Shore Excursion Details

Coastal Virginia


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Sightseeing

Admire the scenic beauty of coastal Virginia through attractions that best showcase its allure. Few places in Virginia are as naturally beautiful as the Norfolk Botanical Garden, which is almost entirely rimmed by Lake Whitehurst. While meandering through the dozens of themed, meticulously maintained gardens, be sure to note the variety of champion trees, which are the largest tree specimens in the state. The Cape Henry Lighthouse is another landmark situated on a magnificent stretch of shoreline. It rises above the beach at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, near the spot where the first English colonists landed in 1607 before finally settling in Jamestown. Built in 1792, it has the distinction of being the first federally funded public works project of the newly formed United States. A panoramic drive through nearby Virginia Beach will add more historical context, a perfect complement to the coastal beauty that the lengthy oceanfront boardwalk affords.


  • Stroll through the traquil Norfolk Botanical Garden on the shores of Lake Whitehurst.
  • Gaze out over the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Henry Lighthouse.
  • Drive through Virginia Beach, the state’s largest city, much of which overlooks the ocean.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes minimal walking and is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Climbing the lighthouse is optional; there is a small fee to climb, and guests must pay on own if they choose to climb. Only guests who are physically able to climb 191 stairs should choose to climb the lighthouse. Climbers must be 42" tall.

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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