The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is lined with hotels and restaurants, making it a popular destination for many vacationers looking to be in the very heart of the area’s bustling center of activity. The boardwalk is built overlooking the ocean, and the views from many of the area hotels are simply breathtaking. In addition to a large walking path, there is also a bike path for people on bikes and skates. Handicap ramps are placed at every block and lead down to the beach.
Virginia Beach Oceanfront refers to the three mile long boardwalk area in South East Virginia Beach on the Atlantic Coast. It is located North of the Rudee Inlet Bridge and includes the boardwalk itself, Atlantic Avenue, and Pacific Avenue.
Mermaids have graced the city of Norfolk for well over a decade. Norfolk attorney Peter Decker (1936-2012) - known as “Uncle Pete” throughout the community - introduced the idea of Mermaids on Parade at a breakfast with 300 business and civic leaders at Nauticus on November 30, 1999. The idea is credited to his wife Bess who was inspired during a visit to Chicago at the height of that city’s Cows on Parade.
Through a public/private partnership, the Norfolk community pulled off the major event - Mermaids on Parade - in a short period. It was a huge success with local bronze sculptor Kevin Gallup mass-producing 130 mermaid castings for artists to decorate. Business and community leaders from Norfolk and beyond “adopted” mermaids at $2000 apiece that were auctioned off during the event.
The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House, 601 East Freemason Street, was built in 1794 by Captain William Willoughby, a descendant of English immigrant Captain Thomas Willoughby I, who was the recipient of a 1636 Royal grant of 200 acres – 50 of which would become the town of Norfolk in 1682. It has been administered by The Chrysler Museum of Art since 1969 and opened as the Norfolk History Museum on September 10, 2005. The current exhibition showcases various aspects of Norfolk’s architectural, commercial, maritime and military history through objects from the Chrysler Museum’s collection and other institutions and private citizens.
The work consists of a brick plaza on the water, backed by a knoll planted with artist-selected vegetation.
The plaza holds a flagpole and benches.
Nine cast bronze forms are scattered across the plaza, as if letters blown by the wind.
The bronze pieces are etched with actual text of letters sent by soldiers from every major US conflict to loved-ones just before they died.
The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Native American canoes, colonial settlers, 20th century schooners and modern cargo ships have navigated the park's waterways. During the War of 1812, its Cypress swamps were a source of fresh water for merchant mariners, pirates and military ships. According to local legend, Blackbeard hid in the Narrows area of the park, and interior waterways served as landing sites for Union and Confederate patrols and blockade-runners during the Civil War. Built, in part by an all African-American Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-1940, the park is a National Natural Landmark and National Historic Landmark. Now, as Virginia's most-visited state park, it's a natural oasis in Virginia Beach's urban oceanfront area. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Offering many recreational and educational activities, it's a great place to explore unusual habitats featuring bald cypress
Active parks are usually 10 acres or less and provide some type of recreational component for active play. These components include athletic fields, courts, fitness equipment, and children’s play structures. Primary park users are from nearby neighborhoods. Passive parks are usually ten acres or less, with no active play component or equipment. These parks may be natural areas or city maintained areas or a combination of both.
Experience the combined thrills of an offshore powerboat ride, parachuting, ballooning and gliding all in one action-packed adventure and at a fraction of the cost! Fun for the whole family. Stay dry or get wet – your choice.
From your special vantage point hundreds of feet above the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy the fantastic view of our city and its beachfront, as well as a wonderful array of watercraft and sea life. And don’t forget to capture the action and excitement with our new photo packages.
Aboard our state-of-the art custom designed 2000 Premium Parasail Boat. You will experience the thrills of “Winch Direct Parasailing” utilizing our onboard integrated flight deck launch and recovery system – the latest in parasailing technology.
The Old Coast Guard Station Museum honors and preserves the history of Virginia's maritime heritage, coastal communities, the United States Lifesaving Service, and the United States Coast Guard along the Atlantic coast.
The cottage was built in 1895 by Bernard Peabody Holland, who called it "The Brick House." B.P. served two non-contiguous terms as mayor of Virginia Beach, from 1906 to 1908 as the newly-incorporated town's first mayor, and again from 1913 to 1916. His wife did not like the sound of waves breaking on the shore, so B.P. built her a larger home across the street.
Purchased in 1909 by Cornelius deWitt, the cottage was expanded in 1917 to twenty-two rooms and remained in the deWitt family until 1988. The house is on the Virginia Landmarks Register. With fourteen-inch-thick brick walls, twenty-two rooms, a basement and an attic, this house is an example of an early typical beach house. The cottage is now home to the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum and the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Inc. (a non-profit organization).
Veterans groups from across the country are invited and encouraged to use this site for organizational ceremonies and display of unit flags during reunions or gatherings. For more information please call the Resort Programs Office at: (804) 422-1000
The Tidewater Veterans Memorial was created in an unusual manner. The memorial committee decided to involve the youth of the community in the project's creative design and concept phase. After all, military veterans
fought for the future of our country so that younger and subsequent generations might enjoy the blessings of freedom and the American dream as the knew it. With that in mind, a contest was held among local high school students.
This original Georgian-style house reflects the gentry class life style of its builder, Thomas Walke III. His son, Thomas Walke IV, and subsequent owner, was one of the two local representatives to the Virginia Convention of 1788 which decided Virginia would ratify the recently drafted Constitution of the United States.
A visit to the house and grounds of Upper Wolfsnare will take you back in time to the day when the Walke family was in residence. The lane to the house is lined with crepe myrtles which help provide a feeling of the country life in colonial Virginia. Trees, flowers and herbs of the house yard provide a pleasant setting for this impressive house.
Upper Wolfsnare is open to the Public on a limited basis on Wednesdays from Noon to 4 P.M. during July and August and for larger groups by appointment only.
The Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse, formerly known as the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, is a courthouse of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia. Built in 1932, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It reflects Art Deco architecture. It served historically as a courthouse and as a post office.
The Virginia Beach Fishing Center is located on Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach VA. We are open 7 days a week for fuel, dockage and information. We also offer a store full of tackle, bait, ice, t-shirts and more, as well as a large parking lot that offers parking for our customers or paid parking for any other activities at the beach.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, is an aquarium and marine science museum located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just south of Rudee Inlet.
One thing you'll never do is run out of things to do. Here, you'll find all the attractions, events and excitment located in the middle of the dynamic Coastal Virginia region. In addition to the many shopping, sightseeing and cultural possiblities, you'll find Chesapeake is the perfect base camp for all sorts of outdoor adventuring, whether bird watching, folf, biking, hiking, kayaking and more. Take it all in: outdoor sports galore, easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, a vibrant musical and cultural scene, historic sites ripe for exploring, shopping ranging from fine to funky, and picturesque strolls in a green and beautifully preserved environment. Oddly enough, with so much to find here, you may just lose yourself!
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If you’re looking for a friendly, accessible and affordable destination for your next meeting, your search ends here – in Norfolk, the heart of the Virginia waterfront.
Norfolk is the cultural, financial and entertainment hub of the mid-Atlantic coast, and will never disappoint! Centrally located on the Eastern Seaboard, Norfolk is only hours from two thirds of the U.S. population, making getting here and meeting here extremely convenient, not only for your travel needs, but for your budget as well.