Country Inn and Suites Chesapeake
5806 Burton Station Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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Sand, sand and more sand
Aretta, Noel & Larry at Stingray (you can touch!!)
Noel & Tiffany at New Cape Henry Lighthouse
Noel & Tiffany at Angelo's by the Sea.
Activities without alcohol
My husband and I are looking into visiting Virginia Beach this coming summer, but are having a hard time finding things to do. Neither of us drink, and it seems that the only attractions (aside from the beach obviously) are bars and night clubs. Is this mainly a drinking town or are there other things for us to do? Also, we would be driving a rental car from D.C. and hope to drop it off when we arrive at Virginia Beach to save money. Because of this, we would prefer activities close to the hotels. Of course, we welcome any ideas and information though. Thank you in advance to all the respond.
RE: Activities without alcohol
There is a very nice aquarime down the street from the strip. Its called The Virginia Marine Science. It's a huge complex that could fill more than half a day.
There is also a haunted house, plenty of minature golf and of course sightseeing on tour boats. Try the Virginia Fishing Center for tours and fishing..
RE: RE: Activities without alcohol
I know I recommend this site to everyone, but it really seems to apply most of the time. Go to www.hamptonroads.com. Scroll down, on the left side you will see a place to choose a city. Select VA Beach and click go. This will take you to the VA Beach City Guide. Scroll down and under quick links click entertainment. Select the dates you will be here and you will get a list of activities going on around the city. You may also want to try the city of Norfolk, because they are pretty close and have a lot going on.
If you are into historical things, Colonial Williamsburg has quite a lot to offer. You can go through colonial Williamsburg and see quite a bit. I'm not a history buff but I even find this quite interesting, especially at night. Many visitors seem to really like this area. Check out www.colonialwilliamsburg.com for all that they have going on.
There are also 2 theme parks in Williamsburg if you're into that. One is Busch Gardens (http://www.buschgardens.com/buschgardens/va/default.aspx) Some of the pictures that come up initially look like it's a kiddie, but it isn’t. It’s just a family place so they cater to all ages.
The other park is Water Country USA (http://www.watercountryusa.com/water_country/va/). These two are actually partners, so if you wanted to go to both they sometimes sell tickets where you can get into both parks at a cheaper price than buying 2 tickets. Keep in mind that these places are in Williamsburg which is about a 45 minute drive from the Beach, but they are well worth the trip. Let me know if you would like any more info.
Travel Tips for Virginia Beach
Family Travel The City of Virginia Beach has a nice bike path beginning a few miles south of town. You can take this right to the downtown beach area and ride along the ocean between the promanade and the hotels. The path continues to Fort Henry and beyond. I also asked permission to park at a farm stand and rode into the rural areas toward the North Carolina state line. The road from Sandbridge is busy and has no shoulder.
This Natural Bridge is a Virginia Historic Landmark and considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It can be found in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley at the end of a beautiful walk through a canyon. It's a sacred site for the Monacan Indians who discovered it. George Washington actually surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and in 1774 Thomas Jefferson purchased the "rock" from George III to ensure it would be available to the public. Jefferson built a log cabin retreat here believing people would come to see this natural phenomenon. Today, there is a visitors center, a conference center and various arts and craft shops to browse as well as a wax museum with narrative while viewing the lifelike figures and historical scenes.
In the evenings at dark, symphonic music is played to colored lights spread across the arch and the Biblical story of the dawn of the world is told. Very inspirational.
Take 501 North past the Blue Ridge Parkway to Glasgow. Take 130 West to Natural Bridge (approximately 25 miles).
Gourmet!? I Think Not!
Ok I admit we were lured in by the tourist coupons and all the people that were inside. First Mistake! This place was aweful. They advertised an all you can eat Spaghetti Marinara and Garden Fresh Salad for $9.99 with home baked cheese bread. Ok why not. Oh boy second mistake. When my salad came it was fresh perhaps a few weeks ago. My spaghetti and marina was a lage bowl of pasta and about a teaspoon of sauce. I asked the waiter for some sauce so I could eat all the pasta and he went off to get me a small cup of marinara. He also brought me some parmesan which I was grateful for to drown out the aweful Ragu taste of the "homemade" sauce. As for the cheese bread I had two pieces of pizza crust with a bit of parmesan that was under cooked. Nasty stuff. Don decided to use a diffrent coupon and get himself a pizza. This too was very dissapointing. Greasy and soggy. Pizza should never be like that. Smelled good and tasted aweful! Definately a bad experience all around. Funny thing is when we had dinner our last night a Mahi Mah's the newlywed's were telling us about this aweful italian place they ate at. Guess what!?! Same restaurant, diffrent location.
Cross at First Landing
First Landing State Park is just south of Fort Story. This cross is right on Fort Story right next to the Cape Henry Lighthouses and is apparently part of the First Landing State Park.
The large granite cross put up in 1935 by the Daughters of the American Colonists is to commemorate the first landing of the English colonists in VA in 1609.
The inscription on the bottom on the cross says:
"Here at Capt Henry first landed in America upon 26 April 1607 those English colonists who upon 13 May 1607 established at Jamestown, Virginia the first permanent English settlement in America"
National Society Daughters
of the Amerian Colonists
April 26, 1935
Access to the site is free
There are two lighthouses on this base and also the First Landing Cross, but access to the whole of the base is not allowed. Some areas are restricted.
The base is used for training of amphibious equipment because of the beaches/sea.
Photo ID is required on entry, you are given a ticket which your car registration is noted and I think you hand the ticket in when you leave.
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