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King Neptune Statue

What You Didn’t Know About The Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is one of the most popular Virginia Beach attractions, that provides an endless amount of entertainment for visitors and locals alike. With miles of shops, restaurants, beautiful ocean views, and warm sandy beaches, it is no wonder that this place sees 15million annual visitors. And with Sundial Inn just steps from the boardwalk, you are minutes away from all the action. Learn more about what makes the boardwalk so special and why you should plan a stroll along this iconic landmark.

As you plan your visit to Virginia Beach, be sure to also use our local guides to help plan your family vacation with the perfect family itinerary or a romantic weekend, using our romantic itinerary.

Historical Reference

Soon after the first Virginia Beach hotel was constructed, offering the first ever overnight accommodations along the beach, the construction of the boardwalk started in 1888. Originally built on wooden planks, the boardwalk was only five blocks long. Today the boardwalk spans three miles down the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

Winning Awards

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk has been awarded as one of “America’s favorite boardwalks” by the Discovery Channel, Coastal Living, and Southern Living.

King Neptune Rules Virginia Beach

Walking along the boardwalk you will inevitably come across the Neptune statue at 31st Street.The statue is 34-feet tall, weighing in at 12.5 tons, and made a long journey to China to be cast in bronze. King Neptune was put into place in honor of the Neptune Festival that has been held at Virginia Beach every year since 1974. The festival has grown to over 500,000 visitors and is consistently listed as one of the top 100 festivals in the country.

Norwegian Lady Statues

Another statue you will find along the boardwalk is the Norwegian Lady Statue. The statue commemorates lives that were lost and saved in the tragic shipwreck of a Norwegian ship in 1891, with the wooden figure-head washing up on shore. The town of Moss, Norway commissioned a nine-foot bronze replica of the figurehead and gave it as a gift to Virginia Beach in 1962 to commemorate the tragic loss. The exact same statue was erected in Moss, Norway to unite the two sister cities.

1903 Life-Saving Station

Commemorating the birth of the U.S. Coast Guard, the 1903 Life-Saving Station is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you will find the historical preservation of both the United States Life-Saving and U.S. Coast Guard. It is a tribute to Virginia’s coastal communities and the shipwrecks that occurred along the coast many years ago.

Dewitt Cottage

Home to the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, the Dewitt Cottage was built in 1895 and is the oldest remaining structure on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. This 22-room home represents an early example of what beach-front homes looked like back in the day.

Stay in the heart of it all at Sundial Inn

When you stay at Sundial Inn, you’ll be within walking distance to hundreds of restaurants and shops, beaches, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, and so much more. Our hotel is the perfect budget-friendly option for your Virginia Beach vacation. From our Standard Double Bed to our Deluxe King Bed Efficiency, there is an option for everyone. Browse all our accommodations and start planning your escape to Virginia Beach!

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