First constructed in 1888, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk has
received national acclaim in recent times as one of America’s favorite boardwalks.
In its various forms, the thoroughfare has seen it all:
Prohibition and German U-boats, Big Bands and surfer girls,
shag contests and roller blades.
Throughout time, the Boardwalk has remained an enduring symbol of the seaside City of Virginia Beach.
Built from wooden planks during the nation’s “gilded age,” the five-block
promenade attracted thousands of Victorian vacationers lured by the area’s
salt water and fresh ocean air, and the famed Peacock Ballroom,
where couples swooned to the music of legendary artists such as
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Tommy Dorsey.
A few things,
however, have changed. Today’s Boardwalk is wider, longer and
prettier than ever at an impressive 28-foot width and three-mile length.
A separate bike path running alongside the promenade makes
for an enjoyable ride on wheels, while a new retaining wall
of sculpted stone stands to strengthen and protect the boardwalk from below.
Handicapped parking, accessible restrooms and water
fountains also can be found along the main thoroughfare.
A bicycle is a great way to take in the entire three-mile oceanfront Boardwalk.