Beachin’ it Pack up that sunscreen and throw on your swimsuit and shades. Situated halfway between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia, Fredericksburg is a mere 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, but the Rappahannock runs right through it. While the water is brackish and there’s virtually no waves, several beaches are within a short drive. Colonial Beach Originally founded as a resort town in the mid 1800s, Colonial Beach is located on a small peninsula that juts into the Potomac River. Surrounded by water on three different sides, this small town has a mile long sandy beach with ample opportunity for swimming, sunbathing, boating, and fishing. Restaurants and boutiques line the petite waterfront. Fairview Beach Anyone who has visited Dumfries’ Fairview Beach knows the biggest draw is boat accessibility. Spend an evening on the Potomac and you will eventually end up at one of the beach’s waterside restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone from beaches and swimming, to cozy dinners on the deck, or a night out on the water.
Lake Anna State Park About 28 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Lake Anna State Park has a large sandy beach located on a freshwater lake. The beach is open for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visitors can also take advantage of the lakeside picnic areas and the numerous hiking trails that cut through the park and around the lake. Virginia Beach Located about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach is the closest oceanfront beach. The city has a massive 3-mile long boardwalk along the Atlantic in addition to 35 miles of wide popular beaches. Virginia Beach is a large draw for water sports enthusiasts, and major events like the annual east coast surfing championship take place in the area.
Classic beach tunes to keep you humming. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini / Brian Hyland Beach Baby / First Class Remember (Walking in the Sand) / The Shangri La’s Boys of Summer / Don Henley Under the Board Walk / The Drifters
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