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Norfolk - Virginia Beach

Plan a vacation in Norfolk - Virginia Beach and check out its many attractions.

Richmond, the state capital, is about 85 miles northwest of Norfolk - Virginia Beach, and Poquoson is 20 miles to the northwest.

Hang out with the kids at Ocean Breeze Waterpark and the Children's Museum of Virginia. Want more? Shipwreck Golf and Jungle Golf are also highly recommended by parents.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center pique the curiosity of guests of all ages while also supporting aquatic conservation.

Snap photos, admire the exhibits and learn all about the animals and plants at the Virginia Zoo. If you're short on time, stop at the information center and grab a map so you can quickly find the key exhibits.

Admire a large range of plants, trees and flowers as you wander about the sprawling greenery of the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Bring along a bite to eat and relax for while in the leafy, green surroundings of Chesapeake City Park and Town Point Park. Mount Trashmore Park and the Pagoda and Oriental Garden are two more nice places to while away the day and finally read that neglected book of yours.

Once you arrive, find out about what's going on from Suffolk Visitor Center and Smithfield and Isle of Wight Visitor Center.

You'll probably end up by the coast eventually, so why not do it right? Prepare some nice food and drink and have a relaxed time at Sandbridge Beach, Croatan Beach or Chesapeake Beach.

Leave your phone in the glove compartment and have a break from the modern world at First Landing State Park and Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Oak Grove Lake Park are also popular with nature enthusiasts.

Don't forget to make time for some of the many cultural institutions nearby. The Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Another two to look at are the Military Aviation Museum and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

The repository of facts and figures at the Nauticus National Maritime Center and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum will keep maritime enthusiasts captivated for hours. If you haven't docked in for the day, navigate your way onwards to the USS Wisconsin BB-64 or the United States Lightship Portsmouth.

Build on your knowledge of art, and maybe even get something to take back home at one of the area's numerous gallery spaces. Start your tour of this creative enclave with a stop at the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The Hermitage Museum and Gardens and the Portlock Galleries at SoNo are also worth a browse if you can fit them in before dinner.

Keen historians can rediscover the past at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial and the Hermitage Foundation Museum. Do you like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum or the Isle of Wight County Museum.

Wander back through the ages with a trip to Lynnhaven House and Moses Myers House, just a couple of the interesting historic sites here. More tales from the days of old are waiting for you at the Old Dominion University and the Norfolk State University.

The historic fortified positions at Fort Huger are well worth exploring if you have a fascination for the history of war.

Treat yourself to some time out in the calm surroundings of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Luke's Church.

Once you've ticked off the star attractions in and around Norfolk - Virginia Beach, take the time to see a few of its less well-known sights. The Motor World and the Virginia Beach Central Library are a couple of worthwhile options. If you have the time, also visit the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the D'Art Center.


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Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel

Best Western Plus Sandcastle Beachfront Hotel

1307 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
3.9
of 5, from 1,671 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Virginia Beach hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Virginia Beach Fishing Pier and 17th Street Park are also within 10 minutes.

£25
Days Inn Virginia Beach At The Beach

Days Inn Virginia Beach At The Beach

1000 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
3.5
of 5, from 2,389 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Virginia Beach Fishing Pier and 17th Street Park are also within 10 minutes.

£50
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
3.4
of 5, from 325 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Virginia Beach hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Atlantic University and 2.5 mi (4 km) from First Landing State Park. Hillier Ignite Fitness Park and Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£54
Aloft Chesapeake

Aloft Chesapeake

1454 Crossways Boulevard, Chesapeake
4.2
of 5, from 1,216 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chesapeake, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Greenbrier Mall, Oak Grove Lake Park and Chesapeake City Park. Chesapeake Conference Center and Chesapeake Arboretum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£62
Founders Inn and Spa

Founders Inn and Spa

5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach
4.3
of 5, from 1,369 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Virginia Beach hotel is located near the airport, 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Greenbrier Mall, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Virginia Beach Sportsplex and MacArthur Center.

£45
Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach

Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach

1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
3.9
of 5, from 1,438 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Virginia Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of 17th Street Park, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Ocean Breeze Waterpark. John Wareing Monument and Nightmare Mansion are also within 5 minutes.

£55
Turtle Cay by Diamond Resorts

Turtle Cay by Diamond Resorts

600 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
4.1
of 5, from 535 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of JT's Grommet Island Park and Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Ocean Breeze Waterpark are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£80
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach
4.2
of 5, from 953 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Virginia Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Neptune Statue and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Neptune's Park and Pacific Place are also within 5 minutes.

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