Museums and Arts in Virginia Beach

Museums and Art

If dismal weather rains on your vacation parade, check out the Virginia Beach museum and art scene. This summer, the Virginia MOCA (Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art) will include a new exhibition called Multiplicity, featuring more than 80 prints by outstanding modern and contemporary artists.

Local collections of art are always available, and they are the best way to bring some of Virginia Beach’s culture home with you. One of the places visitors can admire these local treasures is at the 21st Street Gallery on Birdneck Road. The gallery features photography as well as paintings and jewelry, all reflective of the oceanfront’s artistic talents. More local artistry can be seen at The Artists Gallery, which showcases mixed media pieces, pottery and photography, all colorfully decorated among the gallery’s walls. If your admiration lies with sculptures, be sure to also visit the Richard Stravitz Sculpture and Fine Art Galleries on Laskin Road and Pacific Avenue. This pair of galleries has won a variety of awards to include one for “Best Sculpture.”

You don’t necessarily have to visit a gallery to find some bright, cheery art pieces to liven your day. Simply by stepping out on the beach visitors will be delighted to see a colorful makeover for the lifeguard stands and storage containers that hold beach chairs and umbrellas available to rent. The installation, titled Project LifeguART will transform:

  • 42 lifeguard stands
  • 37 storage containers along a 3-mile stretch from 1st to 40th Street
  • The stands and containers will be painted in a variety of different colors and fun scenes
  • The project is both fun and functional
  • Not only will the pieces add a whimsical flair to the beach, but they’ll also be helpful for visitors—especially children who may have gotten separated from their parents—to have a better reference of where they are.

 

Virginia Beach Summer and Fall Events

SUMMER AND FALL EVENTS

There is always something going down along the Oceanfront boardwalk, but chances are you are visiting this hot-spot city when the weather is at its finest during the summer. With something to do every day and night, the boardwalk is full of fun for every family member. Check out these events that are so loved, they take place every year!

May

STEEL PIER CLASSIC SURFING CONTEST & ART EXPO
Largest longboard surfing competition on the East Coast presented by Coastal Edge. Local and national artists who create the art of surfing on material items display their work on the boardwalk.
May 23, 24, 25 & 26

PUNGO STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Over 50 types of ways to eat a strawberry, contests, bake-offs, entertainment on three stages, a parade and one of the largest carnivals on the East Coast.
May 24 & 25

PATRIOTIC FESTIVAL
A tribute to our armed forces personnel and their families. Features top-name musical entertainment, military displays and demonstrations.
May 29, 30 & 31

 

June

NORFOLK HARBORFEST
3 full days of free, family-friendly fun. Includes tall ships and the parade of sail, fireworks, entrainment, family activities and performances and much more.
June 6, 7 & 8

BOARDWALK ART SHOW FESTIVAL
One of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the Eastern Seaboard.
June 18, 19, 20 & 21

FAMILY GREAT ADVENTURE SERIES
Located on 27th Street, you and your family can take part in an interactive adventure that leads to various sights on the boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue.
June 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 (also July 10 & 24, August 7 &21)

 

July

STARS & STRIPES EXPLOSION
Music, fireworks and fun! Located on the beach at Starfish Pavilion at 17th St. Park, 20th St., Beach Street Seaside Palladium at 24th St. Park and Neptune Park at 31st St.
July 4

CHALK THE WALK ARTSPLOSION AND 17TH STREET ART FESTIVAL
Located at the 17th Street Park on the boardwalk between 16th and 18th streets. A two-faceted event where participants of all ages draw 4’x4’ chalk drawings on the boardwalk.
July 12

MID-ATLANTIC HERMIT CRAB CHALLENGE
Happening all day long. Located on the beach at 30th street, a win, lose or claw! The Crab is King at this one-of-a-kind event that’s fun for the entire family!
June 26

 

August

EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
Free live entertainment and sport competitions.
August 18-24

ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH BASH
Summer cools down and the parties heat up. Hit the beach one more time to party endlessly for a good cause!
August 1-September 1

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The largest outdoor music festival on the east coast featuring 30 concerts exploding across ten stages.
August 29, 30 & 31

 

September

19TH ANNUAL NEPTUNE’S FALL WINE FESTIVAL
Join your friends by oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia’s leading vineyards.
September 6 & 7

NEPTUNE FESTIVAL & BOARDWALK WEEKEND
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate at the festivals many offerings! There are daily concerts scattered along 32 blocks, tasty food, unique shopping and much more that will be a delight for the young and old festival goers alike.
September 26, 27 & 28

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
National, regional and local acts come together on a gigantic stage to play all types of music. Located on 5th street along with other stages along the boardwalk.
September 29, 30 & 31

See here for more details on events like these!

Water Activity Rentals in Virginia Beach

Make your vacation life easier by renting your water activity equipments!

 

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In order to experience Virginia Beach the right way on your vacation, take a day or two to partake in some water activities! The city offers the most ideal beach activities such as dinner cruises, kayak tours and rentals, surf camps, standup paddle boarding, parasailing, wakeboarding and much more. The water activities available in Virginia Beach are offered throughout the whole summer and the early months of fall and will certainly be a blast for the entire family. It wouldn’t be a beach vacation if you didn’t spend some time in the ocean, so put on your favorite bathing suit and check out all of the fun Virginia Beach has to offer!

1. Rudee Inlet Jet Skis Rentals
A family-owned operation since 1985, Rudee Inlet Jet Ski Rentals has been one of the most successful water activity destinations for many years. Offering a large selection of 1, 2 and 3 person waverunners by Yamaha, you, your family and friends are able to ride together within spacious boundaries out on the Atlantic Ocean. The friendly staff provides life jackets and excellent service as they guide you out to the open ocean where you can have a safe and fun experience on the water. With free parking at Big Sam’s right next door to the inlet, Rudee Inlet is a convenient and exciting way to test your courage and have a lot of fun!

Located at 300 Winston Salem Ave next to Big Sam’s Raw Bar.
Call (757) 422-8359 for further details

2. Adventure Parasail
Owned by the family who operates Rudee Inlet, Adventure Parasail offers the ultimate parasailing experience with over 100,000 successful flights and counting as well as a perfect safety record. People of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun. You can either stay dry or get dipped as you fly single, double or even triple rides at 600, 800 and 1,000 feet in the air! Located at the far corner of The Virginia Beach Fishing Center just a few blocks from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Adventure Parasail will offer you incredible service and an experience you won’t soon forget!

Located at 300 Winston Salem Ave next to Big Sam’s Raw Bar.
Call (757) 422-8359 for further details

3. VB Surf Sessions
Whether you are an expert or beginner on the water, VB Surf Sessions offers everything you will need and more for an exciting and fun day of catching waves. This top-notch company offers surf camps, surf lessons, standup paddle board tours, rentals and retail. Professional surf instructors provide fun lessons packed with tips, tricks and techniques to surfing and paddle boarding. On top of that they offer a wide selection of boards, wetsuits and even deliver to and from your hotel or the beach at your convenience. The instructors strive to make each lesson fun and safe for anyone who participates, so come have an experience of a lifetime!

Surf School located at 899 Vanderbilt Ave in Croatan’s Municipal Parking Lot. Parking before 10 a.m. is Free!
Stand up Paddle boarding School is located at 711 General Booth Blvd at the Public Boat Ramp. Parking is free.
Call Toll Free at (888) SURF-007 or Local at (757) 633-5330 for further details

4. Surf and Adventure
As one of the most popular vacation linen rental and major surf brand retail stores in the Sandbridge area, Surf and Adventure offers surf camps and lessons, kayak tours, rentals for surfboards, standup paddle boards, bikes, beach equipment and more. Local experts that make up the Surf and Adventure team provide surf, kayak and standup paddleboard lessons to people of all ages, as well as a trendy store filled with clothing, footwear, sunglasses, wetsuits, leashes, handmade shaped boards and much more. Be sure to stop by on the way down to Sandbridge Beach and check out this surf shop where you will find everything us beach-goers will need.

Located at 577 Sandbridge Road.
Call (757) 721-6210 for further details

5. Spirit of Norfolk Cruises
If you have never been on a cruise before, then this is your chance. Heck! Even if you have been on a cruise before you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Spirit of Norfolk Cruises offers dinner, lunch and brunch cruises, over 15 types of specialty cruises, including those that are meant for the holidays, and special group events. The cruise departs from The Waterside Festival Marketplace in Downtown Norfolk and makes its way down the Elizabeth River passing the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet and spectacular views. Enjoy dining, dancing and an overall great time on the water during this fun and unique experience!

Cruise ship is located at The Waterside Festival Marketplace at 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA.
Call (866) 304-2469 for further details

Downtown Beach Center

 

Visit Town Center in Downtown Virginia Beach—the center of it all!

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Just minutes from the Oceanfront, the exciting, vibrant, Town Center in Downtown Virginia Beach towers over the landscape, offering an expansive and impressive assortment of upscale shops, restaurants and more.

Town Center and surrounding areas have a true urban feels, with tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly streets dotted with stylish shops and boutiques of every variety as well as delicious dining choices radiating from a sweeping plaza area with dancing water fountains.

Browse through a variety of store all within a few city blocks such as:

  • Chic, locally-owned boutiques
  • High-end clothing stores for men, women and children
  • Sporting goods store
  • Art gallery
  • Spa and beauty supply store

Head over to Pembroke Mall just across the street to peruse their selection of specialty store. Pembroke has been newly renovated and expanded to include even more of your favorite stores. The mall is home to Sears, Kohl’s, Target and Stein Mart as well as a varied selection of smaller boutique-type shops.

The dining choices in Downtown Virginia Beach are eclectically varied and fit to comply with even the most discerning palates. Prepare to taste the greatest steak you’ve ever eaten when you come to Ruth’s Chris. Thick-hand-cut steaks come out sizzling on the plate and are served in an upscale but casual atmosphere.

If you have a flair for divine wine, you’ll find a menu to your liking at Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro. They offer 325 different varieties, 70 of which can be ordered by the glass. To complement your vino, choose something from Sonoma’s exquisite menu, featuring a blend of eclectic American foods prepared with European bistro flair.

Another fabulous dining experience can be held at McCormick & Schmick’s, offering fresh, healthy seafood and top quality steaks. Start with a local selection from the oyster bar or one of their shareable appetizers like the lump crab tower. Then indulge in one of their signature fish selections, pasta dishes or steaks. Save room for one of their in-house made desserts such as their popular Kahlua Cake or upside down candied walnut apple pie.

Town Center is also home to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, a true cultural centerpiece for Virginia Beach. The 1,300-seat center is a professional-quality facility that celebrates the arts and showcases local, regional and national performing arts. The building’s outdoor performance plaza provides a festive, public space capable of accommodating 400 patrons for festivals, outdoor performances and social activities.

See what’s on stage when you’re in town by calling the Sandler Center Box Office at 757-385-ARTS or visiting here.

Getting to Downtown Virginia Beach is easy with the Hampton Roads Transit! Offering bus services from the Oceanfront, you will get there in no time and fast!

 

Free Things To Do in Virginia Beach

While vacationing in Virginia Beach, there are countless activities you can do both on and off the land. But what if we told you a long list of these activities are for FREE? Virginia Beach offers a wide variety of things to do free of charge so that you can have a fun and affordable vacation. So, put away your wallet and make your way to one of these destinations while visiting this exciting and generous city.


Strawberry Picking in Pungo
During season, people of all ages head out to Pungo where you will find multiple fields covering the land filled with fresh, bright red strawberries ready to be picked. Grab a basket and make your way down the field’s pathways as you pick high quality strawberries and enjoy the summer breeze.

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
With over eight miles of scenic trails, Back Bay provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife including endangered species such as the loggerhead sea turtle, piping plover and bald eagle. Visitors are able to walk the trails to witness the wildlife as well as a beautiful scenery of freshwater marshes, beaches, dunes and woodlands. Located at the southern end of Sandbridge Beach, Back Bay is the perfect opportunity to face nature one-on-one.
Location:
4005 Sandpiper Road
Hours:
Open daily from 8 a.m.—4 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. on weekends

Back Bay Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay Wildlife Refuge

Lotus Garden Park
Used as a launching point for a calm, yet adventurous kayak or canoe ride, Lotus Garden is a roadside park on the south side of Sandbridge Road. Enjoy a ride down Ashville Bridge Creek to the North Bay or simply bring a chair and admire the pleasant view of enormous lotus flowers and lily pads covering the surface of the water.
Location:
1280 Sandbridge Road
Hours:
Open daily from dawn to dusk

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Red Wing Park
A 97-acre park that is home to numerous amenities and several gardens such as the Reba S. McClanan Fragrance Garden, Red Wing Park has been a popular destination since 1966. Five picnic tables, tennis courts, two volleyball courts, three playground areas, a dog park, open fields, horseshoe pits and much more is what makes up this fun and friendly area open to the public. Enjoy the weather and all the park has to offer which is currently undergoing some renovations for an even more modern and expanded park.
Location:
1398 General Booth Blvd
Hours:
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to various closing times

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The Boardwalk
The boardwalk located at Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront is enough for an entire day of activities. Walk down the boardwalk and you will be easily entertained by all the historical attractions, free entertainment and beautiful scenery of the Atlantic Ocean. With an amusement park with free admission, daily concerts at the 31st Street Stage and a separate bike path for biking, rollerblading or skateboarding, the boardwalk is perfect for a day and night out on the town.

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King Neptune on 31st Street

Old Beach Farmers Market
Located directly next to Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, the Old Beach Farmers Market is every Saturday open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend offering fresh seasonal produce, newly baked breads and cakes, Virginia wines, potted plants, homemade gifts and much more! A charming setting filled with goodies and a unique food truck, the Farmers Market is a great way to spend your Saturday.
Location:
At the corner of 19th Street and Cypress Avenue
Hours:
9 a.m.—Noon every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend

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Movie Theaters
During the summer time, both AMC and Regal movie theaters offer free movies for kids. Times vary by location.

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First Landing State Park
Swimming, hiking, boating, jet skiing, crabbing, biking, picnicking, hiking and fishing. All of these activities are just some of many that you can do at First Landing State Park, formally known as Seashore State Park. This 2,888-acre park offers a wide variety of outdoor opportunities on one of the most beautiful shorelines in Virginia. Stay overnight at a campsite to continue the fun the next day. A local area in close proximity to heart of Virginia Beach, First Landing is a great escape from the more heavily developed areas.
Location:
2500 Shore Drive
Hours:
Open daily from dawn to dusk

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Mount Trashmore Park
Consisting of two man-made mountains, two playgrounds, a skate park, two lakes, multiple paths, a Kids Cove Playground and more, Mount Trashmore has been a park nationally-loved destination for years. The two mountains are made up of compacted layers of solid waste and clean soil, giving the park special environmental features. With plenty of activities that are both physical and relaxing, you can’t go wrong with spending a day at Mount Trashmore.
Location:
310 Edwin Drive
Hours:
Open daily from 7:30 a.m.—Posted closing time

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Hunt Club Farm
Known to be a part of the area’s rich agricultural history, Hunt Club offers various events throughout the year that are both agricultural-based and fun! Pumpkin picking, pony rides, petting farm, Haunted Hayride, Easter Egg Hunts, a Farm Market and various seasonal festivals are held here to entertain the whole family! Open from April 1st to New Year’s Eve, Hunt Club invites guests to explore their grounds and see all the farm life has to offer.
Location:
2388 London Bridge Road
Hours:
Open daily from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. with extended hours during certain seasons

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Oceanfront Boardwalk: The Soul of Virginia Beach

BEST OF THE VIRGINIA BEACH BOARDWALK

As the heart of Virginia Beach, the Oceanfront boardwalk is a must while on vacation in this laid-back, fun and exciting city. Boarding the strip are countless amounts of hotels, restaurants and shops, which make this city the perfect destination for a beach vacation. From amusement parks and live music playing right outside restaurant patios to Flashback Old Time Photos and bike rentals, the boardwalk is most definitely the soul of Virginia Beach.

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King Neptune, pictured above, is the symbol of the Virginia Beach boardwalk and has been a favorite spot to snap a photo for decades. Along with King Neptune are dozens of other attractions while strolling down the strip. The boardwalk offers a spacious walking path that has entry after entry leading to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the walking or running path, there is a bike path for those who would rather bike, skate or even roller blade.


 

LOCAL’S  FAVORITES

Rent a 4-wheel family bike

There are multiple shops along the boardwalk that offer bike and surrey rentals for those who want to cruise the strip in style. Here is a list of some bike rental shops to choose from while exploring the Oceanfront:

Atlantic Convenient Mart
28th Street and Atlantic Avenue
(757) 491-6143

Atlantic Food Mart
15th Street and Atlantic Avenue
(757) 227-4558

Ocean Waves Gift Shop
33rd Street and Atlantic Avenue
9757) 428- 2430

Pier Food Mart
14th Street & Boardwalk
(757) 428-8111

Prise Food Mart
9th Street & Atlantic Avenue
(757) 437-8381

Try the famous Orange Crush
Waterman’s Surfside Grille is located right directly next to the boardwalk and has been a favorite oceanfront dining area since 1981. But what makes this oceanfront dining spot so popular is their very own Orange Crush. If hear these two words in Virginia Beach, you should automatically think of Waterman’s. With boardwalk access from the outside bar, Sunday brunch and free valet and parking, there is plenty to experience when dining at Waterman’s Surfside Grille.

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Grab an appetizer at Chix Sea Grill & Bar
Famous for their crab dip, Chix on 7th street is home to some of the freshest seafood in Virginia Beach. People travel from all over to have a taste of their wide menu items while listening to live music right outside the patio. Local bands play every night of the week during season until 10 p.m. and then an additional band plays inside until midnight. Be sure to enjoy the weather, food and entertainment at the local’s favorite seafood bar!

Test your courage
Located on 15th street is the Virginia Beach Amusement Park, which may not be a Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion, but will sure bring some twists and turns to your day at the boardwalk! Those who are brave enough climb aboard the Skyscraper, a thrill ride that throws you up 165 feet in the air at 65 mph. There are also rides such as the Cosmic Storm, Hurricane, Music Express and, of course, rides dedicated to the kiddies. With the exception of the Skyscraper at just $20, you can purchase tickets for all the rides or just simply walk around and watch everyone’s reactions!

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Relax in the grass
There is another spot to seat a seat besides the benches placed along the boardwalk.
The Neptune’s Park at 31st street provides a vast area for anyone and everyone to take a break from walking and listen to free concert series all summer long and various special events throughout the rest of the year. See http://www.beachstreetusa.com/location/31stStreetPark what events are happening when you are in town!

Party on a rooftop
If you are craving a night to dress up and go out on the town, then Skybar is the perfect destination. Overlooking all of Virginia Beach, Sky Bar is a private club that requires an updated membership card, but additional entry is acceptable for those who follow their dress code. Come on a Thursday night when ladies get in for free. Or class up your Sunday for Champagne Sunday parties. So, slip on those heels and tie those ties to experience the most exclusive and beautiful bars on top of the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront!

Fish off a pier
As the only pier accessible from the boardwalk, the 15th Street Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is the perfect spot to fish or enjoy of a view of the ocean. If you do decide to fish, you may catch species such as trout, bluefish, red drum, king mackerel, rays and pompano. There is also a Pier Gift Shop with unique souvenirs, fishing necessities and road-and-reel rentals. If you forgot to pack lunch, don’t worry! There is a snack bar/restaurant located on the pier for your convenience. Hours vary by season, but there is no fishing license required so grab the family, enjoy the view and catch your dinner!

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These are just some of the activities and fun events happening every day and night on the boardwalk that you must not miss out on!

See here for summer and fall events happening on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach Visitor Information

Visitors Centers
Visitors Information Center
2100 Parks Ave.
757-437-4919

Chesapeake Bay Visitor Information Center
Located on the First Island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
757-412-2316

Resort Information Kiosks
On the Boardwalk at 17th St.
Atlantic Ave. & 24th St.
800-822-3224

Important Numbers

Any Emergency    911

State Police    757-424-6800

Coast Guard    757-484-8192

Non-Emergency Police    757-385-5000

AAA    757-631-1700

Hospitals

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
757-395-8000

Pharmacy & Wheel Chair Rentals
Walgreens
757-422-3721
24th St & Atlantic Ave

Transportation

VB Wave: The Virginia Beach Shuttle
Adults/ Children are $1. Go 1 Day Shuttle Pass $2. Children under 38” are free. Seniors and disabled persons are 50¢.

Route 30: Runs along Atlantic Avenue from the North End of the beach to South Rudee Inlet, with stops everywhere in between. Every 15 minutes May–Sept. 8 a.m.–2 a.m.

Route 31: Museums route, with stops at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Owl Creek Tennis Center, Holiday Trav-L-Park Campground and KOA Campground. Daily, May-Labor Day, 9:30am-11:10pm, about every 20 minutes.

Route 32: Shoppers Express route to the Shops at Hilltop and Lynnhaven Mall. Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Buses

Hampton Roads Transit
757-222-6100

Airports

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
757-857-3351

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
757-877-0221

Alcohol Policy

Licensed convenience stores, grocers and specialty stores can sell beer and wine. Liquor can only be purchased at ABC stores, which are open 7 days a week in Virginia Beach.

Smoking Laws

There is a smoking ban on bars and restaurants in Virginia.

Post Offices

550 First Colonial Rd.
757-491-0355

1440 N. Great Neck Rd.
757-340-0981

501 Viking Dr.
800-275-8777

Real Estate

Seibert Realty, 601 Sandbridge Road
757-426-6200/877-422-2200

Public Libraries

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
757-385-0150

700 Virginia Beach Blvd.
757-385-2640

1444 Nimmo Pkwy.
757-385-2610

Taxes

Sales Tax—5.3%; Restaurant/Prepared Food & Beverage Sales Tax—10.5%

Places Of Worship

Baptist
First Baptist Church
35th Street
757-428-6562

Oak Grove Baptist Church
691 Princess Anne Rd.
757-426-2782

Catholic
Star of the Sea Catholic Church
1404 Pacific Ave.,
757-428-8547

Episcopal
Galilee Episcopal Church
3928 Pacific Ave.
757-428-3573

Greek Orthodox
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
621 First Colonial Rd.
757-422-5600

Jewish
Temple Emanuel
424 25th St.
757-428-2591.

Community Church
Coastal Community Church
569 Central Dr. Suite 101
757-233-1293

Glenwood Campus.
2800 S. Independence Blvd.
757-233-1293

Virginia Beach Community Chapel
1261 Laskin Rd.
757-428-1881

Methodist
Virginia United Methodist Church
212 19th St.
757-428-7727

Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church
300 36th St.
757-428-6332

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Weddings

Many couples who get swept away in the natural beauty of Virginia Beach return later to tie the knot. Having a ceremony on the beach is a memorable experience and a beautiful way to start a new life together. Here are some tips to help you get started!

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Location: There’s now a policy that allows couples to rent a space on the beach for their ceremony. The policy requires a permit if the couple is expecting more than 150 guests but is optional for small ceremonies.

Attire for her: The beauty of a beach wedding is that brides don’t have to buy an extravagant, heavy dress with a full-length train. Instead, they can opt for something light and flowy.

Attire for him: No groom should suffer in the hot sun while wearing a black suit. Guys can dress down in linen or cotton in shades of tan, grey or white.

Cake: There are many fabulous bakeries in the area, and since beach weddings are so popular, most are accustomed to creating coastal cakes complete with seashells, edible sand and Adirondack chairs.

Décor: The Virginia Beach Wedding Chapel offers decorations such as bamboo arches, custom-made floral headers, shell strands, seashell art and paths.

To Beach or Not to Beach?
How do you know if a beach wedding is right for you? Here are some tips from Beach Weddings Virginia to help you decide if a sandy ceremony is in your future.

•  Couples considering this type of ceremony should be free spirited and relaxed.

•  Brides shouldn’t be bothered by the little things—like getting the hem of their wedding gown wet or sandy.

•  Couples should enjoy feeling the surf tugging at their toes and the music of waves crashing against the shore.

Virginia Beach Wedding Chapel specializes in destination beach weddings, elopement packages and classic wedding packages. Visit www.virginiabeachweddingchapel.com to read exclusive advice for getting married on the beach, as well as which location is right for you.

Health & Beauty On The Coast

A vacation at the beach is the ultimate way to unwind—you can lounge in the sun, play games with the kids, eat amazing food and totally forget about all the worries that await you at home. But while you are letting loose, why not take the opportunity to give your body some much needed attention?

Many people throw health and fitness out the window when they go on vacation, but it is actually the perfect time to challenge and pamper your body. Use your free time to get active and jumpstart your fitness routine. Head to a local gym and sweat it out, or try some fun (and calorie-burning!) activities like surfing, biking or kayaking.

Afterward, reward yourself at Balance Therapeutic Massage on Laskin Road with a relaxing massage. They have many different types of massages available such as Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, Thai massage, sports massage, prenatal or postpartum massage, lymphatic drainage and reflexology and foot massage. Feel your cares drift away as your muscles relax into a state of bliss for 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes. They also offer massage packages and couple’s massages.

Another tranquil place to visit for pure relaxation and body therapy is Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. at 67th Street. Some of their services are acupressure, various types of massage, hydrotherapies such as cedar cabinet steam/fume baths, Epsom salts baths and facials, boutique therapies including Reiki and spiritual life counseling and various spa packages to include facial and massage combinations and more. They also offer holistic clinical work as well as wellness retreats.

Whatever the treatment, your body will thank you. And you’ll be even more ready to enjoy your time in the sun.

See here for tips on how to have a beautiful vacation!