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Holiday Lights at the Beach

November 16, 2017

The season of joy gets underway on November 17 at Virginia Beach with the Holiday Lights at the Beach.

holiday lights at the beach

via Hampton Roads Visitor

Locals and visitors alike look forward to this annual event that ushers in the six weeks that are most people’s favorite time of year. Called the “enchanted seaside mile,” it consists of a fantasy of lights that extends from 8th to 22nd streets.

This year’s display will set the beach and boardwalk aglow with 50 of the most popular displays. In addition to Christmas themes, such as a 40-foot tall Christmas tree, the show will include frolicking porpoises and jumping dolphins.

More than 30,000 people make the light show one of their holiday traditions. It’s such a wonderful exhibit that the American Bus Association listed it in their “Top 100 events in North America for 2011.”

Hours are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly until December 31. Admission is $4 per vehicle on Mondays through Thursdays and $5 per vehicle on Fridays through Sundays and on holidays.

Stay With Us

Plan a trip to Virginia Beach to experience the special magic of the holidays. Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin, so you can see the lights and enjoy other seasonal events in November and December. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

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Local Farmers Markets

November 8, 2017

There is something about a farmers’ market that is hard to resist. Our city has two of them that are filled with good eats.

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via Military Town Advisor

Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

The Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market carries farm-fresh produce and baked goods, as well as honey, jams and pickles. In addition, it features a seafood market, butcher shop, organic grocer, florist, ice cream shop and candy store.

Each month, it hosts a special event. This month’s gala, called Thanksgiving with all the Trimmings, will be held on November 18. It will include live music, food trucks and a crafts show. At 11 a.m., a demonstration on how to carve a turkey will be provided. Patrons will also have the opportunity to make a Christmas card for a veteran. No admission is charged, but please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank.

Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The address is 3640 Dam Neck Road, Suite 510.

Old Beach Farmers’ Market

Located in the parking lot of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, Old Beach Farmers’ Market is one block from the Convention Center and six blocks from the ocean. Aside from seasonal fruits and vegetables, it carries a host of goodies such as salsas, cheeses and savory foods from local chefs. It’s open from 9 a.m. to noon on November 18 and December 16.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin, so you can attend this event and visit local attractions in November. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

Fall Hiking in Virginia Beach

November 1, 2017

Fall in the perfect time for hiking. As you tread over crackling, colorful leaves and savor the invigorating, cool temperatures, it just feels good to be alive.

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via Wander the Map

Virginia Beach is the ideal place for hikes because it offers an array of trails in beautiful settings. Below are our two top recommendations:

  • First Landing State Park, located by the Chesapeake Bay, has 20 miles of hiking trails. The quietude and varied scenery make it rewarding to visit. Some of the best-rated easy trails include the Cape Henry Trail, Osmanthus Trail, Bald Cyprus Trail and High Dune Trail.
  • Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge has two trails that total 8 miles. This area isn’t crowded, and it provides opportunities to see migratory birds and other wildlife. The Beaches and Dikes Trail leads to False Cape State Park, but due to its difficulty, it’s suited for experienced hikers.

Holiday Event Coming Soon

Starting in mid-November, the local holiday events start gearing up. The first one, called Grand Illumination, is scheduled for November 10 at the Lynnhaven Mall. It will be a good time to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, as the sights and sounds of the season will fill the mall. The gala will feature carolers and Santa, as well as stilt walkers and acrobats.

Head to the Center Court to watch the preshow at 6 p.m. and main show from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The address is 701 Lynnhaven Parkway.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin, so you can attend this event and visit local attractions in November. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

Experience Asian Culture at the India Fest

October 25, 2017

Mark your calendars for November 11, when the India Fest will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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The local Indian community will present the event for those who are interested in experiencing the art, fashion, dance and cuisine of the ethnicity. This year’s cultural program will involve the Philippines as well as India.

Foodies will enjoy sampling dishes such as curry, Indian bread and dosa. Activities on the agenda also include a student talent contest, science competition and a photo booth, where people can dress in ethnic attire and take pictures.

Admission and parking are free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The address is 1000 19th Street.

Citrus Breakfast and Lunch

Does the thought of fluffy omelets, citrus pancakes or steak and eggs sound appealing? If so, an awesome brunch awaits at Citrus Breakfast and Lunch. The eatery boasts large portions and excellent food, as well as friendly service and a happy vibe. It offers outdoor seating for patrons with pets, so if you bring your dog, he or she will get the royal treatment. This gastronomic gem is located at 357 N Great Neck Road.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin, so you can attend this event and visit local attractions in the month of October. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

While you’re here, stop by our bike shack to check out our revolutionary, motor-assisted electric bikes or the ever-popular beach cruiser bike, trike, or tandem. We also have pedal and turbo carts for kids and adults. All bikes can be rented by the hour, and we offer specials for half-day and all-day rentals so you can head to the beach with them!

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

Local Museums Chronicle Area Military and Maritime History

October 19, 2017

Virginia Beach is proud of its military and maritime history, and these aspects of the past are represented wonderfully in two area museums.

military aviation museum

via Military Aviation Museum

Military Aviation Museum

The Military Aviation Museum houses an amazing collection of planes, including those from the WWI and WWII eras. One of the top attractions in the area, the depository is quite interesting for anyone with even a remote interest in history or the armed services.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $7.50 for children ages 6 to 17. For an additional fee of $169, you can take a thrilling ride in one of the vintage aircrafts.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The address is 1341 Princess Anne Road.

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

Local maritime history is honored and preserved at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. It has a great collection of life-saving equipment, and the docent is a fountain of information on shipwrecks and rescues.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 6 to 15. The address is 2401 Atlantic Avenue.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin, so you can visit these attractions and attend area events in the month of October. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

While you’re here, stop by our bike shack to check out our revolutionary, motor-assisted electric bikes or the ever-popular beach cruiser bike, trike, or tandem. We also have pedal and turbo carts for kids and adults. All bikes can be rented by the hour, and we offer specials for half-day and all-day rentals so you can head to the beach with them!

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

Halloween Activities at Virginia Beach

October 11, 2017

The weekend before Halloween is a good time for a camping trip at Virginia Beach because of the special events planned in the area. Here are some suggestions for ways to celebrate the holiday.

glow in the park

via Glow in the Park

Halloween Glow

On October 27 and 28, the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium will host Halloween Glow in the Park. Eerie decorations will make the evenings among the trees downright spooky. The Glow in the Park event is for people 18 and older, but the events are an opportunity to enjoy the fun of the holiday in a safe way. You’ll find the Adventure Park at 801 General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

Haunticus Nauticus

An alternative for October 28 is Haunticus Nauticus, which will involve a full day of scary activities. Kids will have a blast participating in the skeletal scavenger hunt, spooky crafts and magical science, as well as the spin-the-wheel giveaway, face painting and balloon twister.

Admission is free for kids up to age 12 who are wearing a costume. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The address is One Waterside Drive in Norfolk.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin for this and other local festivities during the month of October. Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

While you’re here, stop by our bike shack to check out our revolutionary, motor-assisted electric bikes or the ever-popular beach cruiser bike, trike, or tandem. We also have pedal and turbo carts for kids and adults. All bikes can be rented by the hour, and we offer specials for half-day and all-day rentals so you can head to the beach with them!

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.

Go on a Dolphin-Watching Cruise

October 4, 2017

Dolphin season doesn’t close until the end of October, so you still have time to book a cruise to see the playful creatures that make their home in the area.

rudee flipper

via Dolphins Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Rudee Flipper offers 90-minute narrated excursions that will whisk you along the coastline from Rudee Inlet to Cape Henry. Aside from catching glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, you’ll have a pleasant time savoring beautiful waterscapes and refreshing ocean breezes. The friendly, informative crew will help make the cruise one of the most memorable highlights of your vacation.

Admission is $21 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3 to 11. The address is 200 Winston Salem Avenue.

In addition to Rudee Flipper, the Virginia Aquarium also offers dolphin cruises in October, as well as whale-watching cruises from late November to the end of December. Admission for dolphin cruises is $22 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3 to 11. The address is 717 General Booth Boulevard.

Rick’s Café

An unassuming Mom-and-Pop eatery, Rick’s Café is the place to go for a meal that doesn’t break the family budget. The humble exterior belies the fact that the delicious food is prepared with skill and care, which has earned it many loyal customers. We especially recommend the stuffed pepper soup as well as the biscuits. It’s open 24/7. The address is 1612 Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Stay With Us

Be sure to reserve your campsite or cabin for this and other attractions and events at the oceanfront/boardwalk in the month of October.  Check out great savings on our Hot Deals page at www.koavirginiabeach.com.

While you’re here, stop by our bike shack to check out our revolutionary, motor-assisted electric bikes or the ever-popular beach cruiser bike, trike, or tandem. We also have pedal and turbo carts for kids and adults. All bikes can be rented by the hour, and we offer specials for half-day and all-day rentals so you can head to the beach with them!

The cozy deluxe cabins in our tree-filled campground are ideal for a restful getaway. We invite you to come to Virginia Beach KOA. Book your spot at the website, or call 757-428-1444 for more information.