Virginia Beach, Virginia

10/21/2016
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Virginia

Virginia Beach is an ideal coastal city destination for student group travelers thanks to its three distinct beaches, well-known and off-the-beaten-path attractions and opportunities to explore its 18,600 acres of parks and wildlife refuges in addition to the city’s great restaurants and shops.

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The Virginia Beach CVB also offers groups customizable packages through its “Live the Life Adventures” program, which allow travelers to get the most out of their visit with itineraries offering unique experiences at the city’s top draws and attractions.

At the Resort Beach, stroll or ride a surrey along the iconic three-mile boardwalk and snap a selfie with King Neptune. Book a reservation at one of the oceanfront restaurants, such as Waterman’s Surfside Grille where the Attic can be reserved for groups of 50 or more.

Near the Resort Beach, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is one of the most popular stops for groups with more than 800,000 gallons of aquatic habitat. Walk the nature trail to the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, the largest aerial park of its kind in Virginia, for an afternoon of adventure high above the treetops traversing the rope obstacles and zip lines. The city’s newest draw for thrill seekers is iFly Indoor Skydiving, where visitors can experience the thrill of skydiving within the safety of a wind tunnel.

Take to the seas at Chesapeake Bay Beach or Sandbridge Beach with paddle boarding, kayaking or surfing adventures. For year-round fun, schedule a dolphin or whale watching boat tour with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or Rudee Tours. Or, head out for an unforgettable, hands-on oyster-farming boat tour on the Lynnhaven River with Pleasure House Oysters.

Learn more about sustainability with a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, the most energy-efficient, environmentally smart building in Virginia Beach. Or head to New Earth Farm in the Pungo community to learn more about healthy, farm-to-table cooking with one of their on-farm participatory cooking classes. Learn to make cheese, sheer sheep and more.

Virginia Beach is rich with history. Learn about our nation’s beginnings at First Landing State Park, where English settlers first stepped foot in the New World. Dive into coastal history at the Old Coast Guard Museum, housed in a retired life-saving station along the oceanfront boardwalk, or by visiting one of two lighthouses at Cape Henry. Or, take to the skies with the largest private collection of operational World War I and World War II military aircraft at the Military Aviation Museum.

The opportunities to bring student group travel to life in Virginia Beach are countless!

To learn more about Virginia Beach’s group tour opportunities and “Live the Life Adventures,” visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com/grouptour/.
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