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  • Military & History

    By land, air and sea, here in Virginia Beach you’re close enough to feel the excitement of days gone by. As home to thousands of sailors and airmen through the years, our shores have long inspired heroism, and these adventures take you up close and personal with their bravery.

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    The Sound of Freedom

    Honor the service of today's heroes with THE SOUND OF FREEDOM, a tour of the master jet base, Naval Air Station Oceana. See some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft and encounter some real heroes.

    To request a group tour of NAS Oceana, please email at least two months in advance. Access to military bases may be restricted for public tours, and a valid picture ID and vehicle search is required.

    Tour Price: complimentary • Tour Length: 1.5 hours • Participants: minimum 1 coach, maximum based on availability • Availability: year-round, Monday - Friday

    Small groups and families visiting Virginia Beach in the summer can take the daily bus tour of NAS Oceana offered by the Military Aviation Museum from mid-June through August. For more information on that tour, please call the museum at (757) 721-7767.

    Swingtime in the Skies

    Take a trip back to a time when the aircraft were spectacular and learn why our heroes never let us down. SwingTime In The Skies takes you to the Military Aviation Museum to see one of the largest collections of flying WWII Military aircraft in the world. Hear stories of contributions made by the men and women of aviation to our country. Meet and interact with Rosie the Riveter or a Mustang Fighter Pilot. Make your day complete by adding a World War II themed lunch or dinner with high-flying songs.

    Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Anne Rd. • (757) 721-7767 • • Tour Price: $14 per person, $27 per person with lunch • Tour Length: 1.5 - 2 hours Participants: minimum 20, maximum 100 • Availability: year-round, daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The Surfman Chronicles

    Learn about the history of Virginia Beach through its legends and lore. The Old Coast Guard Station’s SURFMAN CHRONICLES accounts the mysteries and true tales of shipwrecks, witch trials, and the old Cavalier Hotel, to name a few. The museum’s costumed storyteller can deliver the program as a museum tour, walking tour, or off-site speaker program.

    The Old Coast Guard Station 24th St. and Atlantic Ave. • (757) 422-1587 • • Tour Price: $8 per adult, $5 per child ages 6-15 • Tour Length: 1 - 1.5 hours • Participants: minimum 10, maximum 60 • Availability: year-round

    Historic Homes

    Where America’s first permanent settlers set foot on our shore, traces of the past are treasured and preserved. See how Virginia’s first colonists lived in 1719 at one of the oldest surviving brick homes in the country, the Adam Thoroughgood House. Experience household roles of plantation life of the early 18th century at the Lynnhaven House, and the larger Ferry Plantation and Francis Land Houses of nearly a century later. With costumed interpreters, tours of gardens and river sites, this is a satisfying tour for all.

    Historic Houses (757) 460-7109 • • Tour Price $2.50 per person • Tour Length: 30 - 60 minutes • Participants: minimum 10 • Availability: year-round, Tuesday - Sunday

    (Ferry Plantation is available Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday by reservation. Please call (757) 473-5182.

    Adam Thoroughgood House 1636 Parish Rd.
    Lynnhaven House 4409 Wishart Rd.
    Francis Land House 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd.
    Ferry Plantation 4136 Cheswick Lane


    These beacons of safe harbors and welcoming shores have long spoken of the romance between sea and land. Now you can learn of the history of the original octagonal brick Cape Henry Lighthouse, authorized by George Washington and completed in 1792, along with its slightly more modern cast iron sibling. Climb to the top of the earliest lighthouse and enjoy a spectacular view.

    The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Public entrance is located at 89th St. and Atlantic Ave. Access to military bases may be restricted for public tours, and a valid picture ID and vehicle search is required.

    Cape Henry Lighthouse 583 Atlantic Ave. • (757) 422-9421 • Tour Price: adult $4 per person or $8 combo walking tour and tower, youth $2 per person or $4 combo walking tour and tower (must be 42” tall) • Participants: minimum 10 • Availability: year-round

  • Here in Virginia Beach, every day holds the promise of discovery. From the tiniest shell found on the shore to the most amazing aircraft, this is where your sense of wonder will be awakened. Even those moments spent soaking up the sun are a delight to the senses, proving that you hardly have to do a thing to live the life in Virginia Beach.

    Much more than a tour, this is an invitation to experience what makes life here so irresistible. The carefree, independent spirit that fuels life in Virginia Beach awaits discovery in every Live the Life Adventure.

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