Nor-fok, or Naw-fok, no matter how you pronounce it, the experience will always be the same: fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisine and 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored! With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water. Norfolk's thriving arts community welcomes you into its studios, galleries and up and down the streets of downtown, the NEON Arts District and beyond. If you’re looking for world-class cuisine, look no further! From traditional Southern fare to a wide range of nouveau and international offerings Norfolk’s eateries offer something for everyone – and every appetite. Come discover why Norfolk is a top 5 Favorite American City for 2017!
With 144 miles of shoreline, there’s so much to do while visiting Norfolk, Virginia. Take a tour of the Elizabeth River harbor on a majestic tall ship, sip on some of the best wines around at Mermaid Winery, or watch world-renowned artists blow glass at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. If history is your thing, sign up for a tour of the world’s largest Naval Base, stop by the MacArthur Memorial, or walk the Cannonball Trail. You can jam out to some of the nation’s best music at the NorVA, named “Venue that Rocks” the hardest by Rolling Stones magazine. There are antique shops, coffee houses & breweries galore in the hip, historic Ghent district just a few minutes from downtown. There is truly something for everyone here!
Free Things to do in Norfolk
Life on the Water
Norfolk, VA is a friendly, modern port city nestled where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is home to the world’s largest naval station, one of the East Coast’s largest ports, and with rivers, creeks and beaches all around, it should come as no surprise that water is part of our life. Kayaking, sailing, fishing, crabbing, swimming, harbor cruising - activities in, on and around the water are endless here in the heart of the Virginia waterfront! Sail on a majestic tall ship. Explore the Power of the Sea at Nauticus and The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, or aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.Enjoy a harbor tour, a sunset dinner cruise, a paddlewheel ferry ride, a Naval base tour, or a day at the beach.
Self-Guided Tours of Norfolk History
Norfolk, Virginia is rich with historic attractions, world-class museums, and offers unique and fun shopping and dining adventures, all within walking distance or a short car or train ride through the downtown waterfront. Experience the amazing story of Virginia's Underground Railroad Network through an online, interactive visual and audio tour. Explore historic sites within the city, including the Customs House where the city was surrendered during the Civil War. Follow the Cannonball Trail through 400 years of Norfolk and American History, and more.
Historic Homes of Norfolk
Free Admission - Open Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.
Two historic homes in Norfolk are open for visitors. Completed in 1794, Willoughby-Baylor House presents a fascinating mix of art and artifacts. The oldest Jewish home in America, the Moses Myers House offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
Armed Forces Memorial
Free and Open to the Public
Stroll through history at the Armed Forces Memorial. Bronze letters are scattered throughout the park. Each letter is taken from original writings sent home by a solider at war. The Armed Forced Memorial is located on the Norfolk waterfront near Town Point Park and Nautilus.
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Free Admission - Open Tuesday - Sunday
Presenting more than two centuries of naval activity in and around the great harbors of the region, The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is one of ten officially operated by U.S. Navy Museums and the Naval History and Heritage Command. Located inside the Nautilus building on the Norfolk waterfront, the facility showcases over 50 exhibits including a priceless collection of naval ship models, nineteenth century naval artwork and underwater archaeological finds from the American Civil War.
The MacArthur Memorial
Free Admission - Open Tuesday - Sunday
The MacArthur Memorial is dedicated to the life and legacy of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of Americans who served during the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The three-building complex on a tree-lined square consists of a museum (formerly the Norfolk City Hall and Courthouse), a research center and a visitor center with exhibits and special presentations.
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
Free daily demonstrations Tuesdays through Sundays at Noon
In 2011, the Chrysler opened a full-service glass studio adjacent to the Museum. This state-of-the-art facility features a 560-pound capacity glass furnace, a full hot shop, a flame-working studio, nine annealing ovens and a cold-working shop.
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Free General Admission
Considered one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums, The Chrysler Museum of Art features a nationally recognized collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. In addition to growing collections, especially of American art, contemporary glass, and 21st-century works, The Chrysler mounts an ambitious schedule of visiting exhibitions and educational programs and events each season.
If you’re looking for world-class cuisine, you’ll find it right here in Norfolk! From traditional Southern faire to a wide range of nouveau and international offerings – many of which are whipped up by award-winning chefs, Norfolk’s eclectic collection of eateries offers something for everyone – and every appetite
This American-Asia fusion restaurant gives the ambiance of a fine dining spot that won't break the bank. Come in for brunch, lunch, or dinner and try.
This popular breakfast joint will also deliver to you! The 3-Way Café has a large selection of gourmet breakfast options and an expanded lunch menu!
A local favorite for live music, entertainment and DJ's.They have a large outdoor patio, Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, Sunday Drag Brunch.