Day 1 | Explore the shoreline. AM: After breakfast, it’s back to nature at the environmentally-focused interactive Chesapeake Bay Center. First Landing State Park showcases the landing of the first English settlers in 1607, and offers sea kayaking, a wet lab and marine education.
PM: Lunch at Bubba’s or Lynnhaven Fish House, then climb the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse. Spend the afternoon on the Boardwalk with a stop at the Old Coast Guard Station for “Salty Sea Stories.” Pi-zerria at 33rd Street is one of the best pizza joints in town, but save room for a cone as you visit the busiest Dairy Queen in the world on 16th Street.
Day 2 | Thrill to jets and dolphins. AM: Follow breakfast with a tour of Naval Air Station Oceana Master Jet Base for a heart-racing, up-close experience with F/A-18 Hornets.
PM: Lunch at the Officer’s Club before you take off on a Dolphin Cruise Tour onboard the Rudee Flipper with Virginia Aquarium naturalists. Enjoy a hearty buffet meal of coastal fare at Captain George’s Seafood.
Day 3 | An eye-opening, mind expanding day. AM: Visit the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) to learn of renowned dream interpreter and visionary Edgar Cayce, and his views on holistic healing. Visit the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art for significant works.
PM: Explore the ocean’s secrets at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Giant Screen 3D Theater. Finish the day with a show at Little Theater of Virginia Beach or Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, and a crowd-pleasing dinner at Stella Gourmet Pizzeria, where you can make your own pie.
Day 4 | Drive across the bay. AM: As you leave the beach, enjoy the scenic route north on Route 13 across one of the seven man-made wonders of the world, the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. The 17.5 mile span leads to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Stop for lunch at the Sea Gull Pier Restaurant, known for the largest flounder entrée around and their “big fish sandwiches.”
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