Ocean Park is one of the many smaller neighborhoods that make up the Chick’s Beach area of Virginia Beach. Chick’s Beach is a two-mile stretch of beach land running from the Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach to Pleasure House Road (just west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel).
Ocean Park is a close-knit community north of Shore Drive and just west of the Lesner Bridge. There is an active civic league. The streets are windy, and filled with two- and three-story homes. You can smell the salt on the air when you walk your dog.
This area is prized for its beach location, access to parks and recreation, and is popular with military families and NATO families alike. It is close to JEB Little Creek, First Landing State Park, bike trails, walking paths, fishing marinas and lots more.
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Ocean Park was a sleepy seaside village before the 20th century. Around 1900, a train line was constructed from Willoughby Spit in Norfolk all the way to Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. They added a little stop at the halfway point. This halfway point became known as Ocean Park in 1926, when residents built the Ocean Park amusement park and a little casino.
Unfortunately the little park and casino didn’t last long – fires and hurricanes destroyed them both. Now it is one of the favorite local hotspots in Virginia Beach – a beachside haven that tourists usually ignore.
Area residents are often spotted riding bikes or wandering down to the beach in their flip-flops. With four lakes nearby and the Chesapeake Bay looming to the north, favorite area activities include fishing, boating, kayaking, sailing, or surfing. Chick’s Beach is also filled with hidden restaurants for locals: HK on the Bay, Alexander’s on the Bay, Froggie’s and lots more.
The Ocean Park area is peacefully tucked away from the rest of Virginia Beach, but offers big city conveniences. The beach is never more than ten minutes away. Hungry, but don’t want to get in your car? Hop in your boat instead and tie up at the dock at restaurants like Chick’s, Dockside, or Bubba’s. Go for a round of golf at the Eagle Haven Golf Course.
Shore Drive has some of the best night life in Virginia Beach, as well as quick access to bike paths, hiking trails, or camping at First Landing State Park or the park at Bayville Farms. The Bayside Recreation Center is nearby with a fantastic gym for less than $100 per year.
Interstate 64 is ten minutes away off of Northampton Blvd, or you can access I-264 via Independence Blvd. JEB Little Creek is five minutes away, Fort Story is 15 minutes away, and NAS Oceana, Norfolk NOB, and Dam Neck Annex are all within a half hour drive.
There are lots of shopping opportunities along Shore Drive, or in the Independence Blvd-Haygood corridor. Still not satisfied? You’re within twenty minutes of Hilltop Shopping Center, or the Pembroke, Lynnhaven, and MacArthur Malls.
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