Day and night, the US Coast Guard–certified Lost Pearl, a replica of a 65-foot Spanish galleon, roams the waters of Virginia Beach while searching for scallywags. During family cruises, kids take in tales from the pirate crew and battle passing vessels with spewing water cannons while their parents sip on beer, wine, and frozen drinks. Come dusk, adults converge on the decks to mingle over cocktails and watch as onboard pirates present bawdy skits.
River City Segs makes 400 years of history easily accessible by using one of the most futuristic mode of transportation. Segway tours include the Capitol Tour, which glides past the Virginia State Capitol, the John Marshall House, and the White House of the Confederacy; the Black History Tour, which explores the slave trading district, the Virginia Civil Rights Monument, and the Maggie Walker House; and the Ghosts and Grisly Stories Tour, where guests will learn about the mysterious death of George Wythe, and the apparition of a North Carolina banker who fell to his death from the Old City Hall. Riders must arrive 45 minutes before the tour starts for safety training with the four expert guides.
A businesswoman by day, Bonnie Florek turns into a ghost by night. Donning 18th-century period dress and assuming the identity of one Lucy Ludwell, Bonnie regales tour groups with hair-raising tales of witches and ghosts that were once tried and hanged in Williamsburg. Bonnie founded Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours as a means of immersing tour groups in an interactive, goose bump?inducing jaunt through Williamsburg?s historic streets and into the past.
Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours? guides lead tour-goers on 75-minute family friendly and adult excursions as they narrate true tales of cryptic happenings and how the town?s denizens met their mysterious ends. The nightly tours meander through the oldest lanes and thoroughfares of Williamsburg, stopping periodically to peer at local horror?hot spots such as the Ludwell-Paradise House, known for housing the ghost of a lunatic, and the Jones Family Cemetery, known to be full of spirits hovering over their graves. Tour-goers are encouraged to bring their cameras along to document any unnatural sightings of apparitions, orbs, or suspicious screams emanating from the stomachs of hungry black cats following the group.
Lexington Heritage Walking Tours’ owner and sole tour guide is a licensed professional tour guide, Civil War re-enactor, and a docent at the Stonewall Jackson House. With a commitment to historical accuracy—and donning period garb—he leads groups by foot through the historic streets of Lexington. Sites on the tour range from the campuses of Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute to historic downtown, historic residential districts, the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, and Lee Chapel.
It's one thing to watch a zombie movie, but to actually take part in the horrifying saga is a much rarer opportunity. This is precisely the case during Zombie Wars when, for one night only, the Hunt Club Farm is transformed into a nightmarish landscape filled with obstacles, safe zones, and, of course, zombies. Participants are tasked with saving humanity by locating a cure for the zombie virus all the while dodging zombies and trying to get the song "Thriller" out of their heads. The night concludes with a party, where survivors can revel amid live music, drinks, and snacks.
Paula doesn't know just the intricate history of her home city; she also knows how to run. As the face of Richmond Runs, she draws from a fit lifestyle and more than 15 years of living in Richmond to lead a series of guided 10K tours. She specializes in unveiling little-known historical facts as she guides visitors down the historic tree-lined Monument Avenue; through the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol and the city's lively downtown; or along the picturesque James River Trail system. Alternatively, a gentler 5K run highlights the landmarks of downtown and Brown's Island.