Try to spot some animals in their natural habitat
We say “try” not because the animals aren’t there, but because there are a lot of places for them to hide in this wildlife refuge’s 9,250 acres. Established in 1938, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge nearly doubled in size in the 1980s and now, it’s a whopping 30 times bigger than Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (But don’t worry: there are no height requirements here.) During the fall, you’ll find thousands of tundra swans, snow & Canada geese, and a variety of ducks migrating through the area. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the endangered species that call this Virginia Beach sanctuary home: loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, brown pelicans, and bald eagles. Though some trails close for the winter (and tours ended for the season in October), guests are encouraged to explore the refuge on their own. (Bonus: no entrance fees November through March).