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Chespeake Beach - First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay and was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s.   The park is offers boating, swimming, nature and history programs, biking, picnicking, hiking, a boat launch, cabins and 19 miles of trails on 2,888 acres.  It also has campsites that with electric hook-ups and water, as well as nearby access to restrooms and showers.  The park's name was changed in 1997 from Seashore State Park to First Landing State Park to reflect its heritage as the first place that members of the Virginia Company landed, who then continued on to settle in Jamestown, Virginia.  New in 2007: Replica Indian village along Cape Henry Trail, Native American exhibits in trail center. 

2500 Shore Drive  /  (757) 412-2300
Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks

Email:  firstlanding@dcr.virginia.gov


Sandbridge Beach - Little Island Park

Sandbridge Beach's Little Island Park is a large public beach area that provides a great place to spend your fun-filled vacation days. And this year it gets even better with a packed calendar of FREE EVENTS designed to bring a little taste of the resort area entertainment to the laid back attitude of Sandbridge. The park, which is located at 3820 Sandpiper Road, will host family events every Tuesday night during the summer months.  The park also features lifeguards on the beach, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, concessions, picnic shelters, bath houses/showers, playground equipment, and there's even a fishing pier that's open 5:30am - 11pm.   (757) 426-7200.

Sandbridge Beach - Bay Back Wildlife Refuge

Located at the southend of Sandbridge, this unspoiled wilderness contains 7,700 acres of beach, dunes, woodlands, and marsh. Possible sightings at the refuge include deer, wild horses, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, minks, foxes, hawks, osprey, owls, herons, swans, bald eagles, loggerhead turtles, and in the surf… pilot whales and dolphins! Hike/bike through the refuge or take a ride on the trams that run through the refuge daily.  Tram info: (757) 498-BIRD. Refuge Office: (757) 721-2412  Website:  www.fws.gov/backbay

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Norfolk Botanical Garden is a sight to behold.  It is nationally recognized and has been highly celebrated for its four season blooming gardens.  It's history is rich... dating back to 1938,  when a WPA grant paid 220 African-American workers to clear 30 acres of dense vegetation, sowing the seeds for what is now one of the largest collections of roses, camellias, azaleas, and rhododendrons on the East Coast.  


The 155 acre garden is home to 30 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 30 kinds of butterflies. Our latest garden is World of Wonders – A Children’s Adventure Garden – a 3-acre garden where kids explore the connections between plants, international culture and the environment – all while having fun! They also have a fabulous Christmas lights display thoughout the gardens.  


With so much natural beauty, the gardens are a favorite location for private events and weddings.  Call the facility for more information on booking an event. 


Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518
(757) 441-5830