Must-Do Things While Camping At First Landing

Here are a fews things you absolutely should do at during your camping visit at First Landing State Park.   These are unique to the area and will make your stay stand out from other camping locations.

Cook Local Seafood

Set aside one meal to cook local seafood at the campfire.  There are several fresh seafood markets off Shore Drive within a short distance of the park, offering a variety of choices.

  • The Shellfish Company
  • Dockside Seafood & Fishing Center
  • Welton’s Seafood Market

Eat Out At A Locals Favorite

Grab the taste of local dining

  • Leaping Lizards Cafe
  • Bay Local Eatery
  • Hot Tuna
  • Waterman’s Surfside Grille
  • Terrapin
  • Coastal Grill

Watch The Sunset On The Beach

Sure, you can see sunsets on plenty of beaches.    But with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel off in the skyline, you’ll also get to see what looks like a city out on the water’s horizon but is really headlights from vehicles and lighting.

The tunnel connects Virginia Beach to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  It is 17 miles long and some portions of the tunnel are almost 50 feet underwater.

Catch A Swamp Rainbow

Don’t miss your chance to explore the trails and get a view of the bald cypress swamps.  They are beautiful and eerie at the same time; eerie only because of the spanish moss hanging from branches.  If you visit after summer when temperatures are cooler, you may just be lucky enough to catch a swamp rainbow in the afternoon.  That’s when the sun’s light is reflected off of chemicals released from leaves that have fallen into the swamp water.

Get A Selfie With King Neptune

King Neptune is a 26 foot bronze sculpture located on the Virginia Beach oceanfront boardwalk at 31st Street.  He sits at the entrance of Neptune Park, one of 3 entertainment venues along the boardwalk.

Visit The Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is located at  717 General Booth Blvd.  It houses over 800,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits representing 300 species, as well as some local wildlife.  One of the most popular exhibits is the Norfolk Canyon Aquarium, which is home to sharks and stingrays.  You can see harbor seals at play in their enclosure located near the front entrance.  Plan on your visiting taking 2-3 hours.  For an additional cost, the aquarium also offers dolphin and whale boat trips, as well as a zip line adventure park.