Virginia Beach


 

Virginia Beach is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads area.  This area, known as “America’s First Region”, also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties and towns of Hampton Roads.  Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the state, as well as the 39th largest city in the United States

The history of Virginia Beach, Virginia, goes back to the Native Americans who lived in the area for thousands of years before the English colonists landed at Cape Henry in April 1607 and established their first permanent settlement at Jamestown a few weeks later. The Colonial Virginia period extended until 1776 and the American Revolution, and the area has been part of the Commonwealth of Virginia ever since.

Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship, a beach soccer tournament. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, two universities, Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and numerous historic sites. Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists, who eventually settled in Jamestown, on April 26, 1607.

Virginia Beach is best known for its tourism but the military and agribusiness sectors contribute to the City’s economy. The City’s economy also contains a large retail component at places such as Lynnhaven Mall.  Tourism produces a large share of Virginia Beach’s economy. Hotels not only line the Oceanfront but also cluster around Virginia Beach Town Center and other parts of the City. Restaurants and entertainment industries also directly benefit from Virginia Beach’s tourism.

 Virginia Beach has a large agribusiness sector, with one hundred-seventy-two farms, mostly below the greenline in the southern portion of the City. Farmers are able to sell their goods and products at the City’s Farmer’s Market.

Virginia Beach is home to several United States Military bases. These include the United States Navy‘s NAS Oceana and FTC Dam Neck, and the United States Army‘s Fort Story located at Cape Henry. Additionally, NAB Little Creek is located mostly within the city of Virginia Beach.

The city is home to several points of interest in the historical, scientific, and performing arts areas, and has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (formerly the Virginia Marine Science Museum) is a popular aquarium near the oceanfront that features the 300,000-gallon Norfolk Canyon Aquarium, containing sand tiger, nurse and brown sharks, as well as sting rays and other large open-ocean dwellers. There is also a 70,000-gallon sea turtle aquarium, sea turtle hatchling laboratory, hands-on ocean exploration exhibits, jellyfish and octopus aquariums, and even a life-size model of a humpback whale. Other features include the Owls Creek salt marsh and a nature trail.

 The Virginia Beach Amphitheater, built in 1996, features a wide variety of popular shows and concerts, ranging from Kenny Chesney to Taylor Swift to Coldplay to Ozzfest. The Sandler Center, a 1200-seat performing arts theatre, opened in the Virginia Beach Town Center in November, 2007.   The city’s largest festival, the Neptune Festival, attracts 500,000 visitors to the Oceanfront and 350,000 visitors to the air show at NAS Oceana. Celebrating the city’s heritage link with Norway, events are held in September in the Oceanfront and Town Center areas.  Every August, the American Music Festival provides festival attendees with live music performed on stages all over the Oceanfront, including the beach on Fifth Street. The festival ends with the Rock and Roll Half Marathon.

Virginia Beach offers so much to explore that it’s hard to fit it all in. Whether it’s touring along the boardwalk in the Resort Area, catching crabs in Chesapeake Beach, or finding the perfect ensemble while shopping in Town Center, the diverse regions within Virginia Beach have something for everyone.

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