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Virginia Beach Area

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge- This 7,700-acre refuge of beach woodland and marsh in southern Virginia Beach provides habitat for migratory waterfowl. December and January are the best months to see whistling swans, Peregrine falcons and bald eagles.
False Cape State Park- Visiting False Cape State Park is like stepping back into history 100 years ago before people flocked to the white sandy beaches of the East Coast. The pristine wildlife area has a huge migratory bird population and a variety of wildlife plants and trees. Wash Woods Environmental Education Center is one of the east coast's premier opportunities for small school, youth or scouting groups.
First Landing State Park- Virginia's most popular park is just a few short driving minutes from the busy Virginia Beach oceanfront. Yet its seclusion lends one to believe they are far from this bustling tourist strip.

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Description - The most obvious highlight of Virginia Beach is the long, wide sand beaches that stretch along the eastern side of the city. The area extends from the harbor of Hampton Roads southward to the Back Bay and North Carolina border. Initially built as a resort town, Virginia Beach has grown to accommodate 400,000 residents.

The Cape Henry Lighthouse lies in north Virginia Beach and is the oldest federally commissioned lighthouse in the nation. A variety of other historic structures are open for public tours throughout the city. Visitors may wish to tour the Virginia Marine Science Museum on General Booth Boulevard. This interactive museum explains and interprets sea and shore life,with a 50,000 gallon aquarium as well as other exhibits on site.

Recreation - Visitors to Virginia Beach will find an abundance of opportunities for water-oriented activities. Also available within the city limits are several historic properties open for tours and interpretation of Virginia life.

Climate - The constant in Virginia Beach weather is mild temperatures. Because the city is situated on the water, temperatures are more mild during the winter and summer. A constant ocean or bay breeze makes the high humidity more bearable than inland.

Location - Virginia Beach is located in the southeastern portion of the state. The city's southern boundary is shared with North Carolina. Access to the area can be obtained via Interstate 64 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, from the north, and Highways 17 and 168, from the south. You can also gain access to this city from the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Report: Fasle Cape State Park/Back Bay Refuge is an excellent place to hike or camp. Our group camped right on the beach! It is so private and you get to enjoy nature at its best. Very few people once you get off the Interior Trail. However, this place is not for teh novice camper as the info will tell you. But, just hiking for the day would be suitable for most people. Birdwatching is excellent here and the place is clean!! A magnificent place to be in spring and fall. Summer can be a bit uncomfortable as there is litle shade on teh beach and the bugs are bad. Oh, check yourself for ticks if you go on any hikes in the woods!!

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Contact Information:
Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center, 2100 Parks Avenue , Virginia Beach, VA, 23451, Phone: 800-446-8038
, bwheeler@city.virginia-beach.va.us

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Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.

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