Love the Moment in Virginia Beach This Summer

Last year for summer vacation my family and I visited Virginia Beach for the very first time. We drove from the southern part of Ohio and it took us around 8 to 9 hours to get there but once we arrived it was very clear to everyone that the long drive was well worth it and our time at Virginia Beach was going to be spectacular. Our first real sign that we had arrived was during our drive through the 3.5 mile long Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, which made us all extremely excited and nervous at the same time.
Everyone we encountered during our vacation at Virginia Beach, including the hotel staff, waiters/waitresses at the various restaurants where we dined, shop employees, and performers, were very friendly and courteous. While we all had a blast at the beach laying in the sun, playing in the sand, finding seashells, enjoying the cool water, and taking tons of pictures, my favorite part about our Virginia Beach vacation was the family-friendly entertainment that was provided to us free of charge every night courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach. This is otherwise known as Beach Street USA, which only happens during the summer months. Every night during our stay at Virginia Beach, the sidewalks came alive and we were entertained by puppets, jugglers, magicians, costumed characters, musicians, artists, and more. Our favorite performer was a great guy by the name of Tim Hopkins, who is a 12 string acoustical guitarist. He sang oldies, classic rock, country and easy listening and he even took requests. He drew in a good sized crowd of people of all ages. Our absolute most favorite place to dine was Dough Boy's California Pizza. We even ate there twice during our stay at Virginia Beach, one evening ordering pizza and wings and another evening ordering burgers and subs. The food was exceptional and we loved the motif and the laid back, relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.

Our hotel was located within walking distance of the beach and tons of shops and restaurants so we saved a ton on gas. My family and I enjoyed Virginia Beach so much that we are going to go back again this summer because there is so much more that we can do. I already have a few fun things planned for us this year when we visit, including the Virginia Legends Walk, the Military Aviation Museum, and the Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Since many activities at Virginia Beach are free or almost free, I'm sure we'll find something fun for everyone.

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  1. I love Virginia Beach. Haven't been in a few years.

  2. I haven't been in about 20 years, I'd love to go back but with Myrtle Beach so close and gas so expensive...