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Location Attractions

Nature/Outdoor Recreation

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Numerous aquariums and over 60 hands-on exhibits detailing Virginia’s marine environment.
(757) 425-3474
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
This natural preserve began in 1973 when Union Camp Corporation donated 49,100 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy. About half of this 107,000 acre park is in Chesapeake with the remainder in neighboring Suffolk. These forested wetlands are home to many species of plants and animals. The 31,000 acre Lake Drummond is in the heart of the refuge. Canoe rentals are available on Route 17 at Chesapeake Campground at (757)485-0149.
(757) 986-3705
3100 Dessert Road

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Thousands of boats ply the Intracoastal Waterway passing through the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Albemarle Chesapeake Canal annually. The waterway links the Chesapeake Bay to North Carolina’s sounds providing a vital East Coast connection between Boston and Key West, Florida. Whether you are sailing or watching from the shore, you’ll enjoy the sights along this historic waterway. Parks at Deep Creek and Great Bridge provide excellent observation points.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
contains over 9,250 acres, situated on and around a thin strip of coastline typical of barrier islands found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, farm fields, and marsh. The refuge also provides habitat for a wide assortment of other wildlife, including threatened and endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles as well as migratory snow geese. Back Bay provides scenic trails, a visitor contact station, and, with advance scheduling, group educational opportunities. 1324 Sandpiper Road – south of Sandbridge. Virginia Beach.

First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park is located by the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach. The park, which is Virginia’s most visited state park. First Landing offers boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, a boat launch, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. It also has campsites with water and electric hook-ups and nearby access to restrooms and showers.The park’s name was changed in 1997 from Seashore State Park to First Landing State Park to reflect its heritage as the first place where members of the Virginia Company landed. They went on to settle Jamestown. For more info,
(800) 933-7275
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach

Deep Creek Lock Park
The park is named for the Corps of Engineers’ lock that separates the salt water of Deep Creek from the fresh water of the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Deep Creek Lock Park is heavily wooded with a pedestrian bridge and elevated walkway system to traverse a tidal inlet and marsh area. Other features include foot trails that wind through the woods.
(757) 6411, 300 Luray Street

Great Bridge Locks Park
Located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Blvd. this park has bleachers to permit spectators to view the many yachts that transit the lock. There is also a playground and a boat ramp.
(757) 382-6411
S. Battlefield Blvd

Northwest River Park
Developed as a natural recreation area incorporating camping, an extensive trail system, picnic shelters, play areas and an equestrian area for horse owners. There is fishing, miniature golf, the Marjorie Rein Memorial Walkway, and plenty of open areas. Rental boats, canoes, and fishing poles are available. A camp store, fragrance garden for the visually impaired and a classroom building are located at the north end. The lake stretches almost to the southern activity area on the banks of the Northwest River. ( Camping, boating, horseback riding, fishing and a ropes initiative course are among the many activities available subject to seasonal availability.
(757) 382-6411
1733 Indian Creek Road

Chesapeake Arboretum
Return to nature at this 48-acre “natural classroom” dedicated to promoting horticulture and environmental awareness. One of Virginia’s finest trail systems meanders through a mature hardwood forest with many varieties of native plants and trees. The Arboretum headquarters is an eighteenth century farmhouse with theme gardens that include a fragrance and antique rose garden. The farmhouse was built in 1730 with an addition built in 1822.
(757) 382-7060
624 Oak Grove Road

Fun Forest
Spread over three acres of Chesapeake City Park, Fun Forest is the ultimate children’s playground, imagination center and family adventure area. It was built by over 1,800 volunteers from the community. Fun Forest was the winner of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society “Best New Facility in Virginia” award in 1996. The playground has an area for older children that features a dragon, three-way underground telephone, shaky bridge, dolphin tunnel slide, and many more challenges. The science and learning area teaches mathematics and science while children have fun playing with mirrors, whisper dishes, and a planet walk. The toddler playground invites little ones to steer a plane or truck, swing, slide and more. Fun Forest is truly a place for the entire family.
(757) 382-6411
500 Greenbrier Road

Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail
The sites in the South Chesapeake Loop offer a sample of habitats at the interface of pinewoods and the swampy bottom lands lining several rivers that drain the southeastern corner of the state. Visitors may encounter birds ranging from nuthatches flitting through the pines, to prothonotary warblers nesting in hollow swamp trees, to stealthy great blue herons hunting in the shallows. The City of Chesapeake is a starting point for this loop, which circles southward toward the North Carolina border and returns just south of the city.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens
155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails. With one of the largest collections of roses, azaleas, camellias and hollies on the East Coast, Garden guests are surrounded with year-round beauty.
(757) 441-5830
Azalea Garden Road between Norview Avenue and Little Creek Road

Virginia Living Museum
Beautiful nature museum. Live native animals in natural settings, gardens, aquariums, planetarium, observatory, and nature classes.
(757) 595-1900
524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News

Public Boat Launches

Deep Creek Lock Park
(757) 382-6411
300 Luray Street
Chesapeake, VA

Great Bridge Locks Park – (757) 382-6411
S.Battlefield Blvd.,
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Elizabeth River Boat Landing
1ž4 Mile West of the Poindexter Street
Exit #4 off I-464

Route 17 Boat Ramp

US 17 just north of Ballahack Road. Boat access to Dismal Swamp Canal.


If golf is your game, then you’ve come to the right place. Chesapeake features two daily fee golf courses that challenge golfers of all levels. There are also other great courses throughout the Tidewater area, so just ask.

Chesapeake Golf Club
The Chesapeake Golf Club is in a beautiful woodland setting. This 6,278-yard premium public golf course features rolling fairways, challenging doglegs, and some of the best greens in the Tidewater area.
(757) 547-1122
1201 Club House Drive

“The Isles Golf Links” at Cahoon Plantation
Inspired by the great links style courses of the British Isles. Enjoy the smoothest, greenest playing surface available on the only bent grass golf course from tee to fairway to green in the Williamsburg, Virginia Beach and Outer Banks of North Carolina corridor.
(757) 436-2775
1501 Cedar Road

Professional Sports Teams

Love to watch the pros? There are plenty of teams to follow and enjoy live right here in the Hampton Roads Region.

Norfolk Admirals
American Hockey League team Chicago Blackhawks farm team play at Norfolk Scope.

Norfolk Tides
New York Mets AAA Baseball Team play at Norfolk’s Harbor Park.

Norfolk Nighthawks
Arena League Football play at Norfolk Scope.

Hampton Roads Mariners
A-League Soccer play at Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Virginia Beach

Nautical Interest & History

Mariner’s Museum
World-renowned marine museum with 15 galleries featuring figureheads, ship models, small crafts, paintings, scrimshaw, decorative arts, and more.
(757) 596-2222
100 Museum Drive
Newport News

Douglas MacArthur Memorial
The MacArthur Memorial’s extensive collection of military and personal artifacts allows visitors to discover the compelling story of General of the Army Douglas Macarthur and the millions of American men and women who served our nation through five wars.
(757) 441-2965
Bank Street and City Hall Avenue

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center
A fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits including computer and video interactives, films on a giant screen, exotic aquarium, touch pools, shark petting, national-caliber traveling exhibits, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Battleship USS Wisconsin is berthed next door.
(757) 664-1001
1 Waterside Drive

Battleship Wisconsin
Located next to Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin is the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore this majestic ship through a self-guided or audiotape tour.
(757) 664-1001
1 Waterside Drive

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Pays tribute to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Memorabilia includes uniforms, cannon balls, models of ships and a piece of the CSS Virginia (the Merrimac).
(757) 393-8591
2 High Street

Museums/The Arts

AYB is minutes away from outstanding professional theater, opera, dance troupes, symphony and museums.

Virginia Symphony
Serves the community of Hampton Roads and is one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras.
(757) 892-6366

Virginia Opera
“One of the nation’s very best regional companies” according to NBC Nightly News. Five productions are staged annually during the opera season. Harrison Opera House in Norfolk.
(757) 627-9545

Virginia Stage Company
Southeastern Virginia’s premier professional theater company. Performances are presented May through September. Well’s Theatre in Norfolk.
(757) 627-1234

Chrysler Museum
Visitors can enjoy the museum’s world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures, and an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.
(757) 664-6200
245 West Olney Road

D’Art Center
A working art studio where artists create, display, and sell their work.
(757) 625-4211
125 College Place

Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia
Changing exhibits feature 20th century American art. Theatre, dance, and musical concerts are also offered.
(757) 425-0000
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach

Family Activities

Virginia Zoological Park
With over 350 animals including the 10-acre Okavango African habitat, as well as Asian Trail of the Tiger, Reptile and Nocturnal Gallery, Barnyard and Botanical Gardens. Kids of all ages will enjoy the train that runs around the park and a day of discovery awaits guests when they come to the Virginia Zoo.
(757) 441-2706
3500 Granby Street

Children’s Museum of Virginia
The state’s largest children’s museum, offering more than 80 hands-on exhibits, temporary rotating exhibits, a 64-seat planetarium and an antique toy and model train collection.
(757) 393-8393
221 High Street

Ocean Breeze Festival Park
Family fun and adventure; wildwater and speed slides, autorides, and miniature golf.
(757) 422-4444
849 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach

Busch Gardens
360-acre family fun park featuring nine different authentically detailed 17th century European hamlets. Over 40 rides, live shows, European shops with demonstrations.
(800) 343-7946

Water Country USA
40-acre family water park with rides, slides, pools, and shows.
(800) 343-7946

The Hampton Carousel
One of only 170 antique carousels in existence in the U.S., this waterfront merry-go-round beckons families to take a whirl.
(757) 727-0900
602 Settlers Landing Road

Concert Venues

Farm Bureau Virginia Beach Amphitheater
State-of-the-art outdoor concert facility hosts more than 35 events April through October.
(757) 368-3000
3550 Cellar Door Way

Ntelos Pavillion at Harbor Center
This pavilion-style performance venue accommodates 6,500. Comparable in size and quality to Wolf Trap in Northern Virginia and Chastain Park in Atlanta.
901 Crawford St. (on the waterfront, south of City Hall).
(757) 391-3260

Historical Museums & Sites

Colonial Williamsburg – Historic Area
Over 500 buildings, house museums, restored homes, exhibits, and shops populated by artisans using tools and techniques from colonial times recreate life in the 18th century.
Located off I-64 midway between Norfolk and Richmond.

Yorktown Battlefield/Colonial National Historical Park
American independence was won here in 1781. Visitor center, museum, battlefield, auto tour.
(757) 898-3400
Old Route 238 and Colonial Parkway

Site of America’s first permanent English settlement.
(757) 229-1733

Olde Towne Historic District
Showcases the largest concentration of antique houses between Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC.
(757) 393-5111

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame honors Virginia sports heroes from golfer Sam Snead to tennis star Arthur Ashe.
(757) 393-8031
420 High Street

Riddick’s Folly
This twenty-room Greek Revival house briefly served as Union Headquarters during the Civil War and is now a museum and cultural center.
(757) 934-1390
510 North Main Street

Suffolk Museum
An educational facility that provides workshops, classes, cultural events and volunteer opportunities.
(757) 925-0448
118 Bosley Avenue


Virginia Air & Space Center
Features more than 100 hands-on exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration plus a five-story high IMAX? Theater. Call for hours of operation. Open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
(757) 727-0900
600 Settler Landing Road

Casemate Museum/Fort Monroe
Exhibits chronicle the history of Fort Monroe and the U.S. Army’s presence in Hampton Roads.
(757) 788-3391
Casemate 20, Bernard Road

Air Power Park
Learn about Hampton’s space and aviation history at this outdoor display of aircraft.
(757) 727-1163
413 W. Mercury Blvd.