Historic Sites & Museums
Adam Thoroughgood House - One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and a National Historic Landmark, the Thoroughgood House was built in 1719 by the great-grandson of Adam Thorowgood. A leader in the Virginia Colony, Thorowgood helped establish Princess Anne County, which would later become Virginia Beach. Location: 1636 Parish Road, (757) 460-7588
Francis Land House - This circa 1805 house is one of the larger and more imposing of the Federal era plantation/farmhouses in Virginia Beach. The site includes a variety of gardens and a wooded wetland trail. Location: 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., (757) 385-5100
Upper Wolfsnare Plantation- Built in 1759 by Thomas Walke III, this Georgian-style home offers many insights into life in the latter half of the 18th century. Tours are offered by appointment in July and August only. Location: 2040 Potters Road. (757) 491-3490
Whitehurst-Buffington House - Built in 1793 by the Whitehurst family, its “saltbox” design was popular during the early Federal period. It is privately owned and supported by the nonprofit Whitehurst Buffington House Foundation, which is dedicated to the home's restoration and preservation. Location: 2441 N. Landing Road; (757) 427-1151 or (757) 427-1833
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum - Dedicated to wildfowl, this museum features decoys and carvers in the 1895 DeWitt Cottage. Also on-site is a pictorial history of Virginia Beach and the city’s first library. Location: 1113 Atlantic Ave., (757) 437-8432
Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum - Reflect on a legacy in the museum dedicated to the first high school built for African Americans in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach). This tribute to the students, faculty, and community includes original artifacts, oral histories, and interactive displays. Location: 5100 Cleveland St.
Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum - Old Coast Guard Station - Built in 1903, this museum vividly depicts its own lifesaving and Coast Guard history, as well as the many shipwrecks off the Virginia coast. Location: 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue, (757) 422-1587
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center - Explore the mysteries of the deep (and the shallow) at one of the top aquariums in the country. It features a huge open-ocean aquarium, live sharks, more than 300 hands-on exhibits, a giant sea turtle aquarium, and a loggerhead turtle hatching lab. Location: 717 General Booth Blvd., (757) 385-3474 (FISH)
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art - Don’t miss this center, which focuses on 20th century art and features an incredible changing exhibition of American and international artists. Location: 2200 Parks Ave., (757) 425-0000
Bill Myers Veterans Memorial & Park - This stunning waterfall sculpture symbolizes the elements of war that unify and divide us all and is a tribute to the area’s military forces. Location: 1000 block of 19th St.
Historic Cape Henry - The First Landing Cross marks the area where America’s first English settlers touched shore in the New World in 1607. The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1791, is the oldest government-built lighthouse in America. Location: Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story, 89th Street, and Atlantic Ave., (757) 422-9421
King Neptune - At 26 feet tall, the sun reflecting off his frame, wave-inspired curls cast in bronze, King Neptune stands at the threshold of the sea. Location: Neptune Park, 31st Street at the Oceanfront
Naval Aviation Monument Park - A compelling memorial to recognize and honor the rich naval aviation heritage that is an integral part of the city’s history and culture. Location: 25th Street at the Oceanfront on the boardwalk
Norwegian Lady Statue- This beautiful bronze figurehead commemorates the 1891 wreck of the Norwegian bark, “Dictator.” Location: 25th Street at the Oceanfront on the Boardwalk
Virginia Legends Walk - This state attraction honors Virginians who have made significant contributions to the nation and the world. Nightly entertainment is available in the gazebo during the summer. Location: 13th Street Park at the Oceanfront, (757) 491-7866