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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
Cape Henry Lighthouse
Cape Henry Lighthouse

(757) 422-9421

583 Atlantic Ave
Fort Story, VA 23459   Directions Website

History and nature come together in a truly memorable way at the Cape Henry Lighthouse. This lighthouse, established in 1791, has the distinction of being one of the country's oldest government-built lighthouses. The historic attraction played a key role in the commercial development of the area as well as a dramatically historic one–it is located near where the English settlers arrived in 1607. Even though it sustained damage during the Civil War, it was restored and promises a truly breathtaking view when you ascend to its top lookout point. Tours are available. The lighthouse is open all year except from December 1st to January 5.

Children's Museum of Virginia
Children's Museum of Virginia

(757) 393-5258

221 High St
Portsmouth, VA 23704   Directions Website

So many times, kids are used to hearing commands to keep their hands off of things and not to touch various items. That is the complete opposite of what they will hear when they step into the Children's Museum of Virginia. Touching, holding and interacting with the various attractions and exhibits is highly encouraged by everyone. Kids can get up close and learn about such fascinating subjects as ocean science, technology, and other various science-related subjects. During your visit, don't forget to stop by the excellent gift shop that features t-shirts, souvenirs and more.

First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park

(757) 412-2300

2500 Shore Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions Website

Without a doubt, the First Landing/Seashore State Park is Virginia Beach's crown jewel attraction. This National Natural Landmark draws more than a million visitors a year, and with good reason. As the state's most popular state park, the area features facilities for such fun activities as hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, crabbing and swimming. The facilities for camping are top notch as they include a camp store and laundry facilities. The park was established in the 1930s, and also is noted for being the northernmost point at which temperate and subtropical plants coexist. The park also features handicap accessibility and offer cabin rentals.

Motor World
Motor World

(757) 422-6419

700 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions Website

Rev it up for a good time with the family when you make Virginia Beach's Motor World part of your plans. This is most definitely your attraction for racing, as this go-kart raceway and fun center features 11 race tracks as well as a staggering 250 karts from which to choose. Of course, safety is the top priority, but so is having a lot of memorable motorized fun. The park also features a plentiful concession stand and an area where mom and dad can relax while the kids go karting around the track!

Mount Trashmore Park
Mount Trashmore Park

(757) 473-5237

310 Edwin Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23462   Directions Website

Spending a day in the great outdoors of Virginia Beach wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Mount Trashmore Park. Amazingly, this popular park was once a landfill, but since its reconstruction, it now features 165 acres of children's playgrounds and recreational facilities. One of the more popular features is a state-of-the-art skateboard park, but there are also more conventional amenities available like basketball and volleyball courts, two lakes, picnic facilities and trails. Plus, the park is the site of various special events, concerts, and attractions throughout the year.

Old Coast Guard Station
Old Coast Guard Station

(757) 422-1587

24th Street and Boardwalk
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions Website

Virginia Beach's Old Coast Guard Station has an interesting past. It was founded as a Life Saving Station in 1903 and then became a Coast Guard Station from 1915 until 1969. The structure sat idle for ten years and faced demolition but was rescued by financial backers who then turned it into the historic facility that it is today. This fascinating maritime museum not only chronicles its own history with various presentations about the Coast Guard, but it also offers many interactive exhibits and attractions that detail the mission of the brave men and women whose job it was to protect, serve and search and rescue those in distress.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

(757) 385-3474

717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions Website

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers visitors not only a chance to get familiar with some of the ocean's most amazing creatures, but to also get closer to them. In addition to offering various seasonal whale and dolphin watching tours, the facility also provides something even more unique. When the aquarium's researchers bring back the assorted haul of various fish and invertebrates from their latest deep sea collection trips, you can be there to see what unusual creatures they have brought back for further study. There is also an opportunity to take a pontoon trip around the Owls Creek Salt Marsh. Let your imagination be stirred by not only the many creatures and exhibits at the aquarium, but also by the science and oceanic-themed features that are available here. Not only will you gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the many forms of underwater life that you will experience here, you will also be impressed with the theater's cutting edge presentation and sound.

Virginia Legends Walk
Virginia Legends Walk

(757) 463-4500

484 Viking Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23452   Directions Website

Get a totally different perspective of some of Virginia's most notable natives when you experience the Virginia Legends Walk. This unique walkway commemorates the work of some of the most influential Virginians like Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas MacArthur, Robert E. Lee, and Arthur Ashe, just to name a few. It was inaugurated in 1999 and new names are regularly added to this fitting and entertaining tribute.

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