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Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood is a vibrant community filled to the brim with character, culture and delicious cuisine. The neighborhood's main thoroughfare, Colley Avenue, and adjacent 21st and 22nd streets are lined with eclectic eateries, unique shops, art galleries, and antique stores.

The Historic Ghent district in Norfolk, Va. was developed beginning in 1890, with most construction occurring between 1892 and 1907. Richard Drummond, a 19th-century Norfolk resident is credited with naming the neighborhood "Ghent". On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the war of 1812. It is said that because one of his ships had the distinction of bringing the signed treaty to America, Drummond renamed his "Pleasant Point" house "Ghent " to commemorate the event. The Ghent Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Chrysler Museum of Art

A free world-class museum, in addition to maintaining a distinguished permanent collection, the Chrysler offers a comprehensive program of changing exhibitions and education activities for visitors of all ages. (757) 664-6200


Nauticus is a maritime-themed museum and interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more!

Norfolk Botanical Garden

With over 60 different gardens to explore, there is something for every season and every taste. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures.

Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo spans 53 acres adjacent to Lafayette Park and is bordered by the Lafayette River. Zoo “residents” from around the world include more than 700 animals representing more than 15 0 different species.

​​Spirit of Norfolk

Departing from the Waterside in Norfolk, offers a narrated 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 available. (757) 627-7771

Naval Base Cruises aboard the Victory Rover

The Norfolk Harbor cruise aboard the Victory Rover is your front row seat to the naval fleet! See destroyers, submarines, and other vessels while taking in the sights of the harbor.

American Rover

Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage on the 125-passenger sailing schooner (757) 627-SAIL

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

The Hermitage features a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, changing indoor and outdoor exhibitions, a Visual Arts Studio, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds that offer art and culture to the community.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an official museum of the United States Navy and reports to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, DC. The museum is dedicated to the study of over 240 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region. The museum assists the City of Norfolk and Nauticus with docent training and management of the small artifact collection concerning the battleship Wisconsin.

Seven Venues

Take the night off at one of Norfolk’s performing arts venues - 1. Scope Arena, 2. Chrysler Hall, 3. Attucks Theatre, 4. Wells Theatre, 5. Harrison Opera House, 6. Harbor Park and 7. Open Air Events.
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