Virginia Beach has a population of 437,994 making it the biggest city in Virginia. It operates on the EDT time zone.
|Country||The United States Of America|
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With a mild coastal climate all year long, Virginia Beach is the perfect family vacation town. Located in the South Hampton Roads area of Virginia on the Atlantic Ocean, this city at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay is home to miles of sandy beaches, hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants.
Near the point where Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists on the mainland of North America.
The 59-block Virginia Beach Boardwalk includes amazing beachscapes, arcades and food stands, and small parks for picnicking. Virginia Beach hosts the East Coast Surfing Championship as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship every year, and also offers a host of other attractions.
Things to do in this Virginia city are all about the sun and surf. Check out swimming, hiking, kayaking, whale and dolphin watching. Visits to nearby historic Virginia landmarks include sites famous in the settling of the United States, the American Revolution and the Civil War.
Did you know?
- Gary Duschl from Virginia Beach holds the world record for the longest Gum Wrapper Chain ever made. His wrapper chain is 63,527 feet -- 12 miles long.
- Virginia Beach is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest pleasure beach in the world.
- The Cape Henry Lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay was the first lighthouse built by the U.S. Federal government and was completed in 1792.
Read on for a look at great things to do on the shores of a Virginia Beach, Virginia vacation.
- Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Welcome to a three-mile esplanade stretching along the beautiful Virginia oceanfront. 28-feet wide and packed with vacationers during the summer months, the Boardwalk features an adjacent bike path to accommodate bikers, skaters and surreys (small motorized buggies for rent).
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is also lined with motels and all varieties of restaurants. Visit upscale shops, see what the street vendors have to offer, check out the amusement areas or linger among the historic museums and monuments. The Boardwalk is the heart of the action in Virginia Beach with plenty to do for the entire family.
- Mount Trashmore Park
Mount Trashmore was one of the first landfill parks constructed in the world. Now a recreation area, the park rises 64 feet above sea level and encompasses 165 acres.
The world renowned Mount Trashmore Park draws nearly one million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the Virginia Beach area. In addition to be a family-oriented leisure location, it is also a natural resource conservation model for innovative design and planning.
There are many opportunities for enjoying a day at Mount Trashmore Park, including a Skate Park with an above ground seven-feet deep bowl; a Kid's Cove Play Area; picnic shelters, volleyball courts, water-wise gardens and asphalt surfaced hiking trals offering scenic views of the lake and the landscaped grounds.
- Sandbridge Beach
Welcome to this charming coastal community, a perfect refuge along the Virginia coastline. Also referred to as the "Outer Banks of Virginia, Sandbridge Beach has over five miles of golden sand along the Atlantic Ocean.
Sandbridge Beach offers a wide range of things to do from fine dining to fishing off the pier, world class golfing, surfing and great nightlife.
Using Sandbridge as a home base, it is an easy drive to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA for a great day trip or to the Virginia Science Museum and Aquarium in nearby Virginia Beach.