Owls Creek Marsh Pavilion
The Pavilion tells the story of life in Owls Creek salt marsh, the waterway on which the museum is located. Exhibits include dozens of aquariums and terrariums featuring river otters, seahorses, fiddler crabs and a macro-marsh where animals and plants are magnified ten times their normal size. Visitors will enjoy the one of-a-kind interactive theater where they can test their knowledge about the local environment. In addition, an outdoor aviary features over 55 local bird species such as egrets, pelicans, royal terns, ducks, turkey vultures and great blue herons.
Take a walk on the wild side! Connecting the museum's two buildings, the 1/3-mile nature trail meanders through more than ten acres of salt marsh preserve along Owls Creek. A 30-foot observation tower, information boxes, elevated boardwalks and shaded trail system give viewers clues about the menagerie of life to be found in this living exhibit.
Planning Your Visit
Welcome to the Virginia Marine Science Museum! To make the most of your self-guided museum tour, be sure to visit both buildings, as well as the nature trail that connects them. Allow four-to-five hours for your visit, including a 45 minute IMAX movie .
Admission sales and parking are available at both buildings. Your ticket is good all day at both buildings. There is also handicapped parking at two of the parking lots and the building is entirely handicapped accessible. Be sure to hold on to your ticket stubs and receipt so that you can get back and forth between buildings or return later in the same day.
Atlantic Ocean Pavilion & Main Building
The Atlantic Ocean Pavilion and Main Building host the 300,000-gallon Norfolk Canyon Aquarium including sandtiger, nurse and brown sharks, as well as stingrays and other large open-ocean dwellers. You'll also find the 70,000-gallon sea turtle aquarium, sea turtle hatchling laboratory, hands-on ocean exploration exhibits, jellyfish and octopus aquariums, and even a life-size model of a humpback whale
The Haunted Fun House is located on 26th street and oceanfront. It also has a big arcade inside for the kids.
Inside the many different discount booklets at the beachfront area, you can find discount tickets for admission.
This is a favorite, but be warned they use live actors and you might get grabbed.
Virginia Beach has Large pieces of art work spread throughout the main strip along Atlantic Avenue. Look in between the hotels and there they are. This does seem to be an artsy kinda town. So check them out, they are a lot of fun.
Rudee Inlet is at the southern end of Atlantic Avenue. From here you can go on fishing trips, jet ski, kayaks, jet boats, or if you prefer to relax sit in a restaurant and watch everyone else doing it!
Williamsburg is unique as there has always been a town in this location. The buildings have been maintained and give you an accurate account of it's history. As you wander around the town you'll see it's residence dressed in historic costumes some driving carts and wagons of long ago.
There is no charge for walking the streets and admiring the buildings and visiting it's many shops with crafts, candy and of course tourist items.
On the campus of Regents University you can join a live audience of “The 700 Club.”
There are guided tours of the CBN Studio Headquarters Building on weekdays which include a look at CBN’s studios and Regent University. “The 700 Club” and other programs are seen in 60 countries.
Take exit 286B off I-64 East at Indian River Rd. in Virginia Beach. For seating and schedule, call 226-2745.
Norfolk, Virginia is the home of the world's largest Navy base, has miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beaches, a historic downtown district, a complex of waterfront shops and restaurants, a collection of cruise boats and ferries, and an excellent selection of museums. Norfolk is centered around the port of Hampton Roads, one of the largest, naturally deep, ice-free harbors in the world. You can see tugs, barges, sailboats, commercial vessels, and navy ships moving in and out of the port through the Elizabeth River.
Norfolk's downtown waterfront area is located right on the banks of the Elizabeth River. The Norfolk Waterside Marketplace, the centerpiece of the waterfront district, offers dining, shopping. Special events, such as the annual Norfolk Harborfest, are held next to Waterside, at the waterfront Town Point Park.
A great way to see the Hampton Roads and the historical waterfront, is to set sail on the American Rover. This is a three-masted 135-foot passenger schooner designed after a 19th century cargo schooner, but the lower deck has an air conditioned coctail lounge and snackbar. The captain points out all the highlights in the harbor and if you wish, you can take a turn at the wheel. The trip lasts for about two hours and brings you up close and personal to the ships in Norfolk Harbor.
April 12th - May 23th:
11 am Harbor Cruise
Saturdays - 2 Hour Cruise
3 pm Harbor Cruise
Every Day - 2 Hour Cruise
6 pm Sunset Harbor Cruise,
Wed - Sun
2 Hour Cruise
Two Hour Cruise: Adults $15 / Children under Twelve $10
Three Hour Cruise: Adults $22 / Children under Twelve $12
Parking in city garages across Waterside Drive.
Attention nature Lovers!!!!!!You just have to go to Sandbridge when you are in Virginia Beach. Sandbridge is just 30 min. south of the Va Beach oceanfront before you reach the border of North Carolina.
While in Sandbridge, visit the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The last time I was in the area, I was on a bike ride in the refuge and about 8 wild horses went running by!
Virginia Beach Ampitheater.The place for all types of concerts.Anything from Opera to Brittny Spears! Guess which one gets sold out same day? :)
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia: Contemporary art in all its forms, from sculpture, painting and glass to still photography and the moving image. Great place for those who love art!
Located in Williamsburg, which is an hour away by car. A popular theme park destination for the entire family.The park is divided into well-designed sections representing 17th-century Europe: There's San Marco, Italy, Rhinefeld and Oktoberfest in Germany, London's the Hastings, Aquitaine and New France, and Heatherdowns, Scotland. The newcomer on the block is Ireland.
The roller coasters at Busch Gardens are some of the best.If you have a weak stomach, then try there new zoo. Great fun specially if you have kidds!
Walk along the boardwalk and frolic in the ocean!
The oceanfront area is very 'walkable.' The boardwalk is very convenient, and you can rent four-wheeled pedal cars (cycles) to get up and down the coast more quickly than walking. Rental costs vary, but the biggest vehicles are about $35 per hour.
Things to do:
Normal water sports
Chesapeake Bay fishing and offshore fishing
Virginia Marine Science Museum
Nauticus Maritime Museum
Williamsburg Pottery and local outlet malls
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Lynnhaven Mall ,one of the largest malls on the East Coast; home to several large department stores, many small shops and restaurants and movie theaters. Several shopping centers are also located outside the mall.I think I spent more money shopping here than in New York,that says alot I think
You must take a day trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, and or (if you like history), visit Old Colonial Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is a beautiful, well run amusement park with something for everyone. And Colonial Williamsburg is just completely interesting and also beautiful. Another place of interest that my kids enjoyed was the Virginia Air and Space Center of Hampton,VA. And then there is Jamestown Settlement with lots of history and folks dressed in Colonial wear to make it very real. There really are many things to see and do in Virginia Beach and not too far from it. It's a great place for a family vacation!
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