Things To Do in Virginia Beach

Dogs on the Beach anyone? After Labor Day and before Memorial Day, dogs are welcome on the public beaches and Boardwalk at any time. Leashed pets are allowed on the Boardwalk and may be off leash on the beach. For more information about the policy, and Animal Control’s FAQs, see Note: Take a few poop bags per dog. Caution. Beware of off-leash dogs. Vinegar in a squirt bottle, pepper spray or a good-sized stick might be useful. Good beach access at 4200 Ocean Front Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 or Little Island Park, 3820 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

Nauticus. Tour the battleship Wisconsin (10 miles from Founders)

Military Aviation Museum (14 miles from Founders)

Virginia Marine Science Museum

Sunset and moonrise cruise; Adventure park - zip lining and tree top courses; Boat tours, Dolphin watching

Virginia Beach Fun Park

233 15th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Motor World

700 South Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Pet Supplies Plus

5394 Kemps River Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (half mile from Founders)

Care-A-Lot® Pet Supply Retail Store (with self-service bathing) 5457 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (half mile from Founders) Phone: (757) 395-4800


Dollar Tree 1385 Fordham Dr UNIT 113, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (mile and a half from Founders)

Sam’s Club and Walmart 1501 Sam's Cir, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (about 4 miles from Founders)

TJ Maxx 1412 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (about 3 miles from show site)

Norfolk Outlets

1600 Premium Outlets Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502 (about 6 miles from The Founders Inn)

RESTAURANTS Listed in no particular order.

Check their websites for online order, online reservation, ad hours, info. Rating system = Paws up rating. Number of bones = relative expense.


Wicker’s Crab Pot   

4201 Indian River Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325 (about 3.5 miles from Founders). RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED even during the week!  (757) 351-2724.

A locals spot. Nothing fancy. Ask for the main dining room if stairs are a concern for your group.

Flounder, crab, shrimp, scallops.  You are going for the seafood.  The sides are an afterthought. But don’t pass up the Key lime pie! Wickers also has a seafood market, for those who want to have a seafood cookout at their RV. Rating 3 paws/2 bones

Lucky Oyster

2165 General Booth Blvd Ste 154, Virginia Beach, VA, 23454

Locals’ favorite located 11 miles from the show site. It’s a short 5 min drive to the beach from dinner. Reservations can be made online. Rating 4paws/2bones

Waterman’s Surfside Grille 415 Atlantic Avenue,Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Phone: (757) 428-3644. Located at the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, Waterman’s Surfside Grille has been serving locals and visitors alike for more than 40 years. With fresh, sustainably sourced seafood and famous orange crushes, there’s something for everyone when you stop in for a visit. Located 13 miles from the show site. Rating 4 paws / 4 bones

Off The Hook Seafood & Chophouse

500 S Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 233222 / Phone (757) 421-3313

(10 miles from the show site) Rating 4 paws/ 4 bones

Margie & Ray’s Seafood, Crab house & Raw bar

1240 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach (about 16 miles from the show site)

Phone (757) 426-2397. A local favorite that has been family owned and operated since 1997.

 Black Pelican Seafood Company Greenbrier

1625 Ring Road, Chesapeake VA (about 4 miles from Founders)

Reservations taken for parties of 8 or more (757) 424-3171  

More seafood.  A better selection of beers. Rating 3 paws/2 bones.  


Vino Italian Bistro (VB)

5200 Fairfield Shopping Ctr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (about 2 miles from Founders)

Reservations (757) 402-3600. Option of full or smaller size entrees. Nice back area for larger groups. Casual. Rating 3 ½ paws/ 3 bones

Mannino's Kempsville (VB)

4402 Princess Anne Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (about 4.5 miles from Founders)

Phone (757) 474-4446. Good selection of traditional dishes in a quiet atmosphere.

Rating 3 ½ paws/ 3 ½ bones

Primo Pizza at Brenneman Farms

4540 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach VA 23462 (about 4 miles from Founders)

(757) 499-0049. Rating 3 paws/2 bones.  

Traditional Burgers and more

Bubba’s 33

1725 Debaun Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23320. (a little over 4 miles from the show site)

Phone (757) 427-4242. Excellent food with a great atmosphere. Full bar with indoor and covered patio seating. Casual, colorful environment with broad menu. Rating 4 paws/3 bones

Park Lane Tavern   

1250 Fordham Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (about two miles from Founders)

Phone: (757) 963-9555. Good mix of tavern food & assorted libations. Rating 3 paws/2 bones.  

Steak Houses

Outback Steakhouse

1255 Fordham Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (about two miles from Founders)

Phone (757) 523-4832   Dining room, takeout, delivery. Online orders.

Texas Roadhouse

4309 Silverleaf Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (about 4 miles from Founders)

Phone Number for waitlist (757) 497-7427.

Texas Roadhouse

1546 Sam's Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (about 4 miles from Founders)

Phone Number for waitlist (757) 382-7427.

The Butcher’s Son Did you win big and want to celebrate?

500 Battlefield Blvd S, Chesapeake, VA 23322 (10 miles from Founders) Reservations a must.  (757) 410-5466. Also in Virginia Beach at 1556 Laskin Rd #134, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (14 miles from Founders) (757) 500-7550. Beef and more.  Extensive wine selection.  Private dining available. Rating 4½ paws/+4 bones

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Definitely worthy of hosting a celebration whether for a big win or just a gathering of friends.

205 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23462. Best steak in town! Reservations suggested.

Rating 5 Paws / 5 Bones

Wine & Spirits

Coopers Hawk 733 Lynnhaven Mall Loop, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Located 9miles from the show site. Phone (757) 213-7777. Amazing food and a wine lovers paradise! From their tasting room to their relaxed and formal dining, you can’t go wrong if you decide to visit. You can even join their wine club if you like. 5 Paws / 3.5 Bones

Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing

1805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Phone (757) 904-3183

From beer to wine, this old, converted farmhouse into brewery is amazing! Enjoy tastings or just hanging out with friends. Very relaxed atmosphere with a country feel.

Food on the Go or Fast Food

Chick-fil-A (757) 578-4800

5409 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. (about 1.5 miles from Founders Inn)

Drive through, done in, order to go or delivery

Panera Bread (757) 361-2425 Delivery available

1397 Fordham Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (about half mile from Founders)


Super Wok 5312 Kemps River Dr # 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. (about 2 miles from the show site) Phone (757) 938-9158. Fast, friendly service. Great food for a great price.


O’Yummy Sushi 1255 Fordham Dr UNIT 118, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (757) 937-2011

All you can eat, made to order sushi.

Japanese / Asian Cuisine

Honoka Teriyaki Express (757) 278-6288

Amazing Teriyaki made to order… definitely get your bang for your buck here. One order will feed two to three people. Don’t forget to ask for yum yum sauce. Call ahead or order online.

Domoishi (757) 901-0036

Poke bowls, Ramen and boba teas… excellent flavor and variety. Order online for pick up, walk in and stay a while or have it delivered.


Bruster’s Ice Cream  5317 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (1 mile from Founders)

No inside seating but there are a few picnic tables outside. Walk up window to order. Yes, you can walk there and work off the sundae! Rating ---it’s really good ice cream!  5 paws/1 bone.

The Sweet Spot

5216 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Located about 3 miles from the Founders Inn. Phone (757) 754-6168. If you want an over-the-top desert, this is the place to go. Amazing creations that will blow your mind and tastebuds. Rating 5 paws / 2 bones