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Attractions in Norfolk, Virginia

Displayed below is a list of exciting Virginia attractions and things to do in Norfolk, VA.

Amusement Parks/Zoos

Busch Gardens - WilliamsburgBusch Gardens Williamsburg - With dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class adventure.

The Virginia Zoo - The mission of Virginia Zoological Society is to ensure that the Virginia Zoological Park thrives as a superior zoological institution, reaching its fullest potential to serve people, animals and the environment.
Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 441-2706, vazoo@whro.org 

Water Country USA - Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic's largest family water play park, features the world�s latest, greatest, state-of-the-art water rides and attractions, spectacular entertainment, shopping and restaurants -- all set to a colorful 1950's and '60s surf theme.

Virginia ZooArenas/Concerts/Shows

Chrysler Hall - Click here for their calendar of events. Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-6464, plasako@city.norfolk.va.us.

Norfolk Scope - Click here for their calendar of events.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-6464, plasako@city.norfolk.va.us.

Hampton Coliseum - Click here for their calendar of events.

Virginia Beach Amphitheatre - Click here for their calendar of events.

Beaches

Virginia BeachCity of Norfolk Beaches - The City of Norfolk Department of Neighborhood and Leisure Services has four beach parks which they operate. Lifeguards are provided from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Picnic shelters are available at most parks on a first come, first serve basis. Rest room facilities are also available at each park. Accessways along the 7.5 miles of beachfront are provided. 

City of Virginia Beach Beaches - Virginia Beach oceanfront is an ideal place for outdoor sports. The recently refurbished oceanfront boardwalk is nearly 3 miles long and features newly landscaped pedestrian beach entrances. 

Bridges

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel - Sea Gull Island is located on the southernmost of the Bridge-Tunnel's four manmade islands, 3-1/2 miles from Virginia Beach. This island provides the traveling public an opportunity to stop, stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat, cast a line, birdwatch, or just take in the natural beauty and sounds of the Chesapeake Bay. An interpretive display of the construction of the Bridge-Tunnel is located just outside the Restaurant/Gift Shop.  VA, Phone: (757) 331-2960

Chesapeake Bay BridgeHampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - "Hampton Roads" is the historic name for the five-mile wide, last ten miles or so of the James River before it empties into Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay is an ocean estuary, the lower end of which is about 15 miles wide, and Hampton Roads is about 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. A line from Old Point Comfort to the west end of Willoughby Spit, comes close to demarking the point where Hampton Roads becomes Chesapeake Bay; and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel also crosses close to that line.

Cruises

American Rover - Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. 
VA, Phone: (757) 627-SAIL, amrover@msn.com.

Carrie B - Now you can experience the romance, history and fun of a cruise on the Carrie B, our 19th century Mississippi Riverboat. Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 393-4735.

Cruise ShipElizabeth River Ferry - The Ferry travels between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth and Downtown Norfolk at The Waterside.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 640-6300.

Spirit of Norfolk - Departing from the Waterside in Norfolk, offers a 2-hour narrated lunch cruise of the Hampton Roads Harbor, including the Norfolk Naval Base and local points of interest. Three-hour dinner and two-hour moonlight cruises are also available.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 627-7771.

Forts

Fort Norfolk - Fort Norfolk is the last remaining of 19 harbor-front forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington.  Stepping through the fort's arched entryway transports visitors to another era.  Norfolk,  VA, 
Phone: (757) 625-1720.

NorfolkFort Story - Fort Story sits on a prominent piece of land. In 1607, colonists first landed here before moving on to settle at Jamestown. At the end of the Revolutionary War, the French Fleet blockaded the bay just offshore from here and prevented the British forces at Yorktown from receiving reinforcements. One of the nation's first lighthouses was built here in 1791.

Historic Homes

Adam Thoroughgood Plantation - The house is one of the oldest houses from early Colonial period and provides insight into the of the kind of lifestyle lived by the gentry in late 1600 Princess Anne County. 

Moses Myers House - One of the two historic houses administered by the Chrysler, the Myers House is an integral part of the Museum's offerings. With more than 70% of its original holdings intact, its collection draws an exceptionally accurate picture of life in Norfolk at the turn of the 19th century.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-6283.

HarborfestWilloughby-Baylor House - dating from the closing years of the Eighteenth Century, was built on the site of Norfolk's pre-Revolutionary "Mason's Hall." It was originally owned by Captain William Willoughby and later was occupied by several generations of the Baylor family.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-6283.

Francis Land House - The Francis Land House is an educational institution that offers tours, exhibits and programs related to the history of Virginia Beach with particular emphasis on the colonial and federal eras.

Historic Villages

Colonial Williamsburg - the world�s largest living history museum�the restored 18th-century capital city of Britain�s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution.  Williamsburg,  VA.

Colonial Williamsburg Governor's HouseJamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center - Experience the story of America's beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Through film, artifact-filled galleries and outdoor living history, these museums engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation's history - from the founding of America's first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Memorials

Armed Forces Memorial at Town Point Park - Tucked into the southeastern corner of Town Point Park, the Memorial is situated on the Elizabeth River, connected to the park by two bridges. Within the Memorial are 20 inscriptions from letters written home by US service people who lost their lives in war.  

Douglas MacArthur Memorial - The final resting place for General Douglas MacArthur and his wife. Located in Downtown Norfolk's restored 1850 City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries, gift shop, and archives.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 441-2965, macmem@norfolk.infi.net.

Parks

FishingGreat Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge - The Refuge consists of over 107,000 acres, with Lake Drummond, a 3,100 acre natural lake in the center of the Swamp.  Suffolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 986-3705  

Hampton Carousel - Carousel Park features a wooden carousel from 1920 with 48 horses and two chariots. 
Hampton,  VA, Phone: (757) 727-6347.

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk Botanical Garden provides an educational experience while entertaining visitors of all ages. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures. Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 441-5830  

Seashore State Park and Natural Area - Virginia Beach location and has new displays, three indoor aquariums, restrooms, showers and offers water sports rentals. It's Virginia's most popular state park attracting more than a million visitors annually.  Virginia Beach,  VA, Phone: (757) 481-2131  

Waterside Festival Marketplace - The Destination for food, fun, and entertainment...The Waterside is an entirely unique shopping, dining, and entertainment adventure. Poised at the mouth of the Elizabeth River on Norfolk's downtown waterfront, The Waterside offers major restaurants, specialty retail shops, and international food court and exciting nightlife with music, dancing and live entertainment. Boat cruises and ferries depart from The Waterside daily. Covered parking is available in the garage across the street.  Norfolk,  VA. 

Sports/Watersports

HockeyNorfolk Tides Baseball Club at Harbor Park - Click here for games dates.  Norfolk,  VA, 
Phone: (757 )622-2222  

Norfolk Admirals Hockey - Click here for games dates.

Norfolk Nighthawks Arena Football - Click on their website for game schedule and ticket information.

Old Dominion University Sports - Click here for a calendar of events for the different teams.

Virginia Beach Water Sports - Click on the website and choose the type and location of water sport you would like more information about.

Tours

Chesapeake BayNorfolk Naval Base - Naval Station Norfolk is currently conducting four public tours daily from 11 a.m., 12, 1 and 2 p.m. The tour departs from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, Virginia, 23505.  Phone: (757) 444-7955, webmaster@naval-station.norfolk.va.us 

Olde Towne Portsmouth & Norfolk Trolley Tours - Discover Downtown Norfolk and all it has to offer by joining us for a Destination Tour. Take either a 90-minute narrated tour to see and hear about the Chrysler Museum, the MacArthur Memorial, the 17th century style Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Civil War Trails - or - hop off anywhere along the way and stay for a while. That's right! Because we will come by later for your return trip. What could be more flexible? Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 640-6300  

 


 

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