Sandbridge Beach may be a hidden gem, removed from the hustle-bustle. But this secluded coastal paradise offers plenty to see and do, including fun-filled attractions for your entire family. Here are just a few options.
Explore Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Love unspoiled natural beauty? You’ll be in seventh heaven at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located less than half a mile south of Sandbridge Beach.
This protected coastal reserve serves as feeding and resting grounds for thousands of migratory birds winging along the Atlantic Flyway. Plus, it preserves precious habitat for a wide range of other wildlife, from bald eagles to loggerhead turtles. All told, it covers 9,250 acres of pristine sandy beach, dunes, woodlands, fields, and marshes.
Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Refuge provides countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. You can hike along scenic foot trails; fish for surf and freshwater fish; bike through untouched wilderness; canoe over sparkling bay waters; and even hunt (with a seasonal permit).
Best of all, you can catch fascinating glimpses of all kinds of coastal wildlife, including ducks, swans, snow geese, Canada geese, and other colorful waterfowl.
Fish from Little Island Pier
Love hassle-free inshore angling? Check out Little Island Pier, located at Little Island District Park just north of Back Bay Refuge. For a modest fee – no license required – you and your family can cast your lines for drum, flounder, croaker, striped bass, and other tasty game fish. You’ll need only a rod and reel, tackle box, and cooler. There’s even a convenient cleaning station right there at the pier.
Ready to savor your freshly caught fish? The 122-acre park includes a spacious picnic area, featuring four covered shelters equipped with charcoal grills. Feast on your “catch of the day,” then enjoy an invigorating game of tennis, volleyball, pickleball, or basketball. Or simply sit back and relax as your little ones romp in the playground.
Ride a Rescued Horse Through the Waves
Ever dream of riding horseback across a spotless sandy beach? At Easy Does It Ranch and Riding Academy, your dream can come true anytime.
Headquartered just 3.2 miles from Sandbridge Beach, VA, Easy Does It Ranch rescues and rehabilitates endangered older horses, training them to safely carry riders age 8 and up.
Throughout the year, the ranch offers guided rides over wooded coastal trails. And in warm months, instructors lead kids and adults through shallow Back Bay waters. All proceeds go to benefit Pungo Equine Rescue & Rehab.
Tee Off at Hell’s Point Golf Club
Love golf? You’re in luck. Just four miles from Sandbridge Beach, in the heart of Back Bay Refuge, you can play 18 challenging holes at picturesque Hell’s Point Golf Course.
With a variety of membership arrangements – including associate and junior plans – this breathtaking bayfront course gives golfers of all skills and ages the chance to play world-class golf amid fabled coastal scenery.
Visit False Cape State Park
Like to hike, bike, and boat? You’ll appreciate False Cape State Park, with its 4,321 acres of undeveloped coastal beauty. Visit anytime to trek through woodland trails, take a guided kayak tour, and explore six miles of white-sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore Lotus Garden Park
Own a kayak, canoe, or paddle board? Launch from either side of the road at Lotus Garden Park to navigate North Bay, Muddy Creek, and/or Ashville Bridge Creek.
You’ll love the lush grasses and lotus blossoms that flourish in these waters. And you’ll relish the chance to spot rare birds and coastal wildlife. (Be sure to have your camera handy!)
Stock Up at Surf & Adventure Company
Need to rent or purchase equipment for your favorite watersports? Want expert, affordable lessons in surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding? Come to top-rated Surf & Adventure Company, just 3.9 miles away from the heart of Sandbridge Beach. Along with its other goods and services, this well-known local business offers guided family kayak tours… and even provides a luscious lunch when you return from the tour.
Find All-Natural Produce at Sustainable New Earth Farm
Tired of pale, mushy tomatoes; bland, boring lettuce; and other tasteless veggies tainted with toxic pesticides? Visit award-winning New Earth Farm, a 21-acre working farm that grows all its yummy produce using only natural methods. Shop for fresh, leafy greens; red, juicy tomatoes; crisp, delicious apples; tender gourmet asparagus; and other flavorful goodies, all completely free of harmful artificial chemicals.
Watch Frisky Dolphins at Play
Did you know that Sandbridge Beach is one of the nation’s prime places for viewing bottlenose dolphins? Come to the shore or the pier at early morning or dusk to spot these sleek silver creatures as they leap, soar, splash, and frolic in the foamy ocean waves. It’s an unforgettable experience.
Relax on the Shores of Sandbridge Beach
Love the ocean but not the crowds? At beautiful Sandbridge Beach, you can swim, surf, stroll, and sunbathe in amazing peace and privacy. Your kids will love wading in warm, balmy water, building sandcastles on the shore, climbing dunes, and searching for shells. And you’ll love leasing a luxury rental at a surprisingly affordable rate!