Virginia Beach Travel Guide, Virginia
Virginia Beach is located near Chesapeake Bay. It has a population just under half million, making it the most populated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city rises amid farmland and marshes and is a resort destination, highly prized for its long beaches. Other natural attractions are the False Cape State Park, Tidewater Arboretum, and the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Besides tourism, the lucrative economic climate of Virginia Beach is also fed by three military bases. It has a rich Revolutionary and Civil War history. Many of the points of interest date to these periods, such as the Francis Land House, Cape Henry Lighthouse and the nearby Cape Henry Light Station, and two plantations, the Adam Thoroughgood House and the Ferry Farm Plantation. The Adam Thoroughgood House was possibly built by the grandson of the namesake who settled in the area around 1635. It is considered as the oldest brick structure in Virginia and the furniture dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. The house, that is still being restored, is a grand example of architecture from the Colonial period .
The climate in Virginia Beach is humid and subtropical in the summer, due to the moderating effect of the ocean. But winters are similar to those of the Northeastern neighbors with cold periods and considerable accumulations of snow. There are many attractions to amuse visitors, some of which capitalize on the military presence, such as the Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base and the Old Coast Guard Station Museum (Seatack). Aquatic life is highlighted and displayed at the Virginia Aquarium, which houses different marine life.
Lynnhaven Mall is the shoppers delight with mainstream and designer shops equally represented. Families flock to the Ocean Breeze Waterpark where kids can have a lot of fun.
The city is also home to several performing arts areas including the Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
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- Tula Adventure Sports
travel tip by party-girl posted more then 30 days ago
I had the time of my life with Tula Adventure Sports last summer and I can hardly wait to go again this year. I've never been paddle-boarding so it was a new and exciting experience for me to try this thing out. It was definitely...
- Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
travel tip by zangazanga posted more then 30 days ago
A small piece of history and the symbol of home, the Old Cap Henry Lighthouse is a simple, yet strong building that holds so much inside. You may get tired going up on the steps to the top but when you do arrive at the top the view will...
- False Cape State Park
travel tip by zlori posted more then 30 days ago
A bit more off the track park without benches and paved ways but instead, False Cape State Park is a big territory with trees, sand, camping and picnic areas and hiking trails. With the Atlantic Ocean at one side the place is a marvel. ...