When you come to an Atlantic Ocean beach town, the first place you gravitate to is the Boardwalk, and Virginia Beach’s 3-mile exemplar of the genre is no exception. Except this isn’t actually a boardwalk—it’s a concrete walk, a strip of smooth asphalt rather than a bunch of wooden slats. We wouldn’t usually nit-pick this stuff, but the Virginia Beach boardwalk has a distinctive character compared to places like Ocean City and Atlantic City, so we figured we’d start with the construction material. See, this boardwalk is, frankly, a bit classier than its counterparts—less dirty-joke T-shirts and innuendo-heavy bar titles, more family-friendly amusement park fare. It runs from First to 39th streets and is framed by bike paths along the way; there are pedestrian-friendly wooden walkways to the beach at Eighth, 17th, 24th and 30th streets. The Virginia Beach Amusement Park is located across from the fishing pier at 15th Street. Other attractions include the small Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, dedicated to migratory birds, statues of King Neptune and the Norwegian Lady (one representing the power of the ocean, the other dedicated to men lost at sea) and Grommet Island, a play park that is has been made to be specially accessible to 100 percent disabled individuals.