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Live Your Dream Vacation
Activities at Virginia Beach begin
on the sunny sand, but there are also museums,
parks, and much more...
Get up at dawn and
watch the sun splash its golden colors over the early morning sky. Or stay up
late and entice your date for a romantic stroll along the moonlit beach.
your Virginia Beach vacation do what you like! You define your dream vacation
that's the mystique of this city by the sea. If you care for some
suggestions on what to do well, we've got plenty of them!
Virginia Beach, the museums are intriguing, the attractions are thrilling and
the sights are as appealing as the sunny beaches. From sites that interpret the
city's early sea-faring history to a nationally-renowned aquarium, Virginia
Beach beckons you to live the life!
Old Coast Guard Station
Step back in time at The Old Coast Guard Station
on 24th Street. Housed in a 1903 former U.S. Life Saving Station, this quaint,
oceanfront museum is chock-full of rescue equipment used by turn-of-the-century
surf men to save shipwrecked crews from a watery grave. Learn about shipwrecks
that occurred just off the Virginia Beach coast and the history of life saving
service from World War II to the present day. Don't leave without taking
a peek through TOWERCAM, a roof-mounted video camera that zooms in on passing
ships dotting the Virginia Beach horizon. The camera transmits its pictures to
a 27-inch television monitor, affording museum visitors the same view crewmen
had from the tower nearly 100 years ago.
Virginia Aquarium &
Marine Science Center
No stay in Virginia Beach is complete without
a trip to the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the state's largest and one
of the most-visited aquariums in the nation. It is an authority on the state's
various aquatic and marine environments and features more than 800,000 gallons
of aquariums and live animal habitats, more than 300 hands-on exhibits and The
ABC Family IMAX® 3D Theater. A one-third mile-long nature trail connects the
two Pavilions that make up this must sea museum, and an outdoor aviary
offers an up-close glimpse of the marsh birds seen along Virginia Beach's
Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Just a short stroll up the Boardwalk from
the Old Coast Guard Station, discover another Virginia Beach treasure - the Atlantic
Wildfowl Heritage Museum. Located in the historically registered DeWitt cottage
built in 1895, the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum displays art and artifacts
documenting migratory wildfowl that pass through Eastern Virginia. Exhibits of
wildfowl and shorebird carvings trace the evolution of this unique American art
form. Enjoy on-site wood-carving demonstrations, interactive computer programs,
decoys dating from ancient times to present day and a collection of exhibits covering
the history of Virginia Beach.
You don't need a passport to escape to the Caribbean.
Ocean Breeze Waterpark has invested more than $1 million to transform the park
into a tropical paradise. Approximately $385,000 was spent on renovating the children's
section to include a new pirate ship with water slides. Inside the 19-acre park,
visitors will find brilliant, colorful water slides and tubes for all-day excitement,
featuring a million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool and 13 water slides. Shoot the
rushing Rocky River Rapids on an inner tube or soar down the Maui-Wowie speed
slide. Relax with an ice-cold drink under one of the festive umbrellas or cabana
huts that provide shade from the sun. The West Indies Grill features scrumptious
Caribbean delicacies such as pulled pork sandwiches and Jamaican jerk chicken.
Family Thrill Park
Rev up your engine at the Motorworld Family Thrill
Park. If you've ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a race car, this will
fulfill your fantasy. The park recently added four new tracks to the existing
six racetracks and 200 additional go-karts for the young at heart. With speed
in mind, get behind the wheel of a Formula One Racer and navigate the park's
Grand Prix Raceway. Move on to the race-style Bullit cars on the Speed
Track or the two-seater racer on the Family Track. For younger drivers, the park
offers the Mini-Ferrari, Suped-up Semis and Mini Moto cars. The park also features
batting cages; a 36-hole miniature golf course complete with sunken ships, caves
and waterfalls; and an amphitheater for live performances.
For a peek into the lives of Virginia Beach's earliest
residents, visitors may enter a number of historic homes located throughout the
city: the Adam Thoroughgood House (circa 1680) stands on land that was part of
the original land grant. Other historic homes still standing in Virginia Beach
were constructed later in the colonial period such as the Lynnhaven House (1725)
and the Francis Land House (late 1700s). All homes are open to the public for
tours and host special interpretative programs throughout the year.
Climb into the past with a visit to the original
Cape Henry Lighthouse. Dating to 1791, it's the oldest government-built lighthouse
in America, and the traditional symbol of Virginia Beach. Once you reach the summit,
enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay the
same view once seen by ship watchers more than 200 years ago. Located on the Fort
Story military base, the original Cape Henry Lighthouse is open to the public.
Across the dune line, you'll find the new Cape Henry Lighthouse. Built in
1881, it's the tallest iron-encased lighthouse in the country, and is operated
by the U.S. Coast Guard. Adjacent to the lighthouses, visitors also can tour the
Cape Henry Memorial Park which includes a replica of the First Landing Cross,
planted by the first settlers to give thanks for a safe voyage after arriving
on our shore in 1607. Note: Access to military bases may be restricted for public
tours and a valid picture ID is required.
Beach entices visitors to Live the Life every season of the year!
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, Virginia Beach is four hours
southeast of Washington, D.C. by car and within a day's drive or less from
two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau