Virginia Beach Area Guide
One of the benefits of renting a beach house in Sandbridge is that you are just minutes from the exciting Virginia Beach resort area, with a world famous 3 mile-stretch of board walk lined with hundreds of restaurants, amusements and shops! You can enjoy the best of both worlds by spending time at the oceanfront or one of the several attractions along the way, and then return to the peaceful family beach setting that people love so much. Great restaurants, shopping, entertainment and some of our city’s best activities are just minutes away!
Water Water Everywhere! We are so lucky with our unique location! The combination of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Back Bay makes Sandbridge a water lover’s paradise offering a multitude of water-themed activities to do almost year-round! By venturing just slightly north to the resort area of Virginia Beach, you now have access to the Rudee Inlet Marina, which is home to a full fleet of charter fishing boats, a Pirate Boat, parasailing, jet skiing, stand up paddling, and several locals favorite restaurants with incredible scenery. Estuaries and inlets around and through Virginia Beach also offer opportunities to fish from kayaks, yoga on a stand up paddle board, or bike through tall pines and miles of trails in several city and state parks. By visiting our concierge page on our website, you can find your water activity quickly and easily! Let the fun begin!
The pleasures of treasure hunting never end! Red Mill Commons is located just 10 minutes from Sandbridge, and everything you need for your vacation is here: big name department stores like Target and Wal-Mart, large grocery stores, ABC store, surf shops, and restaurants galore! If you are at the resort area, browse through boutiques, art galleries, and surf and souvenir shops along Atlantic Avenue. For a more upscale shopping adventure, head to Hilltop or Lynnhaven Mall, one of the East Coast's largest. Local farmer’s markets offer fresh produce and seafood, along with locally sourced canned goods and specialty farm products. Other shopping destinations include Town Center and MacArther Mall.
Sampling local fare is fun especially when it's seafood... like steamed blue crabs, spiced shrimp, and broiled flounder! Many local close-by restaurants are famous for one dish or another…Margie & Ray’s She Crab Soup is to die for, The Landing’s fried shrimp are scrumptious paired with locally grown fried green tomatoes. Oysters fresh from their own Oyster Bed on the Eastern Shore? Yes please! Another local treat is Blue Seafood & Spirits, offering the freshest fish hand selected daily paired with tasty cocktails and their specialty…chocolate bread pudding! Maybe Mexican or Italian is more your style, or good ole American Pub Fare. With all of our local restaurants you are sure to find something that fits your bill.
Evening entertainment options are endless. If you want to stay in the neighborhood, venture into The Baja and Bayview Lounge, where there is nightly entertainment in the summer from Live Music to kid-friendly Dodge Ball, and weekly live music the entire year. You can also find live music at the Sandbridge Island, located next to the market, where acoustic guitarists play outside on the deck in the summer! Shag to favorite beach tunes, try line dancing, listen to some rock, jazz or blues. You'll find your kind of music playing in one or more of Virginia Beach's clubs.
Theme Park and Attractions
For the thrill seeking family, venture to one of several amusement parks in our area. Within just a 15 minute drive you can spend hours at Ocean Breeze Water Park, or Motor World USA, riding down water slides and driving motor carts. The new Adventure Park puts you zip-lining through the shady trees, and offers fun for the entire family! Next door is the Virginia Aquarium, where you will encounter sharks, sea turtles, harbor seals, river otters, stingrays and more in this world-renown facility. Boasting over 800,000 gallons of aquariums, live animal habitats, three touch tanks, over 100 hands-on exhibits, an outdoor aviary, 10 acres of marsh habitat, nature trail, gift shops, café and The Family Channel IMAX 3-D Theater with a six-story-high screen! And within an hour of your vacation home, you can enjoy many other local attractions and amusement parks, including Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Norfolk Tides Baseball at Harbor Park, and live national head-lining entertainment at united Home Loans Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
Looking for some history lessons or a more cultural experience with an art exhibit? Several local museums offer an opportunity to learn about our amazing heritage and history surrounding the development of our area. The Old Coast Guard Station Museum highlights Virginia Beach’s early history, shipwrecks and rescues along the coast. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art center exclusively displans 20th century works of art. Changing exhibits focus on America’s artistic population with occasional shows by internationally known artists.
With our deep naval roots, it’s no wonder we have several great attractions that highlight our nation’s military history. Just a short drive into Pungo, you can visit the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of warbirds in flying condition. World War I and World War II era planes and memorabilia are on display with guided tours offered daily. Air shows, plane rides, and seasonal events are offered all year long. As an added bonus, enjoy the Dinosaur Exhibit, a unique collection of sculptures and at the entrance to the Virginia Beach Airport. Venture into Norfolk and stop at Nauticus, The National Maritime Museum. This high-tech ;maritime science center invites you to visit the ocean’s depths, participate in a simulated battle sequence aboard a destroyer, and much much more! Several of our local naval bases offer tours for a hands-on experience unlike any other!
Tour Historical Virginia Beach
Thirteen years before the famous Plymouth Rock landing, British settlers first set foot on American soil at Cape Henry. Come see the First Landing Cross commemorating this event as well as Old Cape Henry Lighthouse at nearby Fort Story. Built in 1791, it's America's oldest government-built lighthouse. Historic homes are also open for tours. Visit the Adam Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House and Upper Wolfsnare.
Visit Virginia's Historical Triangle
In 1607, Englishmen began building a colony here after a 6,000-mile journey. See full-size replicas of their ships and explore the site of the first permanent English settlement in America.
Here the British surrendered to General George Washington in 1781. Come learn about the American Revolution through the eyes of those who lived it. Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg - A Short Drive from Virginia Beach - Sandbridge Beach, VA
Leaving their original settlement behind, colonists moved here to their new capital in 1699. Relive their way of life by touring historic homes and buildings...and hearing patriots whisper about revolution! Williamsburg is also a well-known shopper's haven. Be sure to browse around Merchant's Square near the historic district. Then visit the Williamsburg Pottery Factory at Lightfoot, where you'll find great deals galore! Also nearby: dozens of name-brand discount outlets!