The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is located in the charming DeWitt Cottage in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The beautiful and quaint interior of this museum highlights the history of local waterfowl. It began when, in 1974 several friends discussed the possibility of a bird-carving competition in Virginia Beach. Over the years, popularity and interest grew until in 1992, when the artifacts and carvings found a home at the DeWitt Cottage. Resident carvers can answer your questions about the artifacts in their care, which include waterfowl carvings, paintings, and sculpture. Take a peek into their Carving Room to see how it’s all done at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum.
Ocean Breeze Waterpark, which offers free parking, embraces the spirit of the sun-drenched Caribbean, inviting families to come and enjoy more than 30 rides, slides, and attractions. Food stands dish up shrimp po' boys, foot-long sub sandwiches, and ice cream, while complimentary sunscreen and a staff of vigilant lifeguards help ensure that families stay safe and comfortable throughout their visit.
Rides and Attractions
Walk the Plank
350-foot slide that sends guests in tubes flying around high-banking curves and horizontal loops
Thrilling, pitch-black body slide whose final 50-foot drop ends in a splash
Inner tubes swirl around a 30-foot-wide bowl before dropping into the pool below
1,000,000-gallon wave pool sends swells surging from the deep end toward the shore
Each trip around this quarter-mile-long lazy river passes by waterfalls and hopelessly lost icebergs
Multi-level play structure with plenty of opportunities for younger children to climb and clamber
A row of flags hangs in solidarity from the rafters above an indoor ice rink, uniting Canada, the USA, and Sweden in the one passion that they all have in common: hockey. Iceland of Hampton Roads fosters this love of icy sports in skaters of all ages and experience levels via youth hockey leagues, synchronized skating classes, and lessons, in which instructors introduce students as young as age 3 to their reflections in the ice. Adults compete in 10- or 20-game seasons in hockey leagues utilizing USA Hockey rules—and kids' hockey leagues consist of games, practices, power skating, and skills. During synchronized skating classes, teams of 8 to 20 skaters choreograph complex skating formations, such as the parallel pinwheel—in which lines of skaters rotate in unison—or the flying V—which they use to head south for the winter.
Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles feel that the kitchen is just another place for kids to flex their creativity. They opened Young Chefs Academy to provide kids aged 3–18 with cooking programs targeted to preschoolers and kindergarteners, elementary schoolers, and older kids ready for trickier techniques and intricate recipes. Regardless of a student’s age, he or she is always taught the pillars of home cooking, including how to be safe in the kitchen, how to properly handle and prepare food, how to bake, and how to talk down an oven that constantly overheats. While participating in the entertaining cooking lessons, kids may not even realize that each class also allows them to practice their math, reading-comprehension, and communication skills.
All year long the crashing sounds of waves beckon VB Surf Sessions' staff to the water, where they teach students to paddle and shred across the ocean. The CPR-certified instructors maintain a ratio of one teacher to every four students during their surf lessons, allowing them to steady the wobbly legs of pupils as they conquer Virginia Beach, where kayakers can see dolphins propelling through the ocean water. For less intense excursions, groups dip their paddles into the wave-free waters of nearby inlets and human-sized fishbowls during standup-paddleboard lessons and tours. Kayak lessons are also offered to learn the proper mechanics and techniques for paddling. Or explore Rudee Inlet on a tandem kayak tour.
Aided by more than 40 years of competitive-riding and training experience, Sharon Golesh built East Coast Equestrian Training Center, a full-service training, boarding, and breeding facility. Hidden under an expansive, baby-blue roof are 54 stalls that stay packed all year long with equine boarders and in-house horses ready to run through guided rides and lessons. Students learn the equestrian arts within [facilities] (http://gr.pn/n2lU5n) that include an exterior riding ring and dressage ring complete with mirrors and a pack of paparazzi sheep hounds. East Coast Equestrian Training Center also oversees the birth of future first-place finishers through its extensive breeding operation, which includes a 2,200-square-foot boarders’ lounge and 19 pastures ready to set the scene for equine matchmaking.