Fun things to do in Virginia Beach

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    Go-Karting at American Indoor Karting

    by DWSPerry Written Oct 12, 2012

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    They've got a great indoor race track, making it a great option for when the weather doesn't cooperate, and I found the karts to be great - I'm a big guy and I still had no problem getting into them.

    It's only about a ten minute drive from the Boardwalk, so if you're looking to get away from the crowds, or if you've had enough sun and surf for the day, it's a great way to still have some fun.

    The Go-Karts at American Indoor Karting
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    Nauticus

    by Travler409 Written Apr 9, 2011

    A short drive into Norfolk took us to Nauticus, a sea science center and a naval museum. It was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. It's right on the bay and the retired battle ship Wisconsin sits right next to it. (Word of warning: Stay away from the pagoda if you are hungry. It had a limited lunch menu and offered only one Chinese dish of mediocre orange chicken.)

    USS Wisconsin Life Ring Photo op!
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    Lunch at Doc Taylors

    by Travler409 Written Apr 8, 2011

    I think we walked by it two or three times before we realized it was the white, clapboard house with the sun porch. Inside it was bustling. There is a main dining room and a secondary off the back of the first. We sat in the kitchen area where the counter and grill were kitty-corner to the really cool, old fashion bar. Off to the front was the patio sitting area.

    I had the Catfish Po Boy with apple tartar sauce. Not enough stars to indicate how good it was. Onion rings were crispy but standard. The Kee Lime pie with fresh whip cream was incredible.

    Bonus: $1.99 Bloody Mary.

    The look of a sated foodie.
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  • Karaoke

    by lmichaels111 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Wanna B's Karaoke Club

    This is such a great place with great service! They do have a food menu, but I didn't get anything to eat this time. I went on a Tuesday and they were giving out $$$$. It wasn't for a contest, it was just for the people that were singing, I guess like a door prize. I liked that it was inviting there, I felt comfortable and everyone was into the entertainment. I will go back again.

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    Life Saving Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I planned the trip, I noted on the map that the Life Saving Museum at the Old Coast Guard Station (formerly the Life-Saving Museum) was in Virginia Beach right on Atlantic Ave. We got there about 9:15, but it was not open until 10, so I took some pictures and then we went on.

    I thought it was sad that it was completely overshadowed (literally) by the tall hotels on either side.

    This is the only existing station in Virginia with exhibits on shipwrecks and rescues. The role of the Coast Guard from the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II to the present day is chronicled

    * Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
    * Sunday 12 Noon - 5 PM
    Closed on Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day,
    New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

    Admission:
    Adults: $2.50
    Military and Senior Citizen (60+): $2.00
    Young people (6 - 18): $1.00
    Under 6: Free

    Life Saving Museum Life Saving Museum Museum through windshield against sun
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    The Chrysler Museum

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The New York Times described the Chrysler's permanent collection as "one any museum in the world would kill for." Comprising over 30,000 objects the collection spans over 5000 years of world history.

    There are American and European paintings and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the present day. I enjoyed the impressionist gallery, as it?s my favorite style. There are works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Rodin and C?zanne. The Museum?s glass collection is one of the world?s greatest collections. The types and style of glass is endless in every color of the rainbow plus. They also have collections of decorative arts and photography. Each year the Chrysler presents an average of 15 special exhibitions of outstanding artworks from around the world.

    The museum is located on a beautiful waterfront sight facing the Hague inlet of Norfolk's historic Elizabeth River, the Museum building houses 60 galleries, an auditorium, gift shop, restaurant, and the Jean Outland Chrysler Library. The Museum was opened in 1989, and in 1997 the Museum completed a new education wing including spaces for hands-on art classes and new galleries for its celebrated collection of American neo-classical sculpture. The Museum's historic Willoughby-Baylor, and Moses Myers houses are located nearby.

    Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. (the website says admission by voluntary contribution, however I remember paying a $4 entrance fee)

    Entrance to Chrysler Museum
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    Rent a Family Bike

    by rottnboxers Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    We rented a bike for two hours and let me tell you..I never laughed so hard in many years. We had a blast. Although bikes aren't made for short people..it was still worth it. Would definately recommend this.

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    Daytrips in the Local Touring Area

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Closest to the west is Norfolk 22 114 5 We lived here from 1960 to 1964, and we've been through here six times by boat.

    The 1st number is the tips on my page, the 2nd number is the photographs, and the 3rd is the travelogues.

    But in addition to Norfolk (in alphabetical order)

    Chesapeake 1 4 0 is a very large area south of Norfolk with relatively few people.

    Colonial National Historical Park 2 4 0 (Jamestown and Yorktown)

    Colonial National Historical Parkway 5 14 0 which connects Jamestown and Yorktown

    Deep Creek 2 29 3 is at the head of the Dismal Swamp Canal

    Gloucester 5 7 0 This is just a restaurant tip for a place our friends took us to eat.

    Gloucester Point 4 6 0 This is mostly about the York River Yacht Haven on Sarah Creek off the York River which was our 3rd stop on our trip south in the fall of 2001opposite Yorktown

    Great Bridge 10 33 2 Visited three times on our way north via the Virginia Cut and once by car.

    Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 3 10 0 which we cross through every time we go down the Dismal Swamp Canal.

    Hampton 23 80 5 This was the 4th stop on our trip south in the fall of 2000 and is mostly about Fort Monroe

    Newport News 9 61 5 (Mariner's Museum)

    Portsmouth 23 90 5 Hospital Point is Mile Zero of the ICW.

    Smithfield 20 35 1

    and of course Williamsburg where I have no page yet.

    Outside the Mariner's Museum in Newport News Colonial National Parkway Jamestown National Park Fort Monroe Sally Port Elizabeth River - Norfolk/Portsmouth
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    Mount Trashmore

    by angelaf2013 Written May 5, 2007

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    If you have young children this is a fun place. The park has a kids castle playground, skate park, a pond for you to feed the ducks, and last time we were there they had an amusement park ( My kids didn't even ask to go they were happy at the playground). When my husband and I were dating at the top of the hill they had a huge flag flying I hated to see that was gone.

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    Second Hand Shops

    by rw-bigfoot Written Mar 1, 2007

    This is a military town so there was lots of second hand furniture stores in the area and we had a good time just driving around and stopping in and checking out the used furniture. We went to the military base to see the the ships but wasn't able to go onto the base for security reasons.

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  • Edgar Cayce House

    by coltoncity71 Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    Interesting if you are in to Cayce. They also have a school next door to his home in the hospital he had built. You can get a accupressure/swedish massage there at a discount. There is astrology, and go to the Cayce library which has all of his readings recorded. The store inside the house has books, videos etc. The people who work there are extremely helpful. Workshops are given as well. They do have a store in town also that sells many holistic remedies and Cayce products.

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    Dinner and Movies at Cinema Cafe

    by dln6874 Written Dec 27, 2005

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    At Cinema Cafe, you can buy dinner and watch a movie while you eat. This Cinema Cafe plays movies that have already been out a while though, so it's cheaper than going to the regular movies. Plus, Tuesdays and Thursdays are $1 nights!

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  • Comedy Clubs

    by xoxoxo Written May 13, 2005

    HA Comedy Club- a great place to go and laugh your butt off. The comics are so funny and have those thick New York accents. The place is great and they have dancing downstairs. The jello shots were the best.

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    Statue of Francois De Grasse at Fort Story Base

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 6, 2005

    While Graves and de Grasse drifted down the Virginia coast, the smaller French fleet of Admiral de Barras arrived from Newport carrying Rochambeau’s supplies and cannon, and sailed uncontested into Chesapeake Bay. Graves’ critics cite his failure to dispatch seaworthy vessels back to the bay, arguing that the copper-sheathed bottoms of the British ships gave them a decided edge in speed and that they would likely have won a race back to the Chesapeake.

    On September 10, Graves broke contact with the French and headed his battered fleet back to New York for repairs, leaving the French in total control of the Chesapeake and probably sealing Cornwallis's fate.

    De Grasse then set about the task of transporting Washington's and Rochambeau's forces from the northern Bay area to Williamsburg

    Noel & Tiffany with De Grasse Statue at ft story

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    PINBOYS bowling alley was a fun few hours

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 6, 2005

    We went to Pinboys Bowling Alley to have lunch and bowl a few games. It was alot of fun.

    Not very expensive except for the food. And the food wasn't that great. We had nachos, sodas, corndog and chicken fingers.

    We had fun bowling though and met some nice people from England.

    sign for Pinboys bowling

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