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Old Coast Guard Station

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Address: 24th Street & Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: 757 422 1587
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A museum that exhibits early life-saving equipment.

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Ghost Tour

Took the ghost tour and enjoyed the bounty of historic information our guide provided. Although you do not enter any of the actual "haunted locations" the guide more than makes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Took the ghost tour and enjoyed the bounty of historic information our guide provided. Although you do not enter any of the actual "haunted locations" the guide more than makes up for it with her enthusiasm and knowledge.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Old Coast Guard Station is a worthwhile stop while in VA Beach. It has a wonderful gift shop and a quaint little Museum. Staff are volunteers and very knowledgeable about The Station. Hats off to them. Museum tour was about 40 minutes and we'll wOrth the 4.00 fee for tour.

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Peru, IL
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I'm sorry I can't remember the gentlemans name that was the guide and historian at the old Coast Guard Station but he was very interesting and made it come alive just listening to him tell the tales of years gone by. Very interesting!!

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Azle, Texas
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35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Knew nothing about the Lifesaving Service (folded into the U.S. Coast Guard about 1915, I believe). If I remember correctly, they rescued 15,000 storm wrecked seamen! How they did it (breeches buoys, boats) is nicely displayed, and of course ships don't wreck in nice weather. Amazing! We also visited the Wright Brothers Museum in Kitty Hawk (nicely done, a pilgrimage... More 

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Oklahoma City
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Stopped in and looked around for about 5 minutes. Pretty cool but its very small so it wont take a lot of your time! It's right on the boardwalk so its easy to access.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum is located inside an old 1902 US Lifesaving Service (later US Coast Guard) Station building. Their themes change throughout the year, offering a wide variety of displays of Nautical, US Revenue Cutter Service (precursor to the US Coast Guard), US Lifesaving Service, and US Coast Guard history. There are displays on the ground and upper floors, with a... More 

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Reedville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We happened upon this little museum on accident as a family, and LOVED it so much we organized a field trip for our homeschool group back home. I have since been 3 times and I learn new things each time I go. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There's surprisingly a lot of interesting stuff to see here even though it's a little small. And it's the kind of things you probably haven't seen in other museums. There's a small price, but when you step outside and see all the hi-rises on your right and left up the beach, you kind of feel like you're doing your part... More 

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Afton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I liked learning some local history here. Local art paintings and jewelry for sale at good prices. An oasis of small proportion, dwarfed between the tall seaside buildings.

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Dover, De
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is our third visit here. Always interesting. We had a tour with the very knowledgeable guide who told a lot of interesting stories about the history of the coast guard station.

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