With miles of shoreline, this part of Southeastern Virginia was made forpaddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and more. Paddlers can enjoy theIntracoastal Waterway, Elizabeth River and Northwest River. Go to VisitCheseapeake.com for more information. Forthose who prefer indoor pursuits, Chesapeake offers a diverse range of charmingshops and boutiques and an array of great places to eat and drink. Every weekChesapeake features a Food Truck Series where food trucks gather in one of ourparks – complete with children’s activities, live entertainment and a varietyof fresh, local food. April through June, the daytime sky holds magic of its own, as more than200 species of birds migrate home or simply pass through. A sanctuary foryear-round birdwatching since the 1600s, birders flock to see Bald Eagles,Egrets, White-throated Sparrows, the Great Horned Owl, Acadian Flycatchers, andRed-eyed Vireos, just to name a few. In addition to boating, the Northwest River Park and Campground offers763 acres complete with campgrounds, a putt-putt golf course and a certifieddisc golf course. Many visitors enjoy crabbing. The Elizabeth River Park and Great BridgeLock Park on the Elizabeth River offer great crabbing. The IntracoastalWaterway, accessible by Great Bridge Locks Park, is also a good spot. Bring your camera. Take in the gorgeous cypress trees and paddle alongLake Drummond, located in the historic Great Dismal Swamp National WildlifeRefuge. This freshwater lake rarely exceeds six feet in depth and is known tohave some of the purest water in the world. Don’t be fooled by the brown color;the tannins from the cypress trees darken the water while also killing livebacteria. Outfitter Adventure Kayak Tours leads guided kayak tours through therefuge. This tour is a great way to learn about the past while immersingyourself in a world that’s both mystical and historically significant. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an outdoor lover’sactive getaway, Chesapeake has what you are looking for. Any season is the perfect season to bring your friends or family toChesapeake. Just minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it’s an outdoorlover’s paradise with plenty of activities for those who need an escape fromlife’s stresses – or who simply love the outdoors. If fishing is your passion, the Northwest River and the Elizabeth Riverhave some wonderful bass and trout fishing when in season. Lake Lesa, locatedin the Northwest River Park and Campground, is stocked with trout, largemouthbass, crappie, pickerel and catfish. And yes – you need a fishing license. Chesapeakeis conveniently situated. It’s only a short, 20-minute drive to urban nightlifein Downtown Norfolk or a 30-minute drive to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk andbeaches. Many visitors choose to stay in Chesapeake and benefit from affordablehotel accommodations, making us home base for their vacation.