Chesapeake is a city of peaceful neighborhoods, excellent schools and bountiful and beautiful city parks coupled with all the convenience of accessible shopping. Few places in the country offer the wide variety of things to see and do that you’ll find in the Hampton Roads metro area. And Chesapeake sits in the center of it all, making it the perfect launch-point for your next getaway. Chesapeake offers plenty of recreation including boating on the Intracoastal Waterway and hiking in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, golf, history, waterways, and parks to fill your days. Located within 20 minutes from the Atlantic oceanfront, 15 minutes from Norfolk, and 40 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Chesapeake’s 10 scenic parks including the 763-acre Northwest River Park and the more than 107,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It is also home to more than 30 miles of waterways. In addition to natural beauty, two of Hampton Roads major shopping malls and plenty of specialty and antique shops are located in Chesapeake, along with a variety of dining and lodging selections. In spite of its rapid growth, Chesapeake continues to maintain its suburban/country charm and be a great place to raise a family.