What are the top things to do in Norfolk, VA?

Norfolk is a small but fantastic waterfront city located in the southeast of Virginia. It boasts a wide range of attractions–from beautiful nature to cultural institutions, there’s a little bit for anyone to enjoy. Get the most of your time in this dynamic little city by checking out some of these top attractions.


For an incredibly unique and delicious experience, visit this Norfolk favorite to enjoy comfort food, freshly made ice cream, and authentically retro decor. Doumar’s has been open for an astonishing 100 years and is famous for being the birthplace of the waffle cone. The food is wonderful and the environment is almost like going back in time.

The Norfolk Botanical Garden

You should dedicate at least half a day to exploring this extraordinary space that covers a full 150 acres and is divided into 40 themed gardens. There’s the Hummingbird garden (designed to attract the fascinating little birds with all their favorite flowers), a peaceful Japanese garden, and even a special garden for kids.

The Norfolk Naval Station

Humble little Norfolk is actually home to the biggest naval station anywhere in the world and it’s a popular destination on the waterfront. Though this is actually a working station, visitors are welcome to come by and enjoy guided tours of some of the ships and aircraft carriers, while learning all about the history of the Navy.

The Chrysler Museum of Art

One of the artistic highlights of Norfolk is located in Ghent, an artsy part of town where you can visit the Chrysler Museum of Art. This vast collection of sculpture, photography and paintings is the legacy of Walter Chrysler, the famous car tycoon who greatly loved art and whose treasures are now open to the public.

The American Rover

Enjoy some time on the water by taking a ride on this iconic ship from the 1980’s. It holds up to 100 passengers and guests are welcome to actually join in with working the sails or taking their turn at the helm. They offer narrated harbor tours as well as romantic sunset cruises.

OurBus serves Norfolk via Springfield to Norfolk bus, Fredericksburg to Norfolk Bus, Richmond to Norfolk Bus and Williamsburg to Norfolk bus with daily departures including onboard power outlets, free water and great prices. Explore all the routes here.

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