Each night during the summer, Virginia Beach's Beach Street USA comes alive with a diverse array of performances along the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue from 17th Street to 25th Street. Puppets, bands, jugglers, magicians, clowns and many others will entertain you along Atlantic Avenue from 8pm - 11:30pm. Live concerts and theatrical performances also take place nightly from 6on - 10pm on stages at 7th, 13th, 17th, 24th, and 25th Streets along the oceanfront. Best of all, the entertainment is free of charge for Virginia Beach vacationers.
Located less than 5 minutes from the Virginia Beach resort area, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a must see. Open daily, year-round, the Virginia Aquarium features over 800,000 gallons of aquariums, hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a nature trail, an aviary and even an 3D IMAX theatre. Come get up close and personal with the sea life and wildlife found in the Atlantic Ocean and throughout Virginia Beach...sharks, sea turtles, harbor seals, stingrays, river otters and much more. And the new exhibit Restless Planet cannot be missed.
It's a NEW WAVE OF FUN in 2011 at Ocean Breeze Waterpark! Multi-million $ renovation includes a monster slide complex and children's water play structure plus a Caribbean ambiance. Fantastic assortment of family-friendly slides, million gallon wave pool, restaurants and cabanas. Free parking! Open May 27-Sept. 5, 10 & 11. Visit oceanbreezewaterpark.com for complete park information and be sure to visit the Virginia Beach Vacation Market for discount tickets.
Motor World is Virginia Beach's premier, action-packed amusement park that features 8 exciting go-kart tracks, perfect for the entire family. The park also includes Shipwreck Golf, Virginia Beach's largest and most challenging miniature golf courses. To top it all off, the park includes two paintball fields perfect for thrill-seekers! If you're interested in fun and excitement for the whole family, Motor World in Virginia Beach is not to be missed! The park is open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Just under an hour drive from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, Busch Gardens is an action-packed, European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun and excitement for the entire family. Home to some of the country's top roller coasters, over 50 rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a magical childrens' area and more, Busch Gardens has been voted one of the world's "Favorite Theme Parks" and the "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for the last 15 years. VisitBusch Gardens for details and the Virginia Beach Vacation Market for discount tickets.
While in Virginia Beach, be sure to save some time for an educational and fun experience for the entire family. Just a short hour drive away from Virginia Beach, you'll take a trip back in time and see how this country was founded. Colonial Williams is a living, working colonial Village covering over 300 acres. See blacksmiths practice their trade. Listen to a phife and drum band. Stroll around, and follow in the footsteps of some of our founding fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
First Landing State Park consists of 2,270 acres of protected landscape stretching along the Chesapeake Bay coastline. On one side of the park, visitors can hike along 28 miles of hiking trails taking in sightings of rabbits, raccoons, and a variety of other animals that inhabit the preserve. On the other side, there is a campground and beach access area. There is a park admission per vehicle, but admission is free to hikers and bikers. The Visitors' Center is open daily from 9am - 6pm, April through November.
The Nauticus Maritime Museum is located in downtown Norfolk, a 30 minute drive from the Virginia Beach VA oceanfront. At Nauticus, you'll get an interactive look into the area's rich naval and maritime history, learning such things as ship building to weather forecasting. You can also take a tour of the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. While at Norfolk, be sure to save some time for shopping at Waterside and McArthur Mall. Visit Nauticus.org for complete information.
The Atlantic Ocean on the East side and the Back Bay on the West Side - these barrier islands feature dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, wild ponies, mule deer, wild boars and plenty of waterfowl. Miles of hiking and biking trails are available throughout the park. Guided tours including kayak trips into the pristine bay ecosystem are also available through several local outfitters. Visit Back Bay / False Cape State Park online for more information.
A registered National Historic Landmark, the Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first public building authorized by the new federal government in 1789, and the first lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. This lighthouse marked the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay from 1791 until it was replaced by the new lighthouse in 1881. The old lighthouse is open for visitors to climb and gain a view of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay. Visit virginia.org for more information.
Virginia Beach Virginia is comprised of three separate, and distinct, beach areas. The most famous of which is the resort area, which sits adjacent to the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Two other less known, but still beautiful options include the Sandbridge area and the Chesapeake Bay. Sandbridge is on Virginia Beach's southern shore and offes a more secluded beach vacation environment. The Chesapeake Bay beaches to the north are a more relaxed 'locals' environment set adjacent to the lush green of First Landing State Park. View More Information
Located in Norfolk, a 30 minute drive from the Virginia Beach resort area, the Virginia Zoo displays nearly 400 different animals representing more than 110 different species ranging from African elephants to Siberian Tigers and everything in between. Newly renovated, the Virginia Zoo is a great change of pace from the oceanfront, and it's a great attraction to see if you travel to Norfolk for Nauticus, Waterside or the Botanical Gardens. Visit virginiazoo.org for more information.
Have fun in the summer sun at the Virginia Beach Amusement Park, located on the Virginia Beach oceanfront at 15th Street between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. Thrill-seekers get their fix on Skyscraper, where you will soar 165 feet at 65 mph; and Cosmic Storm, a spinning sensation built just for the park. There are a host of great kids rides as well, and classic midway games like Mini-Basketball and Fish Pond to test your skill. Visit the only amusement park in Virginia Beach, virginiabeachamusementpark.com, for more information.
Located in the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront on 15th Street, the Virginia Beach fishing pier is an old-standby of the resort area. Not only is it one of the more historic landmarks at the beach, it's also a very popular and productive fishing spot. Anglers of all skill levels can enjoy a day on the pier as they try their luck reeling in catches of spot, flounder, croacker, pompano, trout, bluefish, red drum, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, kingfish and even the occasional small sand shark - a great adrenaline rush for the lucky few!
From late December through mid March, the Atlantic Ocean waters off the Virginia Beach oceanfront are home to many migratory Humpback whales. Two hour boat trips through the Virginia Aquarium are available daily and offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close and personal to these gigantic animals. Boats are heated, and have both an enclosed viewing area as well as open decks. Advance reservations are required as these tours do sell out.