Celebrating 50 Years of "Living the Life"
Virginia Beach residents are fortunate to "live the life" in a safe, enjoyable community filled with friendly people, fabulous restaurants, spectacular sightseeing opportunities, easy access to beautiful beaches and a marvelously rich history.
The city as it exists today was officially created fifty years ago
, yet people have settled here for centuries, taking advantage of the area’s abundant natural resources. This beautiful location along Virginia’s coast has long been a getaway for vacationers and a little piece of paradise for those fortunate enough to call it home.
At the Oceanfront, visitors can experience a breathtaking view of the Atlantic which includes King Neptune himself. This stunning bronze boardwalk statue, created by sculptor Paul DiPasquale, measures thirty-four feet tall from the base to the tip of the trident. Neptune calmly surveys his subjects as they stop for photographs in front of him. From the Boardwalk Art Show in June to the Neptune Festival
in the fall, the Oceanfront is always a hopping place.
For those who crave a quieter environment with calmer waters, the pristine beaches along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline offer a multitude of spots in which to relax in the sand. For walkers, bikers and joggers, nature trails abound in our plentiful parks
, including First Landing State Park
, which was built in the 1930s on the site of the Virginia Company’s first visit to the North American shore.
Cool Things to Do When It's Hot
If hot weather isn’t your thing, Virginia Beach has plenty of indoor activities for when the summer heat is in full swing. Visit the numerous and divergent shops and restaurants at the Town Center
, the Hilltop area or the Oceanfront. Attend a daytime event at the Convention Center, or an evening concert at the Sandler Center
. Pet a starfish at the Virginia Aquarium
, or head to the Museum of Contemporary Art
to dabble in some culture!
Libraries & Local History
Residents of Virginia Beach have free access to our state-of-the-art public library system, with 10 locations including the new TCC/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library
, and Central Library, which houses a large local history collection. Virginia Beach Public Library offers access to a wealth of information about our city’s colorful past through a variety of archival material, including fascinating old photographs. Learn more about the history of Virginia Beach by visiting the library's local history collection
of the library’s web site. If you're at Central Library in August, you'll find a display of local history in the art gallery, as well as displays on ways to "embrace your community" throughout all of our libraries.
The library has plenty of books on Virginia Beach for you to take home, too! Satisfy your curiosity about the local wildlife by checking out Virginia Beach Naturally
by Scott Bastian, or read what locals have to say in Looking Back Stories
by Eric Johnson. After seeing the poignant Norwegian Lady statue gazing out to sea from the Boardwalk and 25th Street, you will want to explore The Norwegian Lady and the Wreck of the Dictator
by William Foss, which tells the heart wrenching story of this 1891 shipwreck just off Virginia Beach coast. And, if you’re interested in local folklore, The Witch of Pungo
by Louisa Venable Kyle is a must.
If you live in or near Virginia Beach, why not show your community that you care by volunteering? Contact the Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources
to offer a helping hand where it’s needed, or be creative and come up with your own project. From the sparkling Atlantic Ocean to the bustling Town Center, from pristine Pungo to the relaxing beaches on the Chesapeake Bay, our city is an excellent place to live.
There will be a variety of events celebrating the City's 50th anniversary
all year long - be sure to get out and embrace your community!