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Conference Center
Conference Center

Its versatile 22,700 square feet of meeting and banquet space can handle busines... more

Fishing
Fishing

More than 22 miles of fresh, salt and brackish waterways meander through the cit... more

Chesapeake Dining
Chesapeake Dining

Chesapeake is a foodie's paradise with an array of culinary options from local-o... more

Sports Facilities
Sports Facilities

Chesapeake, Virginia hosts sporting facilities including seven outdoor recreatio... more

Virginia Green
Virginia Green

Chesapeake is proud to be a participant in the Virginia Green Certification, a s... more

History
History

Since the arrival of colonial settlers in 1620, the history of Chesapeake has pl... more

Chesapeake Special Offers

Bird Watching in Chesapeake

Chesapeake is a nationally recognized watcher's oasis providing sanctuary to birds and bird watchers since the 17th century.

The wooded swamplands and canebrakes of Chesapeake's Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge create lovely living conditions for the 213 species of birds that nest in or near the refuge. In fact, more than 200 species have been identified on the refuge since its establishment.

On the 8.5 mile Dismal Swamp Canal Trail birders can spot more than 200 types of birds that visit the refuge each year. Almost half of these species call the 111,200 acres of forest wetland home year round.

Serious bird watchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's Warbler and the Wayne's warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green Warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds. Bird watchers can also catch a "peep" of the white-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle. Other birds of interest that can be seen in the Refuge include the wood duck, barred owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Prothonotary Warbler. To schedule a guided birding trip for individuals or groups, visit the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge or call (757) 986-3705.

Explore birds in Bells Mill Park, the 2.5 mile footpath through natural area with elevated scenic overlook of Southern Branch of Elizabeth River. Don't forget to check out the South Chesapeake Loop, part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, which meanders through the Oak Grove Lake Park, Northwest River Park, the Chesapeake Arboretum, and other unique sites. You may discover the nuthatches, nesting Prothonotary Warblers, and even see the great blue heron having dinner!

So grab your field specs and come catch a bird's eye view of what Chesapeake has to offer.

 

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Bells Mill Park

Bells Mill Park

  • 424 Albemarle Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23322
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Footpath through natural area with elevated scenic overlook of Southern Branch of Elizabeth River.  Amenities include a 2-mile circular running trail with parking available across the street at the Chesapeake Civic Center.


Chesapeake Arboretum

Chesapeake Arboretum

  • 624 Oak Grove Road
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-7060

The Chesapeake Arboretum is a 48-acre natural classroom dedicated to promoting horticultural and environmental awareness. The Arboretum headquarters is an eighteenth century farmhouse with theme gardens that include a fragrance and antique rose garde...more


Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

  • Phone: (757) 331-2960
  • Fax: (757) 331-4565

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel offers travelers and birding enthusiasts the opportunity to observe birds and waterfowl from its four man-made islands. The Bridge-Tunnel's habitat of concrete, steel, asphalt and rocks located in open water, makes an...more


Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

  • 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
  • Chesapeake, VA  23322
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Formerly US Route 17, this multi-purpose linear trail accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners. It runs 8.5 miles adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal and threads through some of the most uniquely historical and ecologic...more


Elizabeth River Boat Landing & Park

Elizabeth River Boat Landing & Park

  • 103 Poindexter Street
  • Chesapeake, VA  23324
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Elizabeth River Park will be closed starting April 14, 2014 until September 14, 2014 for improvements. This includes the piers and boat ramp.The Elizabeth River Park, located on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, has one of the most active b...more


Great Bridge Lock Park

Great Bridge Lock Park

  • 100 Lock Road
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

The park — located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Boulevard, where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, coming up from North Carolina, meets the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River — is named for the Corp of Engine...more


Great Dismal Adventures

Great Dismal Adventures

  • Phone: (757) 620-6052

Great Dismal Adventures can be your adventure in either the Spring or Fall with a pontoon ride down the oldest man-made canal in all of the Americas. Come join us for some history, mystery and fun right in the heart of The Dismal. We will meet for a ...more


Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

  • 3100 Desert Road
  • Suffolk, VA  23434
  • Phone: (757) 986-3705
  • Fax: (757) 986-2353

Established in 1974, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge consists of over 112,684 acres of forested wetlands in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp, with the ...more


Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden

  • 6700 Azalea Garden Road
  • Norfolk, VA  23518
  • Phone: (757) 441-5830
  • Fax: (757) 853-8294

Norfolk Botanical Garden is a premier horticulture attraction located in the heart of Hampton Roads. The Garden represents an oasis of more than 30 themed gardens encompassing 155 acres that can be explored by tram, boat, or foot.


Northwest River Park & Campground

Northwest River Park & Campground

  • 1733 Indian Creek Road
  • Chesapeake, VA  23322
  • Phone: (757) 421-7151
  • Fax: (757) 421-0134

Located on the banks of the Northwest River in Southeastern Chesapeake, this 763-acre park is the perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities. Incorporating camping; an extensive trail system; picnic shelters; play areas such as horse...more


Oak Grove Lake Park

Oak Grove Lake Park

  • 409 Byron Street
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

With its half lake and half scenic open space, this 65 acres of hardwood forest and wetlands features a 1.5 mile circular multi-use fitness trail for walking, jogging and biking. Small parks shelters, picnic tables and benches are scattered along the...more


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