Oceanfront Hotel near Virginia Beach's Family-Focused Entertainment
Country Inn and Suites Virginia Beach is just steps from the city's pristine beachfront and close to its boardwalk, which Travel + Leisure praised as one of America's best. Though the hotel is well situated for exploring the waterfront, it's also within a 15-minute drive of Virginia Beach's family-friendly attractions, including the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, a 45-acre campus that contains a submarine exhibit, giant aquariums, and a 3D IMAX theater. If you're visiting between late December and mid-March, be sure to book a whale-watching trip, as humpback and fin whales travel through nearby waters.
Each of the hotel's roomy studio suites opens onto a private balcony that looks out on the Atlantic. You can get a little R&R in the heated indoor pool or at the hotel's Aura Day Spa, which offers massages and mani-pedis. In the morning, head downstairs for a complimentary buffet breakfast stacked with belgian waffles, fresh fruit, and eggs. Other onsite dining options range from frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog to Asian dishes at Also Thai.
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Award-Winning Boardwalk and Seaside Museums
English settlers from the Virginia Company of London first stepped foot onto American soil in what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia. They would go on to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, along the James River. But before they left the shoreline, they erected a cross on the spot where they had disembarked. Today, the First Landing Cross commemorates this momentous event.
Needless to say, a lot has changed in Virginia Beach since the 1600s. The seaside town has become a family-friendly destination known for supersize beaches and a 3-mile long boardwalk. Though you could spend a whole vacation soaking up rays and sampling fresh seafood from the many restaurants along the esplanade, Virginia Beach boasts a number of cultural attractions that might draw your attention away from the beach for a while. There’s the Military Aviation Museum, which features a B-17 Flying Fortress and a Spitfire fighter plane from World War II.