Kids Love Getting Back to Nature!
The first week of Back 2 Nature Camp was a huge success! Campers had the opportunity to experience kayaking on Lake Smith, hiking and swimming at First Landing State Park and archery at Munden Point Park. For many, this was their first time doing these activities and in some cases, their first time visiting these locations. Add in a variety of games, daily visits from live animals, cool crafts and the "find of the day" competition and our campers left each day tired, but smiling!
Back 2 Nature camp was created to allow participants the chance to explore nature and try different forms of outdoor recreation in a safe, fun environment. In fact, many studies have shown that being in nature has a positive impact on the mental and physical health of our children. Read more about Getting Into Nature with Your Kids.
We still have spots available for our third week of camp which runs August 8-12. Transportation leaves daily from Kempsville Recreation Center each morning. Sign your kids up today for a week of camp they'll never forget! Register in person at any recreation centers. Cost of camp is $160. For more information, contact the Outdoor Programs unit at 385-4461.
Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Crabbing & More!
Just off of Shore Drive, near the Lesner Bridge is one of the best local hideaways in Virginia Beach. The Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility, nestled away at 3576 Piedmont Circle, is the perfect place for your next nautical adventure!Lynnhaven Boat Ramp has the distinction of being the only public boat ramp in Virginia Beach that provides direct access to the Chesapeake Bay! It costs $8 to launch a boat for those with saltwater fishing license, and $15 for those without. Or you could save, and purchase a $125 launch pass that can be used all year long.
If you prefer to canoe or kayak, there is a location to launch non-motorized craft as well.
If you're more of a beach-goer, there is a pathway under the Lesner Bridge that leads directly to a beach area on the Chesapeake Bay.
Since the bay waters are much calmer than the oceanfront, this is a perfect location for families to come and bring their children. It's very family-friendly, with a short walk from the parking lot to the beach and fewer crowds than the oceanfront, particularly in the summer.
Some of the amenities of this local treasure include restrooms and changing areas, an outdoor rinse area and vending machines. If you're carrying a cooler, you'll be happy to know that ice is available for sale on-site, so no last-minute runs to the store required!
If you'd rather fish or crab than go for a swim, head down the path to the beach and make a right. This side of the beach does not permit swimming, but is a welcome location for fisherman and crabbers alike.
Parking is only $3 for Virginia Beach residents and $5 for non-residents. There is also designated parking for towed trailers. Be sure to arrive early on weekends to secure a space, as parking is limited.
Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and staffed by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, so what are you waiting for? Check out one of Virginia Beach's hidden gems!