What comes to your mind when you hear of the ‘longest pleasure beach in the world’? If you are unaware, the answer is Virginia Beach, the hotspot, American holiday destination. Virginia Beach is also well known for the annual ‘East Coast Surfing Championships’ and the ‘North American Sand Soccer Championship’. Virginia Beach is the 39th largest and the most populous city in the United States. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach carries a rustic charm whether it is golden sands, blue frothy waves or the economical expenses. It is one of the most sought after family destinations as well as romantic getaways and it guarantees a fun-filled, experiential vacation.
Here is a list of the ‘ten must visit’ sites in Virginia Beach before you return home:
1. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Centre
This is the best and the most visited aquariums in the United States. You can enjoy the tunnel view of varieties of fishes, sharks and turtles and even enjoy 3D movies in the IMAX theatre. It doesn’t end here; you get to see various birds in the bird aviary and the marsh creatures as well. To top it all, there is an observation tower from where you can watch the marsh and the ocean.
2. Cape Henry Lighthouse
Built in 1792, the Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first U.S. government authorized lighthouse. It was built using ‘aquia creek sandstone’ and it has a diameter of 26 feet at its base and 16 feet at the top. It is a National historic landmark open to public from where you can enjoy a scenic view.
3. Mount Trashmore Park
This 165 acre activity park opened in 1974 and is a unique model of environmental friendliness. Built on abandoned landfill using waste and clean soil, it is the most popular park in Virginia Beach. The park houses picnic shelters, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, number of walking trails, two lakes, Skate Park and Kids’ Cove.
4. Ocean Beach Water Park
If you are scared of the real waves, it’s time to get into the waves. This park is an interesting assortment of water games where you can enjoy around 16 water slides, wave pool, rafting and fun contests.
5. First Landing State Park
This is a 2700-acre park suited for hiking, cypress swamps and a wide variety of birds. The Park is close to the site where Christopher Newport and the Virginia Company colonists first landed on 26th April 1607. The park is perfect for reposeful camping and varieties of activities for children.
6. Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
The museum preserves the memories of the good old days when people could see the migratory wild fowls on their way south outlined against the clear blue skies. You can see one of the finest and artistically carved wildfowl art and artifacts here.
Feel the breeze on your face as you walk through the three mile concrete stretch that borders the Virginia Beach. This place also offers unlimited entertainment with its games, exquisite food and oceanfront stages.
8. False Cape State Park
The Park provides a glimpse of nature at its unexploited best. The Park offers a range of activities like camping, hiking, bicycling, boating, terra gator transport and environmental education programs.
If you are on Virginia Beach and you miss golfing, you’ll regret it forever. The Beach offers some of the best golf courses like Hell’s Point Golf Club and Cypress Point Country Club.
10. Historic Homes
Along with its parks and beaches, Virginia Beach is also famous for its historic homes that have housed the likes of Alexander Graham Bell, George Mason, etc. like Bell House, Gunston Hall, Oak Hill (James Monroe), etc. where you can relish the good old Virginia Beach.