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Planning a Spring Break? Why Not Virginia?


     The Hampton Roads region, now becoming known as Coastal Virginia has enough to do and see year  round there is never an "off" season. Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield/Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Virginia's Eastern Shore make up the Coastal Virginia region

Easy to get to Coastal Virginia by plane, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, located in Newport News and Norfolk International Airport, in Norfolk

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Visit The Historic Triangle, Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Williamsburg.


Colonial Williamsburg will literally place you back in the Colonial era, as you walk the (unpaved) streets, visit the shops and many preserved and restored  structures that was the center of government, education and culture  for eighty-one years of the 18 century.

Have fun at Busch Gardens theme park, one of the most beautiful theme parks in the world.

Get wet at Water Country USA.


Virginia Beach:

Good destination for a family vacations with twenty nine miles of Atlantic oceanfront, many hotels and motels to choose from as well as numerous restaurants.  Virginia Beach hosts the East Coast Surfing Championship as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship, several state parks, three military bases, two universities, also home of Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).  The area has many historic places to visit, one of which is the Cape Henry Lighthouses, the oldest built in 1792.


Topgolf,  65,000-square-foot facility, equipped with three floors offering 102 climate-controlled hitting bays with a touch-screen TV in each.  Hit your golf shot, aiming for one the several illuminated, prismatic targets on the fairway.  The touch-screen TV lights up, rating your accuracy and distance.


The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.



Virginia Arts Festival, this year is the 20th anniversary.

Museums:  Chrysler Museum/Glass Studio, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Hermitage Foundation, MacArthur Memorial, Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin, Police and Fire Museum.

Norfolk Botanical Garden, 52 themed gardens within 155 acres. three acre children's adventure garden with water feature and discovery peak, gift shop and garden cafe, boat and tram tours. This year's feature will be the Lantern Asia, March 5-April 30, 2016. Lantern Festivals are an ancient tradition that began more than 2,000 years ago in China. Norfolk also has many historic sites.

The Virginia Zoological Park,  53 landscaped acres, houses more than 400 animals.



Rich in Civil War history, good place to start your visit is the Hampton History Museum, also home of the Hampton Visitor Center.

Purchase the Sea to Stars Ticket, this ticket combines admission to the Virginia Air And Space Center, an IMX film, a ride on the Hampton Carousel, a cruise aboard the Miss Hampton 11 and admission to the Hampton History Museum.  Adult tickets $39, youth tickets $25.

The Riverside 3D IMAX Theater

 Air and Space Center, more than 100 flight simulators and hands-on-exhibits

Fort Monroe and the Casemate Museum, houses the cell where Jefferson Davis was held at the conclusion of the Civil War.

Mariners' Museum and Park.


Northwest River Park and Campground

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia's Eastern Shore:

Assateague National Seashore

Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

Surf Fishing

Bay Flounder fishing

Bird watching,

Ocean beaches

Oyster museum

Camping at its best.

Research the Coastal Virginia area, so much to do, see and experience and nice friendly folks.

 If you are so fortunate to visit the Coastal Virginia area in May, you will have the opportunity to eat a  soft-shell crab because the season is traditionally marked with the first full moon in May. At that time, the blue crab begins its molting season to accommodate its summer growth. The actual shedding of the shell can take anywhere from one to three hours, after which it must be removed or the hardening process will continue, reducing the quality of the soft-shell crab.  At this time, you can eat the whole crab, except gills and mouth.  Yummmy!

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