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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- Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
travel tip by evike14 posted more then 30 days ago
An entertaining and fun time you can get at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Extremely child-friendly facility, lot of kids are about running around or feeding the animals. It is a great place which even an adult can...
- 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...
- One Fish-Two Fish Restaurant
travel tip by cipristb posted more then 30 days ago
Exquisite and unique food, environment and ambiance is what we experienced at One Fish-Two Fish Restaurant on West Great Neck Road. The presentation of the food and the aroma is something wonderful. After the main course we were thrown...