Located along the southeastern part of Virginia is the tourist destination of Virginia Beach. Sometimes referred to as the “Resort Beach”, Virginia Beach has been a town since the early 1950’s and the area has a lot to offer to residents and visitors, alike. Approximately 450,000 live in Virginia Beach on a year-round basis, and many more people visit during the warmer months of the year. Interestingly, this area is the largest city in the whole state of Virginia, as far as population is concerned.
The beach itself is a beautifully wide beach and the area has plenty of hotels/motels, restaurants, shopping destinations, and entertainment venues for people to enjoy. Along the shoreline, guests can also stroll along the well-known Virginia Beach Boardwalk. This 3-mile stretch of Boardwalk can be used by walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers. There are plenty of adjacent snack shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, juice bars, coffee shops, and other venues that keep people entertained and fully stocked with all types of beach-themed paraphernalia.
Virginia Beach is also a place that is rich in history. You may wish to explore the First Landing State Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is near the site where English colonists first landed before establishing Jamestown. This state park is located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and offers a beach area, hiking and biking trails, fishing and swimming opportunities, camping sites, picnic areas, and so much more! The entrance fee into the park is minimal, although other fees may occur with activities, such as camping.
Another historical site in Virginia Beach is the Cape Henry Lighthouse. This distinguishable lighthouse that has black and white stripes on it, is currently closed to the public, but it is still a nice area to visit and learn the history of this monumental structure.
For people in the area that are interested in local marine life, a visit to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is a must! This beautiful building opened in 1986 and houses more than 800,000 gallons of fresh and salt water tanks. Guests can explore various aquarium displays, as well as enjoy marine-themed movies, special events, and even an adventure course which offers a high-ropes course and a zipline, too. A day, or an afternoon, at the aquarium is a great way to escape some of the outdoor heat, while also learning many new things about marine life and local wetlands.
Virginia Beach is nicely situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Along the Boardwalk, which is located parallel to the waters of the Atlantic, visitors will find a giant bronze statue of King Neptune. This is a symbol that is unique to the beach area of Virginia Beach, and symbolizes the god of the sea, King Neptune, (according to Roman mythology). It is a huge statue and cannot be missed by visitors in the area.
If you find yourself in Virginia, and you are looking for a unique beach destination to visit, then Virginia Beach certainly fits the bill. It’s a beautiful area with plenty to offer, including spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.