The Fun

We're aware one of the biggest draws among prospective employees is our prime location.  Hampton Roads has the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and is an hour from Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Your leisure time will be rich, indoors, otdoors, single or with a family, Hampton Roads is reasonably priced and is always jumping with activities.

Having Fun in Hampton Roads

If you have the time to get away for a few hours, the Hampton Roads area offers a number of fun activities to provide a welcome, albeit temporary, diversion from studies. Just a few ideas our students enjoy:

Norfolk:  Located in the trendy neighborhood of Ghent, EVMS is just a short walk to the shops and restaurants of Colley Avenue. Grab a coffee at Fair Grounds or Starbucks, and catch a film at the Naro Cinema. Downtown Norfolk is also alive with restaurants and clubs, and the enormous MacArthur Center shopping mall, which features a multi-plex movie theater and ice skating in the winter. Nearby Town Point Park hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from Virginia wine to jazz music to the local azaleas.  In the summer, the Norfolk Tides bring minor league baseball to town.  Nightlife: Popular hangouts in Ghent and Downtown include the Colley Cantina, The New Belmont, the Bodega, Empire, and Time Lounge.  Recreation: Take a day to explore the Virginia ZooNauticus and the USS Wisconsin, and the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Nearby Stockley Gardens also hosts two outdoor art shows a year, and you'll find other seasonal festivals held in Ghent.  Food: The EVMS campus is mere minutes away from some great restaurants and cafes, many on nearby Colley Avenue. Destination Ghent offers a complete listing of area eateries, everything from deli to Mediterranean to pizza.  Music and Culture: Local concert and art venues include the Chrysler Museum, the Scope, the Ted Constant Center, Norva and Chrysler Hall. Rock, country, Broadway and jazz, there's always something happening you're sure to enjoy.

Virginia Beach: Of course there are the beautiful beaches, and there's also the  and First Landing State Park for hiking and biking. In the summer Ocean Breeze Water Park makes for a fun Saturday activity, and the Oceanfront hosts a number of festivals throughout the year with sand sculpture competitions, surfing championships, and always lots of sunshine and great seafood.  Nightlife: Popular hangouts at the Beach include the Mahi Ma's, .  Recreation: Take a day to explore the Boardwalk, Sea Shore State Park and the Virginia Aquarium.  The Neptune Festival and the Boardwalk Art Show happen every summer.   Food:  Many fine restaurants call Virginia Beach home, including Mahi Ma's, Aldos and .   Music and Culture: Local concert  venues include the Amphitheater (accomodates 20,000), and the Sandler Center. 

Hampton: The Virginia Air and Space Museum with its IMAX theater is a fun way to spend the day. Be sure the check for concerts at Hampton Coliseum (including the annual Hampton Jazz Festival), or spend some time at the newly revamped Coliseum Mall. The annual Blackbeard Festival is a must-see, too.

Williamsburg: Get lost in time at Colonial Williamsburg, take a tour of the Williamsburg Winery, and hang on for a wild coaster ride at Busch Gardens! If you enjoy a good game of golf, Williamsburg is home to some of the best courses in the state.

Portsmouth: During the summer the nTelos Pavilion (accomodates 5000) hosts some of the greatest acts in music, and you can always find affordable lawn seating. The beautiful art deco Commodore Theatre in downtown is one of the area's best movie houses, providing seated dinner during the show and a great sound system.

Having Fun in Virginia

Sometimes you need to get away for a weekend. Students at EVMS have the opportunity for many fun-filled quick trips thanks to our convenient location. Whatever you enjoy doing, you'll find there's a place in Virginia that isn't too far away.

Beaches, Sailing, Fishing: Late spring is a great time to head down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina before tourist season hits full force. You'll find miles of unspoiled shore, the noble wild mustangs that roam the beaches, and many places for fishing, surfing, water skiing and boating. Charter a boat for a group fishing trip or reserve a tee time on a prime coastal golf course, and save room for some of the best seafood on the Atlantic coast.

Wine and Spirits: Virginia may very well be "Napa East," with hundreds of wineries situated throughout the Commonwealth. You can visit over twenty alone in nearby Charlottesville - just three hours away - and enjoy tastings and special events featuring live music and great food. Be sure to check for the many annual wine festivals held throughout the state, all of which celebrate the best in Virginia wine.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Camping: The mountains of Central Virginia are a popular destination in winter for skiiers and boarders. Plan a holiday break at Wintergreen resort and head for the slopes or, if you prefer warmer weather activities, you're just a few hours from a few Appalachian Trail heads. The diversity of Virginia's landscape makes the Commonwealth ideal for outsdoorspeople of all stripes.

History: No doubt about it, American history begins in Virginia. Take a day trip up to the Jamestown Settlement and travel the Colonial Parkway. Relive the historic battles of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, or head up to Washington, DC for the day and explore the museums and monuments of the nation's capital.