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“Immaculate and well kept, but......”

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
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Owner description: This three-mile concrete promenade is always busy with bicyclists, strollers, diners and people-watchers. During the summer, three oceanfront stages offer nightly entertainment.
New York
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104 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Immaculate and well kept, but......”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is 3 miles of immaculate concrete and well kept plantings. It has a separate dedicated bike path.
The beach is combed and cleaned every morning.
The boardwalk is between the hotels and the beach.
There are no attractions or restaurants(a few) "on the boardwalk", everything is actually on Atlantic Avenue which is the street closest to the water.
Adjacent to the boardwalk are three stages for concerts.
The street nearest the boardwalk has live vaudeville style performers in 3 places every night.
There are fireworks Sunday and Wednesday at 10PM.
The problem isn' the boardwalk, its the city itself.
The area is always safe, but at night the boardwalk fills with people that may be good people, but you probably don't want to be around when you are paying good money for a hotel room.
Also, there is very little good food in Virginia Beach, except for Club 31($$$$$) and Pocohantas, we found little worth mentioning.
Nearby is a naval aviation station, which is where fighters go when their carrier is at Norfolk, so at 9AM, a parade of naval fighter aircraft roar overhead. Sometimes there are days with no flights, other times they fly over in groups of four, every 10 or 20 minutes. God Bless them, but they are LOUD.

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Lawson, Missouri
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“Nice Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2010

We stopped by the beach and let the girls swim it was great....

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“What you shoudl know regarding parking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

This is a lovely place and extremely busy...having never visited it in the summer..I have (1) word of advice. If you are planning on attending any type of festivities there, make sure to arrive early or be willing to drive around for at least 2 hours to find a parking space...think you can park in a hotel parking lot and not be a guest (think again)...although we didn't do that. This is a very busy and congested area...and when on the beach, make sure to keep an eye on your younger children especially if they are in the ocean..the waves move them along and soon they become dis-orientated, even my 11 yr old couldn't keep us in sight. It's a great place with great shopping..so pack your sunscreen and plenty to drink and watch out for the jelly fish (they d sting)

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Ultimate fun on beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2010

Its a place where u can have all the fun on the clear coast line!! The walk through the beach is awe sum....with music playing and all the different kind of concerts happening!! The ideal thing is to first get refreshed playing, swimming and doing all the water fun...den relax on the beach by tuning to the rhythmical music :) It also has lots of shops and eateries!!

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“Deterioration of a nice place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

My wife and have been to VA beach about 20 times in the past 25years and we have see the ups and downs. It seems that the over development has ruined this once nice place. Around 1990 VA beach was brought back from a downturn created by locals and motorcycle gangs and the local govenment did a wonderful job with the revitalization. Between 1990 and now, many smaller accommodations have been replaced with giant Hotels. Now the population at the beach (Mainly between June and Sept.) Is out of control. VA was once a great vacation spot for those from the northeast and Canada, but now it has been over-run with with more locals from the western part of the state and DC. The Board Walk can be dangerous after dark. I have personaly seen muggings and even a stabbing. My best advice, is that if you must vacation here, I would stay in a place a bit north of the board walk or at-least stay in a place with a very good reputation.(Read the reviews before you choose)
Use the advise YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR seriously.

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