Activities & Attractions
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 business Poseidon Watersports.
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, such as Poseidon Watersports and Southeast Expeditions.
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.
Enjoy Cape Charles Town Beach
Jet Ski on the Bay
Try Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Explore on a Kayak
Take a Boat Tour
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.
Historic Palace Theatre
Cape Charles Memorial Library
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.
Clothing & Accessories
Gifts & Souvenirs
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.
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.
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.
Peace & Relaxation
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.
Sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay
Plan Your Perfect Day in Cape Charles
Excursions Social distancing is still recommended in the name of public health and safety. Luckily, it’s not too hard to do that on Virginia’s expansive Eastern Shore — and still have a lot of fun in the process.
Love, Cape Charles
You might fall in love with Cape Charles at first sight, but be prepared: This is not just a summer fling. You will find yourself drawn back to this place time and time again, and it’ll haunt your dreams until you return. Luckily, there’s always something new for you to discover in our little corner of the Eastern Shore.
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