Virginia Beach, VA
Mid-June through August:
Tuesday through Sunday - 3:00 PM
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- Experience 3-4 food tastings which may include local seafood specialties, award winning dishes, the city's home-grown cocktail, and hand-made desserts
- Discover history of this lively boardwalk while enjoying local dishes and creations along the beach
This Virginia Beach Boardwalk Food Tour journeys the famous stretch that has attracted vacationers for decades. It's diverse and lively waterfront restaurant scene accommodates both locals and visitors alike, serving up some of the finest dishes in the area.
On this tour, you will learn about the history and culture of the area, including what John Smith and his crew ate during their quick stop before heading to Jamestown.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk Food Tour will bring together casual, long-standing Virginia Beach institutions with the area's fine dining. Throughout the food tour, you will enjoy local creations, indigenous dishes, fresh seafood and refreshing beverages alongside the serenity of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
Tastings on this tour may include (and are subject to change):
- Fresh caught seafood specialties from the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay
- The city's home grown cocktail
- Fresh baked breads
- Seasonal dishes and drinks from a market dedicated to serving only locally sourced items
- Classic coastal dishes created with a modern twist
- Innovative Asian and European inspired tapas using local and regional food
- Hand-made desserts
- Locally brewed beers
- Award winning Chesapeake Oyster stew
You will be walking for about half of this 3 hour tour. All tastings are included in the price. Please notify us of any food concerns prior to the tour so accommodations can be made. You will visit 3-4 different restaurants that will happily fill most stomachs.
Gratuity for the tour guide is not required but is appreciated.
up to 12 people per tour
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. You will be walking for 3.5 hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 21 days in advance of intended date of use.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 3 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterward is not necessary.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
There are 3 stops on the tour which include local seafood specialties. Other stops include award winning chef's signature dishes, the city's home grown cocktail, and hand made desserts.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as we know well enough in advance, we can often accommodate your needs.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 3.5 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings (or will share with you!), you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child at the time of booking.
Is there wheelchair access on the tour?
This tour will cover some uneven terrain. If you or another guest with you needs wheelchair access, please let us know at the time of booking and the experience provider will work to accommodate you.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will learn about the Virgina Beach Boardwalk. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, and architecture of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. The tour will stop at each restaurant for 15-20 minutes, which includes time to use the bathrooms.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You will be on your feet for approximately half of the tour. The tour covers a good deal of information yet walk at a comfortable pace. You'll sit at most restaurants for 15-20 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
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"Wonderful guide. He made us into a cohesive group and had some great experiences and information to share. We would have liked more food. The delicacies prepared by the last two places were absolutely wonderful. The hush puppies were good too, but not on a par with the last two servings. Fran Florence"
"I wanted a gift that was "different" for my husband. We had never been on a food tour before so I thought I'd give it a try. The process of using Cloud 9 Living online was easy and their responses were fast. It really was "no hassle". The day of our event was beautiful, as was the beach! We met with 2 other couples and our guide and we all got along so well. The food was amazing, specialties from several restaurants, and the afternoon was relaxing and fun. It was so great that we would go to each restaurant and didn't have to worry about anything but being served and totally savoring the tastes of the area. We enjoyed this so much that we plan to do it again! - Lori B."