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Cannonball Trail is an extremely popular tourist walk that takes visitors through some of Norfolk's most significant heritage sites. Visitors can experience over 400 years worth of history in this walk. Tours are usually self-guided and participants get to learn a lot about the history and culture of the city while seeing most of its major attractions. Sights include the 1673 Half Moone Fort and the stately St Paul's Church. It's a leisurely, fascinating way to see the best of Norfolk's rich history. Call for more details.
The American Rover Tall Ship Cruises offer visitors a unique way to tour the Hampton Roads harbor. Easily visible with its distinctive red sails, tours leave daily, rain or shine, from their dock by Town Point Park. Each tour is narrated and passengers can participate in the ship's operation. See their website for tour times and ticket prices.
Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.
Hop aboard a luxury yacht of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet and get ready to cruise down the scenic Elizabeth River. While you enjoy the scenic views, dig into some haute cuisine. Lunch cruises, dinner cruises and brunch cruises are quite popular with both locals and tourists. Besides these option, the company also organizes moonlight cruises that are quite popular with couples. Holiday cruises are also organized including special excursions on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th Fireworks as well as a special Halloween Cruise for kids. If you want to explore the sights and the sounds of the city in an unusual manner, Spirit of Norfolk Cruises can organize a tour for you. One of the best attractions of the city, a cruise down Elizabeth River is a great idea even if you are in Norfolk for a brief duration.
The Norfolk Botanical Gardens offer many different signature and theme gardens for guests to stroll around, such as the Virginia Native Plant Garden, the Bristow Butterfly Garden and the Enchanted Forest. In addition to the numerous beautiful gardens, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens also put on special events and exhibits. Among these are bike nights, sculpture exhibits and guided tours of the gardens.
One of the largest naval complexes in the world, the iconic Norfolk Naval Station is a beacon of America's maritime prowess. Situated in the Sewells Point area of Norfolk, this naval base has a wealth of ships, hangars and carriers. The station is situated near the site of the Monitor and Merrimac battle, on the original site of the Jamestown Exposition. Looking across as far as the Indian Ocean, the Norfolk Naval Station is the sight of many nationally-significant flight operations. Having played an integral role in many of the country's scientific and naval ambitions, the Norfolk Naval Station is a prized possession of Virginia,