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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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    Williamsburg is only an hour away

    by Goner Written May 11, 2004

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    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.

    You are entering Williamsburg

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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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    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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    Take a Harbor Cruise

    by Goner Updated Nov 10, 2003

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    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.

    American Rover
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    Visit Norfolk

    by Goner Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    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.

    Naval Ship at Norfolk
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    Regents University

    by Goner Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    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.

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    Haunted Fun House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 6, 2005

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    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.

    Haunted Fun House at Oceanfront area of VAB

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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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  • 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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    Large art work!

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 6, 2005

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    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.

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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 Aquarium is a must!!!

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 6, 2005

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    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

    Virginia Aquarium now called Marine Science Museum Aretta & Noel Aretta, Larry & Noel w/ sea turtles tank May 2006, shark in the shark tank

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    Attention nature...

    by holligolytly Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    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!

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    Rudee Inlet

    by bugalugs Written Dec 7, 2004

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    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!

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