What to Do in Cape Charles

Cape Charles things to do

Cape Charles isn’t the kind of beach town with miles of mini golf, movie theaters, and arcades to keep you busy — you can head across the Bay to Virginia Beach for that experience. Things are a little more simple, slow, and serene here — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Cape Charles.

Hit the beach.

You’ll find our free public beach where the historic district meets the Chesapeake Bay. The sand is soft and white while the water is shallow with gentle waves. Parents will appreciate being able to sit back and watch their kids play without worrying about them being swept away by a powerful current. The calm water is also perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, or just floating around on an inflatable flamingo.

Play at the park.

Central Park is, not surprisingly, right in the center of town. It’s a great spot for kicking around a soccer ball, scootering, flying kites, or just running off an ice cream sugar rush. The playground is a popular meeting spot for families with kids, and the gazebo is the site of free summer concerts that echo throughout the entire town.

Go fishin’.

Grab your fishing pole and head to the public fishing pier to try your luck at catching some dinner. Or consider chartering a boat to take you out for some offshore fishing.

Head out on the water.

You can rent jetskis or kayaks from Poseidon Watersports. Southeast Expeditions will deliver kayaks and paddleboards (and bikes!) right to your door.

Explore the Shore.

Craving a change of scenery? An easy drive up or down the Shore will take you to Kiptopeke State Park, Savage Neck Dunes, Onancock, and Chincoteague.

Watch the sunset.

How often do you get the chance to see the sun set over the water on the East Coast? It's a rare experience, and worth taking the time to enjoy any time of year. In the summer especially, sunset is a cherished daily event that brings everyone together to cap off another perfect Cape Charles day.


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