The second week of September there is an old-fashioned fair held in a field on the outskirts of Smithfield. It's a family affair featuring livestock, local crafts, amusements, rides and a variety of local foods. It's known for having the largest traveling mid-way. The kiddies will enjoy petting the baby animals. I enjoyed trying the hush puppies and crabcakes. Others enjoyed the barbeque they considered "the best".
Smithfield and the surrounding areas are steeped in history and saw much action during the Revolutionary War. Smithfield sits across from Jamestown which is worthy of another day's visit. Smithsfield has many monuments to see and a few antique stores I would like to have visited.
I love the beach but the tourist beach just wasn't for me.If you want a quiet beach you'll have to go past 1st street and over the bridge.Then take (I think) the 1st left if your coming from Va Beach and this will bring you into an very rich estate.Just head towards the beach from here.It's so beautiful,it's where all the surfers are and the water is much nicer too.You could also head the other direction to 66th street,this beach is beautiful at night.
Fort Story,this is the army base in Virgina and it is north of Virginia Beach.The place to go here if you want the sun and you can also drink on the beach as it is a military beach.I only went once and didn't drink but at least the option is there.
Go to Sandbridge at the south end of Virginia Beach. It is a very quiet beach in a residential neighborhood.
It is beautiful!
I also recommend Cape Henry, You can tour the lighthouse and the shore is lit up at night for the ships. It is gorgeous.
Virginia Beach has 2 beautiful lighthouses, on the Ft. Story base, free, and easily accessible. You will need to get permission from the lighthouse keeper to step into the newer, functioning lighthouse, but it is worth the effort. Just stand in the center and look straight up. The geometric pattern created by the staircase is a work of art.
For a fascinating outdoor family activity, or a chance to just get out in the open, drive south of Virginia Beach down the coast, through Sandbridge to the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. A wildlife enthusiast paradise. Wander the paths around large ponds teeming with indigenous fish and turtles. See wild ponies grazing around the education shack or flocks of migratory birds including swans. Walk the boardwalks through the marsh grasses to vistas of the backbay while spotting marsh birds and if your quiet, marsh mammals.
Head over to the beach and see what Virginia Beach looked like before the hotels and beach front houses were built. Expansive white sand edged with sea grasses and dunes. Watch where you walk – no not for dog doo-doo (dogs aren’t permitted), during the nesting season from early June through August, sea turtles lay their eggs in the coastal sands of Virginia Beach. Five of the seven species of sea turtles that exist in the world today occur off Virginia’s coast.
Hiking, biking and beaching. One of the gems of the Virginia park system, First Landing stretches from the beach to the salt marshes. Learn about nature from a ranger at one of the daily programs, fish the bay, explore secluded trails or just relax in your 2BR cabin.
We took a drive down Rt 5. We got on Rt 5 outside of Richmond and followed it along the James River. There are many plantations open to the public and many that are not.
There are also alot of roadside markers letting you know the history that happened in this area including Civil War trail information.
Very nice drive even if you don't stop at any of the plantations.