Majestically greeting you to his kingdom, the statue is not easily missed. Spend time in this popular area to appreciate its wide-ranging appeal.
The King Neptune Statue announces this northeast portion of Virginia Beach from very far away. Appreciate its gigantic proportions. The loggerhead turtle where Neptune rests his hand is 11 feet (3.3 meters) long. The statue itself is 34 feet (10 meters) tall, about three stories, and surrounded with representations of marine life. Get close and look up to appreciate this stunning creation.
This colossal figure marks the Neptune Festival, with events throughout the summer. Thousands of people visit the area to enjoy popular events such as a sand-sculpting competition, free concerts, seaside wine tastings and a 32-block-long celebration on the boardwalk. View widely varying sand sculptures under a tent that serves as protection from the elements.
During the festivities, the King Neptune Statue is certainly a rallying point. Learn about the fascinating history of the creation of the statue. Work on the statue began in 2004 when a Virginia sculptor, Paul DiPasquale, submitted plans for its design. Chinese artist Zhang Cong made the bronze statue a reality and it arrived at its location from China the following year. Due to personal difficulties, the sculptor was not able to see his installed work until more than 2 years later.
Notice the green-brown color of the oxidized bronze of the statue, as if it has been under the ocean for ages. The statue is the centerpiece of Neptune’s Park, which opens onto a wide sandy beach. The park is a venue for daily bands and other events.
Stroll 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) south along the boardwalk and make a turn to walk out onto Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. Stop at the tackle shop and rent gear so you can fish for bluefish, croaker, mackerel and many more species. This is also a scenic setting to have a meal at the seafood restaurant.
Find the King Neptune Statue along the Boardwalk. Plan to spend time near the king in the lively atmosphere he reigns over. For a break, walk about 15 minutes inland to watch or participate in field events at Beach Garden Park.