The most interesting way to arrive at Virginia Beach is down Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel where you will drive both over and under the water! Alternatively it’s a straight shot in on Interstate 64 from the West.
When Capt John Smith first landed here in 1607 (he established the first permanent English settlement in North America), he didn't land in Jamestown but at Virginia Beach — it must have looked like paradise! The lush coast of Virginia beckoned the colonists who survived four months of heaves and swells on the open ocean. As they knelt to kiss the ground, they knew they had been delivered to the New World! The cross that sits on Cape Henry in Virginia Beach commemorating this remarkable event corrects four hundred years of legend and lore.
Virginia Beach’s claim to fame today is its 35 miles of wonderful beaches. It also boasts a three-mile Boardwalk which features a separate bike path, making it ideal for strolling, rollerblading and biking. Live music acts are offered nightly during the summer months at four oceanfront stages. Along the boardwalk there’s a variety of quaint outdoor restaurants and vendors offering bike and surrey rentals. Be sure to see King Neptune – a twenty-four foot, twelve-ton bronze statue that stands at the gateway to Neptune Festival Park on 31st Street.
The Atlantic Ocean Pavilion and Main Building are complemented with the Owls Creek Marsh Pavilion that reveals the story of life in the marsh and Owls Creek, the waterway on which the aquarium is located. An interpreted nature trail, complete with a 30-foot observation tower, connects the two buildings. Take advantage of any informative 10 to 15 minute educational programs conducted throughout the day in both the main building and along the nature trail.
To include Virginia Beach in your holiday to the Capital Region, USA, contact the USA experts at Bon Voyage.