Top Museums in Virginia Beach

er, and perhaps you’ve thought about a trip as well. You might wonder, though, what else is there to do in town besides the beach. Once you’re sufficiently tanned and ready to roll up your beach towel, you can still enjoy many sights that are fun and informative.

If you have a free day from the sand, or if you spot some gray clouds in the sky, why not enhance your itinerary with a side-trip to one of these popular Virginia Beach attractions:

1) Virginia Aquarium – The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is one of the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. Get up close and personal with manta rays, harbor seals, and a variety of swimming and crawling creatures. You can also check their website for special exhibits held through the summer.

2) Military Aviation Museum – If you have an interest in flying machines and war history, this museum in the Pungo area is worth the trip. Here you’ll find an impression collection of WWI and WWII aircraft, all restored to their original glory. The museum holds regular demonstrations and air shows, so check their website for their calendar of events.

3) Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art – If you like your art with a bit of “pop,” the MOCA should be on your radar. As the major art museum in Virginia Beach, MOCA highlights all types of media from local and national contemporary artists. Throughout the summer the museum also holds special art camps for the kids, so if you plan to stay a while consider signing your little ones for something fun they can bring home.

4) Old Coast Guard Station – Located in the heart of the Oceanfront area, the OCGS features exhibits that salute local maritime heritage. Special exhibits focus on nautical facts and lore, and summertime brings the popular Shipwrecks and Ghost Lore walks.

Hours and admission prices of Virginia Beach museums may vary according to the season. In the summertime, however, you can expect most museums and other attractions will be open daily. Check with websites and online tourism directories, too, for events and discount coupons for admission. Add a touch of adventure, history, and fun into your Virginia Beach vacation with a side-trip to one of these popular attraction.

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