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Virginia Beach Area Features

What's New in Virginia Beach?

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice
Photo Credit: Clark Nexsen landscape architects,, Murphys Irish Pub

Freshest Seafood
If you really want to know where your seafood comes from, then head to Murphy’s Irish Pub for amazing food and drinks as well as a technological system that can show you where and when your fish was caught. Murphy’s is the home base for Chesapeake Wild, a local organization that works with local fishermen to ensure that local diners get the freshest catch. When you order your seafood at Murphy’s, a card is presented with your meal that contains a QR code. Scan the code with your smartphone to find out about your fresh catch. Sustainable seafood now comes with added peace of mind at Murphy’s!

Norfolk’s Revitalized Waterside District
Locals have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Waterside District in Norfolk. The old building that dated back to 1983 has been reconstructed with a contemporary feel. New stores and restaurants coming to Waterside include Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Star Hill Brewery, Rappahannock Oyster Co., the always entertaining Fudgery, and many more! Fun Fact: The Fudgery was an original tenant back in the ‘80s and is now returning to Waterside. Stop by and be among the first to experience this new destination for entertainment, shopping and dining.

Komodo Dragon Babies
In August of last year, the Virginia Aquarium got some new residents. Two Komodo dragons were born! The staff members at the popular attraction were surprised by this event since mom had hidden her eggs away from view – which is standard behavior for these massive reptiles. Stop by the Aquarium to visit with the parents (the young ones aren’t on exhibit yet), and see the largest lizards in the world.

New Zip Lines
Step outside the Virginia Aquarium and take to new heights on the ropes course and zip lines at the Adventure Park. New this year are three zip lines where adventurers can experience the thrill of gliding through the trees. Let gravity be your guide while embarking on this exhilarating activity.

New Outlet Center in Norfolk
If you’re near the airport, have just crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, or just want to get some retail therapy, you’ll definitely want to stop at one of the largest outlet centers in Virginia. New in the summer of 2017, Norfolk Premium Outlets will eventually be the home of approximately 85 stores. Tommy Bahama, Under Armour, Converse Shoes and Kay Jewelers are just a few of the popular stores where shoppers can score great deals on famous name-brand merchandise.

Navy SEAL Monument
Virginia Beach’s appreciation for the United States military is apparent at the Virginia Beach Naval Aviation Monument on 25th Street and in local events and celebrations. Now, a memorial is being erected on the boardwalk at 38th Street to specifically honor the Navy SEALs. The Navy makes Hampton Roads its largest East Coast home and has bases in Virginia Beach including Naval Air Station Oceana and the amphibious Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek. The Navy SEALs have had a presence at Little Creek for 75 years and soon a semi-circle monument with a “naked warrior” statue will pay homage to the men who belong to the military’s fighting elite.

Smartmouth Pilot-House
Smartmouth Brewery has been making a lot of noise in Norfolk’s Chelsea district for its outstanding craft beer. Now, it’s expanding to a second location at 32nd Street near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The company is actually taking over a former post office and renovating it into what they’re calling the Smartmouth Pilot-House. The venue will have a tasting room, private spaces for events, and an outdoor patio where you can relax as you sip your beer.

Grand Opening of the Cavalier
Perhaps the most famous landmark along the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is the historic Cavalier Hotel. Over the past three years the building has been subjected to new construction and extensive renovations – but the work is just about done. In the fall of 2017, the doors to the hotel will once again open to guests who seek luxury and refinement. The Cavalier is now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which consists of some of the most lavish hotels in the world.


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