The Virginia Beach area boasts numerous historical, cultural, military, and marine attractions. Here is just a sampling of some favorites. For a complete list, visit http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/.
Head north on General Booth only 2.5 miles and you'll be at the famous and fabulous Virginia Beach oceanfront and boardwalk! Take it easy and take the trolley, which runs right from KOA to the beach Memorial thru Labor Day, or rent an electric bike or beach cruiser at KOA and ride it all the way on the local bike path!
Want a beach that's just as beautiful but more quaint? Head south 10 miles to Sandbridge Beach. Then there's Chix Beach on the Chesapeake Bay for another experience, or other local beaches our staff will be happy to tell you about.
An a-w-e-s-o-m-e new zipline and aerial adventure experience up in the trees! You won't be able to imagine it -- you have to come and see it!
For ages 5-adult, beginner to expert levels. Discounted tickets available daily in the KOA Store. For details and hours of operation, visit www.virginiabeachadventurepark.com.
The newest and coolest paintball facility in Virginia Beach is right on KOA's property! Bring clothes and shoes that can get messy and prepare to have a blast! Something for every age and skill level. Discounts on admission for KOA campers. Rental equipment and paintballs available for a reasonable fee. Get details and hours of operation at www.adventuresportspark.com.!
You'll find one of the country's best aquariums and live animal habitats at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Visit interactive, hand-on exhibits to learn more about the creatures and habitats of the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, marshes and more. You may see creatures you've never seen before! Walk along the peaceful nature trail, climb an observation tower, or take one of several boat tours offered throughout the year. The whole family will love the six-story-high IMAX 3D Theater! Learn more at www.virginiaaquarium.com or call (757) 385-FISH.
Open daily Memorial Day-Labor DayWith 16 waterslides and a million-gallon wave pool, there's wild water fun for everyone at the Ocean Breeze Waterpark. Call (757) 422-4444 or go online to www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com for details. *Discounted tickets available at our front desk.
If you're the type who doesn't just want to LOOK at the ocean but wants to EXPERIENCE it, check out these tours. Most have seasonal availability.
Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Kayaking: www.beachparasail.com 757-422-UFLY
Sailing: Iggy Biggy Sailing: 757-358-5800
Deep-Sea fishing, Thrill Rides, Cruising, Dolphin and Whale-watching: Rudee Tours www.rudeetours.com 757-425-3400.
For the ultimate thrill ride in season, climb aboard a 70-foot, 2,000 hp jetboat and hit the water for a thrilling ride along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, up to the Cape Henry Lighthouses at Chesapeake Bay. In summer, you're likely to see bottlenose dolphins! Visit www.rudeerocket.com or call (757) 425-3400.
The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse has stood watch over the Chesapeake Bay since 1792. You can climb it and get a breath-taking view of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A second lighthouse, built in 1881, also stands within view.Then you can walk over to see the site where the first English settlers landed on the shores of America in 1607. Cape Henry is located within the Fort Story military base, so plan ahead to make sure you have proper I.D. and vehicle registration with you. Visit Cape Henry Lighthouses online or phone (757) 422-9421.
While in Virginia Beach, you won't want to miss taking a drive on (and through) the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Called a modern engineering marvel, it creates a direct link between Virginia Beach and Virignia's Eastern Shore, featuring the famous Chincoteague Island. Get more info at www.cbbt.com.
Tour the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest built by the U.S. Navy. Then explore Nauticus, which houses the rich collections of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and exciting science, maritime, and ocean life exhibits. See the current exhibit listing at www.nauticus.org.
Do you feel the need for speed? Watch the awe-inspiring fighter jets flying overhead while you're on our campground. Based at the nearby Naval Air Station Oceana, these jets are loud but they will strike pride in your heart and send shivers down your spine whenever you see them. An observation area is available just 3 miles west of the KOA, where Oceana Blvd. bends to become First Colonial Road. If you want a fascinating closer look at the jets though, be sure to catch the double-decker bus tour that leaves from 24th & Atlantic and takes you RIGHT ONTO THE AIRSTRIP for an up-close view of the jets and pilots! Go to www.visitvirginiabeach.com/Listings/Oceana_Naval_Air_Station_Tour.aspx.