Local Area Attractions:

In addition to having many windsurfing launches offering a variety of sailing conditions, the Hampton Roads area is home to several noteworthy attractions, with many others well within a day's driving :

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Theme Park : Great roller-coasters and attractions for all ages. Approximately 22 miles (about 32 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Colonial Williamsburg : Experience life as it was in America's colonial past. Explore the homes and buildings where men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry inspired the fight for independence. Approximately 23.4 miles (about 41 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Virginia Air & Space Center : Aviation and Space-related exhibits, 3D IMAX movies, and more; the center is also the official home of the NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base visitor centers. Approximately 21 miles (about 36 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Yorktown Battlefield : Tour the site where, on October 19, 1781, British forces under Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French armies led by General George Washington, concluding the battle that signaled the beginning of the end of the fight for American independence. Approximately 14 miles (about 25 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

The Virginia Living Museum : View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. The Museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits. Approximately 15.2 miles (about 28 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

The Mariner's Museum : The largest maritime museum in north America, with over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and much more. Approximately 15.3 miles (about 28 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Harbor Cruises aboard the Miss Hampton : The ONLY tour of the famous Hampton Roads Harbor, site of the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac. The tour includes the magnificent Chesapeake Bay, a stop at the historic Civil War island of Fort Wool (weather permitting), and an in-depth review of the mighty warships at the Norfolk Naval Base. View the Hampton River and see the site where Blackbeard the Pirate's head was mounted on a post! Approximately 22.2 miles (about 35 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Virginia Beach : Check out the oceanfront, with a wide variety of dining and shopping options. Approximately 51.7 miles (about 1 hour, 11 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Nauticus : Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more! Approximately 36.8 miles (about 56 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore : A haven for recreation and reflection, the islands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore are constantly changing by tide, storm, current, and wind. The plants, wildlife and people who live here adapt continually. You see it in the daily lives and hear it in the telling of their stories. And there are many story places – sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime woods, long-standing lighthouses – come explore them all! It's also home to several great soundside and open ocean launches for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Approximately 169 miles (about 3 hours, 35 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Washington, DC : The nation's capital; famous museums (including the Smithsonian), monuments, memorials, and a wide, multi-cultural variety of dining options. Approximately 172 miles (about 3 hours, 12 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.

Jefferson Lab : Check out what Dave Kashy does when he's not windsurfing. The facility just happens to be having an open house on May 1st, from 9AM-4PM (click on the link for more info). Approximately 13.1 miles (about 25 minutes driving) from the Formula Windsurfing Festival 2010 event site.