It's been a while since we've taken a vacation that has taken us to the beach, but this year we're including a side trip to Virginia Beach to our trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg. I've visited Newport News, but never Virginia Beach, which may seem odd, but we didn't often get to the coast. We may only have four days there, but we're going to use it to relax, get some sun and eat some seafood. Of course, there are other things there we plan to "take in".
This photo of Virginia Beach Boardwalk is courtesy of TripAdvisor
You can't go to a beachside city and never go to the boardwalk. Who doesn't love browsing shops, people watching and enjoying the view of the ocean? I'm packing my sunscreen already!
This photo of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Association for Research and Enlightenment is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This place has a stone labyrinth! Okay, that's not the only reason to go. Edgar Cayce was the father of holistic medicine and a psychic, which makes him totally fascinating. A.R.E. houses all of his work and daily free lectures are given.
This photo of Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Old Cape Henry LighthouseHave you ever been to a lighthouse? After hiking up 488 steps to get to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the 91 steps to the top of this thing should be a breeze and quicker to get to the view! This lighthouse was built in 1792 and was one of the first acts of the newly formed Federal government, authorized by George Washington. Cool, huh?
This photo of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Ooh...barracuda! They have those here and many other ocean critters. I love an aquarium and I'm not about to miss the chance to get hands-on with some fun marine life, have fun with interactive exhibits or try out their fabulous potato soup. Yeah, random, but visitors raved, so I figure I should try it!
This photo of Old Coast Guard Station is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Old Coast Guard Station
I don't know how much I really know about the Coast Guard, except they save lives and police the waters. This museum tells you all about them and has exhibits of their equipment and their history in the Virginia Beach area. Also, a $4 admission sounds like a bargain!
We may do more stuff while we're there, but this seems like a good selection of things that will take up some time, but still leave us enough free time to lay on the beach, jump in the ocean, eat delicious, delicious food and browse funky shops.
Have you ever been to Virginia Beach?