Virginia Beach, Virginia Top 10 Attractions

Virginia Beach is one of the most popular beaches for people to visit in the country, with sandy shores and clear water. Every year, there are nearly 6 million visitors who spend the night by Virginia Beach, meaning that it should come as no surprise that there are so many tourist attractions. Many of the sites in Virginia Beach center on enjoy the water, sand, or sun, but this city is more than just that. To make sure that you don't miss anything during your visit, check out these top 10 attractions in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

1: Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier
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If you want a specific location along the beach in Virginia Beach to visit, head to the fishing pier. This pier measures 1,000 feet long and is along the boardwalk on 15th street. This attraction is right in the middle of the resort area, making it a popular attraction. You don't need a license to fish and there is a bait-and-tackle shop right there, complete with rental equipment. You can also get a meal or snack at the bar and restaurant.

Address: 15th Street & Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

2: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
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The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center proves that there is more to this city than just the beach. The aquarium holds more than 800,000 gallons of water as well as live animal habitats. There are marshlands, a nature trail, an outdoor aviary, and numerous hands-on exhibits. You will find 300 different species in the aquarium with thousands of animals in total. Other highlights include the Indonesian Volcanic Island, Chesapeake Bay Touch Pond, and Red Sea Habitat. The center also hosts a 3D IMAX theater for the chance to watch breathtaking films about the natural world in a comfortable atmosphere.

Address: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

3: Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

The family-friendly Ocean Breeze Waterpark is a great escape when you want to get in the water, but aren't in the mood for the sandy beach. There are 16 different water slides as well as the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and Runaway Bay wave pool, the last of which has one million gallons of water. Float lazily along the Adventure River or get a souvenir at the gift shop or snack from the candy store or numerous food shops.

Address: 849 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

4: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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While in Virginia Beach, be sure to stop by Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This 8500 acre area was created in 1938 with the goal of creating a protected spot where migrating or wintering waterfowl could stay. Today, nature lovers get the chance to see more than 300 species of birds, including endangered and threatened species. This top attraction also has multiple walking trails of varying lengths, perfect for jogging strollers. This particular attraction is ideal for when you want to truly interact with nature without man-made distractions.

Address: 1324 Sandbridge Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

5: Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures

Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures

Children in particular enjoy Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures, which is a family-friendly short cruise on a pirate ship, the Lost Pearl. A period Spanish galleon served as the inspiration for the ship and children get to participate in the pirate show while enjoying a snack of pirate booty. You can also hunt for treasure or participate in a sword fight. The whole tour lasts about 1.5 hours.

Address: 308 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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