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If you are heading to the beach with the kids, it might seem like miles of sand and surf are enough. But to maximize your vacation enjoyment, look for hotels that offer a slew of family-friendly (and sometimes Fido-friendly) features. After all, you want to be ready for a rainy day. Fortunately, in Virginia Beach, family-friendly options abound, and most of the properties listed, unless otherwise noted, are located adjacent to Virginia Beach’s famous boardwalk.

Oceanaire By Diamond Resorts Virginia Beach

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When it rains at the beach, Oceanaire By Diamond Resorts Virginia Beach has you covered—literally. In addition to two outdoor pools and a dedicated children’s pool, the property has not one, but two indoor pools. Also inside are an arcade/game room and a fitness center. All of Oceanaire’s rooms have private balconies with ocean views. Kitchenettes provide an extra convenience for families that just want to grab breakfast or lunch inside. And when night falls and you feel like snuggling up, HD TVs and Blu-Ray DVDs are on hand to serve up family-friendly entertainment.

Comfort Suites Beachfront

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Comfort Suites Beachfront is located smack dab on the beach. Gather the kids and take selfies in front of the stunning oceanfront view, courtesy of a private balcony. The two-room suites all have large bathrooms, along with refrigerators, microwaves, and wet bars. Start your morning with free eats in the breakfast room or with a workout at the fitness center. Both offer stunning oceanfront views. For more exercise, rent a bike directly from the hotel.

Holiday Inn & Suites Virginia Beach North Beach

Holiday Inn & Suites Virginia Beach North Beach has the typical family-friendly amenities, and more. The property boasts a resort feel, featuring several indoor and outdoor pools, including a lazy river and a kids’ pool. Splash Kamp is the children’s activity center. The property has a 48-seat private movie theater showing family fare. To make life easy for the parents, the hotel has on-site laundry facilities, and each room has a refrigerator and microwave. The daily breakfast buffet is free for the kids.

Ocean Beach Club Luxury Family Resort

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Ocean Beach Club Luxury Family Resort brings a touch of the Caribbean to the Mid-Atlantic. Offering upscale accommodations, the resort has four pools and one of those happens to be an oceanfront adults-only infinity pool, for parents who might need a little break. Meanwhile, kids can busy themselves in the indoor pool with cascading water features. Hang out on the 10th floor lounge and sundeck overlooking the Atlantic, or get in a workout at the fitness center, which also sports an oceanfront view. Kids can enjoy a game room and daily planned activities.

Wyndham Virginia Beach

Wyndham Virginia Beach, located on the north end of the oceanfront, is newly renovated. Among its family-friendly perks: Kids under 18 stay free and you can bring along the family pet (although there will be a charge for that). For extra savings, weekday summer stays are often discounted. The property has a pool, bike rentals and live oceanfront entertainment on the patio summer weekend evenings. Since it’s a little way from the Boardwalk, there’s a free shuttle guests can take anytime they feel like joining the hubbub.

Hampton Inn Oceanfront South

At the Hampton Inn Oceanfront South, every room is an oceanfront room, and it’s not even a hop, skip, and a jump to the boardwalk and the ocean. A hot breakfast is on the house every morning, or you can take a Grab & Go breakfast bag and start your day with a nibble on the beach. For active types, head to the fitness center, the indoor pool, or the kids’ playground.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites

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While most of Virginia Beach’s family-focused hotels are right on the Atlantic Ocean, Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites sits on the Chesapeake Bay side of the waterfront. The advantage of this area, located at the point where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, is a less-crowded, quieter beach with gentler waves. Each of the hotel’s luxury two-room suites overlooks a private beach. In-room amenities include a microwave, refrigerator and wet bar—just what a vacationing parent might need.

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