Virginia Beach Family Attractions

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Virginia Beach Family Attractions

With savvy collection of small and midsize amusement parks, state parks, lighthouses, science centers and an aquarium, Virginia Beach Family Attractions deliver the goods in a budget-friendly way. All these attractions are within a one hour drive with easy parking to boot.

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Flipper McCoy’s
DESCRIPTION: In the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, this Family Entertainment Center features legacy amusement games such pinball and plus modern full-motion video games
ADMISSION: free entry, pay for each game
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 2212 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on paid lots nearby
PHONE: 757-855-2222
WEBSITE: http://www.vbeach.com/flippers.htm

Motor World
DESCRIPTION: Outstanding go-kart racing, but the height requirement is 54” and taller; includes miniature golf, two paintball fields and a Skycoaster that rises 130 feet and sors at 70 mph; purchase 1 to 100 ticket books for rides, so its designed to fit all budgets; paintball Sat-Sun 10a-Dark, Go-Karts open 1st weekend of March daily 10a-Dark
ADMISSION: price matrix and coupons on website
DAYS & HOURS: Memorial Day thru labor Day 10a-Midnight daily
ADDRESS: 700 South Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-422-6419
WEBSITE: http://www.vbmotorworld.com

Ocean Breeze Waterpark
DESCRIPTION: On 19 acres, it features 15 water slides, inner tube rapids, a million-gallon Runaway Bay Wave Pool, Paradise Pipeline water slide, Bahama Mamma speed slide; Motor World Thrill Park, Dive In Movies for your favorite Disney movies while floating atop Runaway Bay; West Indies Grill features Jamaican Jerk Chicken, along with other South Seas delicacies and pizza
ADMISSION: Adults $23, Ages 3-9 and 55+ $17, military discount applies
DAYS & HOURS: May-Sept 10a-6p, with some extended weekend hours
ADDRESS: 849 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 757-422-4444
WEBSITE: http://www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com

Chesapeake Bay Center
DESCRIPTION: This visitor center with a focus on the natural environment, is complete with aquariums, environmental and historical exhibits and displays, classroom space and information about nature-based tourism activities in the area; the Bay Store features gifts and camping supplies, a gazebo and a small amphitheater
ADMISSION: enter the center free, but camping fees vary
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-412-2316
WEBSITE: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fir.shtml

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum
DESCRIPTION: A star attraction in Virginia Beach, this marine environment showcases 300+ interactive exhibits, over a half-million gallons of aquariums, animal habitats, an aviary, Bay & Ocean Pavilion, Marsh Pavilion, Nature Trail and 3D films of Virginia Beach’s only IMAX Theater
ADMISSION: the website lists a matrix of prices beginning at $12 for adults
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p, with extended hours from May 26-Sept 1
ADDRESS: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises; guests can also catch a trolley there from any VB Wave sign
PHONE: 757-425-3474
WEBSITE: http://www.vmsm.com

First Landing State Park
This 2,900-acre state park is named after European settlers who landed at Cape Henry in 1607. Visitors will find the salt-marsh habitat and surrounding grounds home to 19 miles of bike and hiking trails, campsites, picnic areas and plenty of bird-watching opportunities.
ADDRESS: 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PHONE: 757-412-2300
WEBSITE: http://www.state.va.us/~dcr

False Cape State Park
See white-tailed deer, wild boar and horses on six miles of unspoiled beaches and miles of hiking and interpretive trails at this 4,321-acre haven; most accessible when you travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge by foot, bike, tram or boat
ADDRESS: 4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PHONE: 757-426-7128

Cape Henry Lighthouse
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1791 shortly after the Revolutionary War, it is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America and the traditional symbol of Virginia Beach; open for tours daily; The new Cape Henry Lighthouse built in 1881 is the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in the country
ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: March 16 – October 31 10a-5p, November 1 – March 15 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 583 Atlantic Ave in Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
PHONE: 757-422-9421
WEBSITE: link

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