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Fire and Water: 4 Places to Ignite Love’s Flame in Virginia Beach

Looking for romantic things to do in Virginia Beach? You’re in luck. (Photos: Andar Sawyers)

If you’re traveling with that special someone—whether it’s your first trip away or to celebrate decades together—Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers plenty of spark to kindle love’s flame.

Whether it’s quiet time in a scenic park, a candle lit dinner or a stroll along the boardwalk, there’s no shortage of options for a romantic respite. It’s no wonder, then, why Virginia Beach has even been named one of the most romantic cities in the U.S.

Here are the best ways to strike love’s spark while in Virginia Beach.

Best Place for a Stolen Kiss: Munden Point Park

Plan a picnic for two in a secluded tree-lined corner overlooking Oakum Creek at Munden Point Park. The 100-acre (40-hectare) park at the confluence of the North Landing River and Oakum Creek has all the ingredients for amor — from striking sunsets to fragrant flowers to nature-filled seclusion.

Spread a blanket on the grass, have a little wine and cheese and steal a kiss or two. Afterwards, stroll hand-in-hand beneath shady trees along the creek bank. Better yet, rent a kayak built for two. Oakum Creek’s waters are smooth and novice-friendly, and you’re sure to share a few laughs as you get in sync.

Want another kiss or two? There are plenty of quiet coves along the creek.

On a Bicycle Built For Two: Ride the Boardwalk

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Ride Virginia Beach’s famed boardwalk on a bicycle built for two.

What could be more bonding than riding down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk on a bicycle built for two? Perhaps pedaling side-by-side in a shaded surrey. Find the ride that fits your style at Cherie’s Bike Rental,which has 15 locations along the boardwalk.

Stop for a snuggly selfie beneath the regal statue of King Neptune or more playful public art displays portraying fish, beach balls and dolphins. Take a break and sip a signature orange crush — the alcoholic kind — at Waterman’s Surfside Grille.

Hold Your Honey Tight: Atlantic Fun Park

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Cuddle up on the Ferris wheel at Atlantic Fun Park.

You know that heart-pumping feeling you get when you first fall in love? It’s due to the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Infuse some adrenaline into your date to enhance your feelings of love or rekindle that old flame by heading to Atlantic Fun Park along the boardwalk.

Squeeze your sweetie’s hand as you scream your way through rides like the Gravitron or Sea Dragon. Cap off your thrilling adventure with a slow twirl around the 100-foot (30-meter) Ferris wheel where sunset views are nothing less than stunning.

It’s Okay to Wine: Pungo Ridge Winery

Pungo Ridge Winery offers an ideal backdrop to write the next chapter in your personal love story. A gleaming gazebo offers the perfect spot for some quiet conversation set among the winery’s orchards and gardens.

Take hand-in-hand walks through gardens of colorful flowers with bees droning lazily in the background. Snuggle up on an overstuffed loveseat in the cozy tasting room and invigorate your palate with tantalizing wines like chocolate blueberries and clove mead.

Romantic Nosh: Lubo Wine Tasting Room

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Settle in for a romantic meal and wine tasting.

Take your love on a trip around the world with a wine flight at Lubo Wine Tasting Room. Let your taste buds take off as you experience an array of wines from across the U.S. Or close your eyes and sample flavors from Paris, Italy and other romantic world destinations as you sip vintages from around the globe.

This restaurant’s ambiance goes far beyond their extensive wine selection. Order a premium artisan cheese board accompanied by fruit and crackers or opt for a full meal. Finish it off with homemade Belgian style chocolate truffles.

This article was published through a partnership with Visit the USA, inspiring travelers to explore America’s boundless possibilities.