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What’s New in Virginia Beach in 2023

by Mary Melnick

Aug 28, 2023

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Don’t let summer slip away without traveling to Virginia Beach. Easy to access, Virginia Beach is the perfect place for family travelers to soak up the sun and ease into fall. With a wide variety of new experiences, you’ll never be bored.


Now on display at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Collector’s Edition and Open (C)all 2023: Curious Collections highlights the art and passion of different collectors. Curating collected works of local art enthusiasts, MOCA showcases a love for a variety of celebrated creators. The collection is complete with a custom playlist of nearly 50 audio tracks compiled by a local record store. The tracks tie together the exhibit’s artists and collectors. Guests can preview the new exhibits through a digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, a free arts and culture mobile app showcasing a network of more than 200 museums and cultural institutions.


Certified as Bee City USA, Virginia Beach recognizes the importance of all native pollinators. This summer, the destination supports the population by installing artisan bee hotels, providing shelter for solitary carpenter bees to lay their eggs while inviting biodiversity back into the environment.


Adding to the Bee City USA certification, Virginia Aquarium hosts a special gallery exhibit this September, showcasing the interconnected world of pollinator species with humans. Entrance into the exhibition is included with regular aquarium admission.


For families hitting the beach, don’t miss a minute of fun in the sun with Dune Delivery from Taste Unlimited Oceanfront location. The sandwich and gourmet shop brings the picnic to the beach 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Beachgoers just phone in and pay for their lunch selections, then meet the delivery driver at the closest beach entrance to receive their delicious meal. Hurry up and take advantage of this offer before it ends after Labor Day!


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Margaritaville at Sea’s “Islander” Makes Maiden Voyage

Family travelers will delight in Margaritaville at Sea’s Islander, which set sail on her inaugural voyage in June 2024, departing from Port Tampa Bay to Cozumel, Mexico, on a four-night journey. The ship boasts 12 decks accommodating 2,650 passengers. The ship will now continue to sail four- and five-night cruises to Key West and Mexico, before venturing to Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman on six- and seven-night itineraries in 2026.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

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Peak Pursuits Adventures Awaits from East West Hospitality

East West Hospitality offers family travelers exciting experiences in California and Colorado with its new Peak Pursuits program. With help from East West Hospitality’s expert Guest Experience team, guests may customize the curated itineraries to best fit their needs.

Jul 2, 2024

Holland America Line, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Invited Fans to Name Rescue Moose

Holland America Line and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center teamed up to offer family travelers a chance to name a rescue moose. Suggestions were accepted on a designated post on the cruise line’s Facebook and Instagram pages through June 23. Holland America Line gives cruise-goers the chance to view Alaska’s wildlife responsibly from its ships and on shore excursions. AWCC rescues injured and orphaned animals, offering them spacious enclosures and quality care.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

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Embrace the “Cool-Cation” Craze and Escape High Temps at These Hyatt Vacation Club Hotels

Escape the heat this summer and take family travel to one of these Hyatt Vacation Club “cool-cation” destinations.