Virginia Beach General Attractions
For a city of 450,000 residents widely spread over 249 square miles, you have to drive quite bit to locate the best general attractions in Virginia Beach. But one attraction category that always makes it worth the drive is the list of award-winning golf courses.
Old Coast Guard Station
DESCRIPTION: Formerly a U.S. Lifesaving Station built in 1903, it houses permanent exhibits depicting the history of the life-saving service, shipwrecks off the Virginia coast, and the impact of World Wars I and II. One exhibit documents the contributions of African-American Michael A. Healy, an Arctic Sea Captain who commanded The Bear from 1886-1894. When Healy patrolled the Arctic, he saved the lives of many Eskimos and fought illegal poachers.
ADMISSION: small fee
DAYS & HOURS: June – Sept Mon–Sat 10a–5p, Sun noon–5p, Oct –May Tue–Sat 10a–5p, Sun noon– 5p
ADDRESS: 24th Street at Atlantic Avenue MAP
PARKING: on premises
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1952, it explores contemporary art through changing exhibitions and educational programming. Changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from regional and internationally acclaimed artists. The center also organizes the Boardwalk Art Show along the oceanfront each summer.
ADMISSION: $5 adults, $3 students and military
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 10a-4p, Sun Noon-4p
ADDRESS: 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
Back Bay National Wildlife Preserve
DESCRIPTION: The 7,700 acres of barrier islands, maritime forests, marshes and beaches are home to red fox, mink, migratory birds and Virginia Beach’s only nesting bald eagles. The preserve is a must-see for nature lovers.
ADDRESS: 4005 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
Virginia Legends Walk
DESCRIPTION: New state attraction honors Virginians who have made a significant contribution to the nation and the world; Arthur Ashe, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Pearl Bailey and Booker T. Washington are included.
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: 13th Street Park between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
PARKING: paid lots nearby
Hell’s Point Golf Course
DESCRIPTION: Architect Rees Jones designed this 6,766-yard, par 72 signature course, with devilish greens and sculptured bunkers; Hell’s Point is one of the 100 Best Courses in the USA according to Golf Digest. Its Pro Shop was selected “One of America’s Best” four times by Golf Shop Operations.
ADDRESS: 2700 Atwoodtown Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
Heron Ridge Of Virginia Beach
DESCRIPTION: A Fred Couples design, his latest masterpiece is a spectacular 7,010-yard, par 72 course that winds links-style through rolling hills, with strategically placed bunkers and natural water hazards. Heron Ridge is already drawing major attention in Golf and Travel magazines. Five sets of tees make Heron Ridge challenging and playable for golfers of all skill levels. Its located 15 minutes from Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
ADDRESS: 2973 Heron Ridge Drive, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
Tournament Players Club of Virginia Beach
DESCRIPTION: A premier golf club located among mature forests and rolling meadows, it was designed by architect Pete Dye in collaboration with pro golfer Curtis Strange. Certain to challenge your skills, this club features full-service locker rooms, a state-of-the-art practice facility, and dining areas designed to satisfy the most discriminating guests. Its located just minutes from the beach.
ADDRESS: 2500 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
Red Wing Lake Municipal Golf Course
DESCRIPTION: Sloping bent grass greens, wide Bermuda fairways and water on this long 7,080-yard, par-72 course with a driving range, putting green, practice bunker, pro shop and full-service snack bar. This 18-hole course was opened in 1971 on 288 acres.
ADDRESS: 1080 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach, VA MAP
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
DESCRIPTION: It’s one of the seven man-made wonders of the modern world. The 17.6-mile bridge-tunnel saves 95 miles over inland routes when traveling up the East Coast. It has a toll facility between Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADMISSION: small crossing fee
ADDRESS Route 13 MAP