This resort town features over 29-miles of coastline, many excellent
beaches and 3 miles of boardwalk. Popular destination for surf swimming,
aquaplaning, water skiing and boating along the inland waterways.
The area is also popular for fishing and its famous seafood.
Virginia Beach (pop. 485,000) was only a deserted strip of sand until the 1870's
when Congress authorized the construction of four lighthouse
towers to help guide ships into the important Hampton Roads seaport.
Today, visitors can find a wide range of treasures from this site of
one of the first landings in the New World to the latest and greatest in
Naval and Air Force technologies.
Atlantic Wildlife Heritage Museum Located in the 1895 de Sitt Cottage, listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, was built by the first mayor and postmaster of Virginia Beach
and is the oldest building of its kind on the Boardwalk.
There is a tremondous amount of material here
paying tribute to abundant waterfowl and birdlife of the region.
Includes paintings and memorabilia of old hunting clubs. (757) 437-8432.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk For fun in the sun take a stroll on the Boardwalk. Extending
for three miles only the coast it is lined on one side with museums,
historic buildings, hotels, restaurants, concert venues, vendors.
On the other side is the golden beach sand and the big blue Atlantic ocean.
Francis Land House 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA; (757) 431-4000;
Open: Tues-Sat 9AM-5PM / Sun 11AM-5PM; Admission: $3.50 Adult / $2 Child (6/12);
Mansion home of wealthy planter built in late 18-th century. Tours are conducted
by guides in period dress.
Lynnhaven House Wishart Rd, Virginia Beach, VA; (757) 460-1688;
Open: Tues-Sun Noon-4PM June-Sept; Admission: Adult $3.50 / Student (12-17) $1.50;
1725 brick house with period furnishings and flower gardens. Tours are conducted
by guides in period dress.
Norwegian Lady Location: On 25th St, facing the sea.
9-foot bronze figurehead commemorating the 1891 shipwreck of the
Norwegian bark Dictator. A twin statue is in Moss, Norway.
Old Coast Guard Station Wide variety of impressive exhibits tell of heroic battles between
man and nature, of shipwrecks, battles and storms. It is located directly
on the Boardwalk. (757) 422-1587.
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel Ocean Front and 36th Street - Virginia Beach, VA, US 23451
Contemporary hotel on the beach in exclusive "North-End" of Virginia Beach.
Suburban Lodge of Virginia Beach 416 S Independence Blvd - Virginia Beach, VA, US 23452
Suburban Lodge Of Virginia Beach Is Located In The Resort Area Of Virginia Beach, Va.
All rooms at Suburban Lodge of Virginia Beach are one room studio efficiencies complete with refrigerator, 2-burner stovetop, microwave, coffee pot, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glasses and cooking utensils.
Romantic Weekends in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland A brand new edition of this unique guide to getaways in the tri-state region, including the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
Well researched and laid out in easy-to-use sections that profile one trip each, this book covers Virginia's Blue Ridge, the Tidewater, the Shenandoah Valley, Chincoteague, Charlottesville, Central Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Virginia Marine Science Museum 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA; (757) 425-FISH;
Open: Daily 9AM-5PM (with extended hours in summer);
Museum Admission: $8.95 Adult / $5.95 Child (4-11); Additional Fee for IMAX presentations;
[ Aquariums /
ZooTour / Birding ]
Over 800,000 gallons of aquariums and hands-on exhibits give you
a great venue to appreciate mother nature. Museum lies in two
buildings linked by a nature trail. Over 300 hands-on exhibits. Special
focus on wildlife native to Virginia waters. See up close sharks,
sea turtles, harbor seals, river otters, stingrays and more.
Owls Creek Marsh Pavilion - Interactive exhibits featuring
plants and animals native to salt marsh habitats. Aquarium and terrarium exhibits feature
river otters, seahorses, fiddler crabs and a macro-marsh.
Fox Family Channel IMAX 3-D Theater - special features on marine
science and nature shown on giant 8-story tall screen. Only 3D IMAX in the state of Virginia is
this 300-seat theater.
Norfolk Canyon Aquarium - 300,000 gallon exhibit with sharks
and other large ocean creatures.
Sea Turtle Aquarium - 70,000 gallon floor-to-ceiling aquarium with hatchling laboratory.
Jellyfish Aquarium Octopus Aquarium Outdoor Aviary - over 55 species of local birds include
egrets, pelicans, ducks, turkey vultures and great blue heron.
Nature Trail - 1/3 mile trail thru 10 acres of salt marsh preserve
alongside Owls Creek. 30-foot observation tower and elevated boardwalk.