Birding Virginia Beach and other fun outdoor activities to check out while there!

Since my house is about the same distance to Virginia Beach as it is to the NC coast, I decided to take a trip there to explore some of the local birding spots and use the Virginia Beach Get Outdoors Pass. It is free and offers many deals and discounts on many local outdoor adventures and activities in the Virginia Beach area. Day 1: Our first adventure was a visit to First Landing State Park. The park offers 19 miles of hiking trails that traverse through various habitats: cypress swamps, salt marshes, maritime forests, freshwater wetlands, dunes, and 1 1/4 miles of bay shoreline…perfect for birding! There are trails for everyone, of all abilities, and the opportunity to see a variety of birds like herons, egrets, warblers, woodpeckers, and various songbirds, as well as other wildlife (we came across 2 Northern Watersnakes). We checked out the Osprey Trail and look forward to going back soon to check out the other trails. I couldn’t find a trail map online but you can ask for one at the guard gate on your way in. After First Landing SP, we went to see Cape Henry Lighthouse. We couldn’t do much birding since you are very restricted on where you can go due to the fact you are on an active military base but we enjoyed seeing the two lighthouses. As a retired teacher, I always like to enjoy a little history while traveling. […]

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