Things To See In Under 2 Hours In Virginia Beach, Virginia That Don’t Involve The Beach

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There are so many nifty things to see in Virginia Beach, Virginia – that is if you can drag yourself off the wonderful beach to see them!  Here are a few of the not-so-touristy places we found.

There is a 34 foot tall bronze statue of Neptune holding a trident in one hand and a turtle in the other on the boardwalk.  He kind of looks like Rupert from Survivor if you ask me.  Neptune weighs 12.5 tons and was placed on the boardwalk at 31st Street in 2005.  I was obviously photo bombed here.  No matter how long I stood there with my camera aiming at the statue, these two would not move.

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He is kind of regal looking against the perfectly blue sky, don’t you think?

About 25 blocks down the street from the Neptune statue is The Flagship Motel.  Check out the military mural covering the hotel!  It’s very cool.  The 60′ x 80′ wall mural was painted by two men to remind all of the September 11, 2001 attacks aftermath and the contributions made by our military.

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If you want to see this hotel mural, head to Pacific Avenue at 5th Street.  There is a parking lot right in front of the hotel that you can pull in to long enough to snap a few pictures.

A short drive from the Flagship Motel there is a giant beach dude gorilla!  Check him out!

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The sun was setting when we got there, so my picture is a little dark, but you get the point.  This giant gorilla is standing in the welcome area of The Ocean Breeze Water Park located at 849 General Booth Blvd.  The story has it that the gorilla has been burned down a couple of times, but he is still there welcoming guests to the water park.

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Another interesting place in Virginia Beach is Mount Trashmore.

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You drive to 310 Edwin Drive, and as you get close you start to see a small hill.   The hill rises 60 feet high and is over 800 feet long with a combined area of 165 acres. The perimeter trail at the base has a length of over 1.95 miles, while the Mountain Trail measures 1.3 miles. The name of this green volcano is “Mount Trashmore Park” or what locals fondly call “Mount Trashmore”.

See the emblem at the top of the hill?

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Mount Trashmore has a very unique quality; it was the 1st landfall park in the world, opening in 1978. The reason it was named Mount Trashmore was during the late 60s and early 70s, municipal trash was dumped, compacted and layered with clean topsoil there. At the time, Virginia Beach wanted to give back to its citizens while enhancing the surrounding area so a park was built on top of the landfill. The added bonus was two man-made lakes where fishing is permitted, for those who keep a pole handy.

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There is an activity designed for every age group and social function at Mount Trashmore. The park has 15 shelters, (4 large and 11 small) a full size basketball court, 4 volleyball courts as well as ample parking, a snack center and plenty of restrooms. There is also a specially designed playground called Kid Cove. What makes Kid Cove unique from other playgrounds is everything is built from volunteers based on input from kids. Also, it is handicapped accessible and coordinated by the Virginia Beach Jr. Woman’s Club.

The newest edition that is really popular with the teens is the 24,000 square foot skateboard center. It features a competition sized vert ramp over 13 feet tall and 40 feet wide, and is made from treated wood and completely covered with composite material. This skate center also doubles for inline skaters and BMX bikers. The center is abuzz when the likes of Tony Hawk shows up to perform. The center is very safety conscience. For you concerned parents helmets are mandatory and (knee and elbow) pads are strongly recommended.

On April 1st 1992, Henry “The Bull” Del Toro of FM 99 fame said Mount Trashmore was on the verge of exploding because of gas (methane) buildup. Loyal listeners that day flooded the 911 system, parents kept their children home and people in the immediate area fled; but it was all a hoax. To ensure that an explosion would not materialize, Mount Trashmore has three hollow flagpoles used as vents that harmlessly release any trapped methane into the air.

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Another strangely cool place to go is the parking lot of Sentara Bayside Hospital located at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and N. Witchduck Road.  There you will find the “Witch of Pungo” statue.

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The Witch of Pungo, you ask?

Grace Sherwood was the infamous “Witch of Pungo.”  She was tried for witchcraft in 1705-1706, and as a test the court ordered her to a “trial by water.” Her hands were tied to her feet and she was thrown in the Lynnhaven River.  If she floated she was a witch, if she sank and drowned then she was pure of spirit. She survived and lived to be 80. Witchduck Road, which runs right past the statue, is named for her ordeal.

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So now you know about the Witch of Pungo.

Bleeping odd things to see, don’t you think?  But – don’t think about saying “bleeping” or any other words like that on the streets of Virginia Beach.  It is clearly marked that cursing in public is not tolerated!

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