Aquarium in Virginia Beach

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

If you want to see an aquarium done right, come here. In various habitats, you can see a great array of aquatic life, including sea turtles, river otters and Komodo dragons.
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

We reckon this 112,000-acre refuge deserves an award for best name in the country. Some 30 miles southwest of Virginia Beach, it straddles the North Carolina border and is rich in flora and fauna, including black be…
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

First Landing State Park

Shake off the Virginia Beach flash at this lower key 2888-acre woodland, which has 20 miles of hiking trails and 1.5 miles of beach, plus opportunities for camping, cycling, fishing, kayaking and swimming.
Nature Reserve in Virginia Beach

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This 9250-acre wildlife and migratory-bird marshland habitat is most stunning during the December migration season. The refuge's visitor center is open from 8am to 4pm weekdays, 9am to 4pm weekends.
Museum in Virginia Beach

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Housed in an ultra-modern building, this museum has galleries hosting a rotating program of exhibitions by regional artists.