things to do in Virginia Beach
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Inspired by the beauty of our ocean views, Virginia Beach is a place where expression thrives. Through vibrant visual arts and lively stages, these adventures take you into the heart of your own creativity.
Duration: 3 Days
Ideal for: Adults
Day 1: performing arts, micro-brewery tasting and more fun activities in virginia beach
Arrive in Virginia Beach and spend the afternoon strolling the boardwalk, enjoying the entertainment provided by the majestic Atlantic Ocean. The 28-foot wide marvel is perfect for a casual stroll, bike ride or a little shopping. Check into any of our group-friendly hotels before heading over to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts for Backstage Broadway – Behind the Scenes for a reception and meet the cast. Then try your hand at dinner at Town Center. Experience a fresh approach to seafood at McCormick & Schmick’s, or a micro-brewery tasting at Gordon Biersch. Save room for dessert at Cold Stone Creamery, or The Royal Chocolate.
Day 2: a contemporary art museum, live theater and more things to do in virginia beach
Enjoy an old–fashioned breakfast at Doc Taylor’s, inside a 1920s beach cottage, which was once the office of the town doctor. Explore your morning creativity with a visit to the ViBe Creative District, a lively hub for the area’s creative talent. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art to experience The Great Create. Regularly changing exhibits feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass and other visual media.
Hop on a boat for a dolphin cruise to see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat in the Atlantic. Watch the wake as these graceful creatures race to keep pace. After you have earned your sea legs, head out for dinner at one of many oceanfront restaurants than enjoy a Little Theatre of Virginia Beach production. Virginia’s oldest continually operating community theater is committed to providing year-round live theater.
Day 3: History takes Flight in virginia beach
Enjoy a fluffy pancake breakfast at Pocahontas Pancake House & Waffle Shop before heading to Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. Be sure to sign up for one of the amazing experiences – Unlocking the Mystery of Your Dreams or Cayce Exercises. Then, stop in for the Surfman Chronicles accounts of shipwrecks, mysteries and more at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, or visit the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, an 1895 beach cottage and the oldest remaining structure on the oceanfront.
For a WWII-themed lunch, head over to the Military Aviation Museum for SwingTime in the Skies. Next visit the Mermaid Factory to make a great Virginia Beach gift and then to the Mermaid Winery to toast your artistic side.
Day 4: Live Studio Exit
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and for your morning exercise, take a walk up the Cape Henry Lighthouse. On your way home, stop by Christian Broadcasting Network and tour their state-of-the-art studio. Join the audience for a live taping of The 700 Club.