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Peake Holidays
Peake Holidays

Is your family like the Griswold's? Are distant family members getting ready to ... more

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

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History

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

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Chesapeake Family Fun

"If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good."
~Dr. Seuss

Chesapeake, Virginia offers fun for the whole family. A collection of seemingly endless waterways, family fun parks, 111,000 acres of forested wetlands, accessible arts and nearby museums offer year-round fun, so grab the kids and get ready to play!

Big fun doesn't have to cost big bucks. At Chesapeake City Park and Great Bridge Lock Park, admission is always free. The beautiful Chesapeake Arboretum always opens its doors to the public, while the Chesapeake Planetarium never charges for stargazing. Kids can enjoy our three-acre Fun Forest and Chilled Ponds.

For outdoor fun, go wild at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge's 111,000 acres of forested wetlands. Pristine Lake Drummond and the Northwest River Park offer natural recreation at its finest! And if you want to hit the beach, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is only a 15 minute drive away.

For fast-paced fun, take the family to any of our nearby amusement parks like Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, Ocean Breeze Waterpark and Wild Water Rapids.

Like a little culture on your vacations? History buffs won't want to miss the NAUTICUS, USS Wisconsin, the majestic ship that earned five battle stars during World War II and its museum. Interested in science? Take a day trip to Virginia Air & Space Center, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, or the Children's Museum of Virginia.

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Adventure Kayak Tours

Adventure Kayak Tours

  • Phone: (757) 237-8776

Experience...Explore...Enjoy... Adventure Kayak Tours is your destination for guided kayak tours and custom rentals in Coastal Virginia. Experience personalized trips with modern equipment and individualized attention. Each trip is customized to meet...more


American Rover Tall Ship Cruises

American Rover Tall Ship Cruises

  • 333 Waterside Drive
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 627-7245
  • Fax: (757) 627-6626

Since 1986, the American Rover's red "tan bark" sails have been one of the signature sights of the Hampton Roads area. Cruises depart from Waterside in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, Virginia.April through October she sails the smooth waters of the E...more


AMF Bowling Center - Chesapeake Lanes

AMF Bowling Center - Chesapeake Lanes

  • 112 Medical Parkway
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 436-4444
  • Fax: (757) 547-9340

Whether it's a birthday party, a company outing or just a spontaneous desire to go have some fun, Americans have a favorite destination - AMF Bowling Centers. AMF is where America goes bowling.


AMF Bowling Center - Western Branch Lanes

AMF Bowling Center - Western Branch Lanes

  • 3101 Lynnhurst Boulevard
  • Chesapeake, VA  23321
  • Phone: (757) 686-2695

AMF Western Branch Lanes offers traditional bowling on 40 lanes in a recently renovated center that has plenty of concourse seating and a large lounge area where you can relax and watch your favorite sports and entertainment programs on three flat-sc...more


Battlefield Historic Park

Battlefield Historic Park

  • 1775 Historic Way
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 482-4480

Battlefield Historic Park serves as a tribute to the history of the Battle of Great Bridge. The Park is home to an Interpretive Historic Pathway, an Outdoor Auditorium, a Recreation of the Causeway from 1775, a Family Picnic Area, and a monument to t...more


Battleship Wisconsin

Battleship Wisconsin

  • One Waterside Drive
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 664-1000

Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or, with an additional charge, our guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time t...more


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.


BRICKHEADZ Build, Play & Party Center

BRICKHEADZ Build, Play & Party Center

  • 1525 Technology Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 609-3738

At BrickHeadZ, we offer an environment for builders of all ages and Abilities to use LEGO® bricks for their creative imaginations with Open Build, Birthday Parties, STEM based programs, Home School Classes, Camps, Workshops, STEM Field Trips, and...more


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

Whether you are driving north or south, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel showcases the mighty surge of the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the soaring grace of an engineering marvel. Both a tourist attraction and a travel conven...more


Chesapeake City Park

Chesapeake City Park

  • 900 City Park Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Multi-amenity 90-acre site, 60-acres of open space; remainder covered by stands of trees. Electric and water service available to support outdoor events and large outings.Attractions Located in Chesapeake City Park:Fun Forest - Children's playground,...more


Chesapeake Dog Park - Chesapeake City Park

Chesapeake Dog Park - Chesapeake City Park

  • 900 City Park Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Chesapeake City Park features the first and latest dog parks in the city. City Park Dog Park was the winner of "Best New Facility" in Virginia in the fall of 2005. The Small Dog Park is the city's newest dog park, designed for dogs 25 lbs. and under ...more


Chesapeake Dog Park - Deep Creek

Chesapeake Dog Park - Deep Creek

  • 437 S. George Washington Highway
  • Chesapeake, VA  23323
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411

Chesapeake boasts several dog parks! For dog owners, these parks mean a healthier lifestyle for their furry friends. Such parks provide a place to exercise and socialize, which means happy, well-behaved canines. Dog parks are off-leash, fenced in and...more


Chesapeake Dog Park - Western Branch

Chesapeake Dog Park - Western Branch

  • 4437 Portsmouth Boulevard
  • Chesapeake, VA  23325
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

The Western Branch Dog Park is located near the Western Branch Community Center and features two covered picnic tables and round benches encircling trees.Dog Parks are off-leash, fenced-in and contain benches, water fountains for dogs and owners, poo...more


Chesapeake Paintball

Chesapeake Paintball

  • 3064 Yadkin Road
  • Chesapeake, VA  23323
  • Phone: (757) 279-8200

Chesapeake Sports Park, located right off of I-64, is now open and ready for business. Boasting a fully stocked pro-shop, 2 official size turf fields, a M.O.U.T. site and over 40 acres of woods, you are sure to experience the true meaning of paintbal...more


Chesapeake Planetarium

Chesapeake Planetarium

  • 310 Shea Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23322
  • Phone: (757) 547-0153

Explore the wonders of the universe. Located at the Chesapeake Municipal Center, the Chesapeake Planetarium was the first planetarium built by a public school system in the state of Virginia. Free public programs, including telescope observations, ar...more


Chesapeake Skate Park

Chesapeake Skate Park

  • 900 City Park Drive
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

Located at Chesapeake City Park, a few miles from Greenbrier South exit off I-64 in Chesapeake, the facility is open for participants who wish to skateboard or in-line skate. Facility will normally be open daily, weather permitting, sunrise to sunset...more


Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia

  • 221 High Street
  • Portsmouth, VA  23704
  • Phone: (757) 393-5258
  • Fax: (757) 393-8083

Step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than you are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark the imagination, where you can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, a star gazer. Come to where the big people think you’re having an educ...more


Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex

Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex

  • 1416 Stephanie Way
  • Chesapeake, VA  23320
  • Phone: (757) 420-4488
  • Fax: (757) 420-2375

As the region's premier ice sports facility, our 90,000 square-foot footprint consists of a NHL skating rink and an oversized (200'x100') Sportexe Turf field creating the ultimate regional sports destination for players of all ages, participating in ...more


Chrysler Hall

Chrysler Hall

  • 215 Street Pauls Boulevard
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 664-6464
  • Fax: (757) 664-6990

Since its grand opening in 1972, Chrysler Hall has served as the premiere performing arts center of Hampton Roads. Resident companies include Broadway in Norfolk presented by JAM Theatricals - Hampton Roads' exclusive presenter of touring Broadway pr...more


Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

  • 245 West Olney Road
  • Norfolk, VA  23510
  • Phone: (757) 664-6200
  • Fax: (757) 664-6201

See one of America's greatest fine arts collections - only 10 miles away! Our 40,000 pieces span 5,000 years and represent the world's best-known artists. Don't miss our Old Masters, Impressionist Gallery, and world-renowned Tiffany Glass collection....more


Deep Creek Lock Park

Deep Creek Lock Park

  • 300 Luray Street
  • Chesapeake, VA  23323
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411
  • Fax: (757) 382-8418

This 25-acre site is named for the Corps of Engineers' lock which separates the salt water of Deep Creek from the fresh water of the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. It is heavily wooded with a combination pedestrian bridge/elevated walkway system to tra...more


Deep Creek Park

Deep Creek Park

  • 437 George Washington Highway South
  • Chesapeake, VA  23323
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411

Deep Creek Park encompasses four multi-purpose fields - two lighted, plus four lighted tournament-quality baseball fields (Bronco & Pony), which showcase grass infields and are irrigated for durability and performance.Other park amenities include...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


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