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Living like a local

Joe

Living like a local

Sightseeing
An absolute must if you are a nature lover.
Walk out of the condo, walk towards the ocean, and in a couple of minutes you’ll see the Norwegian Lady. Mirrored by a matching statue in Moss, Norway, they both wish all sailors a safe return.
Norwegian Lady
Walk out of the condo, walk towards the ocean, and in a couple of minutes you’ll see the Norwegian Lady. Mirrored by a matching statue in Moss, Norway, they both wish all sailors a safe return.
So much to see and do! With the boardwalk’s parallel but separate paved bike path, there’s not much you can’t do! Run, walk, bike ride or relax on one of the boardwalk’s many park benches. In the mornings, don’t be surprised to see dolphins near the shoreline.
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Virginia Beach Boardwalk
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So much to see and do! With the boardwalk’s parallel but separate paved bike path, there’s not much you can’t do! Run, walk, bike ride or relax on one of the boardwalk’s many park benches. In the mornings, don’t be surprised to see dolphins near the shoreline.
Bookending the Southern end of the boardwalk, Rudee Inlet serves Passage for boats in/out of Lake Rudee and Lake Wesley. You can fish here too (requires a Va saltwater fishing license...you can get a temp one online).
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Rudee Inlet
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Bookending the Southern end of the boardwalk, Rudee Inlet serves Passage for boats in/out of Lake Rudee and Lake Wesley. You can fish here too (requires a Va saltwater fishing license...you can get a temp one online).
Great way to beat the heat. Hint, earlier the better. Make sure to check out the sharks. And pet a stingray!
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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
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Great way to beat the heat. Hint, earlier the better. Make sure to check out the sharks. And pet a stingray!
You have to see it in person. 6 blocks away
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Neptune Statue
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You have to see it in person. 6 blocks away
If you’re a lover of either history or planes (or both), this is a must see. Not setup for children. Privately owned museum with authentic airplanes from WW1 and WW2. They also offer actual flights!
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Military Aviation Museum
1341 Princess Anne Rd
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If you’re a lover of either history or planes (or both), this is a must see. Not setup for children. Privately owned museum with authentic airplanes from WW1 and WW2. They also offer actual flights!
Food scene
From fine dining to greasy spoons, please allow my to share my recommendations to what to eat for every occasion.
Great coffee and great food, locally owned and operated with free parking onsite. My favorites are the Big Kahuna and the Cypress Melt. Oh, and they offer fresh squeezed orange juice.
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Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar
1807 Mediterranean Avenue
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Great coffee and great food, locally owned and operated with free parking onsite. My favorites are the Big Kahuna and the Cypress Melt. Oh, and they offer fresh squeezed orange juice.
If you’re looking for a proper, fine dining restaurant, this is one of the local’s favorites. A great wine (with a sommelier on staff) great food and amazing service. You will not be disappointed and definitely consider this place if you’re here for a special occasion.
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Zoes
713 19th Street
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If you’re looking for a proper, fine dining restaurant, this is one of the local’s favorites. A great wine (with a sommelier on staff) great food and amazing service. You will not be disappointed and definitely consider this place if you’re here for a special occasion.
If you had to pick one place for “the dinner” in Virginia Beach, please consider going to Terrapin. This is my go to spot for anniversaries and special occasions. Let Chef Rodney show you why he is considered one of the top chefs in the country.
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Terrapin
3102 Holly Road
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If you had to pick one place for “the dinner” in Virginia Beach, please consider going to Terrapin. This is my go to spot for anniversaries and special occasions. Let Chef Rodney show you why he is considered one of the top chefs in the country.
On the other side of the adjacent intersection is one of the best locally owner and operated bars in Virginia Beach. Belly up the bar or have the hostess find you either an outdoor table on their patio or in one of their indoor booths. Order their wings, steak bites, lumpia and hand cut potato chips. You won’t be disappointed and if game is on, they’ll have it too.
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CP Shuckers Cafe & Raw Bar
2407 Pacific Avenue
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On the other side of the adjacent intersection is one of the best locally owner and operated bars in Virginia Beach. Belly up the bar or have the hostess find you either an outdoor table on their patio or in one of their indoor booths. Order their wings, steak bites, lumpia and hand cut potato chips. You won’t be disappointed and if game is on, they’ll have it too.
It’s definitely within walking distance at 3 blocks away. Local owned and operated. You can’t go wrong with their food or spirits.
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Mojito Cafe
300 28th Street
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It’s definitely within walking distance at 3 blocks away. Local owned and operated. You can’t go wrong with their food or spirits.
Local owner and operated here for over a decade. Standard American Chinese takeout like General Tso, etc. Very convenient as it’s across the street.
Golden City III
207 25th Street
Local owner and operated here for over a decade. Standard American Chinese takeout like General Tso, etc. Very convenient as it’s across the street.
If you love Thai food, this is your spot. ps, there is parking in the back, as well as an entrance in the back.
Thai Arroy
608 N Birdneck Rd
If you love Thai food, this is your spot. ps, there is parking in the back, as well as an entrance in the back.
Great breakfast spot. Walking distance.
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Doc Taylor's Restaurant
207 23rd Street
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Great breakfast spot. Walking distance.
Great grocery store blocks away. Take advantage of their grab-n-go meals, meat and seafood counters and deli.
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Harris Teeter
2800 Arctic Ave
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Great grocery store blocks away. Take advantage of their grab-n-go meals, meat and seafood counters and deli.
Fine dining, Italian cuisine. Valet parking although it’s walkable/bike-able. Fun fact: was part of the filming/movie of the movie Navy Seals starring Charlie Sheen).
IL Giardino Ristorante
2105 W Great Neck Rd
Fine dining, Italian cuisine. Valet parking although it’s walkable/bike-able. Fun fact: was part of the filming/movie of the movie Navy Seals starring Charlie Sheen).
Tried and true local seafood restaurant perfect for a sit down meal. Walking distance.
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Tautog's Restaurant
205 23rd Street
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Tried and true local seafood restaurant perfect for a sit down meal. Walking distance.
Great farm to fork restaurant, locally owned and operated.
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Commune
501 Virginia Beach Blvd
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Great farm to fork restaurant, locally owned and operated.
Great gastropub in the Arts and Culture District of Virginia Beach.
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Esoteric
501 Virginia Beach Blvd
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Great gastropub in the Arts and Culture District of Virginia Beach.
Who doesn’t like tapas? Order a round of tapas and drinks to share. Enjoy and repeat.
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Pacifica
214 40th Street
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Who doesn’t like tapas? Order a round of tapas and drinks to share. Enjoy and repeat.
Best cheesesteak place in Tidewater. It’s a drive but if you need a cheesesteak, this is your place.
Philly Style Steaks & Subs
7450A Tidewater Dr
Best cheesesteak place in Tidewater. It’s a drive but if you need a cheesesteak, this is your place.
Newest restaurant at the top of the newest hotel in the city. Led by award winning Chef Hisashi Araki, if you want a meal with a view, give this place a shot.
Orion's Roof
4201 Atlantic Avenue
Newest restaurant at the top of the newest hotel in the city. Led by award winning Chef Hisashi Araki, if you want a meal with a view, give this place a shot.
If Korean food is your thing, here’s the best place in the area. Driving distance.
Asahi
1628 Independence Boulevard
If Korean food is your thing, here’s the best place in the area. Driving distance.
Locally owned franchise serving California style tacos.
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Pelon's Baja Grill
3619 Pacific Avenue
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Locally owned franchise serving California style tacos.
A very nice eclectic meal awaits if you choose to dine here.
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eat: an american bistro
4005 Atlantic Avenue
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A very nice eclectic meal awaits if you choose to dine here.
I usually don’t recommend chain restaurants, but Ruth’s Chris is the exception. If your party is small, consider dining in the bar area which offers high tops as well as the bar itself.
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Ruth's Chris Steak House
205 Central Park Avenue
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I usually don’t recommend chain restaurants, but Ruth’s Chris is the exception. If your party is small, consider dining in the bar area which offers high tops as well as the bar itself.
Definitely a biker/dive bar. Deep into the rural section of Virginia Beach. Been around for a long time. Some say they have the best burgers in the area.
Monks Place Inc
649 Princess Anne Road
Definitely a biker/dive bar. Deep into the rural section of Virginia Beach. Been around for a long time. Some say they have the best burgers in the area.
If you like poké or would like to try it, here is the place. Taste the flavors that Hawaii, California and others have enjoyed for a very long time.
Aloha Snacks
501 Laskin Rd
If you like poké or would like to try it, here is the place. Taste the flavors that Hawaii, California and others have enjoyed for a very long time.
Love this small locally owner seafood market. Just a short drive away. Shrimp, scallops, lump crab meat, clams, fish and more await.
Welton's Seafood Market
940 Laskin Rd
Love this small locally owner seafood market. Just a short drive away. Shrimp, scallops, lump crab meat, clams, fish and more await.
If you have a hankering for authentic Dim Sum, go here on a Sunday. Best in Tidewater
Jade Villa Chinese Restaurant
353 Independence Blvd
If you have a hankering for authentic Dim Sum, go here on a Sunday. Best in Tidewater
Who doesn’t love a good food truck? The Shack is designed to host multiple food and beverage vendors in a nice outdoor setting complete with music, tables and activities.
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The Shack
712 Atlantic Ave
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Who doesn’t love a good food truck? The Shack is designed to host multiple food and beverage vendors in a nice outdoor setting complete with music, tables and activities.
Been here forever. If all you can eat seafood is your thing. This is your spot. Driving distance, but not terribly far.
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Captain George's Seafood Restaurant
1956 Laskin Road
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Been here forever. If all you can eat seafood is your thing. This is your spot. Driving distance, but not terribly far.
Dockside Bars/Waterfront Restaurants
Enjoy these choices for a dining experience with a view of the water.
Can’t go wrong, breakfast, lunch or dinner. From their killer early bird specials, shrimp and grits, drink specials, fish tacos, and THE best wings (have them finish them on the grill) in the area, you have give this place a chance. Low key, local’s spot on the water
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Big Sam's Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar
300 Winston Salem Avenue
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Can’t go wrong, breakfast, lunch or dinner. From their killer early bird specials, shrimp and grits, drink specials, fish tacos, and THE best wings (have them finish them on the grill) in the area, you have give this place a chance. Low key, local’s spot on the water
Casual atmosphere. Great seafood Great views off the water.
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Chick's Oyster Bar
2143 Vista Circle
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Casual atmosphere. Great seafood Great views off the water.
Great views and great seafood
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Dockside Seafood & Fishing Center
3311 Shore Dr
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Great views and great seafood
Seafood, next to the water. If the weather is right, get an outdoor seat.
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Rudee's Restaurant and Cabana Bar
227 Mediterranean Avenue
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Seafood, next to the water. If the weather is right, get an outdoor seat.
Casual setting on the water. Can’t go wrong here.
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Bubba's Seafood Restaurant and Crabhouse
3323 Shore Drive
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Casual setting on the water. Can’t go wrong here.
Nothing like eating near the water.
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Rockafeller's Restaurant
308 Mediterranean Avenue
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Nothing like eating near the water.
Although they have inside dining, grab a table outside viewing the oceanfront and boardwalk. Ride your bike or valet.
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Waterman's Surfside Grille
415 Atlantic Avenue
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Although they have inside dining, grab a table outside viewing the oceanfront and boardwalk. Ride your bike or valet.
Relatively new to the food scene, this casual spot is right on the water at Long Bay Point. Dine as you watch the local boaters cruise by.
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The Porch on Long Creek
2109 West Great Neck Road
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Relatively new to the food scene, this casual spot is right on the water at Long Bay Point. Dine as you watch the local boaters cruise by.
Adventure!
Who doesn’t want a touch of adrenaline every once and a whike
It’s nice change of pace from the resort area. I encourage you to experience Coastal Virginia’s natural beauty at First Landing State Park. As a natural habitat for birds, it’s not uncommon to spot a bald eagle soaring above or a grey heron fishing in the tidal waters. I love the sound of the wind as it passes around the live oaks draped in Spanish moss.
First Landing State Park 64th St Entrance
225 64th St
It’s nice change of pace from the resort area. I encourage you to experience Coastal Virginia’s natural beauty at First Landing State Park. As a natural habitat for birds, it’s not uncommon to spot a bald eagle soaring above or a grey heron fishing in the tidal waters. I love the sound of the wind as it passes around the live oaks draped in Spanish moss.
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iFLY VA Beach
2412 Pacific Avenue
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Fun for all ages. Zip lines and obstacles! Turn right on Pacific and drive about 4 miles. It’s on the right!
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The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium
801 General Booth Blvd
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Fun for all ages. Zip lines and obstacles! Turn right on Pacific and drive about 4 miles. It’s on the right!
Locally owned and operated, this bike shop has been providing electric bikes to so many locals and helped get people out of the house and moving. He also sells bike helmets etc and can help with a flat. Sorry, no bike rentals available here, but if you can, definitely treat yourself or a loved one one of the best modes of transportation around. Brushless, instant on demand torque. Santa, if you’re listening, please put anyone of them on my list. Simply amazing!
Virginia Beach Electric Bike Center
301A 25th Street
Locally owned and operated, this bike shop has been providing electric bikes to so many locals and helped get people out of the house and moving. He also sells bike helmets etc and can help with a flat. Sorry, no bike rentals available here, but if you can, definitely treat yourself or a loved one one of the best modes of transportation around. Brushless, instant on demand torque. Santa, if you’re listening, please put anyone of them on my list. Simply amazing!
Great beach fitness park. FREE!
Hillier Ignite Fitness Park
Great beach fitness park. FREE!
Great place to spend some time. An absolute must if you’ve never been to a Top Golf. About a 20minute drive away.
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Topgolf
5444 Greenwich Rd
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Great place to spend some time. An absolute must if you’ve never been to a Top Golf. About a 20minute drive away.
Great spot for the kids!
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Grommet Island Park
2nd Street
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Great spot for the kids!
If you want to fish and need gear here is your spot. Locally owned, they have the gear and the bait you need.
Princess Anne Distributing Co
623 Virginia Beach Boulevard
If you want to fish and need gear here is your spot. Locally owned, they have the gear and the bait you need.
If you need to scratch a fishing itch, here’s a good spot. Depending on the season, flounder, spot, cobia, red drum, and others are hauled in from this pier.
Virginia Beach Fishing Pier
1413 Atlantic Avenue
If you need to scratch a fishing itch, here’s a good spot. Depending on the season, flounder, spot, cobia, red drum, and others are hauled in from this pier.
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/back_bay/ Read up on the their website regarding access, what to bring, not bring etc. Similar to Charleston, SC aka The Low Country, Virginia Beach makes up a significant makeup of “Tidewater.” Bring a camera if you have one and take in the fresh air in this wonderful wildlife sanctuary.
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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Road
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https://www.fws.gov/refuge/back_bay/ Read up on the their website regarding access, what to bring, not bring etc. Similar to Charleston, SC aka The Low Country, Virginia Beach makes up a significant makeup of “Tidewater.” Bring a camera if you have one and take in the fresh air in this wonderful wildlife sanctuary.
Arts
The art scene is alive and well here in Tidewater.
Local family owned and operated. See and experience generations of local art generated right here in Tidewater. The painting by the condo’s dinner table is from Herb Jones. Nothing like seeing their art up close and in person. The artists truly capture the magic of Tidewater.
Jones Art Gallery
184 Central Park Ave
Local family owned and operated. See and experience generations of local art generated right here in Tidewater. The painting by the condo’s dinner table is from Herb Jones. Nothing like seeing their art up close and in person. The artists truly capture the magic of Tidewater.
Within walking distance, the MOCA continually rotates thru artists work. You can find out more on what they have on display on their website.
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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Avenue
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Within walking distance, the MOCA continually rotates thru artists work. You can find out more on what they have on display on their website.
Although you would need to use a car, this museum is my favorite in the area. If you’re looking to see more of what Tidewater is to offer, please give this place a look. (It’s free too)
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Chrysler Museum of Art
1 Memorial Place
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Although you would need to use a car, this museum is my favorite in the area. If you’re looking to see more of what Tidewater is to offer, please give this place a look. (It’s free too)
The kids absolutely love it and why not. Designed to help encourage learning through interactive exhibits, interactive enough to keep the adults entertained as well.
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Children's Museum of Virginia
221 High Street
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The kids absolutely love it and why not. Designed to help encourage learning through interactive exhibits, interactive enough to keep the adults entertained as well.

城市觀光建議

周邊交通資訊
Please be aware of parking restrictions around the area.
During the months of March-October, the city enforces stricter parking rules. Please be aware of parking signs, when not parking on the property.
不容錯過
Indoor Skydiving! SO. MUCH. FUN!!!
You have to. It’s just across the street.
攜帶物品
Beach towels
To preserve the life of our bath towels, please bring your own beach towels for use while you are here. Thank you for understanding.
出發前完成預訂
Fine dining reservations
If you do intend to have a nice sit down dinner at one of the higher end restaurants, I do recommend making a reservation.
風俗與文化
Lock your car
Overall Virginia Beach is a very safe place, but the entire beach is known to have have people randomly check to see if car doors are locked. If they are locked, they simply move on. As good practice, please lock your car(s).
周邊交通資訊
Uber, Lyft
Most of the standard ride sharing services are supported here.
省錢方式
Harris Teeter discount
If you’re not already a member, I recommend signing up for a (free) Harris Teeter rewards card.for discounts. You will hopefully find some decent deals if you’re planning on purchasing any groceries during your stay.
風俗與文化
Bicycles on the bike path/boardwallk
Legally, bikes are supposed to be on the bike path not the boardwalk. These two paths run parallel to each other from 1st to 40th Street. Whether you’re walking or riding a bike, please use caution while while crossing/on these paths.