July 12, 2011


Although I have never been to Virginia Beach, I have dreamed of visiting because of the vast activities available. For the more laid back who wants an educational visit to the beaches...there is something for everyone of all ages. As I have researched I have found in 2001 Virginia Beach was ranked #2 out of 100 cities as one of "The 10 Best Cities for Families" by Child magazine.

Ten reasons why I want to visit Virgina Beach

1)Virginia Beach is full of historical sights In Virginia Beach,at Cape Henry, retrace the footsteps of our forefathers at First Landing State Park. Do you realize in 1607 John Smith took his first steps on Virginia Beach before going and colonizing Jamestown? The kids and I would have fun learning and going back in time seeing where history took place. There are so many historical spots to visit and tour in Virginia Beach. There is the cross commemorating the "first landing" that was erected at Cape Henry to a 34-foot, cast bronze Neptune statue stands at the gateway to Neptune Park and the threshold of the sea. There is so much to see.

2) There are so many museums that take you back in time like Francis Land House, that take you back to the 18th and 19th century. The beauty and simplicity and the kids would love to see a little of life before cable, plumbing and electricity indoors. So much to learn without actually realizing they are learning. So much to see like the lighthouses at Cape Henry silently guard the entryway into the Chesapeake Bay. Contemporary Art Center is also there with contemporary exhibits.

3) There are many resorts to just hang out at- relax and enjoy family activities like a reunion or a wedding..or destress and go to a spa. The choices are endless, I personally would love to destress but with so much to do would make it a special day. I would love to have a family reunion at one of the resorts, all taken care of for you and the beauty of the beach.

4) I love the beauty of the beaches, whether to sit on the beach and veg out, or parasailing or a little surfing. Here my options are endless and I can do none or do it all. I would love to love to catch some waves then veg out and nap on the beautiful sand.

5) Now I am not a big fisher woman but  it sure is fun....and Virginia Beach offers all sorts of options and plenty of charter boats to make your day full of fun. I would probably get my license and fish at the pier, but the kids and I would have a blast.

6) Virginia Beach offers something for all with over 4,000 acres in parks and national refuges. What a way to experience nature at its best and go hiking with the gang. From birdwatching to just hiking and enjoying the beauty.

7) For the kid in me and for the kids, I would love to experience a day or two camping. First Landing State Park has sites and cabins complete with all the proper amenities you need. False Cape State Park has primitive, hike-in camping for the bigger challenge.

8) Christian Broadcasting Network founded by Pat Robinson is in Virginia Beach and would love to visit the school and area.

9) I would love for the family to go to Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center- they also have an Imax too.

10) My kids love music and would love to experience Symphony by the Sea on the oceanfront. Live beautiful music and the sunset- beautiful.

Now each of us has different needs and likes, and that is why I love Virgina Beach. There is so much for anyone...young and old. I would love to spend a summer break and explore the town, I truly believe there is enough to do that you can have a new experience each visit. For the golfer in your life..there are plenty of courses, you can go dolphin watch or shop all day too.

I am so far away but after looking up this town I would love to escape with the kids and make an adventure of it.

Let me know if you have ever been...what is your favorite part of Virginia Beach.

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