Discover Virginia Beach
Duration: 7 hours
Tour Code: ORF-008
Explore nearby Virginia Beach by visiting its massive modern aquarium, the first federally funded lighthouse and the famed boardwalk that stretches along three miles of ocean.
After departing from the pier, you will drive to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum, the state’s largest such attraction. During free time, you can browse the exhibits that you find most interesting, which may include ones holding graceful loggerhead turtles, playful river otters and even menacing-looking tiger sharks. There is also an aviary and a replica of an Indonesian volcanic island where indigenous finches and Komodo dragons live.
Continuing on, you will arrive at Cape Henry Lighthouse, an historic structure that George Washington authorized to be built in 1792. If you climb to the top, you will be treated to spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse was active for nearly a century, until the cast-iron lighthouse constructed nearby replaced it.
Another short drive takes you to the boardwalk at Virginia Beach, where you will have abundant free time to relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and ocean setting. If you choose to stroll the three-mile boardwalk, you will find some of the best people watching in the state and a variety of seafood restaurants for lunch on your own. Of course, the sparkling ocean is always a major draw, so feel free to take a refreshing swim or just lounge along the shore. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Norfolk. Those who miss the return transfer will have to make their own way back to the ship, at their own expense.
Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There are sandy surfaces and a boardwalk at the beach. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to swim or sun on the beach should bring a towel from the ship and wear a swimsuit under their clothing or a cover-up. Dependent on the season, the beach, shops and restaurants may be crowded. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.