The area derives its name from a local Indian tribe, the Machipungo, and named after the Indian Chief, Machiopungo. Located inland of Sandbridge, Pungo is a rural community with a lot of personality. While it feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Virginia Beach, it’s just about 10 miles from the city’s center. Pungo is home to the Virginia Military Aviation Museum, several pick-your-own farms, art galleries, and more.
Virginia Military Aviation Museum
Every history buff must make a visit to the Virginia Military Aviation Museum, which houses one of the largest private collections of military aircraft from World War I and World War II. Admission is free for members and some veterans, including those who fought in World War II. Planes here have been meticulously restored using original parts when possible, and many of them are airworthy. The museum is also home to Jerrassic Park, a collection of dinosaur sculptures that can be viewed for free.
Whether you want to pick wildflowers or produce, there’s a farm in Pungo to do it. The Pungo area is home to 16 pick-your-own farms, including Pungo Blueberries Etc., Henley Farm, Cullipher Farm Market, and Brookdale Farm.
Pungo is home to sprawling fields and untouched nature. A local favorite is the Pungo bike loop trail, which offers a scenic view of vineyards, strawberry fields, and waterways. The loop is just less than 20 miles. There are plenty of waterways to explore as well, including the West Neck Creek and Shipps Bay.
Pungo is largely known for the Strawberry Festival, which has been running every May for more than 35 years. The festival is held on Memorial Day weekend, attracting more than 80,000 people each year. The festival is a mainstay for locals and a must-visit for travelers in the Virginia Beach area during memorial day weekend.
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