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First Steps For a Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wedding

Planning A Virginia beach Oceanfront Wedding It is one of the most sought after weddings by couples of all ages. There is nothing as majestic as saying your vows with the backdrop of the ocean, or a the orange red hues of a memorable sunset. Like any other event, it requires planning that fits your needs. At the Virginia Beach Barclay hotel, we have had scores of weddings right in our “backyard”. By backyard I mean the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. We have suites overlooking the water and two large banquet rooms. We specialize in this nuptial venue. This article is just a cursory starting point on some questions and key items you want to begin thinking about. After reading this, give us a call at the Barclay Hotel. We can work with you to make sure everything is in line, on time, and within budget. Ask yourselves a few basic questions before you walk down the sand Preparing for that big day near the Virginia Boardwalk? Here are a few simple things that you do not want to overlook. There are a lot more than just these things but these are good to start thinking about as you […]

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Virginia Wine Festival at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Warm Up At The Virginia Beach Wine Festival! Virginia Wine Festival 2016 Looking for something to do after the holidays. During the Second week of January 2016 Virginia Beach plays host to the Coastal Virginia Wine Festival. In it’s second year the Virginia Wine Festival is the kickoff event for the ever expanding Virginia Wine Industry. Sponsored by Vistagraphics, publishers of Virginia Wine Lover Magazine, the event brings the major wineries and vineyards to Hampton Roads. Background on Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Virginia Wine Lover Magazine showcases the Virginia Wine Industry in full depth. It includes exclusive information about the wineries themselves, the owners, and of course the different wines. As wine in the Commonwealth of Virginia continues to gain in prominence, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine has documented its growth. It is a great resource when you set out to visit the different vineyards. Now they are in one place. Visit them all in one shot Now you can sample the majority of the vineyards in one sitting at the convention center. Booth after booth will feature the different types of unique wine produced here. It is also a great way to begin planning which vineyards you want to visit. […]

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Meet Santa At Town Center

Christmas is rapidly approaching but there are still some exciting ways to have fun here in Virginia Beach. On top of things going on all over town, do not forget the holiday spirit at the Town Center. What Holiday Events Are Available at Town Center? Individual retailers, shops, and restaurants have events but for many, meeting the man who can fulfill their Christmas list is the highlight. Thus,  One major event before Christmas is: Meet and Greet With Santa Claus Santa Claus is coming to the..beach..actually Town Center. On the weekend before you Christmas you have a chance to let the kiddies visit Santa. They can also get their picture taken with him. I have heard the packages are very reasonable starting at around $20. I have also read you can bring your pet for a picture with Santa. Where do I go specifically to meet Santa? In the Town Center complex you can meet him at the corner of Main Street and Central Park Avenue. When will he be there On the 18th of December to the 20th of December at these times: Friday the 18th 5 to 8 PM Saturday 2 to 6 PM Sunday 2 to 5 […]

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Adventure Park

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who’s looking for adventure and a full excursion of fun? Then you belong at The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium! New this year to Virginia Beach, The Adventure Park offers multiple zip lines and 10 aerial ropes challenge courses suitable for kids, teens and adults. The courses include platforms located at varying heights throughout the trees and are connected by crossings, which could be bridges that participants can cross or cables that allow a person to zip from one station to the next. Swing through the trees just like Tarzan when you visit The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium! Call 757-385-IZIP (4947), or visit www.virginiabeachtrees.com to learn more. Adventure Park 3713 South Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 757-721-4484 www.virginiabeachtrees.com

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Ocean Breeze Water Park

Enjoy 19 acres of fun. Choose from 16 water slides and swim in our million gallon wave pool. There is an arcade, food court, locker rentals and a bar. We cater to all kinds of parties, from corporate picnics and reunions to children’s birthday parties. Ocean Breeze is located 1.5 miles south of the resort area, just past the Virginia Marine Science Museum. Ocean Breeze Water Park 849 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 757-422-4444 • 800-678-WILD www.oceanbreezewaterpark.com

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First Landing State Park

This National Natural Landmark is Virginia’s most visited state park and one of the first state parks. It was established in 1936 (formerly Seashore State Park). The park’s new name reflects its unique history as the site of the landing of the first permanent English Settlers in 1607. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including 19 miles of hiking trails, bike trail, a boat ramp, picnic areas, campsites, and cabins. Visitor center exhibits in the natural area explain the uniqueness of this environment featuring lagoons, cypress swamps and Spanish moss. First Landing State Park is located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach. This 2,888 acre park offers a wide range of activities for visitors. Regardless of how long you can stay, for a few hours or for a full day, you can have a nice time visiting the park. First Landing State Park 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA (757) 412-2300 www.first-landing-state-park.org

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Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for every”BODY”

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playgroung for Every”BODY” opened on May 22, 2010. This 100% handicap accessible oceanfront park is the first of its kind in America. Kids with disabilities are thrilled to access a playground designed to accommodate their wheelchairs. Children can race across the bridge, dig in the sand and explore the playground with ease. Grommet Island is located at 2nd Street on the boardwalk. For more information visit the City of Virginia Beach’s website on Grommet Island Park. Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for every”BODY” 100 2nd Street Virginia Beach, VA www.grommetisland.org

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Edgar Cayce Visitors Center

The headquarters of the world famous psychic and mystic, Edgar Cayce. Open year round to the public, visitors can see the original hospital building, the Visitor Center and enjoy a tour, a movie, and a free lecture. For times and lecture topics, call 757-428-3588 ext. 7265, or visit our web site at www.edgarcayce.org. Edgar Cayce Visitors Center Atlantic Ave. & 67th Street Virginia Beach, VA 757-428-3588 ext. 7265 www.edgarcayce.org

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum

Virginia’s marine environment is represented through 800,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, more than 300 hands-on exhibits, 1/3-mile nature trail, 1/2-acre aviary, and “larger than life” movies on our IMAX 3D movie screen (8 stories X 6 stories). Admission. Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum 717 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 757-425-FISH (3474) www.virginiaaquarium.com

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False Cape State Park

This park is a pristine ocean-to-fresh water bay habitat. Just south of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, it’s accessible only by boat or a five mile hike by foot or bike. Park Size: 4,321 acres. Beach Size: 5.9 miles of beachfront, extending to North Carolina line. Vehicular access to False Cape State Park is prohibited because the park is land-locked on the southern end of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Those wishing to visit the park for the day must either bike or hike through the refuge (via beach or interior trails, and the interior trail is closed from November 1 through March 31), or boat or canoe in down Back Bay. You can also take the Terra Gator, a specially designed vehicle that minimizes impact to this special environment, during this period. The Back Bay Restoration Foundation operates a tram that leaves from the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (4005 S. Sandpiper Rd. in Virginia Beach) and travels through the wildlife refuge. The trek allows visitors to explore the park for two hours in the Barbour Hill contact station area or ride farther to False Cape’s Wash Woods area. This area has a church site and cemetery. The […]

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens will take guests on a new journey with their pulse-pounding roller coasters, sensational family attractions and the return of exciting seasonal events. THRILL-SEEKERS: Alpengeist, After climbing to an Alpine high 195 feet, riders are hurtled through six staggering inversions at speeds up to 67 miles per hour. Consistently voted one of the top 10 steel coasters in the world. Apollo’s Chariot, Like the Olympian sun god, Apollo’s Chariotraces toward daring heights, only to dazzle riders on the way back down with one of the smoothest, fastest trails ever blazed. Curse of DarKastle, What begins as an enchanted sleigh ride ends in a bone-chilling chase packed with dizzying drops, surprise twists, and such sensational 3-D visuals, you won’t believe your eyes. Escape from Pompeii, Hold on tight as a leisurely boat ride through the ruins of this great city suddenly turns explosive. One rumble from the mighty mountain and the race to escape from Pompeii is on. Griffon, Join the bravest of ride warriors and challenge yourself to the 205-foot, 90-degree, 75 mph free fall. Some say that just waiting your turn to ride Griffon® is a heart-pounding experience in itself, as you anticipate the moment of that cliffhanger […]

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Military Aviation Museum

Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of historic military aircraft. These vintage WWI and WWII aircraft, such as our P-51 Mustang,  de Havilland Mosquito, Curtiss P-40 and Spitfire, have been restored to their original flying condition. The aircraft are occasionally flown on local demonstration flights and at regional air shows. Visit us at 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach or call (757) 721-7767. Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23457 (757) 721-7767 www.militaryaviationmuseum.org

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American Rover Tall Ship Cruises

This graceful ship is the largest three-masted, 149-passenger, topsail schooner under the U.S. flag. Modeled after the Chesapeake Bay cargo schooners of the past century, the American Rover departing The Waterside Marina for two- and three-hour narrated harbor cruises under full sail along the Elizabeth River. American Rover Tall Ship Cruises Norfolk, VA 757-627-SAIL www.americanrover.com

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Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame

Whether it is with a large school group or a family visit, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is home to many memorable exhibits and full of interactive fun. A basketball court, sports complex, racing simulators and a radio announcing booth await you! The Museum also hosts many special events, birthday parties, galas and weddings. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.vshfm.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@VSHFM). Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame 206 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-8031 www.vshfm.com

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Naval Station Norfolk

Home port to more than 75 ships of the Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk Naval Station is the world’s largest naval installation. Visitors may catch the tour bus year-round at the Naval Base Tour Office, 9079 Hampton Blvd. by Gate 5, at The Waterside or at Nauticus. Admission. Naval Station Norfolk Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 757-444-7955 www.norfolkvisitor.com/norfolknavy

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Nauticus, The National Maritime Center

Hey, it even looks like a battleship. With interactive computers, high-tech naval battles and a virtual reality adventure game, it’s “Edutainment” for the whole family. Nauticus admission now includes access to Battleship Wisconsin Wardroom and Officer’s Country as well as the new exhibit For All Those in Uniform Who Have Served. Nauticus, The National Maritime Center 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 757-664-1000 www.nauticus.org

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Harbor Park

Home to the Norfolk Tides, Norfolk’s AAA professional baseball team, affiliate of the New York Mets, sits at the edge of the Elizabeth River just east of The Waterside. Touted as the best minor-league facility in the country seats 12,000. Season runs from April 4 to Sept. 1. Call 622-2222 for dates & times. Harbor Park Norfolk, VA 757-622-2222

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The Hampton Roads Naval Museum

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk introduces guests to over two hundred years of activity in and around the great harbor of Hampton Roads, Virginia. It is one of eleven museums operated by the U.S. Navy and now, in conjunction with Nauticus The National Maritime Center, is the home of the Navy’s battleship Wisconsin. Admission is FREE! The Hampton Roads Naval Museum Norfolk, VA 757-322-2989 www.hrnm.navy.mil

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Taste of Tidewater Tours

Welcome to Taste Tidewater Tours, Coastal Virginia’s premiere food and brew tour service. Dedicated to all things local, let Taste Tidewater take you safely from farms to restaurants to wineries and breweries. Choose from our set tours or contact us to put together a custom tour for your group. Our executive coach premium touring bus includes roomy, easy walk on and off boarding, and spacious interior designed for comfort, that easily seats 12. We are happy to provide water and lights snacks for the ride and guests are welcome to bring their own picnic, snacks, and beverages. We even have space for your cooler. Guests can enjoy their own music or even a movie on our flat-screen TV. We carry you safely from location to location while you hear local lore and history as well as beer and wine essentials… So get off the beaten path and go where the locals go with Taste Tidewater Tours! All of our tours can be customized to fit you and your group’s needs. Check out our video! Beer and wine tasting tours are for persons 21 years of age and older (no exceptions), as of the tour departure date, and must have valid […]

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Virginia Zoo

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world–without leaving Hampton Roads! Just board the Norfolk Southern Express train at The Virginia Zoo for an expedition to Asia – Trail of the Tiger or Africa’s Okavango Delta! Discover lions, bears, elephants, gibbons, giraffes, colorful birds and more! Watch the red panda climb through the trees just above your head. Go nose-to-nose with a prairie dog in an underground viewing bubble. Enjoy a stroll among our themed gardens and beautiful landscaping. The Virginia Zoo provides education and entertainment for people of all ages, and the Zoo is home to more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. Our enriched exhibits encourage the animals’ natural behavior, and provide information about their habitats, what they eat and their worldwide conservation status. Visiting the Virginia Zoo is a fantastic thing to do with family and friends, and it’s a terrific value! Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for children (ages 2-11) and $10 for seniors (62+). Children under two get in FREE! The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major winter holidays. Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374 www.virginiazoo.org

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The Douglas MacArthur Memorial

Beautifully landscaped MacArthur Square in downtown Norfolk, Virginia is the site of the four buildings that comprise the MacArthur Memorial. The Memorial’s theater contains several special exhibit galleries and continuously shows a twenty-four minute film on the life and times of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Jean MacArthur Research Center (named after the General’s widow) houses the library and archives, education programs, and the administrative offices for the MacArthur Memorial and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. The gift shop displays General MacArthur’s 1950 Chrysler Imperial limousine which he used from 1950 to the end of his life. The museum proper is housed in Norfolk’s stately nineteenth century City Hall. A monumental rotunda is the General’s and Mrs. MacArthur’s final resting place where they are surrounded by inscriptions, banners, and flags heralding the general’s long and glorious career. Nine separate galleries arranged in two levels circle the rotunda and tell the story of General MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War. A visit to the MacArthur Memorial provides a unique glimpse into the 20th century and can renew your faith in […]

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Christian Broadcast Network

Tour one of the nation’s most modern TV stations and join the studio audience for taping of “The 700 Club” with Pat Robertson. Christian Broadcast Network I-64 at Indian River Road, exit 286. Virginia Beach, VA (757) 226-2745

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Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures

All aboard, me hearties! Set sail on Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures aboard the Lost Pearl for a ripsnortin’, swashbucklin’ adventure on the high seas. During this nautical voyage, all hands will help search for a grand treasure stolen by that scurvy dog Blackbeard! Our mission is to track down the booty, and take our revenge on the thieving scoundrels who stole our loot. This voyage is not for the lily-livered, as a fierce water cannon battle is sure to ensue. The spoils will be divided up between all ship hands and there will be fine entertainment on deck as well, the likes of which will amaze and astound ye. Learn pirate songs, see how low ye can go under the limbo stick and then learn to dance a little jig during your time at sea. There will a captivating pirate show and even an educational lesson or two for the wee sprogs on board. The waters off Virginia Beach abound with dolphins, so look sharp mateys! Bring yer camera to capture all the memories of yer time on the high seas. Aye, and don’t forget that there’s fine victuals aboard as well, with the likes of hotdogs, popcorn and […]

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Adventure Parasail and Rudee Inlet Jet Ski

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