Things to do in Norfolk, VA

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Norfolk Attractions

Let Expedia help you to experience the best that Norfolk has to offer! If you’re planning a trip to Norfolk, we can provide you with a list of the top sightseeing attractions, as well as helping you to find unmissable activities. Whether you’re travelling to Norfolk with your family, planning a romantic trip with your loved one, or visiting on business, we’ll make it easy to plan an unforgettable holiday that checks all the boxes.

Places of interest in Norfolk

Norfolk is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay in Norfolk, and make it a breeze to explore Norfolk and the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Norfolk to make sure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

If you’re planning a visit to Norfolk, why not check out our handy guides to places of interest in the area? You can browse lists of things to do, learn about the most popular attractions, and get help with planning the details of your trip. Expedia makes it easy for you to check out all the top sights in Norfolk.

Norfolk attractions

Norfolk has something for everyone, so whether you’re planning to get active on a summer holiday, put a spring in your step with a romantic rendezvous, or pamper yourself with a leisurely winter trip, you’ll find plenty of attractions in Norfolk to keep you entertained. Expedia makes it easy to book your flight, hotel and rental car in advance, making for hassle-free travel and freeing you up to explore the sights of Norfolk.

Looking for things to do in Norfolk can be time-consuming, but we can take the hassle out of planning your holiday. Whether you’re looking to get active in the great outdoors, sample the cuisine of Norfolk or catch up with the vibrant local culture, our guides to Norfolk attractions ensure that you’ll have a successful trip, whatever the season. Happy trails!


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Top places to visit

1. Naval Station Norfolk

Get close to destroyers, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault vehicles, submarines and frigates by taking a bus tour of Naval Station Norfolk. Navy personnel narrate details of vessels, their histories and roles, as well as providing a few insights into life at this sprawling military base.
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Tour the world’s largest naval complex and see some of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships.

2. Old Dominion University

Enjoy the student vibe with a visit to Old Dominion University, a top university in Norfolk. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.
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Enjoy the student vibe with a visit to Old Dominion University, a top university in Norfolk. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

3. Norfolk Scope

Catch an event at Norfolk Scope during your trip to Norfolk.Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.
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Catch an event at Norfolk Scope during your trip to Norfolk.Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

4. Norfolk Botanical Garden

Covering 155 acres (63 hectares), Norfolk Botanical Garden is filled with thousands of plants spread across many themed gardens.
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Walk among azaleas, camellias and rosebushes. Watch pelicans in flight and absorb the scents of exotic blooms.

5. USS Wisconsin BB-64

At 887 feet (270 meters) in length, the USS Wisconsin is one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. The vessel first saw active duty in the Pacific in 1943 and was last used in a foreign war in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
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Walk the decks and corridors of a World War II battleship, a floating fortress that also saw action in the Korean and Gulf Wars.

6. Chrysler Hall

Enjoy all types of classical concerts, major Broadway productions, family-friendly theater performances and comedy acts at Chrysler Hall, the primary performing arts center in Norfolk. More than 150,000 patrons each year attend performances by the hall’s resident organizations, including the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Forum, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Ballet, Broadway in Norfolk and the Generic Theater.
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Lovers of the arts, including the symphony and theatrical shows, will appreciate this revered performing arts center, the heart of the city’s cultural life.

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