginia Beach is an experience you’d happily mount over your fireplace. Located at the intersection of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and a variety of freshwater waterways, Virginia Beach offers up a uniquely diverse range of fish and fishing destinations.

From world-class off-shore action, to a bounty of coastal species and a fantastic mix of inland, freshwater adventures, it’s no wonder Virginia Beach is considered an angler’s paradise. 

Located directly on the boardwalk, the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is appealing to fishermen of many ages because of the ample catches during its peak season. Summer catches include mackerel, bluefish, king fish, croakers, red drum, and many others.  Find more helpful information here. ​​​