Day 1 You'll See:
Virginia Beach is one of the most popular student trip locations for Adventure Student Travel, the perfect balance of education and entertainment for your eager group. From the Aquarium to the Boardwalk, this is truly an amazing spot for students to explore. Did we mention it’s right off of the beach?
Citrus Breakfast and Lunch - Start your Virginia Beach adventure the right way: with a nutritious and delicious breakfast! Citrus Breakfast and Lunch is one of the most popular breakfasts and brunch spots in Virginia Beach, the creative and fresh menu full of healthy choices perfect for your group to start the day off with. The entire breakfast menu is made from scratch and focused on local sustainability, using only Coastal Virginia region farmers and producers. Try the Shore Drive or Cape Henry, both with eggs, biscuits, and grits or hashbrowns and bacon, or perhaps go healthier and choose the Fit Five, with egg whites, tomatoes, spinach, onion, and nonfat yogurt with strawberries and bananas. Of course, the pièce de résistance here is the Citrus pancakes, the original orange glaze blending so well with the banana and pineapple toppings.
Virginia Aquarium - The Virginia Aquarium, located right off of the Rudee Inlet, is one of the most entertaining and educational spots within Virginia Beach. This is certainly the perfect spot for excellent marine life diversity. Here at this spectacular aquarium, you will explore tanks of over 800,000 gallons full of vibrant animal life, the entire complex considered to be one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the entire country. Enjoy plenty of fun hands-on exhibits, nature paths, and marshland adventures while here, as well as the always fun Adventure Park, a zip-liner's paradise. Children will love the Smokey the Bear interaction, Mermaid Mondays, and Big Screen Saturdays, and everyone will enjoy the Sea Adventures, National Geographic 3D Theater, Big Science exhibits, and food and shopping opportunities.
Rudee's Restaurant & Cabana Bar - Stop for a quick lunch at one of our favorite Virginia Beach eateries, Rudee’s Restaurant & Cabana Bar. This spot is so special for one big reason: it’s right off the ocean! Located on Rudee Inlet, this waterside eatery stays busy serving fresh off the boat seafood within a coast Guard Station replica. There are both indoor and outdoor seating options, the outdoor complete with a sundeck and gliding tables to allow you to overlook the water. As great as the views are, the food is even better! Try some of their most popular and unique options such as the Lobster Roll, Backfin Burger with crab, or Fried Oyster Sandwich. 33 years of more than satisfactory service has made this seafood and steak joint so popular, and did we mention the excellent happy hour cocktail options for teachers and chaperones?
Beach and Boardwalk - One of the greatest things about Virginia Beach is that you don’t need a bunch of extra attractions to make your trip a fabulous one. The beach itself has everything you need for fun in the sun, including its beautiful boardwalk. On the beach, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite sand and sun activities as well as surfing, swimming, and other water sports. You can reach the sand from anywhere along the 3-mile Boardwalk – actually made of concrete. Perfect for walking and taking in the sites, the Boardwalk also rents bicycles built for 1, 2 – up to 6 people to help you tour this classic stretch of Virginia Beach. There are restaurants and activities along the boardwalk, including the Virginia Beach amusement park. Your group is simply going to love this most relaxed and refreshing part of your tour!
Cape Henry Lighthouse - This very first federally funded lighthouse was constructed in 1772 on the Atlantic shoreline near Fort Story. Very near to the ‘first landing spot’ of English settlers in 1607, the still-standing sentinel brick lighthouse is a shining beacon in the sea of American history. Still in commission today by the U.S. Coast Guard, this lighthouse is private, but a great view of it can be seen from the windows of the original lighthouse. Views of the army base, the forest on which it sits, and the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront are all accessible from this well-preserved piece of history, as well as an educational opportunity that dates back to America’s roots.