9 kid-friendly activities in Cape Charles

Man and children playing together at the beach

Whether your little one is just starting to walk or you can barely keep up with them, you’ll find that Cape Charles is the ideal destination for kids of all ages. Here are just a few of our favorite kid-friendly activities in Cape Charles.

Hit the beach! Sure, this tip is obvious, but we can’t ignore what is arguably our town’s most family-friendly attraction: the Cape Charles Town Beach. Younger children (and their parents) love the gentle waves, shallow tidepools filled with hermit crabs, and soft, warm sand. Older kids love swimming in the water, paddleboarding, skimboarding, and relaxing on floats shaped like doughnuts or unicorns. 

Visit Central Park. Right in the center of town (hence the name), Cape Charles’ public park is surrounded by a wide sidewalk that’s perfect for riding bikes or scooters. The expansive lawn in the center hosts impromptu soccer games, kite-flying, picnics, and summer concerts. The park is also home to a playground and tennis courts (though they’re currently closed due to COVID-19). 

Go fishing. The Cape Charles Fishing Pier is a favorite spot for young anglers to test out their skills. Pick up any supplies you need at Bailey’s Bait & Tackle and while away a few hours enjoying the scenery while reeling some fish.

Visit the LOVE sign. Head to the town’s beachfront at the intersection of Bay Avenue and Mason Avenue to check out Cape Charles’ famous LOVE sign, creatively composed of materials that reflect what the Eastern Shore is all about — from a tractor tire to kayaks. After you take a family photo, your kids will love climbing on the letters!

Go shell-hunting on the Barrier Islands. Taking a boat ride is thrilling in itself, but the shells you’ll find at your destination will give your kids a souvenir they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives.

Man and little boy riding a jet ski on the sea

Search out the Little Free Libraries. Because kids need beach reads, too! You’ll find at least three of these free library boxes around town, including one conveniently situated on Bay Avenue right beside the beach.

Rent jet skis. Got an adrenaline junkie in your family? Older kids will love the thrill of racing across the Chesapeake Bay on a jet ski. You’ll find local rentals available through Poseidon Watersports at the Town Harbor. 

Go shopping on Mason Avenue. With a candy store, kids’ store, and welcoming boutiques stocking plenty of toys and games, Mason Avenue is just as fun for kids as it is for their parents.

Take a carriage ride. Golf carts may be the preferred mode of transportation in Cape Charles, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, try a carriage ride. Your family will love the feeling of going back in time while traversing city the historic district by horse and buggy.

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