With milder winters than the north, and more seasons than the south, Chesapeake, VA offers a temperate climate where you can play, eat, and relax—indoors or out—all year round.
As the leaves and buds start to sprout on the trees and fragrant dogwood flowers begin to bloom, the mostly mild Spring weather is an ideal time to rent a kayak and paddle across Lake Drummond or stroll through one of Chesapeake’s parks. Since temperatures in March, April, and May range from the 40s to the 70s, it’s important to bring a variety of layers from t-shirts to turtlenecks so you’re prepared for whatever the skies have to offer.
Throw on a tank top and shorts over your bathing suit to enjoy the warm weather during Chesapeake’s summer months. Hike the trails, explore the farmers markets, or dig into a scoop or two from one of Chesapeake’s irresistible ice cream shops. Make sure to pack a light rain jacket to keep you dry in case of summer rain, which usually arrives briefly in the afternoons—just in time to cool you off.
Those who come to Chesapeake to see the leaves change will be delighted by the crisp autumn air and gorgeous foliage. With average temperatures in the high 50s, you’ll only need to throw on your coziest sweater and grab your pumpkin latte to stay toasty. Put on your walking shoes to take advantage of one of the many festivals going on throughout the holiday season, including the Chesapeake Jubilee Fall Craft Market or Chubby’s Pumpkin Festival. Or visit during Chesapeake Restaurant Week to explore fantastic local flavors.
From late December through early March, you’ll find temperatures in the 40s, so it’s a good idea to have your winter coat on-hand to hike and spend time outdoors. With only 5 inches of snow on average per year, there’s not much need for serious boots, but a scarf and gloves always come in handy. And, of course, if you'd rather stay inside, you’ll have access to tons of indoor activities to keep you warm and dry, including a bowling alley, movie theater, and shopping mall.