First Baptist Church – Va Beach
Region: Oceanfront North (26-40), Virginia Beach
We worship every Sunday in the Sanctuary at 11 AM. We have a unique blend of uplifting choruses, old Baptist hymns, contemplative spiritual practices and engaging reflection through the sermon. Come join us!
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First Baptist Church – Va Beach
401 35th Street, Virginia Beach, VA, United States
VIRGINIA BEACH “BUCKET LISTS”
These are short lists of things that you can do while staying in Virginia Beach. Obviously there are so many things to do in Virginia Beach that we couldn’t possibly fit them all here, but this is a good start!
Check out the Bucket List “Topic” and see what items we have come up with for each. You might not be able to do them all but it sure is going to be fun trying!
Enjoy your stay and if you can come up with any ideas of your own, please Contact Us and let us know so that we can add them to one of our lists!
It sure can be difficult to do everything in Virginia Beach. There are so many awesome restaurants, fun attractions, sightseeing and ocean tours that it may be difficult to decide what to do. Our best recommendation is to try a few of our bucket lists for starters… so here is a day of events and activities we recommend on one of your visits to Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach is home to some beautiful golf courses each with their own unique style.
Are you the type of person who comes to Virginia Beach simply because you have a primal urge to be near the ocean? Does the slapping of the waves against the sand shore soothe you and make you feel at home? If you are an ocean lover, then Virginia Beach is the best place to be during the summer. We have direct access to the ocean as well as the Chesapeake Bay and you can fulfill whatever desires you have when it come to living the “salt life”.
Go extreme or stay simple. It doesn’t matter… as long as you are feeling the salt air and water on your skin all is right in the world.
If there is one thing we definitely cannot control is Mother Nature. Sometimes the weather in Virginia Beach is not ideal for a day on the beach, but don’t fear there are so many awesome activities for these days. Besides when you and the family spend a few days in the hot sun at Virginia Beach your body needs a break anyway. We have compiled a list of some of the attractions and things to do for these days. There is always something fun to do in Virginia Beach.
So you want to come to Virginai Beach and “explore” huh? I mean, laying on the beach and getting tan is nice but for some people it just isn’t their “thing”. They feel the urge to get out and explore the region and find out more about it’s history and everything there is to do that the “normal” vacationer might not think about. Well. you are in luck! There is soooooo much to explore in Virginia Beach that it is hard to limit it to just a few bullet points on a list. Please check out some of the items below and if you find something else in the area that isn’t on this list but should be… then please let us know!
Have a great time exploring Virginia Beach!
Kids are a blessing and bringing them to Virginia Beach is sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family. Virginia Beach loves kids and the oceanfront and surrounding area caters to kids and families! Getting your kids out on the sand beach is great.. but there is so much more to do and see that you have to at least check out some of these recommended kids activities while you are here. Your kids will thank you and who knows… you might even get a little break from non-stop parenting and get to enjoy watching your kids as they experience new things for the first time. What a treat!
MORE THINGS TO DO INFORMATION
There’s nothing quite like going to a live show and hearing your favorite band or song. The excitement and energy of the crowd, the dancing, the loud music. It can’t be beat! That’s why we are bringing you some of the best places to catch live music in Virginia Beach. It just wouldn’t be right to leave out some of the best entertainment around town! We’ve got country, we’ve got rock, we’ve got pop, hip-hop, reggae and more. And it doesn’t matter what your price range may be because almost all of it is FREE! There is something going on every night from free shows up to national tours with more expensive seating options. Check out all the live music that Virginia Beach has to offer.
The Eagle’s Nest brings live local and national entertainment to a huge stage located in an exciting and fast-paced bar atmosphere. The best part? Most shows are FREE of charge. The venue includes five bars and two stages, featuring hot acts like Kevin Mac, Pat Russell Band, Tyler Hammond and The Deloreans. When there isn’t a local or national band playing, they have DJ’s pumping out the tunes, along with line dancing, Jumbo Jenga, bull riding and more entertainment than you can experience in one night.
When you think tapas Lounge, you should automatically think of Central 111. It is both 100% tapas and 100% lounge at their finest. Hit up Central 111 Tapas Lounge for live entertainment, DJ’s and the best tapas in town! If you want a place with high energy, great drinks and food, and some of the best DJ’s around, you’ve found it here. Glam up, gather your friends and be prepared for a wild night.
For more of a laid back experience, check out Big Woody’s for lunch or dinner or on any evening for music. Their award-winning wings pair nicely with the live bands playing weekly and brunch is even better with the Bloody Mary Bar! Don’t forget to check out Big Woody’s for NASCAR, basketball or football on one of the many TV’s. And you won’t want to miss out on karaoke night!
If you want to relax at a venue with a real beach and surfing vibe, Calypso is the place to check out. Situated right at the oceanfront, Calyupso boasts the largest covered patio at the beach. You will be sure to enjoy listening to live music from the numerous local and regional bands while having breakfast, lunch, or dinner and watching the waves flow in and out and people-watch the boardwalk. This location is a true paradise for beach and music lovers alike!
Feeling nautical? Lucky Oyster’s nautical décor and rustic, laid back atmosphere provides a fun, family location for eating great food and listening to live music. Imagine yourself with a big bucket of fresh oysters with all of your friends and family listening to some great toe-tapping tunes of the best local bands around. With fresh seafood, local bands, and even painting events, there is something for everyone – including the kids – at Lucky Oyster!
During the summer months, the oceanfront stages play great music all week long. These open air stages and gazebos are along the oceanfront boardwalk and available for anyone to walk by, relax and listen to some of the best local bands. The best oceanfront stage is the 7th Street Stage. Nestled in between Mahi Mah’s Restaurant and Chix Seaside Grill, it is the perfect place to grab a bite and hunker down for the evening to some great sounds. The music is free but the experience is priceless!
As you can tell, Virginia Beach is the place to be for live music, DJ’s, parties, and all-around great entertainment! Top that off with the great food and drinks, and you are sure to have a great time, whether you are a local or a visitor.
Off-Leash Dog Parks in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach boasts several “off-leash” dog parks where dogs can go to socialize and run free with other dogs.
Woodstock Community Park
Redwing Metro Park
Bayville Farms Park
Pet Friendly Links and Info
IMPORTANT PET NUMBERS
Virginia Beach Animal Control Unit: (757) 385-5000
Virginia Beach Health Department: (757) 518-2700
Beach Veterinary Emergency Center: (757) 498-4900
Tidewater Veterinary Emergency Hospital: (757) 499-5463
In case of an emergency dial: 9-1-1
Keeping Your Pet Cool
- Never leave your pet alone or unattended in the car on a warm or sunny day. Cars can rapidly heat up to a dangerous temperature, even with the window slightly open.
- When taking your dog for a walk on a hot day, you should plan for shorter walks during the midday sun, when temperatures are at their peak. You can take longer walks in the morning and evening when it’s cooler. Even though your pet may seem tough on the outside, the hot sidewalks can burn the pads on your dog’s paws, so walk on the grass when possible.
- Never leave your dog outdoors unattended on a chain, leash or tether. They have no place to go if they are uncomfortable and long-term chaining during the hot summer months can result in insect and predator bites, dehydration and even heat stroke.
- When driving with pets, be sure to keep them properly restrained and inside the vehicle. Remember, pets are not allowed to be in the bed of an open truck.
- During a busy vacation, pets can easily become distressed by the noise and commotion involved with festivals and events. Leave pets at home and in a doghouse or crate so that they cannot jump a fence and become lost. Make sure your pets are wearing identification at all times or an internal chip so that if they do become lost we can get them back home.
In a recent study done by job resource website Zippia, Virginia Beach was named the Number 8 happiest city in the U.S.
While they did consider residents’ average salaries, they also used the following criteria to measure happiness and rank the top 10 happiest U.S. cities:
- Level of education
- Unemployment rate
- A short commute to work
- Low cost of living
- Having a family
- Owning a home
- The poverty rate
Not only does Virginia Beach have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, great food and fun entertainment, but it also boasts the 12th lowest rate of poverty and 13th lowest unemployment rate.
How can you not be happy living in a city where you can go whale watching in the morning, golf at one of our area golf courses in the afternoon, then walk on the boardwalk and have a delicious dinner in the evening? Residents also enjoy year-round events on the boardwalk, including events at the 31st Street Park/Stage, art festivals, concerts, fireworks, parades and holiday light shows.
The wide range of delicious and gourmet food is enough to entice anyone to move here. From Pocahontas Pancake and Waffle Shop for breakfast, Eurasia Restaurant or Calypso Bar & Grill for lunch, to Eat Bistro, Lucky Oyster Seafood Co for dinner and Duck Donuts for dessert, there is something for every taste bud here.
Being surrounded by positivity, community, and fun are the keys to happiness, and you will find all of that here in Virginia Beach!
There are a lot of things in the world today that cost outrageous amounts of money. Even going to a Disney park can be expensive. In Virginia Beach you luck out, becasue there are so many things that you can do without spending much money, or any at all. Here are some ideas for Virginia Beach activities that won’t break the wallet.
Beach Summer Festivals
Virginia Beach has one thing that it isn’t short of, festivals. These festivals happen at the oceanfront and around town and rarely cost any money. When they do cost money, it is very little. Here are some of the regular festivals:
Explore The Great Outdoors
Whether you want to spend time at the beach or go to one of the other nearby attractions you can save money by exploring the great outdoors. Virginia Beach, like its name implies, is full of beaches that you can spend your time on for only the cost of a swimsuit. There are also over 15,000 acres of state and national parks in the area that you can adventure. If you go on a free park week/weekend you can even get free admission.
If you like amazingly fresh food you can go to the Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market. It operates from May 15th until September 25th and can be found at the Oceanfront. It is a fresh-air market that allows shoppers and visitors to walk through. Locally grown produce, crafts, and more can be found exhibited at this market.
If you like boats or learning about history then a tour of the Old Coast Guard Station at Virginia Beach is a must. This tour costs only $4 for adults and $2 for children. During the tour you will learn about some of the various ship wrecks that have happened in the area as well as get to learn how people were rescued. If you go to the top of the Coast Guard Tower you can look out the tower and see ships in the area.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is famous for stretching 3 miles along the beachfront. Many of the local hotels, restaurants, and other establishments abut the boardwalk. You can look at all of the different stores and wares, you don’t have to spend a cent. If you want though you can rent a bike, skateboard, or scooter and travel down the boardwalk that way.
With all of these various things to do in Virginia Beach without spending money you can fill more than one trip. If you have any favorite activities to participate in that don’t cost any money, leave a comment below.
Fishing in Virginia Beach
Fishing in Virginia Beach is an adrenaline rush when you land “the big one”! You may not always catch the one you want to mount over your fireplace, but it is is always exciting to bring in a fresh catch.
Since Virginia Beach is located in such a prime coastal area, at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and a variety of freshwater waterways, it provides a uniquely diverse range of fish species and fishing destinations. From world-class off-shore competitions, to a plethora of coastal species and a myriad of inland, freshwater adventures, it’s no wonder Virginia Beach is considered an angler’s paradise.
TYPES OF FISHING IN VIRGINIA
Offshore (Charter) Fishing
What most people don’t know about off-shore charter fishing is that you don’t have to travel to far away exotic locations to catch the most desirable fish in the sea. The warm Gulf Stream and Chesapeake Bay provide a fantastic mix of waters with a bounty of fish to choose from.
From June through September both serious deep sea anglers and rookies go looking to do land some of the kings of the sea and will find some of the east coast’s most productive fishing areas just outside our inlets. If you have the skills you might be able to do battle with an energetic tuna, or maybe you will be mesmerized by the high-flying antics and lightning speed of the Wahoo, or maybe a tug-of-war with a Bluefin tuna is more to your liking. Whatever your desire, we have it here off the shores of Virginia Beach.
Locals are already aware that Virginia Beach is considered the Striper fishing capital of the world. But that isn’t all. We have a bay and an ocean full of other fish that are just as temperamental as the striper and can provide year-round fishing opportunities for anyone itching to angle. Our unique location on the Virginia coast makes our fishing special because we are at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Those two great bodies of water make for a very fertile feeding ground for a large variety of fish.
Pier fishing is one of the most popular and enjoyable activities at the oceanfront. Just bring yourself, your kids and/or your friends or family members and drop a line over the railing. There’s no need to bring any special gear or pay for any fishing licenses.
4 different piers are located near the resort area. Many of them offer rod and reel rentals as well as sell additional equipment and bait.
One thing that you might find useful when pier fishing… always carry a handy fish identification chart because you never know what’s going to swim by and grab your line!
Surf (Shoreline) Fishing
Surf fishing literally puts you right at sea level and allows you to feel in harmony with the ocean. Obviously, you will need to bring your own rod and reel equipment and bait and you