Virginia Beach Cultural Tour, Virginia Beach (Self Guided)

Virginia Beach has plenty to enjoy for art lovers visiting the city. The area nearest the coastline is of particular interest, as a number of heritage landmarks are located in this old part of the city. There are also many contemporary art galleries, museums and monuments around the city that highlight the cultural aspects of Virginia Beach. Take our Cultural Tour to see the best art spots in the city.
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Virginia Beach Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Virginia Beach Cultural Tour
Guide Location: USA » Virginia Beach (See other walking tours in Virginia Beach)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: vickyc
Contemporary Art Center

1) Contemporary Art Center (must see)

The Contemporary Art Center in Virginia Beach is a vibrant exhibition space for all the latest art. Here you can see paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and glass-works by local artists as well as artists from around the world.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Convention Center

2) Convention Center (must see)

The Convention Center is a beautiful, large building where many different cultural events and other gatherings are organized throughout the year. It was one of the country’s first such meeting venues, and remains one of its best functioning convention centers. The Convention Center opened in 2005.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Virginia Beach United Methodist Church‎

3) Virginia Beach United Methodist Church‎

This church is part of the Protestant faith which, like the rest of the United States, is the religion with the most followers in the state of Virginia. Virginia Beach United Methodist Church is a beautiful house of worship with a tall spire. Methodists from the Oceanfront neighborhood gather here for services on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Old Coast Guard Station Museum

4) Old Coast Guard Station Museum (must see)

The Old Coast Guard Station Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of lifesaving on along the Atlantic coast.

In 1915, the United States Lifesaving Service became the United States Coast Guard. The station at Seatack (built in 1903 to replace an earlier structure) is now the museum. The area's lifesaving history along the coast line of the Graveyard of the Atlantic is commemorated here. It has artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dictator, displays of period lifesaving equipment, educational programs.

The Seatack Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

* Museum is closed on Monday October through Memorial Day

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Naval Aviation Monument

5) The Naval Aviation Monument

Set on the Oceanfront, the Naval Aviation Monument is dedicated to the aviation of the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. The monument is made up of several beautiful bronze statues created by master sculptor Mike Maiden. There are also a number of other historical monuments here, including a statue of World War II pilot Eugene Ely, who was the first to land successfully on a shipboard.
Norwegian Lady Statue

6) Norwegian Lady Statue

Located on the Oceanfront boardwalk area of Virginia Beach, the Norwegian Lady Statues are one-half of a memorial dedicated to a marine disaster involving a Norwegian boat. The other part of the memorial is located in Moss, a coastal town in Østfold, Norway. On March 27, 1891, the Norwegian Barque Dictator was lost in the Atlantic Ocean south of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay off Virginia Beach. The statues commemorate the lives lost in the shipwreck and the life-saving efforts of the community. Today the memorial has become a maritime icon for the people of Virginia Beach.
Beach Gallery

7) Beach Gallery

The Beach Gallery exhibits many fine contemporary art works by regional and national artists. These original works, including lithographs and prints, can tell a visitor a lot about the art scene in the region. Some of these great pieces are even available for purchase.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Walking Tours in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Create Your Own Walk in Virginia Beach

Create Your Own Walk in Virginia Beach

Creating your own self-guided walk in Virginia Beach is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Central Virginia Beach Tour

Central Virginia Beach Tour

While it may be famous for its brilliant beach area, Virginia Beach has plenty more to offer the visitor. The central area of the city has great shopping opportunities, interesting art galleries, a wonderful park and beautiful modern buildings. Take our tour to see the gems of central Virginia Beach.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
North Virginia Beach Tour

North Virginia Beach Tour

The northern area of Virginia Beach boasts a number of different attractions for the visitor. You can see historical sights such as old cottages and colonial style homes, some of which have been transformed into house museums. There are also a great antique shop and a Cinema Cafe. Take our tour to see the best spots in this part of town.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Virginia Beach Daily Life Tour

Virginia Beach Daily Life Tour

In Virginia Beach, you’ll get a welcome surprise when you see how warm and friendly the locals are. The best way to experience this is to visit the places that locals frequent during their everyday lives. Take our Daily Life Tour to see all the most popular restaurants, cinemas, parks and other local attractions in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Virginia Beach Oceanfront Orientation Walk

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Orientation Walk

The Oceanfront part of Virginia Beach, replete with various attractions, is undoubtedly the prime area of interest for the city tourists. Apart from the beach itself, of course, it houses a number of museums and several historic landmarks well worth checking out. Take this Oceanfront orientation walk and see for yourself.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
South Virginia Beach Tour

South Virginia Beach Tour

The southern area of Virgina Beach is home to loads of great attractions. Visitors can see museums, art galleries, an aquarium, a theme park and plenty of other great places. Take our tour to see the best spots in this part of town.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Virginia Beach for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Virginia Beach has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Virginia Beach, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.