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Virginia Beach is a vibrant destination with hidden gems to discover. The endless beaches will lure you here but the dynamic dining, rich history, thriving arts and endless outdoors will keep you coming back.
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184 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
Jones Art Gallery features masterful paintings and prints created by three generations of internationally acclaimed artists. Based in the Town Center of Virginia Beach, this family business has been creating artistic treasures for over 50 years.
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3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504, USA
A great family activity in Norfolk is the Virginia Zoo. In addition to lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), the zoo has a large exhibit featuring animals from Asia. The red pandas will scamper and frolic in the trees above you—they always bring a...
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2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
First Landing State Park is a great alternative to the crowds along the boardwalk. Located in northeastern Virginia Beach, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the park is close to the the heavily touristed oceanfront but feels...
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310 Edwin Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
Mt. Trashmore Park, so called because it occupies the same land as a former land fill, is a beautiful example of just what modern, ecologically-minded community projects can accomplish (not to mention a nice place to run around, fly a kite, or go...
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3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
The siren's song lures many visitors to Virginia Beach and King Neptune welcomes everyone to the Oceanfront. The three-mile-long boardwalk is popular with runners and those out for a leisurely stroll, while a separate bike path allows cyclists to...
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3333 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, USA
El Taco Loco is my favorite place for tex-mex in Virginia Beach. An extensive menu and friendly staff make this place popular with families and groups of friends but I come here for the tacos. The 24 hour smoked brisket tacos are tender and...
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1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
Located alongside the Nauticus Museum in downtown Norfolk, a tour of this ship gives you a taste of what life at sea was like. Fun anytime of year, it's a rare opportunity to hop aboard one of these vessels. The Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has a...
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626 Hilltop West Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Baladi Cafe offers a large number of vegan and vegetarian dishes, with a menu featuring Mediterranean favorites like moussaka, kebabs, fattoush, baba ganooj, and falafel, betraying Chef Khaled Jebrail's family roots. The atmosphere is...
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261 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
This famous cupcake shop offers a variety of delectable flavors that change seasonally. Their cupcakes are baked fresh daily, with top notch ingredients, and a bit of love. Treat yourself (and kids) to a small, sweet treat that you won't regret....
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336 Constitution Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
While it may not be much to look at from the outside, never judge a book by its cover. Tida Thai, located in the Pembroke Mall, serves authentic, traditional Thai cuisine (including my personal favorite Thai curry, panang) that has built a loyal...
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1624 Laskin Rd #740, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Fruitive is a vegetarian/vegan cafe specializing in juices, smoothies, salads and wraps that will keep you energized throughout your day. I couldn't resist the fuschia-hued dragon berry smoothie—a delicious blend of almond milk, peaches, berries...
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164 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
While this chocolatier makes all kinds of goodies, a mug of Aztec hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon and chipotle pepper is a unique treat. Hard to find anywhere else, their creation is the perfect amount of sweet with some added spice. No matter...
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1905 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
Located in the historic Ghent section of nearby Norfolk, Local Heroes carries a wide variety of classic comic books, graphic novels, and memorabilia. The shop will draw in anyone who likes to read—regardless of how you feel about comics. Hanging...
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1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, USA
After being drawn into this cute shop by the fun items in their window display, I was greeted by the welcoming staff like an old friend. Simply Selma's has a charming atmosphere where you can easily find yourself leisurely browsing away an...