Attractions and Events
The following places are nearby "Angie's" to visit when you're not basking in the golden Virginia sun: We have included travel times/distance and options from "Angie's" for your convenience.
Boardwalk: The sounds of waves crashing on the shore, children laughing, music playing in the distance, the smell of suntan lotion, your favorite foods grilling just steps away; the sight of happy people biking, jogging, rollerblading or taking a leisurely stroll; the feel of a cool ocean breeze on a warm summer night. This is the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, truly a piece of Americana. Free entertainment at the 24th, 17th and 7th Street stages. Walk.
Beach Street USA: Along the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue, between 17th and 25th Streets, enjoy theme performances June through August. In addition, there are over 100 days of entertainment at the oceanfront, along with special events and festivals throughout the city year-around. 757-425-3111/800 822-3224, http://www.beacheventsfun.com/
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: Explore the mysteries of the deep (and the shallow) at one of the top marine science museums in the country. It features a huge open-ocean aquarium, live sharks, over 100 hands-on exhibits, a giant sea turtle aquarium, a loggerhead turtle hatchling lab, plus the amazing six-story-high IMAX 3D Theater. 757 385-FISH (3474), www.virginiaaquarium.com 3 miles by trolley, bus, or car.
Boat Trips Sponsored by the Virginia Marine Science Museum:
Virginia Beach GTE Amphitheater: Enjoy concerts and other special events. For concert schedule: 757 368-3000, www.vwvba.com 9 miles by trolley or car.
Golf: Between our year-around sunshine and over 20 challenging area golf courses (designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Curtis Strange, Fred Couples and Gene Bates), Virginia Beach is fast becoming one of the top golf destinations in the southeast. 757 491-7866/800 822-3224, http://www.vbgolf.com/ Courses are from 4 miles to 60 miles away. Car.
Tennis: Close to 200 free public tennis courts throughout the city. Most courts are lighted. 757 219-2695. Courts are from 4 blocks to 4 miles away. Walk, trolley or car.
Kayak Nature Tours, Ltd. offers
guided Dolphin Kayaking Adventures, calm water Kayaking at 64th Street
inside First Landing State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
We also offer many other paddling locations as well as all day trips.
Fishing and Oceanfront Cruises: Deep sea fishing excursions and sightseeing cruises from Rudee Inlet. 757 422-5700, http://www.virginiafishing.com/ 2 miles trolley, bus or car.
Water Sports and Equipment Rentals: Information on surfing, boogie-boarding, windsurfing, jet skiing, para-sailing, scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and more. Most equipment can be rented near the beach. 757 491-8000/800 822-3224.
Surf Report Hotline: 757 428-0404 ext. 2
First Landing State Park: Virginia's most visited state park is also famous as the site of the landing of the first permanent English settlers in 1607. Today, this National Natural Landmark features 19 miles of hiking trails, a bike trail, boat ramp and picnic areas. 757 412-2300, www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/1stland
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: A 7700-acre beach, woodland and marsh refuge for a wide variety of migratory birds, endangered species and other wildlife, including snow geese, marsh hawks, red foxes, loggerhead turtles and American Bald Eagles. Bike, hike or take the tram. 757 721-2412, http://backbay.fws.gov/ Car only - 45 minute drive.
False Cape State Park: A pristine, ocean-to-freshwater bay habitat. See white-tailed deer, wild boar, and horses on six miles of unspoiled beaches and miles of hiking and interpretive trails. 757 426-7128 www.dcr.state.va.us/parks then click "False Cape". Car only - 45 minute drive.
For information or reservations on the TRAM RIDE through Back Bay Wildlife Refuge to False Cape State Park, operated by the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, contact 757 426-3643 or http://www.bbrf.org/.
Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center: It's a fantastic vaulted structure, and host to a number of events including theatrical and musical performances, meetings, craft shows and trade shows. 757 437-7600 1 mile walk, trolley or car.
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia: Don't miss this center which focuses on 20th-century art and features an incredible hanging exhibition of American and international artists. 757 425-0000, http://www.cacv.org/ 5 blocks walk.
The Old Coast Guard Station: Built
in 1903, this museum vividly depicts its own life saving and Coast Guard
History, as well as the many shipwrecks off the Virginia coast. 757 422-1587,
The Following places are within a 30 to 60 minute drive from "Angie's":
Cape Henry Lighthouse, Va. Beach: 757 422-9421
Within a 1 to 1½ hour drive you'll find:
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg: 800 343-7946,
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
The following is a partial list of events and festivals in and around Virginia Beach:
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