7 “Must See” Signature Spots In COVA

There are always the “must see” places that you have to check of your list, and yes, we all have one. Add these signature spots to your travel guide, when it comes to COVA, we assure you that you will enjoy these. From churches to historical sights, there is something for everyone. You don’t want to miss these spots! They are a must.

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The Northwest River Park in Chesapeake is a great place for people who love the outdoors. This 763-acre park has natural beauty and leisure activities that keep people coming back for more. It is designated as part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and offers year round birding. Its seven trail systems total nearly eight miles and a 40-acre lake allows for paddling, camping, and fishing. Northwest River Park is located on the South Chesapeake Loop, and offers camping, hiking, bird watching, boating and many other fun outdoor activities for you to choose from. With an extensive trail system, picnic shelters, play areas, equestrian areas, miniature golf and more, there is something for everyone at Northwest River Park & Campground. LEARN MORE Downtown Franklin Mural
Now this is a must see in Franklin Southampton. It’s been the talk of the town in Historic Downtown Franklin, haven’t you seen it yet? The City of Franklin is now home to a brand new, hand painted, historical mural that depicts all of Franklin’s history on one brick wall. Dating back to the 1920s this mural tells stories from many years past and even boasts highlights of Franklin today. Come check it out, snap a picture and make a memory. The mural is located on 2nd Avenue in Historic Downtown Franklin. LEARN MORE kid blowing glass
No visit to Norfolk would be complete without a visit to the famed The Chrysler Museum of Art!  This world-class museum contains an envied collection of contemporary art, photography, Tiffany glass and historic works of art. Norfolk has gained notoriety as one of the major players in the worldwide glass making industry with the opening of the Chrysler Museum Glass studio where you’ll see public glassblowing demonstrations and be able to sign up for classes. Among the art, The Chrysler has various events throughout the year that are always the talk of the town. Stay tuned for future events by checking out their website! LEARN MORE WCP4967
Located just five miles outside of Downtown Smithfield is Virginia’s Oldest Church, Historic St. Luke’s, a rare, 17th-century church building and 100-acre historic site. The church is no longer an active church but serves as a museum and special event venue. Given St. Luke’s considerable historic value and easy accessibility, a trip there is always something of a surprise to visitors. Stepping through the rustic wooden “door within a door” and onto the main aisle, paved with square bricks in a pattern derived from the original floor, visitors have a sense of touching and experiencing history firsthand. Skilled docents will point out the Tiffany-style stained glass windows. Guided tours are offered daily between February and December. Be sure to stop by the fabulous boutique gift shop on your way out. St. Luke’s charges a small admission fee. LEARN MORE Virginia Beach Fishing Pier sunrise
King Neptune is the king of Virginia Beach, though, most commonly known as the lord of the sea, and is known to us as the keeper of our resort beach. If you’ve seen him, you know he’s hard to miss! Standing tall at 34 feet, Virginia Beach’s King Neptune statue welcomes locals and visitors alike at the gateway of Neptune Park, located on the boardwalk at 31st Street. The king’s reign over the city gives reason to celebrate the beach life annually during the Neptune Festival, a commemoration made up of more than 40 events across all three of our beaches in the fall. Head down to the beach to see King Neptune yourself, and be sure to check out the highly anticipated Neptune Festival. LEARN MORE Must See Collage
Hold on tight during this ride…from gravity defying thrill rides to Revolutionary re-enactments to waterlogged slide boarding, Greater Williamsburg definitely has some must see signature spots! Dare to be an adrenaline junky at the “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park,” Busch Gardens. There’s nothing like walking down Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg and imagining you’ve traveled back in time. Become a colonist and swing by Jamestown Settlement to relive what those who dared to cross the Atlantic experienced. Climb aboard replicas of the three ships that made the voyage in 1607 and visit the re-creation of a Powhatan Village. Williamsburg has something for everyone. LEARN MORE Ghost Walk
Now this is a must see when seeking out a thrill…The Olde Town Ghost Walk in Portsmouth will do just that. Based upon the popular Jack-The-Ripper walks in London, guides take visitors to the haunted homes and mansions of Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. Costumed actors tell the legends of ghostly visits and things that go bump in the night. The 45-minute tours depart the Trinity Episcopal Church graveyard at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and end at the Middle Street Park with cider and entertainment. Tickets are $10.00 per person. Plan this trip and get ghoulish in Portsmouth! LEARN MORE

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