greg-the-fox said:Zeke Shadowfyre said:What about Jillian's at Waterside in Norfolk during the daytime.
You don't have to pay to get in, it's two Hours from Richmond in Downtown Norfolk, there's a bar for the 21+ furs, and 20 and under there are games, and 18+ and up there's a club if you are planning to stay afterdark. You get a refillable game card (plus 1 dollar activation fee), and you can put any amount on the card (I suggest 50 dollars if you are planning to stay all day). If you don't want to eat in Jillian's, there's more restaurants downstairs, There are more places to eat outside of Waterside, like Kelly's Backstage Tavern, or inside the MacArthur mall like max and Erma's, California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, Plenty of Starbucks and a Barnes And Noble.
Just my opinion, but that doesn't sound very exiting. :?
Zeke Shadowfyre said:It's close for some of the Local furs in Tidewater and it's not that far.
Yeah, Norfolk?! Not to be selfish, (being the furthest north so far) it would already take me around 3 hours to make it to Richmond, I'm not driving 5 hours to get to an arcade. If we're in that area, why not just go to Virginia Beach?
Zeke Shadowfyre said:Amusement Parks during the open season will be packed until the Middle of summer, and not alot of people can afford a ticket to Kings Dominion. You'd have to either go during the week (Weekdays), watch out for entire Groups like School children who are little thieves and rude, Inclement weather (it can be a good thing).
Bush Gardens (If a choice) would be a little better, but it's still a little on the price side.
I've been to Busch Gardens twice and have never encountered any problems. Maybe what your talking about would apply to Six Flags or Kings Dominion... The park is mostly forest, they kept as many trees as possible, just took as many down as was necessary to accommodate roller coasters etc... I think it's a beautiful place and a friendly environment. And it's never that crowded, the lines aren't that long, but in any case I think we should get there when it opens at 10:00 am.
If we went to Jillian's, we'd still be spending a fair amount of money, you recommended $50, you'd have to factor in food, drinks, arcade games...
Busch Garden tickets are $56 dollars, parking is $9, there's a group discount for 15 or more (if we can get that many) where individual tickets would be around $50-$55 including a meal ticket (an entre, a side dish, and a drink)
Not exciting? From experience walking around in Kings Dominion is not very exciting at all, it fact it is miserable because there are so few things to do and so little shade. Mind you I am not obese I just like being being in a nice environment that is well kept. A furmeet isn't supposed to be about running around and riding rides or spending anyway. It is about meeting up with people who share a common ground with you, which is being a furrie.
Let me tell you why "Not" to go to Virginia Beach.
Firstly Virginia Beach is not closer. Secondly Virginia Beach is a tourist trap. Let me spell that out for emphasis, Virgina Beach is a T-O-U-R-I-S-T T-R-A-P, why do you think people come to Norfolk to stay, and then leave to go to Virginia Beach? Everything down there in Virgina Beach is jacked up price wise. It is cheaper to spend a day in Norfolk than it is a day in Virginia Beach. You get can get more food too.
I live in Norfolk, and I visit Virginia Beach time to time. I have a friend who had a job working in Virginia Beach and she had to deal with Tourists quite frequently. Let me quote her words "The tourists are stuck on stupid". Other than the tourists, it is terrible to find parking, because you have to compete with tourists and the locals, and sometimes you will park in places where there is no sign saying you can't, only to come back and find your vehicle gone. It happens to locals too. Most are the places are seasonal, and not alot of places are going to be open.
If you were looking to Virginia beach with less tourists, Mount Trashmore. Have a Picnic where everyone brings something to share with everyone else. Wear your fursuit, Parking's free, theres a few Convenient stores, Pizzerias, and Grocery stores close to the area if you forgot to bring something!
Norfolk has plenty to offer and it is cheaper too because it isn't the center of tourists interactions. Jillians might not seem exciting to you, but it offers up a good point at which you can go off to many different areas. So even if it isn't exciting to you, what you are suggesting might not be very exciting to many so don't bother bring up "Well that doesn't sound fun!"
There are furries who have arranged furmeets at Bowling Alleys, and book stores, and they had fun. It wasn't about bowling or reading books, it was a social gathering. So let us steer away from ideas such as Amusement Parks. such things will just defeat the entire purpose a furmeet because people will be too busy having fun with what the place offers, than to socialize with the people they came to meet.
Anyway, where the fur-meet is should be a middle ground for all of us. Let us not have it in a place that is expensive and very exclusive to a few interests only. We want as many furries as possible to come, let us not set up limits that will limit some or most of them by having it at an Amusement Park or a Tourist Trap, okay?
If you are from out of state, maybe you should stick to furmeets that are in your area. If you can drive all the way down here to Atlanta Georgia, for a furmeet, than Norfolk or Williamsburg should be no problem.
Don't even get me started on all that Williamsburg has to offer, I used to live down there.