|Virginia: Virginia Beach, Family Reunions and Gatherings Made Easy. Anyone who has planned a family reunion or a get together with siblings and extended family knows that flexibility and options make the difference between success and failure. But the effort is worth the time because the unique memories and family bonds that are made at family reunions last a lifetime. Balancing the events, activities, options and pers onalities is no small task but Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau has you covered.
Here's the scoop. Virginia Beach has the locations, the activities, and the planning staff willing to create the best family reunion ever. They are ready with suggested itineraries that range from "It's All About the Grandkids" to "Green Getaway," the perfect rubric for a fun and easy to plan reunio n is ready to go. We have included a few family-friendly activities below. They know what it takes to make three, maybe four generations happy in one place at one time. While senior family members engage in the customary “remember when” dialog, they know younger family members would rather connect or reconnect with siblings and cousins and live in the moment. It's a blast to see how many noses match, to reminisce about the last reunion and learn how much family has in common. The bonds that are made at family reunions last a lifetime.
Rent a 2, 4 or 6-seat surrey bicycle. A peddle along the Boardwalk is definitely a signature activity. Gather the kids and grandkids for a spin ending with a stop for ice cream or an Italian gelato. Have your group participate in a Boardwalk Scavenger Hunt.
Ride the waves. Take a ride on the Rudee Flipper, sailing from the Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet. Enjoy the marvelous sea breezes and keep your camera ready for some dolphin action! Bonus points: Each tour is narrated by a trained Virginia Aquarium educator.
Kayak in the morning. The possibilities to enjoy an energizing excursion by kayak include both sea routes and wild spaces. Whether guided or self-guided a kayak tour along the Atlantic coastline or through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge cannot be beat for making memories. Call Ocean Rentals Sandbridge offers options and the details may be found on page 30 of the Virginia Beach Tour Planner.
Jet away. During the summer months small groups and families can visit Naval Air Station Oceana, the military’s most sophisticated jet base, on the daily bus tour offered by the Military Aviation Museum.
See the fishes, count the birds. Not to be missed is the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, featuring the state's aquatic and marine environments using more than 700,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats. The dual building complex contains more than 350 hands-on exhibits as well as an IMAX® 3D Theater.
Charter a sunset. For evening relaxation, try a smooth sailing dinner cruise aboard the “Virginia’s Jewel,” a charter yacht boat catering to groups large or small.
Location on the planet. Nestled along the southeastern edge of the state where Virginia meets the sea, Virginia Beach is four hours southeast of Washington, D.C. by car, and within a day’s drive or less from one-third of the U.S. population. Log on to the website and order a free vacation catalog or go paper-free with the online trip planner. To ask a question call toll-free 1-800-VA-BEACH (800-822-3224) or checkout www.visitvirginiabeach.com
Information provided by Virginia Beach Tourism and images provided by Scott Kamps-Duac. Updated 2013.