While plenty of visitors travel to Virginia Beach every year to appreciate the miles of sandy beaches, they’re not the only things that visitors can enjoy on their trip. The following are some hidden Virginia Beach sights worth checking out.
Cape Henry Lighthouses
There are actually two lighthouses on Cape Henry in the Fort Story military base. George Washington authorized construction of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1792 as one of the first acts of the new American government. It was an active lighthouse for nearly a century before cracks in the walls and staircase forced it to close.(Image by Mark Scott)
The new Cape Henry Lighthouse now stands nearby. In 1930, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities purchased the old lighthouse to restore it and open it to the public. It is important to note that the lighthouse is on a military base. Therefore, to pass through security, all visitors 18 or older must have picture identification. While it may seem intimidating, the views of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay from the top of the lighthouse are truly breathtaking.
For visitors who prefer a quiet and relaxing beach getaway, Sandbridge Beach offers a break from the vibrant Virginia Beach. Even though Sandbridge is just 15 miles south of Virginia Beach, it feels like it’s a world away. The five miles of sandy beach are perfect for unwinding. However, beautiful beaches aren’t the only things for which Sandbridge is known. The area also has great fishing in the ocean and marshes. Plus, hikers and kayakers will find plenty to explore in False Cape State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you plan to stay in area for a few days, you can book a hotel at the nearby Camp Pendleton Attraction.
Farms of Pungo
While Virginia Beach is famous for its stunning coastline, the area also has acres of beautiful farmland that grows fresh produce. There are 172 farms in the south of Pungo. The Virginia Beach Farmers Market not only sells seasonal fruit and vegetables, but visitors can also find a bakery, butcher, seafood market, and plenty of unique gift stores. There are also many farms in the area where visitors can pick their own strawberries. Plus, every Memorial Day weekend, the Pungo Strawberry Festival attracts around 120,000 visitors. Here, they enjoy bake-offs, pie eating contests, a carnival, a parade, and live entertainment.(Image by Amber Karnes)
Munden Point Park
While First Landing State Park, the most-visited state park in Virginia, may get all the glory, it’s certainly not the only beautiful park in the area. In fact, for visitors looking for peace and quiet on the water, the 100-acre Munden Point Park is the perfect destination. Visitors can rent kayaks or canoes to paddle around the marshes of Oakum Creek, or enjoy one of the many picnic shelters around the park. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course, three basketball courts, five volleyball courts, three ball fields, and three playgrounds.
On your next trip to Virginia Beach, make sure you explore these places to see a side of Virginia Beach that most people never get to experience.
Author Bio :
Kristen McCalla is a writer for the Hipmunk City Love Project and avid blogger who lives in Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not traveling, you can find her hanging out on Google+. She is currently working on the #HipmunkCityLove project.
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