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Distance from the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The original boardwalk was only eight feet across and spanned from 12th to 16th Streets. During the late 1800s, the boardwalk was exclusive to patrons of the luxurious beachfront hotels. In 1907, much of the boardwalk's wood planks were destroyed in a fire. Construction of the first section of a new, modern concrete boardwalk was completed in 1927. Today's public boardwalk is twenty-eight feet wide and extends three miles, from 1st to 40th Streets.
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First Landing State Park

A local's favorite, this 2,888 acre park offers 19 miles of breathtaking hiking and biking trails through cypress swamp, salt marsh, maritime forest, freshwater wetlands, dunes, and bay shoreline. The grounds and trails are open daily, from 8 AM until dusk. For more information, please visit the park's website.
2.3 miles to the 64th Street entrance. The park can be accessed on foot or by bicycle/car.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Started in the late 1930s as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, the garden is renowned for its azalea collection and hosts Norfolk's annual International Azalea Festival. The property spans 175 acres with 52 themed gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat, or on foot. The garden is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, and offers a spectacular holiday light display in the evenings. Click here to see what will be in bloom in December!
~19 miles

Fort Monroe

In the aftermath of the War of 1812, Congress devised a series of Third System defensive forts to further deter coastal invasions. Fort Monroe was designed by French military engineer Brigadier General Simon Bernard, and construction began in 1819. The site at Old Point Comfort was chosen due to its strategic position at the point where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Hampton Roads Harbor, and within meets the mouths of the Elizabeth and James Rivers. Prior to the establishment of Fort Monroe, this vital point of entry was left largely undefended.

During the Civil War, Fort Monroe became a safe haven for slaves escaping from the South. Read more about Fort Monroe as a refuge for freedom seekers.

The Old Point Comfort Light is the oldest active lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, since 1802. For more information, please visit Fort Monroe's website.
~33 miles

Yorktown Battlefield

Visit an important site of the American Revolution, where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle against the British in 1781. Established in 1691, Yorktown grew to serve as a major Virginia port and economic center by the early 1700s. But prosperity and peace ended by 1781, when British troops led by general Lord Charles Cornwallis arrived to establish a naval base. Nearly 100 years later, the town saw further destruction during the Civil War seige of 1862, and subsequent occupation by Union army troops. For more information, please visit Yorktown Battlefield's website.
~54 miles

Colonial Williamsburg

The "Revolutionary City" serves as a center for history, encouraging visitors to learn from the past through the preservation, restoration, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg. View an interactive map of Colonial Williamsburg to discover historic landmarks, shops, and restaurants. During December, enjoy the beautiful and historically accurate holiday decorations and trimmings throughout the Colonial quarter. For more information, please visit Colonial Williamsburg's website.
~62 miles

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement tells the story of America’s first permanent English colony founded in 1607. Located close to the original colony's site, the recreation includes a life-size colonist fort, Powhatan Indian village, and replicas of the three ships who made first landing. The settlement is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, please visit the Jamestown Settlement's website.
~65 miles
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