Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach is home to a flourishing local culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts and entertainment and plenty of group-friendly attractions that keep visitors entertained year-round.
“Welcoming groups to our beautiful, oceanfront city is a long-practiced tradition in Virginia Beach,” said Jim Coggin, tourism sales manager for Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We suggest groups arrive ready to discover, like the original settlers who got their first glimpse of the New World on these very shores. Whether it’s for groups seeking to combine fun and enrichment, a place to reconnect, or simply looking for an active getaway, there’s something for everyone. It’s no wonder so many tour planners put Virginia Beach at the top of their list.”
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
While the Cape Henry Lighthouse is the fourth-oldest lighthouse in the country, it was the first lighthouse authorized by the U.S. government, dating to 1792. In 1881, a newer lighthouse was constructed 350 feet from the original. The original is open to the public and a coastal view can be enjoyed from the 360-degree lantern room.
Whether groups are avid marine lovers or just enjoy exploring, there’s something for everyone at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Come by and explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums in the country, in addition to hundreds of hands-on exhibits and the National Geographic 3D Theater.
Home to one of the largest private collections of WWI and WWII-era military aircraft, the Military Aviation Museum is a great stop for history buffs. Each of the planes has been restored to its prior military condition, using original parts when possible. Most planes are flown at the museum during demonstrations and air shows.
Groups can enjoy an authentic crab feast with all the fixings as tour guides reveal the Virginia Beach way to eat the tasty blue crabs. Groups can also participate in an oyster tasting where a sample of oysters from the region are served and a chef gives history and more details.