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9 Reasons to Visit Virginia Beach in 2021

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Feb 19, 2021

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Destinations / North America

New developments, experiences and offerings entice visitors to Virginia Beach this year.


Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites
Opening this month, Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites will be the destination’s only beachfront hotel on the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to 295 suites, the hotel will offer a private beach, outdoor pool and lounge, kayak and bike rentals, a fitness center and on-site Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar restaurant.


Apex Entertainment
A multilevel, 84,000-square-foot entertainment complex, Apex Entertainment is now open, with multiple attractions including mini golf, bumper cars, bowling, indoor go-karts, laser tag and more.


Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Following a $25 million renovation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s South Building reopens this summer. New exhibits include interactive play areas, a giant Pacific octopus, two touch pools and jellies gallery. The new Vet Center wing offers a behind-the-scenes look at water quality, conservation and veterinary care.


Moore to See Photo Expeditions
Seafood lovers will delight in Moore to See Photo Expeditions’ new River Crab Feast. Sail along North Landing River and land at a secluded dock for freshly, locally caught blue crabs.


Virginia Beach Beer Trail
A new downloadable guide will direct visitors to local breweries and taprooms perfect for beer aficionados.


Virginia Beach Cycling and Bike Trails
With more than 200 miles of trails, Virginia Beach now offers three self-guided trails: Bike, Brew and Arts Trail, Brew and History Trail or the Family Fun Trail. Download the maps and explore at your own pace.


Three Notch’d Brewing Company
Town Center will be the new home of Three Notch’d Brewing Company in summer 2021. The brewery is known for fruity sours, hoppy flagships and community-based collaborations.


Virginia Beach Sports Center
This state-of-the-art facility offers 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200-meter hydraulically banked track and seating for 5,000.


East Coast Surfing Championships
This event is now the longest-running, continuous surf competition in the world. The 59th annual East Coast Surfing Championships will take place in August.


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Lyle Washington DC to Open in April 2021

A new independent hotel, Lyle Washington DC, will open in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle in April. Located on New Hampshire Avenue, an early 1940s Art Deco building will house the new hotel from Lore Group.

Discover Must-Visit Wellness Spots in South Korea

Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.

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Topgolf in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

A few weeks ago, a group of friends and I went to Topgolf in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, for a friend’s birthday. We have wanted to go for a while now, so it was the perfect excuse.

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Black History Month Celebrations in Cleveland

Cleveland offers locals and visitors plenty of opportunities to celebrate Black History Month. The city hosts numerous virtual and in-person events, exhibits and attractions highlighting Black culture in Cleveland.

The Greatest Show on Earth

Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.

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JetBlue Unveils Revamped Business-Class Offering, Mint Studio

JetBlue revamped its original business class, Mint, and will launch its redesigned, all-private suites and new seating innovation, Mint Studio, on trans-Atlantic routes in summer 2021, beginning with the highly anticipated London route. Mint Studio debuts with 24 private suites on the London route, while a smaller layout with 16 seats will be unveiled on a limited number of flights from New York to Los Angeles in late 2021. JetBlue’s business class allows travelers to enjoy a true premium experience more affordably.