Rich in history, steeped in tradition and chock-full of fun, Eastern Virginia is loaded with visitor attractions and activities, making the area an ideal vacation spot for travelers. Here's an overview of some of the area's most popular things to see and do. We invite you to use our search forms to find upcoming events and even more great reasons to visit.
is a 360-acre theme park with rides, shows and other attractions in nine re-created European hamlets. Other areas amusement parks include , near Williamsburg; , in Virginia Beach; and , north of Richmond.
Museums and historical sites The Peninsula and Williamsburg
is the world's largest outdoor museum, featuring 88 original Colonial dwellings, shops and outbuildings, hundreds of authentically reconstructed buildings, elaborate gardens, period crafts and cultural demonstrations.
At the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, archeologists on are uncovering remains of the colonists' first fort. The island also offers a museum, a and costumed craftsmen demonstrating the art of 17th-century glassblowing. At you'll find a re-creation of the fort built by settlers in 1607, a 17th-century Indian village and replicas of the sailing ships Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.
commemorates the victory over the British and serves as the backdrop for fireworks, concerts and other celebrations. Nearby, at the , exhibits, film and a living history encampment describe the events leading up to the American and French victory over the British under Lord Cornwallis.
contains one of the world's great collections of maritime artifacts, ship models, maritime paintings and decorative arts. The features changing exhibits of African-American and Native American art, plus one of the nation's leading permanent collections of African and African-American art.
The traces the history of the area from the first landing of the English colonists to the NASA research that helped put men on the moon. The features the natural habitats of native Virginia animals such as otters, eagles, bobcats and foxes in the outdoor area of the museum. Inside the museum are more exhibits and a planetarium. The , which houses one of the nation's largest collections of military artifacts, features uniforms, weapons, posters, photographs, insignia, vehicles and accouterments of U.S. military history from 1775 to the present.
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exhibits contemporary and period art plus a permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects, including a world-renowned collection of glass and important holdings in Italian baroque art and 19th-century French paintings.
The is an exhibit, library and theater complex featuring memorabilia, archives and film on the life of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The high-tech interactive exhibits at
, the National Maritime Center, give this new $52 million attraction the characteristics of both a museum and a theme park. Nauticus is also home of the battleship .
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The features more than 65 hands-on exhibits focusing on natural science and probes into magnetism, sound, light, electricity, computers, the environment and solar system. The museum also has a 64-seat planetarium.
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The features more than 800,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats, over 300 hands-on exhibits, an outdoor aviary, 10 acres of marsh habitat and a 1/3-mile nature trail.
The features the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe, documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond. A highlight of the is the more than 100 artifacts and letters in the exhibit "The Hope of Eight Million People: The Confederate Soldier." The contains over 250 permanent hands-on exhibits designed to encourage visitors of all ages to experiment, learn, explore, and delve into scientific concepts.
Outer Banks of North Carolina
explores the island's role in history, including England's first attempt to colonize North America. Attractions include the Elizabeth II, a representative 16th century sailing vessel; "The Legend of Two Path," a docu-drama about the Native Americans of Roanoke Island; and the 8,500-square-foot exhibit hall. The is the site of the first powered airplane flight, in 1903, and offers a replica of the plane and other exhibits, including a reconstruction of the Wrights' camp. The impressive granite monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill is a local landmark.
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