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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
East Coast Equestrian Training Center
East Coast Equestrian Training Center

(757) 270-5228

2508 W Landing Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456   Directions Website

Gallop your way to a truly fun outdoor experience when you visit the East Coast Equestrian Training Center in Virginia Beach. Learn from the experts about how to properly ride a horse as well as all the other interesting and necessary information that is needed to ensure a safe and fun ride. And, the center is only seven miles from the closest beach, so you can plan to enjoy a relaxing (and memorable) horseback ride along some of Virginia Beach's most scenic stretches of coastline.

False Cape State Park
False Cape State Park

(800) 933-7275

4001 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23457   Directions Website

Embrace nature in a truly amazing way when you visit the False Cape State Park. This incredible slice of land is located at the southern end of Sandbridge Beach. You will immediately be struck by the area's rich outdoor beauty, and also by the fact that this area is the gateway to over 12,000 acres of protected coastal marsh habitat that offer a dramatic (and rare) opportunity to see nature in its purest form. You can get even closer to it all when you let the professionals at Back Bay Getaways lead you on an informative and entertaining trek through the area.

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.

Great Neck Park
Great Neck Park

(757) 496-6735

2513 Shorehaven Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23454   Directions Website

There's nothing ordinary about spending a day outdoors at the park when your destination is Virginia Beach's Great Neck Park. While planning a relaxing picnic lunch on a big blanket is a great idea, there is so much more here to experience. You can enjoy such activities as enjoying a game on one of the many ball fields, shoot hoops on one of the basketball courts, enjoy fun at the horseshoe pits, or enjoy a friendly game of volleyball. The kids will love the large playground areas, and there are sheltered pavilions and restrooms conveniently located throughout the park.

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.

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach

(800) 822-3224

Virginia Beach, VA

If someone tells you to "hit the beach" in Virginia Beach, be ready for something truly special! The area proudly boasts miles and miles of coastal charm that sprawls out in the most inviting way. Taken altogether, Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area and Sandbridge equal approximately 35 miles of the Virginia Beach coastline. Each of these points offers a different feel largely due to the different districts of shops, restaurants and other amenities found in each area. The beach experience is always free and open to the public. There is no payment or required permit to stand in the way of you finding your perfect place outdoors and on the sand.

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