The Best of Virginia Beach: Ecology, Military & Maritime History
Discover the authentic side of Virginia Beach, where you’ll join a local historian and other experts to learn about native cultures, unique wildlife and the region’s aviation history.
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Program No. 22373RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Virginia’s largest city is well-known for its pleasure beaches, restaurants and seaside hotels, but Virginia Beach is much more than a simple resort town. Sidestep the tourist traps to discover the rich history, nature and culture at the true heart of this seaside community. Learn from a local historian about the indigenous Chesepian people and the first Europeans to encounter them. Meet commercial and military pilots who highlight the role of aviation and the armed forces in a city that is home to bases of the Navy, Army and Air Force. Join experts on field trips to museums, historic sites and wildlife refuges and taste the delicious bounty of the local farming community.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walk two miles on uneven ground, beach, boardwalk. Standing during some lectures and museum visits. Climbing up to 75 steps during lighthouse field trip. Transportation through the wildlife refuge is done by tram and may be bumpy.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Cape Henry Lighthouse located on Fort Story, and meet with a local historian who will discuss the history and preservation of this fantastic landmark.
  • Look for coyotes, foxes and bobcats on a field trip to False Cape State Park and join staff from the Virginia Beach Aquarium on an ecological study cruise.
  • Visit the Virginia Beach Aviation Museum where pilots demonstrate antique aircraft in flight.

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