Norfolk Attractions

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Attractions in Norfolk, Virginia


American Rover - This graceful Sailing Vessel is the largest three-masted, 149-Passenger, Topsail Schooner flying the U.S. flag. Modeled after the Chesapeake Bay cargo schooners of centuries past, the American Rover departs from Waterside Marina along the historic Elizabeth River.

Armed Forces Memorial - Situated on the banks of Norfolk's beautiful Elizabeth River. Within the memorial are twenty inscriptions of letters written home by U.S. service people who lost their lives in battle. The letters have been cast in thin sheets of bronze, and are scattered across the ground as if blown there by the wind.

Battleship Wisconsin - Visit America's last and largest battleship, The USS Wisconsin. It's a hands-on experience, that offers beauty, excitement, thrill and pride of being on the deck of this beautiful U.S. Naval Battleship. Exhibits help to bring the Battleship Wisconsin 'back to life' for visitors of all ages.

Chrysler Museum of Art - One of the Country's premier, permanent Collections of more than 30,000 pieces spanning 5,000 Years of Art History. Visitors can view the Museum's world renowned Tiffany-Glass Collection, Photography and works of Art from Africa, Egypt, Pre-Columbia, Islamic and Asian Cultures, plus extensive European & American collections of Paintings, Sculptures and decorative Art.

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.

d'Art Center - A live working studio for the visual arts, d'Art Center provides space for thirty artists to create, display and sell original art. Visitors are welcome and invited to see sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, and potters as they work.

Fort Norfolk - Commissioned by George Washington in 1794, Fort Norfolk is one of the best War of 1812 Historical Sites in America, as well as the oldest Fort on Virginia's waterfront. Many special events & Military re-enactments are hosted throughout the ear.

Hampton Carousel - One of only 200 antique carousels still in the United States, the Hampton Carousel is a rare and beautiful example of American folk art. Its prancing steeds and stately chariots were painstakingly carved from fine-grained hardwood and painted by German, Italian and Russian immigrant artisans.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum - One of 10 Museums officially operated by the U.S. Navy, Hampton Roads Naval Museum highlights the Naval battles & events that took place in the Norfolk area, many of which changed U.S. History. Turning-point Battles are illustrated through ship models, artwork, underwater artifacts, and more.

Jamestown Settlement - 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.


McArthur Center Mall - MacArthur Center, located on Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk, features one million square feet of retail offerings, including Hampton Roads’ first Nordstrom and the region’s flagship Dillard’s department store. Entertainment and dining options occupy approximately 25 percent of the tenant mix.

Nauticus Maritime Museum - A spectacular entertainment & educational museum that's part interactive museum, science center, and aquarium. Through special hands-on exhibits, movies, computers, and games visitors can land a jet fighter on an aircraft carrier, navigate an ocean-going vessel, rescue precious sea life in the world's first group virtual reality attraction. You can make decisions in a highly realistic Naval Battle.

Newsome House Museum - This elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community and the fight for social justice within the commonwealth. Today, this restored 1899 Victorian landmark continues to be devoted to the expression of black cultural and historical themes. The public is invited to use this facility to learn of the past, examine current issues, and celebrate life's milestones.

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Stroll though the beautiful gardens. More than thirty themed gardens are spread across site. The 155 acre garden is home to 30 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 30 kinds of butterflies.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark - Ocean Breeze Waterpark offers 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and other fantastic attractions. Enjoy our private poolside cabanas, Island Trader Gift Shop or any of our annual events and daily activities!

Taiwanese Observation Tower - Overlooking the Elizabeth River and Battleship, this ornate Observation Tower was presented to the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Republic of China to commemorate a friendship tour in 1983. Prefabricated pieces of the Tower were constructed in Taiwan and shipped to the United States and assembled on its current platform.

The 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.

The Waterside - Overlooking the beautiful Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, The Waterside is your 'one-stop' destination for lots of food, fun and great entertainment. There's exciting Night Clubs, lots of Restaurants, Retailers, even an International Food Court; serving everything from fresh seafood to delicious gourmet ice cream.

Virginia Zoo - There’s a lot to discover at the Virginia Zoo. From mighty Monica, an African elephant, to our flock of small love birds, the Virginia Zoo is home to over 350 of our furry, feathered and scaly animal friends. Our animals include exotic representatives from the African Savannah, as well as friendly goats that you would find on a Virginia farm.

Water Country USA - Water Country USA is a flashback to the surfin' safari days of the '50s and '60s with splish-splashin' slides, a way-out wave pool, and hours of fun in the summer sun. More than 30 water rides and attractions, all sorts of live entertainment and hoppin' restaurants.