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Adventure Destination: Virginia Beach

If you have not visited Virginia Beach recently you are certainly missing out.  The beach town is buzzing with things to do and see, as well as food (even gluten-free) to eat.

My family and I recently enjoyed our yearly family vacation in one of the hotels on the ocean front and the view was amazing.  Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetWe didn’t have to go very far to get to the beach, which was cleaned up every morning pretty early so that it could be enjoyed throughout the day.  We had beach access, pool access, and we were within walking distance of many food and shopping options.  Everything that you need basically is right on Atlantic Ave.  There is even a Starbucks for all of my fellow basic girls out there (I understand).

Every Wednesday and Sunday night they have a fireworks display over the beach, which if you have never experienced fireworks on the beach before, is a beautiful thing to watch.  The fireworks are set off on 20th street, but you can see them from anywhere on the “boardwalk” which extends pretty much the length of Atlantic Ave.  (I am very reluctant to call it a boardwalk, however, because I am a Jersey girl and their idea of a boardwalk is a large cement sidewalk *with no stores*).  20150816_220457There are also many other things to do with the whole family, including museums, parasailing, boat tours, dolphin watching, paddle boarding, etc as well as an aquarium/ adventure park.  The aquarium is separated into 2 buildings and they are connected by a nature walk and ropes course.  The aquarium is big and full of fun animals, including my personal favorite: otters.  (If you have to ask yourself why then you obviously haven’t watched otters play because they’re the cutest ever.)  The aquarium also has a petting pool where you can pet manta rays and sting rays, who actually love being pet, as well as different stations where staff are posted talking about different animals and letting kids touch them.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetVirginia Beach has so much to do, and it doesn’t stop there when the sun goes down.  There is live music every other block, tons of restaurants and bars, and boardwalk style rides.20150816_200745


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