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A Day in Virginia Beach

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Virginia Beach, the Neptune City is full of history, outdoor fun, sand, sun and beaches. Joy is strolling in the sands of Virginia Beach. Relax on the shores, explore the art and history, walk the trails of the park, or have good times at the beach, there are plethora of options for enjoyment and fun in Virginia Beach. Here’s a guide to how you can spend one day in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Image by Jason Pratt via Wikimedia Commons

9:00am- Breakfast at Big Sam's Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar!

Start your day at the Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar that serves delectable seafood, American and Mexican eats for breakfast. Have the best pancakes in Virginia Beach at this cafe. It’s a fav spot for locals and travelers alike!

Address: 300 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach 23451 US
Phone: 1 757-428-4858
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00am-2:00am

10:00am-Explore Aquatic Life!

Discover the marine life at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The aquarium houses over 800,000 gallons of marine exhibits of different ecosystems. The exhibits are interactive and interesting. Get up close with some of the creatures at the center!

Address: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-385-3474
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Big Sam's Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar: 1.2miles or 3minutes drive

11:00am-Soak up some culture!

Head over to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art that features interesting changing exhibits. It showcases paintings, sculptors, glass, photography and interesting pieces of art by well-known artist from across the world. Attend the 1-day workshop held at the museum and show your artistic skills!

Address: 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-425-0000
Distance from Marine Science Center: 4.1 miles or 8 minutes drive

12:00pm-Stroll the Virginia Beach Boardwalk!

Head to the Boardwalk, a 3-mile stretch along the beach offering parasailing, surfing, bicycling, swimming and Jet Ski options. This spot offers a stunning oceanfront views. This spot has picturesque beaches, wonderful walking and biking paths, several hotels and dining establishments, historic sites, sculptures and museums.  Many events and concerts are held at the Boardwalk, and it is also great spot for people-watching. 

Address: From Grommet Island Park to 40th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Distance from Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art: 0.8 miles or 5 minutes drive

1:00pm- Out to Lunch!

Head over for lunch to the Waterman’s Surfside Grille (415 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States) that serves delicious seafood, rib dishes and steak, or go to Doc Taylor's Restaurant (207 23rd St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States) that serves American eats. Visit Tautog’s Restaurant (205 23rd Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States) for delicious seafood.

2:00pm-Atlantic Ocean Meets Chesapeake Bay at First State Landing Park!

Head over to the First State Landing Park that oozes history. It is spot where English settlers landed and settled. It is the most visited spot by nature lovers, hikers and cyclist. The park has more than 19 miles of trails for hiking and biking. A great park to explore the nature, wildlife, rare plants, cypress trees, and maritime forest!

Address: 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-412-2300

4:00pm- Visit Cape Henry Lighthouse!

Cape Henry has two lighthouses. The lights signal about the shipping traffic that goes through the area on the way to ports in Bay and other close by rivers.  It is a historic eighteenth century lighthouse that has tower climbs offering beautiful views of the ocean. The old tower is used for triangulation and daymarks, and the new one is fully automated. 

Address: 583 Atlantic Avenue, Fort Story, VA 23459, United States
Phone: 1 757-422-9421
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

5:00pm- Shopping Pleasure!

Head over to the Shops at Hilltop featuring more than 120 specialty stores and boutiques, and several restaurants. The Shops at Hilltop has beautiful home decor, modern and classic apparel, electronic, accessories, gifts and jewelry shops. Browse and take your pick!

Address: 1604 Hilltop West Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-428-2224
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm 

Do some more shopping at La Promenade Distinctive Shoppes that features about 22 stores, from fashion to accessories to kitchenware to home furnishings to gifts, and more. A great “not-so-pricey” shopping spot!

Address: 1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, United States
Phone: 1 757-422-8839
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm

7:00pm- Evening Drinks at Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar!

Enjoy evening drinks at Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Bar. Take in the amazing oceanfront views while sipping cocktails at the Larry’s!

Address: 216 24th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-422-6000
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:00am

8:00pm- It’s dinner time!

Head over to the Catch 31 Fish House and Bar (3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States) that serves seafood and offers an ocean front dining experience. If craving for Italian, head to the II Giardino Restaurant (910 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States) that serves delicious Italian fare in the Resort City. . It has an extensive menu and wine selections

10:00pm-Have a blast at Peabody's Nightclub!

Get on the dance floor and groove to the DJs greatest dance music at Peabody’s Nightclub. Ladies, put on your heels and get ready for a great time at Peabody’s on Friday and Thursday, as it is ladies night! Be in the fun- and party mood on Saturday as it is “Bash on the Beach” theme night.

Address: 209 21st Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, United States
Phone: 1 757-422-6212
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday: 7:00pm-2:00am

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