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Situated right near the waterfront in Downtown Norfolk lies this beautiful two-story pagoda, a gift from Taiwan in the early 1980s to honor Virginia's commercial ties with Taiwan. Formally known as the Marine Observation Tower, the pagoda also stands as the centerpoint of the Oriental gardens that surround it. In the gardens, visitors will find traditional features like an arched bridge, cherry trees and waterfalls. A perfect location for a pleasant day outdoors in Norfolk.
Hop aboard a luxury yacht of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet and get ready to cruise down the scenic Elizabeth River. While you enjoy the scenic views, dig into some haute cuisine. Lunch cruises, dinner cruises and brunch cruises are quite popular with both locals and tourists. Besides these option, the company also organizes moonlight cruises that are quite popular with couples. Holiday cruises are also organized including special excursions on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th Fireworks as well as a special Halloween Cruise for kids. If you want to explore the sights and the sounds of the city in an unusual manner, Spirit of Norfolk Cruises can organize a tour for you. One of the best attractions of the city, a cruise down Elizabeth River is a great idea even if you are in Norfolk for a brief duration.
This park is for people who prefer to use the ocean for activities, rather than lie passively beside it. Whilst the beach is good for sunbathing and swimming, it's also perfect for fishing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and sea kayaking and canoeing. There are picnic shelters, plenty of concession stands for hot afternoon ice-creams and on-duty lifeguards. There are also several decent restaurants within walking distance. An area classic.
Spread across an area of 2888 acres, First Landing State Park is a regularly visited destination that entices visitors with its tranquil airs. The park features a recreational space, picnic area and facilities for swimming, boating and fishing. Besides this, the park is also a frequent destination for hikers and bikers. There is a huge campground on-site where cabin rental facilities and modern amenities are available. The First Landing State Park plays host to various local events on a regular basis.
An independent resort city, Virginia Beach is the most populous city in the State. It is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and enjoys the title of having the 'Longest Pleasure Beach in the World' in the Guinness Book of Records. It is home to miles of oceanfront beaches that are lined with hotels, motels and restaurants. Popular with tourists as it is with locals, Virginia Beach hosts the East Coast Surfing Championships and several beach soccer tournaments.
Touted to be one of the largest estuaries in the United States, this bay stretches for miles and miles from its northernmost part to the Atlantic Ocean. First approached by Europeans in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Chesapeake Bay majestically spans the states of Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland. Captain John Smith was one of the first to explore the area. What was once the site of a crucial battle of the American Revolution, stands today as a center point of the fishing industry. Fed by a tracery of meandering rivers, the bay is much favored for its unabashed natural beauty and water activities. A site replete with delightful marine vegetation, the bay is also teeming with motley species of crabs, fishes, oysters and more.