The City of Norfolk, Virginia has become an exciting urban center filled with business, culture, education, entertainment, fine dining, nightlife, shopping and more. Yet with all the modern touches of this city, which is second only to Virginia Beach as the state’s most populated, Norfolk retains much of its history. From the most historic homes to the most beautiful waterfront views, Norfolk is a charming city that is bustling with activity within the urban core and throughout the surrounding areas. You can enjoy the ideal Norfolk vacation staying in the nearby communities that provide the tranquility of beach living with the modern amenities of a big city lifestyle.
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There are many attractions fun for families around the Norfolk area, such as the Virginia Zoo. The Nauticus National Maritime Center and Chrysler Museum of Art are also great places to stop and learn about the area’s history or enjoy some world-class artwork, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum allows visitors to climb aboard and tour the USS Wisconsin. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, which brings many military personnel to the area. It also brings a great deal of resources and attractions that are ideal for naval history buffs and maritime enthusiasts.
Downtown Norfolk is just one of the stops you could make in this attraction-packed area of Virginia. It is only a quick drive to the beautiful Virginia shoreline, which includes the coastal cities of Virginia Beach and Newport News. Chesapeake is another destination in the area for business travelers as well as vacationers, as it is a thriving city with its own fascinating historic roots.
If you want to enjoy some more adult culture, Norfolk has you covered. You can enjoy an evening with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Chrysler Hall or take in a play performed by the Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre downtown. There are also many opportunities for fine dining in Norfolk including American, Asian, Cajun, Eastern European, Irish, Italian, Mediterranean, seafood, steak, and tapas restaurants. Shopping is abundant in Norfolk as well, with large malls such as the MacArthur Center as well as quaint shops throughout the historic districts. The Waterside Festival Marketplace is also a great place to shop, dine and enjoy entertainment right on the waterfront.
There are plenty of outdoors activities to enjoy in Norfolk as well. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a great place to visit, and the city holds many beautiful parks that are free for the public to enjoy. There are also several colleges in Norfolk that have unique campuses and neighborhoods bustling with students and all the activities they enjoy. Area institutions like Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College and Tidewater Community College, boast a vibrant youth culture and educated population.
From unique cultural attractions to family fun to sun-soaked beaches, the City of Norfolk, Virginia and its surrounding areas have a great deal to offer.
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