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Norfolk, Virginia, waterfront

Situated at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk neighbors popular destinations like Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. The lively NEON district, acclaimed concert venues, and dozens of arts centers bring an unmatchable energy to this city. Shop however your heart pleases— boutiques, brand name stores, and a mall abound here. Eat at neighborhood-favorite restaurants downtown. Town Point Park, located at the center of the Downtown Norfolk business district, hosts concerts, holiday events and recreation activities. Take in the art displays and historical monuments while relaxing by the water. Catch a baseball game at Harbor Park, a 36-acre arena that sits near Elizabeth River. Challenge your friend to a life-size chess game at The Plot, a park that uses reclaimed materials to create attractive public spaces. Complete your trip with a visit to Nauticus, a 120,000 square foot science museum, and Pagoda & Oriental Garden, a stunning spot composed of plants and stone. 

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New Restaurants in Virginia

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In the past fifteen years, a sort of rum revival has begun in the South, with small-batch spirits distillers adding rum to their repertoire and bars placing more of an emphasis on rum cocktails.

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What’s in Season: Strawberries

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