First Landing State Park

Virginia Beach, VA

National Parks
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Address: 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA How do we get there? Number: 757-412-2300
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About this activity

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'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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Daily parking $3 - $9. Museums and attractions free to $5



Same as adult


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First Landing State Park FAQ’s

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!

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

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!

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

Make sure you pack plenty of water!

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

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

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