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Norfolk Virginia Attractions

There are many things to do in Norfolk, VA. Norfolk is the home of the world's largest Navy base, exciting restaurant and nightclub districts, unique shops, cruise boats and ferries, nationally recognized museums, a zoo, and a beautiful botanical garden. More than enough to fill your visit with fun.

American Rover
American Rover
The tall ship sails daily April through October from the dock at the Waterside Marketplace. Harbor cruises.

Nauticus Museum
Nauticus Museum
is a science center exploring the power of the sea. Includes the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Elizabeth River Ferry
Take this pedestrian ferry to visit Olde Towne Portsmouth. It's fast, cheap and offers a panoramic harbor view.

Chrysler Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art
One of America's great fine arts museums. Comprising 30,000 objects, the permanent collection spans over 5,000 years of world history.

Spirit of Norfolk
Spirit of Norfolk
The largest ship cruising the harbor and has two climate controlled decks, open strolling decks, lounge seating, dance floors, and buffet dining. Daily lunch and dinner cruises.

Norfolk Naval Base
Naval Station Norfolk tour
The world's largest naval station. Don't miss the bus tours conducted by Navy personnel. Pass historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.

Norfolk Restaurants
Norfolk has numerous good restaurants. Check out these rankings of the best.

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Norfolk Botanical Garden
155 acres of colorful landscapes, unusual flowers, mature forests and seasonal plantings. Large collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons.

Norfolk VA Videos
5 of the best videos about Norfolk Virginia. See the city in motion.

Virginia Zoological Park
Displays nearly 400 animals, ranging from African elephants to Siberian tigers. Bordered by the Lafayette River.

MacArthur Memorial
MacArthur Memorial
A museum about General Douglas MacArthur and those who served with him. Free admission.

Tide light rail
The Tide
Light rail serving Norfolk. An interesting and inexpensive ride for families.

Norfolk Harborfest is a huge summer festival with tallships, fireworks, and fun.

USS Wisconsin
Battleship Wisconsin
The famous USS Wisconsin is open to tour. It is docked on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, next to Nauticus.

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