Street Address
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Mailing Address
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
phone: 757-412-2300
fax: 757-412-2315
Park is open year-round with primary season from Memorial Day to Labor Day
no charge
Museum Type(s)
Mr. Fred Hazelwood, Park Manager


The new Chesapeake Bay Center features aquariums and a wet lab operated by the Virginia Marine Science Museum. There are educational displays and historical exhibits about First Landing State Park. Parking fee.


First Landing State Park is located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay close to the spot where Captain John Smith landed in 1607 on his way to establishing the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. With beaches along the Bay, First Landing is Virginia's most popular state park, attracting over a million visitors each year. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the park now preserves and interprets a unique part of the Chesapeake.