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Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

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Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

Hi, we are thinking of staying in August at the Courtyard Marriott North. We choose this hotel because of the outdoor and indoor pool since my 3 young kids love swimming. I like being in a quieter end of the boardwalk but we'd like to explore the boardwalk (music, restaurants, fireworks, souvenir shops, etc) more at night. I'm concerned that it will be a pain to have to drive and park each time we want to do those things. Does anyone have any advice on whether we should stay so far north or should we look at a hotel that's more within walking distance and "closer to the action"?? I don't know how the driving, traffic, and parking situations are in the evening.

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About getting around.

It is amazing how quickly you will have walked several blocks...or biked...when on the boardwalk with out even noticing.

Here is the map and info for the Wave, which travels up and down Atlantic Ave. You will also clearly see where you can transfer to get the shuttle to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum. And where the Wave connects to the Shoppers Shuttle (Hilltop Shopping Center, Lynnhaven Mall and also the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.) It also indicates where the farecard dispensers are. Some hotels have had them at the desk as well, so ask there, too. Exact fare is required.

This shows the fares as well. Children under 38" free. There are half fares and day passes with good rates.

http://gohrt.com/services/vb-wave/

If you do drive, parking is noted on the Wave map but here is more specific info. I'll link this page. Bottom half has great specifics on price and laws. And middle has a handy map you can zoom in on. (There's also a pic of the Wave bus):

visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/…

Cheri's Bikes offers bicycles, surries, and more. Go here and see a pic of a family surry/bike where the family can ride together. There are a few sizes. The three mile boardwalk is about 30' wide and there is a two lane bike path winding beside it separated by landscaping.

http://www.cheriesbikerentals.com/locations

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2. Re: Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

Thank you for all the helpful information!

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3. Re: Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

Check this out about things in place along the Boardwalk. It's one of the top Questions about VB from the upper right of this page. Tells you some things on each spot a street hits the boardwalk :

https:/…Virginia.Beach.Boardwalk.html

Edited: 05 February 2017, 12:30
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4. Re: Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

Your hotel was renovated in 2010 and I notice the manager saying its latest remodel will be completed by March 2017. All the better.

Edited: 05 February 2017, 12:34
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There are also some great scultpures that make for wonderful photo ops of the family.

Let me interrupt myself here for a sec....Does anyone know where the giant beach ball sculptures might be? There's been different versions and hoping they are going to be replaced somewhere soon.

Okay. These sc upltures are placed on soem of the sort of courts/side areaways that run off the boardwalk where people walk thru from Atlantic Ave to the Boardwalk.

At 36th St is a grouping of sandcastles with low concrete stools that would look cute with little ones on them in a photo.

There is the giant Neptune along the boardwalk on the sand said behind the Hilton on Laskin (sort of 31 st).

Giant conch shell at 26th.

Large colorful fish at 8th.

Three large turtles at 6th.

Love all that woodwork/trellising at 24th beside the historic Coast Guard Station.

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Fireworks are every few days in the summer. The schedule is not up yet but keep your eye on this site. They are set off from a barge at 20th St. and can be a special event or easily combined with summertimeBeach Street performance by professional auditioned paid performers....from musicians and singers to jugglers and stilt walkers from 17th to 24th:

www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/fireworks

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As far as restaurants, there are lots all around in hotels and, say, Pocahantas Pancakes about 3 blocks down and shopts ofr bood and beach gear a couple blocks down. Around there...34th..is a blocks with Hershey's Ice Cream, pizza.

When you look at that Beach Street site above, you'll also see the drop down for entertainers...again, coming up. There are also many things going on at the park at 24th and music at the various stages alongside the boardwalk. Lots of fun as you take the Wave and then walk with ice cream or whatever and catch the entertainment. Streetside is lots of stuff for the kids, stages on the boardwalk is great music groups and bands.

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8. Re: Marriott Courtyard North- too far north?

Doing this in spurts as it occurs...and also so as not to blow your mind too much:)

There's lots to do for all ages and all interests in VB.

There are several foot rinse offs for when you come off the sand. Also some shower type rinse offs for the body.

Public restaurants accessed from the boardwalk: 17th St., 24th St., 30th and 31st.

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