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If you decide to take a vacation to Virginia Beach, you may have to keep the swear words to a minimum, but you can maximize the fun with all the local attractions, yummy eats, and the long stretches of sandy paradise. Here are some of the best places.
The Great Outdoors
When “beach” is in the name of the city, you know there are some notable beaches in the area. There is practically a beach for any experience− laid back, secluded, or ready to party. Venture out into the beautiful landscape of waterways, hiking trails, and wildlife. Rent a kayak out on the refreshing water through Adventure Kayak Tours, Back Bay Getaways, or these companies. Not wanting to exert much energy? Set up a boat tour to cruise around on one of the cool evenings to spot some dolphins as the sun goes down, or take a fishing trip and get your tan at the same time. Rent some paddleboards and gently float around the scenic coastline, or rent jet skis for more speed. Virginia Beach has all the options when it comes to water.
There are over 194 navigable kilometers of waterways in the area. If you think that’s a lot, compare that to its more than 4,000 acres of parks and refuges, all at your disposal to explore. Get to know Mother Nature through any avenue− on foot, by bike, or even by Segway! If you’re looking for something more structured, head to The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium. Kids, teens, and adults can take on the challenge of their 13 treetop trails, which offer over 170 crossings, or ways to get from tree to tree. Imagine zip lining over one of the breathtaking views! You don’t have to worry, you’re harnessed in.
Cultural Arts and Museums
From visual arts to comedy shows, musical concerts, and informative museums, Virginia Beach has more than enough to keep you stimulated throughout your stay.
Travel through space and time as you explore the exhibit at The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” is a retrospective of The New Contemporary Art Magazine based out of San Francisco that features 51 of some of the most prominent artists of this decade.
The heart of Town Center supports local by booking performing arts companies and also supports nationally renowned entertainers. For a laugh, head to The Funny Bone. There, you’ll get to listen to seasoned comedic actors and the up and comers before they hit it big. They also offer food, so make sure you take bites in between acts to prevent choking.
Virginia is home to the first settlers in America, so to say it is a historic meeting place is quite an understatement. Discover the lighthouses at Cape Henry, walk in the footsteps of our forefathers at First Landing State Park, or get a glimpse of the 34-foot bronze statue of Neptune at Neptune Park.
- Croc’s 19th Street Bistro: Seasonal coastal cuisine complemented with a farmers market open in the parking lot every weekend
- Chick’s Oyster Bar: Enjoy the views of the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay as you chow down on some Costa Rican soft tacos or 59 cent oysters, wings, and clams at happy hour
- Doc Taylor’s Restaurant: This early 20th century cottage was actually a doctor’s office. Now, they make a killer breakfast
- Rudee’s on the Inlet: Serves seafood from a 19th century replica of a life-saving station, and has one of the best views to watch the sunset
- Steinhilber’s Restaurant: Family-run since 1939, this vintage spot takes you back to a time when eating out was a rarity
I can almost guarantee you’re going to have a great time in Virginia Beach. In fact, you may never want to leave. The area does have some great real estate if that happens to be the case, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Enjoy your stay!
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