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Virginia Beach Virginia

Updated on October 6, 2014

Virginia Beach Va

Virginia Beach Va is an excellent family vacation destination. It has recreation, attractions, great accommodations and a nice climate. The city is part of the Hampton Roads area of Virgina, which has a wide range of activities for visitors.

Virginia Beach is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, warm water and family oriented boardwalk. Visitors to Virginia beach often enjoy walking, running, hiking, collecting sea shells, sports, flying kites, birdwatching, photography, painting, picnics and other pastimes.

Virginia Beach's white sand waterfronts are also popular for family and social events. Beach weddings are extremely popular. Other gatherings include family reunions, cookouts and club outings.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are activities such as powerboating, kayaking and fishing. Virginia Beach has not only excellent summer fishing for species such as drum, flounder, seatrout and cobia, but a world class fishery for trophy striped bass (rockfish).

Visitors will find a nice array of motels, restaurants, shops, amusements, decks, dance clubs and shopping facilities.

Things To Do in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach has year round attractions, although it's well known for its beaches and summer fun. The entire stretch of Virginia Beach has excellent beach access, with spacious white sand and water suitable for swimming from June thru October.

The three mile oceanfront boardwalk is an excellent spot for shopping, site seeing, biking, roller-blading, running, or just strolling. The present day Virginia Beach Boardwalk is 28 feet wide and three miles in length. Entertainment is held along the boardwalk from Spring thru Fall on four oceanfront stages at 7th, 17th, and 24th and 31st Streets.

The boardwalk showcases a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, bike rentals and other businesses. Other attractions include a variety of nautical sculptures, the most famous being King Neptune. The 24 foot bronze statue is located at the Neptune Festival Park on 31st Street.

Another family attraction that is a must see is the Virginia Beach Aquarium. The complex has marine life exhibits, aquariums, touching tanks, historical exhibits, nature trails, boat tours and more.

The Virginia Beach Farmer's Market is another great attraction. Things to do at the Farmer's Market include monthly special events, Friday night hoedowns,Saturday night Car Cruise Ins, swap meets, live music, good food and more.

Virginia Beach Festivals and Shows

Pungo Strawberry Festival

Every year the Pungo Strawberry Festival is held in Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend. Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat offered in over 50 different ways, but also a wide variety of events, including a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and some of the most unique arts and crafts exhibited anywhere. For more information, visit

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show & Festival

The Boardwalk Art Show & Festival is one of Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth's most highly anticipated events. With more than 350,000 visitors and $2 million in art sales annually, the Boardwalk Art Show & Festival is noted as on the top fine art & design shows in the USA. The Virginia Beach Hotel Motel Association Best-in-Show Award of $10,000 draws some of the nation's finest artists and art collectors to the event. The festival usually spans several days during June.

Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival

The Patriotic Festival celebrates members of the Armed Services. Typically held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the three days festival features nationally known musicians, military drills, displays, demonstrations, and air - sea shows.

The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse

The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is maintained by the APVA and is a National Historic Landmark, serving as the official symbol for the City of Virginia Beach.

The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must pass through the security gates of Fort Story.

Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads Historical Attractions

Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads region holds immense historical significance. Local tourist attractions include Old Cape Henry Lighthouse dating from 1791 and Adam Thoroughgood House, built around 1680. It was here over four hundred years ago that English colonists set foot in Virginia.

In April 1607, the vessels Sarah Constant, Godspeed and Discovery stopped at the Chesapeake Bay. They named the spot as Cape Henry. Other historic buildings include churches and spiritual houses.

Parks and Wildlife Areas

The Lake Smith and Lake Lawson natural area is a network of three wooded waterfront peninsulas that will serve as Virginia Beach's newest designated Natural Resource Area. The city recently acquired the area through its Open Space Acquisition Program.

For birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, the Seashore to Cypress Birding Trail links locations such as First Landing State Park, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, False Cape State Park, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Just a short distance from the city, these parks and refuges provide more than 130,000 acres of natural habitat for birds and wildlife.

For kayakers and canoe owners, there are four public kayak launch sites on the Lynnhaven River:

- the City Boat Launch at the Lesner Bridge,

- the Narrows at 64th Street in First Landing State Park

- the Hutton Circle Launch Site on London Bridge Creek

- the Birdneck Launch

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Virginia-Beach-Real-Estate 8 years ago

      Love your lens. I will check out some of your others, as I like your style and even though you have a competive name against me, we are in a totally different business.

      Thanks Tom

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to heipet] Thank you for adding your lens to the All 50 States Group Lensography.

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      heipet 8 years ago

      I have submitted this lens to "All 50 States"!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Virginia Beach is a great place, and I think the beaches are far underrated. I consider it a gateway to the southern climate (that I wish I were experiencing right now in cold New England!). Nice work!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Check out Photographic Art of Virginia Beach Landmarks.

      Thanks, Sara