If you haven’t had the chance to visit this stunning and historically significant region, it’s time to plan your student trip to Virginia Beach!
One of the first shipyards in America and host to the battle of The Monitor and Merrimack, Norfolk is now home to the largest naval base in the world. Take a tour of the Nauticus National Maritime Museum and visit the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Be sure to stop at the MacArthur Memorial, final resting place of General Douglas MacArthur and home to award-winning exhibits. Finally, sail the beautiful harbor in style on an American Rover Cruise.
Just a quick jaunt up the road is charming Newport News, settled in 1621. The Mariner’s Museum and Park is a must-do here. Students will experience the Monitor’s story in a way that history books can’t do justice! The Virginia War Museum sheds light on the history of the American military with unique, personal artifacts, weapons and other fascinating pieces of war memorabilia.
Check out the Lee Hall Mansion- a picture of the antebellum south frozen in time. The Virginia Living Museum gets you up close and personal with Virginia’s natural heritage and beauty with interactive exhibits and discovery centers. There’s much to do in this little slice of heaven!
Virginia Beach is truly a magnificent place for walks on the beach, casual beach front lunches or breath-taking sunsets. Students love the energy and excitement of the boardwalk or playing in the waves.
When you are ready to shake off the sand, a trip to the Virginia Aquarium Marine Science Center is a great option for cool, indoor fun! More than 10,000 animals are featured with countless interactive exhibits. Follow your wildlife encounters by taking to the treetops as you climb and zipline your way through Adventure Park.