Virginia Beach Journals

Family Vacation in Virginia Beach

A June 2007 trip to Virginia Beach by nichellemd

Quote: Family vacation with an 8-year-old child at the beach.

Atrium Resort

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Hotel | "The Atrium Resort"

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After reading some reviews I was nervous to say the least. I thought I'd be checking into the Bates Motel! But I was pleasantly surprised when I checked into the resort. I was assigned a one-bedroom suite on the third floor. The suite was small but comfortable and very clean and tidy. The towels were fresh and the bath mat still plump.The room definitely had old furniture. The sofa was losing a bit of its stuffing and the dressers and headboards had deep scratches. But I wasn't there to spend much time in the room so I didn't care. The rep at the front desk, Marcy, was very helpful and kind. The indoor pool was also a treat. There was a spa but it was a bit violent ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Atrium Resort
315 21st Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 491-1400

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Attraction | "Virginia Aquarium"

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We went to the Aquarium on Friday after getting discount tickets to the aquarium and Imax show at the hotel. Parking is an issue since they're undergoing upgrades. You can easily hear the banging, drilling, and sawing inside as well which is very distracting.Still the aquarium was a nice treat. Brochures say it will take about 2 to 3 hours to make it through if you don't see an Imax film. We saw Dinosaurs 3D. My child held my hand a bit, but found most of the show boring (me too). Spiderman 3 was also there, but in 2D. The penguins were cute and the aquarium has some touch and feel displays that let the kids get up close and personal with seashells, horseshoe crabs, and stingrays....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 385-7777

Children's Museum of Virginia

Attraction | "The Children's Museum of Portsmouth"

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This was a great stop on our vacation tour. It's only about 30 minutes outside of Virginia Beach and is full of two floors of activities for the kids. We started with a very long film in the planetarium about stars. It was cute, but my daughter wanted to get to the bubble demonstration. Not exactly what I was looking for since it was just staff showing the kids different things used to blow bubbles, like straws, hangers, etc. But there's lots of touch-and-feel activities for kids of all ages. My daughter's favorite parts were the bubble area and The City. The City consisted of a market, bank, bus stop, fire engine, etc. In the market you can fill up your cart with groceries o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Children's Museum of Virginia
221 High Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia
(757) 397-4016

Beach Street USA

Attraction | "Beachstreet USA"

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At night, the strip, or Atlantic Avenue, turns into Beachstreet USA. Staged between 17th and 25th Streets on Atlantic Avenue, performers of all types take to the streets for completely free shows. There's plenty of police presence so no need to feel afraid about having your kids out at night. Shows take place every night starting on Thursdays from 8pm to 11:30pm and then Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to 12am. We took in shows with a great magician, some jazz performers, and a lady who did balloon animals and facepaint. The Fire Department was also on hand to tell kids what they did and let them peek in the fire engine and take pictures.Only one word of caution. The magic show ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Beach Street USA
All Along the Beach at Various Stages
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 425-3111

Sandbridge

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Sure Virginia Beach is nice but Sandbridge is where it's at! Sandbridge Beach is about a 15-20 minute drive away from the strip but it's worth it. There's not a lot of parking but if you go during the week in the middle of the day it won't be a problem and it's free. There's even a restaurant right next to the lot if you choose, or a market where you can get some supplies for your cooler.

This beach is uncrowded and if you wait long enough you'll see a dolphin or two.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2007

Sandbridge
South Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia