One Island on the Bay – A.K.A. Sea Gull Island
One Island on the Bay is located on the southernmost of the Bridge-Tunnel’s four manmade islands, 3-1/2 miles from Virginia Beach. This island provides the traveling public an opportunity to stop, stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat, cast a line, bird-watch, or just take in the natural beauty and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay. An interpretive display of the construction of the Bridge-Tunnel is located just outside the Restaurant/Gift Shop.
Enjoy this island and its amenities while you can as it will be closing on September 30, 2017 to make way for the construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel.
Chesapeake Grill, a casual yet full-service restaurant offers a complete menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from a variety of foods that will please all tastes – from sandwiches to fresh-made soups to delicious seafood dishes.
For larger groups interested in a unique dining experience, please contact Chesapeake Grill and let them customize a special menu for your group – 757.318.4818
Hours of Operation:
Summer Hours (mid-May thru mid-September)
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fall/Winter Hours (effective Saturday, September 17 thru mid-May)
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
CLOSED for Business beginning October 1, 2017.
Virginia Originals gift shop offers a retail shopping experience that is sure to please customers as it features all that is good about the Commonwealth. Hand-selected gourmet foods and wine, children’s items, clothing, customized gift baskets and souvenirs…there is sure to be something for everyone!
To learn more about Virginia Originals, please click here.
Cast your line from the free 625-foot fishing pier where bluefish, trout, croaker, flounder, shark, and other species of fish are caught. There is a certified fish weighing station available and photos of your catch are provided to the angler and displayed in our photo box.
For more information regarding the fishing pier, please click here.
Observe Navy and commercial ocean-going ships glide gracefully through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels through coin-operated viewing machines. Check out our Ship watcher’s Guide which describes the major types of Naval Ships currently based in Hampton Roads.
A Bridge to Naval History
Take a walk through Naval history as a series of outdoor exhibits sponsored by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum highlight the history of the Navy on the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on the displays, click here. For more information on the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, please click here.
Scenic Overlook/Rest Area
If you are a camera buff and are looking for that perfect vantage point to photograph the Bridge-Tunnel be sure to stop at our Scenic Overlook. The overlook is located on the west side of the roadway at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and provides a parking area to accommodate cars, recreational vehicles and buses, and viewing machines to magnify the views of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the scenic overlook, the rest area located on the north end of the Bridge-Tunnel provides our customers with restroom facilities, telephones, and vending machines.