If you are looking for somewhere which is off the beaten path, for international visitors to the Unites States and plan to visit the Eastern Seaboard, i.e. to visit NYC, Washington DC or to go to Florida down South, you might also want to consider the Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and these visitors are almost exclusively American tourists. With different arts events, beach and street festivals going on through the summer and with a lovely 1.5 mile beach and some great local seafood restaurants, this is one place you might want to consider.
Va Bch is not New York City with its museums and cafes but the local area in this state has its own charm and a lovely coastal town culture which is shaped by the Deep South culture in this region. There are also some attractions certainly worth considering in this area and which are worth visiting in their own right.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (previously called the Virginia Marine Science Museum), offers visitors over three hundred exhibits, including 10 acres of marsh habitat, a nature trail, sharks, sea turtles, harbour seals, otters, and stingrays. In the summer time, there are also whale and dolphin watching boat trips. The aquarium, which is located at The museum is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 2345,1 is open 9am through to 5pm most days.
There is also an IMAX theatre in the museum, and additionally, the museum organises educational tours for groups. Take a look at their website at: Virginia Beach Aquarium for details on the latest opening and closing times, entry costs and the latest aquarium exhibits.
Virginia beach has a 2.5 mile beach, plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and a boardwalk. In both summer and winter time, the locals enjoy jogging, cycling and walking along the boardwalk, with many of the older people also very fit looking, with many people living a healthy sea air lifestyle. During certain times in the summer, there is an Art Festival on the board-walk with many stalls lining the walkway.
The beach gets very crowded in the prime summer months and the streets crowded. There is plenty to do though, with the beach, live music, tourist facilities such as pitch and putt (crazy golf), amusement arcades, souvenir shops, bowling alley and cinema. If you enjoy Virginia beach board-walk you might also be interested in the Myrtle Beach, SC board-walk.
Ocean Breeze Water Park is only one and a half miles inland from the main beach front and it is a great family place. Try for example, the tidal wave pool; the Bahamma Mamma; largo loop; Jungle Falls; Buccaneer Bay and Runaway bay for example.
You can print off a discount voucher on the Ocean Breeze attractions webpage. 849 General Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Va23451 is the address and all parking is FREE, as are life vests. Note that you cannot take food inside the park, but you can re-enter the park with your pass. The park is not really very big,and generally not that busy. It can be a useful escape from the beach front though, and should suit all members of the family.
Visitors to Motor World, Virginia Beach, can enjoy the choice from several Go-Karting tracks, crazy golf and a number of other facilities including a climbing wall. To get to Motor World driving from beach, drive along Pacific Avenue South and keep on going towards 1st Street and then follow the signs for ‘General Booth Boulevard’ for one mile. Turn right when you see the gorilla. The Motor World park is open seven days a week; from 10am from April 1st through to September. It opens until on Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park is also open weekends all year round, provide the weather is okay.
Angie’s Guest House is a place I have stayed in many times, whilst lodging in Virginia beach. Angie’s Gust house is literally 100 yards from Virginia Beach. For those of you familiar with the beach side area, this guest house is situated on the corner of 24th and Pacific – directly opposite Harpoon Larry’s Seafood Bar.
The property Angie, is a bubbly and friendly local lady who is always welcoming and fun, hence the reason I
always stay in this guest house. The guest house also has a communal kitchen area you are welcome to use, as well as a back garden with table tennis table and seating area. Contact Angies Guest House at: 302 24th St, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. Phone: +1 75742 84690.
Virginia Beach Youth Hostel for backpackers lodging is also attached to Angie’s Guest House. This youth hostel is clean, acceptably priced and well organised. It does get full quite often in the summer months thus you are advised to ensure that you book ahead of time. Phone: +1 75742 84690
The Best Western on Virginia Beach front is also a good place to stay, with the location ideal for lodging and the prices reasonable. The Best Western hotel in Virginia Beach is located at: 300 Atlantic Av, Virginia Beach Va 23451, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451. Phone: +1 75743 71200. Room prices start from approx $50 U.S. dollars per room per night for lodging.
For those of you who are looking for a bit more luxury on your visit to Virginia Beach, the Turtle Cay Resort is another great place to lodge. Located on 600 Atlantic Avenue, Turtle Cay is a modest, Oceanfront three-story time-share complex designed in a traditional architectural style that recalls the Virginia Beach of days gone by. This Virginia Beach timeshare property offers 94 fully-furnished suites including complete kitchens, modern bathrooms with large Jacuzzi tubs, and spacious living areas with fireplaces and private balconies. The resort also offers an open-air pavilion for your exclusive use including swimming pools, hut tubs and palm trees.
The staff is friendly and helpful here, so it’s a great place to stay if you are travelling with children or if you have never before stayed in Virginia Beach. If you are interested in reserving a suite here, I’d recommend renting through a time-share owner rather than through the resort itself, because you can save hundreds of dollars.