Located on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach borders North Carolina and ranks as the largest city in Virginia.
This major East Coast resort city welcomes travelers with a scenic boardwalk bustling with ice-cream shops, fast-food outlets, nightclubs, and places to rent water-sports equipment. There are excellent beaches north of town and thousands of family hotels and motels to suit every budget.
The Strip, (from First to 38th streets) is the popular resort area. At the heart of the Strip you’ll find the 3-mile Boardwalk which is great for biking, walking, and strollers. Here you’ll find loads of entertainment for the whole family from concert stages, sculptures, park, fishing, and outdoor cafes.
Visit the landing site where the first colonists touched shore, enjoy an IMAX theater presentation, explore a nature trail and hundreds of interactive exhibits at the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and experience various marine habitats. In winter, the museum organizes trips to see the humpback whales that congregate off the coast.
Nearby, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and First Landing State Park are excellent places to ride bicycles, observe the migrating waterfowl, and explore coastal dunes.
With its excellent beaches and many fine hotels, Virginia Beach is one of the most popular resort destinations on the east coast and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Family Activities and attractions in Virginia Beach near the resort area:
Association for Research & Enlightenment
67th Street/Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
Now here’s a unique place to visit. It’s the International headquarters documenting the works of psychic Edgar Cayce.
Contemporary Art Center
2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-425 0000
Although specializing in the presentation of 20th century art styles, the Art Center also presents an eclectic mixture of fine Art forms.
Historic Cape Henry
Atlantic Ave/Fort Story, Virginia Beach
Come see and stand where perhaps your ancestors first set foot on the New World back in 1607. The first landing cross marks the place. Also, here you will see the oldest government built lighthouse in the USA, dating back to 1791.
Ocean Breeze Amusement Park
849 General Booth Boulevard
Tel: 757 422 4444
A traditional amusement park to complement a day at the beach.
Oceana Naval Air Station
Oceana Boulevard or London Bridge Rd
One of the U.S Navy’s four master jet bases with 22 squadrons. Seasonal tours are available
Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street/Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-422 1587
For those of you who come down to the sea, to dream of days gone by, this museum will transport you back in time with historical stories to tell of shipwrecks off the coast and a history of the area.
Rudee Inlet 7 Marina
Winston-Salem Ave, (Nr. Pacific Ave)
Fun for all if you plan a day out here. Whether it’s a Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach tour of 2 hours or a full day’s sports fishing you’re after, you’ll find it here.
First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
Tel: 757-481- 2131
With more than 27 miles of hiking trails, camping and picnic areas this 2700-acre area is a nature lovers paradise.
The Virginia Marine Science Museum
717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach
Tel:717 425 FISH
The State’s largest aquarium with 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live habitats this ‘Travel Attraction of the Year’ is one of the top ten most visited aquariums in the country . A must see for all ages.
Tidewater Veterans Memorial
19th Street, Virginia Beach
In appreciation of the contributions of the military in the area, a magnificent sculpture/waterfall has been erected here.
Upper Wolfsnare House
2040 Potters Road, Virginia Beach
If History is your passion this house is a must. Built in 1759 by Thomas Walke III it gives a wonderful insight into life at that time.
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