Welcoming student groups to live the life is a long-practiced tradition in Virginia Beach, giving visitors a chance to experience the genuine hospitality of a city with a lot to share. Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, the coastal city of Virginia Beach promises student groups a unique chance to live the life year-round. With untouched natural wonders, freshly caught seafood, fresh-picked local ingredients and an eclectic downtown and arts district, Virginia Beach has something for everybody of every comfort level. From the lively oceanfront area and remote beaches of Sandbridge to the calming waters of the Chesapeake Bay and bustling Town Center, escape for a much-needed getaway and find out what we’re all about in our city by the sea.
We understand groups want to get out but want to do so safely. In Virginia Beach, your safety is our first priority and our VB Smarter program brings together a series of protocols for the safety, security and well-being of our community and visitors. We’ve defined the Gold Standard for safety and cleanliness, and our network of hotels, restaurants, venues, attractions and services have followed suit with their own new protocols with the same important goals.
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Home to one of the largest private collections of WWI and WWII-era military aircraft, the Military Aviation Museum is a great stop for a history lesson. Each of the planes has been restored to its prior military condition, using original parts when possible. Most planes are flown at the museum during demonstrations and air shows.
The Cape Henry Lighthouse, located within the active Fort Story military base, was the first lighthouse authorized by the U.S. government, dating to 1792. Also the first federal construction project under the Constitution, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Today, the lighthouse is open to the public. A breathtaking view of both the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed from its observation platform at the top.
Virginia Beach’s location on the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay provides the coastal community with a seafood-centric culinary culture, which boasts a wide array of unique and delectable fare. With the famously rich waters of the bay, hundreds of inlets snaking through the city and miles of farmland, Virginia Beach is the place to go for seafood and locally harvested ingredients. Students can also participate in oyster tastings where a sample of oysters from the region are served and a chef gives history and more details.
Whether launching from the serene waters of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or embarking on an ocean adventure with the dolphins, Virginia Beach offers a variety of kayaking and stand-up paddleboard experiences for student groups.