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First Landing State Park Virginia Beach

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First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach
VA
23451
Tel: 757-412-2300

Where are we going today?

We all know about that infamous landing of the English colonists in 1607 - but have you ever thought about visiting that exact spot that it happened?

Now you can! First Landing State Park is called that because well...it's the first landing spot! Way back when on that very important day, you would have seen those Colonial settlers navigate their way onto the shore. 

But as you stand there - think about everyone else that would have experienced this iconic piece of cove. Native American canoes would have made their way through the waters long before the colonists. 20th century schooners would have followed a couple of centuries afterwards, and now modern day cargo ships are sailing their way into the history books of the area.

First Landing State Park is a great way for kids to not only have fun on the beach and in the water, but also a great way for them to learn all about the history and geography of the area too. 

Did you know that the cypress swamps were a fresh source of water for those pirates and military ships back in the War of 1812? Apparently Blackbeard actually hid in the Narrows area of the park too!

The interior waterways were actually used by the Confederate and Union patrols during the Civil War, and now the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It's also the state's most visited state park! There are20 miles of trails as well as 1.5 miles of beautiful sandy beaches that you can enjoy (after all that learning of course!), and there are also a range of habitats that you can explore - from the lagoons to the bald cypress swamps.

History....beach....and family fun. Welcome to First Landing State Park! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsDaily parking $3 - $9. Museums and attractions free to $5
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

8am to dusk. Overnight areas available 24 hours/day

All year round

Teachers corner

It's a great day trip for students to see in person the spot they would have been learning about in class.

I'm Hungry!

There are picnic shelters and fire grills so you can reserve this main picnic shelter, or just use the many tables around for your own lunch.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you pack plenty of water!.

Any Top Tips?

Camping is March to December, but all primitive and some full service campgrounds are all year round, so why not extend your family day out! .

Doing our bit

History is so important, and preserving it is more important, so why not help the park services out and keep the park tidy. They certainly work hard to!.

Need a little extra help?

There are some cabins and bathhouses within the campgrounds that are partially accessible. A specialized beach wheelchair is available. .

More information

There are a number of attractions within the park which have different admission prices - some are free though! .

What people are saying?

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    We enjoyed our time at this campground. From our campsite, we could hear and see the ocean. This campground has narrow roads, which are not big rig friendly. Use caution. Campground within 1 mile of gas stations, restaurants, freeway and grocery stores. Verizon phones were able to maintain a 4g signal. DirecTV (free standing satellite) had no issue. We utilized this campground to visit Virginia Beach, which was within a 30min drive and Nauticus/Wisconsin Battleship museum. We also took the Chesapeake Bridge, which has a small restaurant midway....Read More

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    I went to the south entrance around noon on Saturday, July 26 2014, and I didn't have any cash on me but figured I could use a debit/credit card for the $5 entrance fee. The ranger was incredibly rude and unhelpful, looked at me like I was stupid, shrugged and condescendingly said, "i'm sorry..?" and made me turn around. No suggestions on where to get cash. No offers to pay double next time (I work for VIMS and launch boats out of there at least twice a month). It really upset me and I wanted to say "you're a park ranger -- put a smile on!" Needless...Read More

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    This beach is MAGICAL! I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't go to "The Narrows" (which is what they call the beach there) at least 3 or 4 times a year.It rejuvenates my spirit.

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    great beach, tons of trails, my new favorite in Hampton roads

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    My families favorite park. There are so many trails that take you along the bay and they have a very nice beach!

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by Jason M

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We enjoyed our time at this campground. From our campsite, we could hear and see the ocean. This campground has narrow roads, which are not big rig friendly. Use caution. Campground within 1 mile of gas stations, restaurants, freeway and grocery stores. Verizon phones were able to maintain a 4g signal. DirecTV (free standing satellite) had no issue. We utilized this campground to visit Virginia Beach, which was within a 30min drive and Nauticus/Wisconsin Battleship museum. We also took the Chesapeake Bridge, which has a small restaurant midway. We (including our furry friends) did not enjoy the pot stickers covering the grounds throughout the park. Our dogs were constantly crying for help, and walking barefoot isn’t an option. Please use caution before stepping into your RV, as these pot stickers can find their way inside, and they do hurt on bare feet.

by Molly R

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I went to the south entrance around noon on Saturday, July 26 2014, and I didn't have any cash on me but figured I could use a debit/credit card for the $5 entrance fee. The ranger was incredibly rude and unhelpful, looked at me like I was stupid, shrugged and condescendingly said, "i'm sorry..?" and made me turn around. No suggestions on where to get cash. No offers to pay double next time (I work for VIMS and launch boats out of there at least twice a month). It really upset me and I wanted to say "you're a park ranger -- put a smile on!" Needless to say, even though I went up the road to cvs and got cash back, I did not go back to that entrance out of spite. I hope that the right person reads this and they get rid of the guy with the 'tude.

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