Whether you enjoy the excitement of a world-renowned boardwalk or you prefer something a little more low-key, you’re sure to find enticing attractions in Virginia Beach year-round!
Located on the Virginia coast, Virginia Beach is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. This coastal city offers visitors a wide array of activities, lodging options and restaurants — everything you need for the perfect vacation.
With so many things to do in Virginia Beach, it can be difficult to know how you should spend your time there. We’re here to help. The following are five of the top attractions you can enjoy on your next trip to Virginia Beach.
1) First Landing State Park
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While most people tend to vacation in Virginia Beach to relish the sun at the city’s plethora of beaches, First Landing State Park is a lesser-known gem that pleases the fancy of both beachgoers and outdoors enthusiasts. The park is rich in history as it includes 1.5 miles of pristine shoreline where English colonists first reached America, and is a nature lover’s dream complete with oceanfront camping, cabin rentals, kayaking, and hiking. You can easily spend a day, or several, at First Landing State Park.
2) Military Aviation Museum
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If you prefer the indoors, you’ll love the Military Aviation Museum that’s dedicated to military aircraft from around the world. The museum is home to five military installations, and it houses one of the largest private collections of World War II and Korean War fighters, bombers, and seaplanes. Any history buff is sure to have an enlightening and fun afternoon spent discovering the treasures this museum holds. And, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to fly in one of the restored planes.
3) Cape Henry Lighthouse
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Offering a glimpse into the past, the Cape Henry Lighthouse is an important piece of Virginia history. Actually, there are two lighthouses here. The first lighthouse, authorized by George Washington, offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay — leaving visitors in awe of what it would have been like 200 years ago. Adjacent to the lighthouse lies the newer Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1881, as well as the Cape Henry Memorial Park, which holds a replica of the First Landing Cross, which was placed by the first settlers as a way to give thanks for their safe journey.
4) Old Coast Guard Station
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Continuing on a bit of a historical journey, take another step back in time with a visit to the Old Coast Guard Station. This coastal museum, housed in a 1903 coast guard station, contains 1,800 artifacts and 1,000 photos from turn-of-the-century coast guard operations. Guests learn about shipwrecks that happened near Virginia Beach, and can witness the history of the coast guard’s lifesaving equipment from World War II until the present time.
5) Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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Covering 9,000 acres, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to a host of wildlife and natural habitats. Visitors are able to enjoy more than eight miles of scenic trails, as well as a handful of wildlife viewing areas that can be found along the way to see animals in their natural habitats. The refuge also includes a number of activities ranging from hiking and biking to kayaking and fishing.
While Virginia Beach is known for its stunning beaches, this coastal city has a large variety of interesting indoor and outdoor activities that every kind of travel can appreciate.
Do you need a place to stay while you’re vacationing in Virginia Beach? The Crowne Plaza is a short distance away from all the excitement of the city.
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