The most populous city in Virginia, it began as a small resort area in Princess Anne County after the 1888 arrival of rail service and electricity and the opening of the original Princess Anne Hotel at the oceanfront near the tiny community of Seatack. The growing resort of Virginia Beach became an incorporated town in 1906 and an incorporated city in 1952.
Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its oceanfront. The city features 79 miles of scenic waterway, 60 miles of bike paths, 38 miles of shoreline and 28 miles of public beach. The Contemporary Art Museum of Virginia features internationally renowned artists, as well as regional and local favorites. Animal lovers should not miss the Virginia Aquarium. The American Music Festival, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, and the NAS Oceana Air Show are just a few of the city’s festivals and events not to be missed.
Although Virginia Beach is best known for its tourism, the military and agribusiness sectors contribute considerably to the city’s economy. Virginia Beach is home to three military installations – Naval Air Station Oceana, NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.