Activities & Attractions

Two girls playing on the beach on a sunny day
Splash Beach & Watersports The waters of the Chesapeake Bay offer endless opportunities for entertainment in Cape Charles, from swimming in the shallows off the town beach to jetskiing toward the horizon. Give in to the pull of the gentle waves and embrace the urge to splash in the Bay.
Get on the water Enjoy Cape Charles Town Beach This is the only public beach on Virginia’s Eastern Shore that doesn’t require an entrance or parking fee.
Get on the water Jet Ski on the Bay Feel the adrenaline rush of speeding over the waters on a jet ski. Rentals are available from local businesses.
Get on the water Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding Explore the waters and get a great workout by taking a spin on a stand-up paddleboard, available to rent from local businesses.
Get on the water Explore on a Kayak Put in your kayak right on the beach or branch out to explore other local waterways, with single and two-person rentals available.
Get on the water Go Kiteboarding The brisk breezes on the Chesapeake Bay make for excellent kiteboarding conditions.
Get on the water Take a Boat Tour Explore unspoiled seaside coastline, putter around Kiptopeke's concrete fleet, watch dolphins or enjoy a sunset with local captain on a boat tour.
Sunny day at the beach full of people
Enjoy Cape Charles Town Beach
Man and little boy riding a jet ski on the sea
Jet Ski on the Bay
Two people on a paddle board on the sea
Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding
People riding kayaks on the sea
Explore on a Kayak
Kiteboarding on the Bay
Go Kiteboarding
Chesapeake Bay scene
Take a Boat Tour
View of sidewalk, trees and a house on main street
Stroll Architecture & History A lot has changed since Cape Charles was established in the 1880s, but the town’s historic district still looks strikingly similar today. Stepping back in time is as easy as taking a stroll down one of our streets and appreciating one of the largest concentrations of turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast.
Historic Homes See examples of Victorian, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Neo-classical homes in the Historic District dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s.
Historic Palace Theatre This art deco theatre on Mason Avenue was designed by German architect Alfred Lublin and built in 1942.
Cape Charles Memorial Library The oldest library on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is located on the corner of Mason Avenue and Pine Street.
Renovated house painted in blue
Historic Homes
Historic Palace Theatre
Historic Palace Theatre
Cape Charles Memorial Library from outside
Cape Charles Memorial Library
Close-up of shop window mannequins and
Shop Arts & Boutiques Shop for Eastern Shore souvenirs, browse works from local artists, treat yourself to a new bauble, or grab a paperback for the beach — you can do all this and more in Cape Charles’ vibrant retail corridor anchored by Mason Avenue.
Local Shops Clothing & Accessories From swimwear and beach gear to everyday apparel and accessories for all ages, Cape Charles boutiques are ready to outfit your vacation.
Local Shops Gifts & Souvenirs Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, enjoy browsing for something special to help you remember your time in Cape Charles.
Local Shops Galleries Discover inspired works by local artists ranging from photography and paintings to pottery and sculptures.
Local Shops Gourmet Goods Fine wines and cheeses, cocktail accoutrements, and homemade fudge are just some of the gourmet goods you’ll find in Cape Charles shops.
Stacks of beach hats in a store
Clothing & Accessories
Colorful cans of oysters placed on a shelf in store
Gifts & Souvenirs
Local gallery wall
Galleries
Packages of coffee placed on a shelf in store
Gourmet Goods
Tennis courts provide lots of fun in Cape Charles' Central Park
Play Tennis, Pickleball, Golf Tennis anyone? Enjoy the lighted courts adjacent to Central Park for tennis and pickle ball. Or kick a soccer ball around in the park. Bring the little ones to enjoy the playground there as well.
Play Boat Tours Explore the barrier islands, cruise around the concrete ship fleet at Kiptopeke State Park, enjoy a sunset from the water and cruise other areas of interest along the Eastern Shore with one of Cape Charles' experienced boat tour captains.
Play Fishing Book a fishing charter to enjoy some quality time on the Chesapeake Bay and catch your own dinner under the guidance of a local fisherman.
Play Golf Bay Creek has 27 holes of golf for members and Bay Creek renters. Some reciprocal club arrangements can be made as well through the Bay Creek pro-shop.
dolphins in Cape Charles
Boat Tours
Beautiful sunset on the harbor
Fishing
Bay Creek in Cape Charles
Golf
Beautiful sunset at the beach
Explore Nature & Recreation Beyond the beaches, you’ll find miles of trails through shady maritime forests just begging to be explored. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some Eastern Shore wildlife along the way.
Explore Hiking The Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve and Savage Neck Dunes are two parks with hiking trails that are accessible to all skill levels.
Explore Biking Bring your own bikes or rent them from a local company to explore the Cape Charles area on two wheels.
Explore Birding The natural areas surrounding Cape Charles attract a remarkable number of bird species, from osprey and owls to Green Heron, Indigo Bunting and Yellow Warbler.
Lake surrounded by trees
Hiking
Close-up view of a bicycle basket with a book and a blanket inside, on the beach
Biking
Eagle sighting
Birding
Group of women doing yoga at a beach
Restore Beauty & Rejuvenate Take your self-care goals to the next level by making an appointment at a Cape Charles salon or studio. From expert-level haircare to yoga and massage, you’re sure to find a way to treat yourself to something special.
Restore Yoga Practice yoga in a local studio, on the beach, or even on a stand-up paddleboard, led by expert instructors.
Restore Beauty Return from your beach trip with a brand-new look courtesy of one of Cape Charles’ trusted salons and skin care providers.
Restore Peace & Relaxation A quiet walk on the beach can restore a sense of peace and equilibrium to a busy life. Enjoy the solitude and beauty you can find here in Cape Charles.
Group of women doing yoga at a beach
Yoga
Enjoy a bit of pampering in Cape Charles
Beauty
Beautiful sunset at the beach
Peace & Relaxation
Decorated porch swing, chairs and table on a veranda
Savor Porches & Sunsets Sometimes the best thing to do in Cape Charles is nothing at all. Carve out time to read a book on the beach, sip a cocktail on your front porch, or stroll along the pier. Just don’t miss sunset — it’s one event that deserves a spot on your schedule.
Savor Sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay One of the favorite pastimes in Cape Charles is pausing at the end of the day to watch the sunset.
Savor Porch life The porch is the place to be to hear the birdsong, greet your neighbors, enjoy a book or maybe a nap.
Beautiful sunset at the beach
Sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay
Front porch
Porch life

Calendar of Events

From summer concerts in the park to Festive Fridays through the holiday season, consider planning your Cape Charles visit to coincide with some of the town’s most beloved events.

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