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.
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 OceanaPAO@navy.mil 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.
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 • militaryaviationmuseum.org• 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.
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 •Oldcoastguardstation.com • 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
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 • museumsvb.org • 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. Ferryplantation.org)
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
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 •
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