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This beautiful planetarium at the Norfolk State University is available for civic groups and educational organizations to enjoy the stars, free-of-charge. The planetarium also holds many public lectures and workshops and there is the possibility that participants might learn more about the state-of-the-art Rapid Response Robotic Telescope. E-mail for more details.
This restored historic house was once home to Norfolk entrepreneur Moses Myers. One of the first brick houses built here after the Revolutionary War, the Moses Myers House today contains a nice collection of original furnishings, family portraits and other works by Thomas Sully. An ongoing restoration of this house continues by the Garden Club of Virginia.
This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.
The Monticello Arcade is a stunning shopping center located right in Downtown Norfolk. The arcade is home to some delightful shops, from home goods to jewelry, gifts and more.
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.
Established in 1903, The Norfolk Stationery Co. has been a feature of the downtown district's retail scene for over a 100 years. The family-owned store primarily focuses on office supplies and stationery, but that's not all; you'll also find fine gifts and quality writing materials here. For those who relish the feel of ink on paper, this is the perfect store to visit. Browse the store for elegant writing instruments from labels like Waterman, Sheaffer, Lamy, Namiki, and Krone. Ink, note pads, handcrafted notebooks and more are also available in store.
Prince Books is an independent bookstore and coffeehouse. The store has a wide selection of books, and if you can't find what you want they'll order it for you. The store especially features local writers and there are several events throughout the year, such as book readings. After you find your perfect book head to the coffee shop for a drink and a pastry.
In 1999, the year after Norfolk adopted the mermaid as their city logo, a city-wide art project was developed to bring this symbol to life throughout the city. Local artisans created the mermaid statues scattered throughout the city, interpreting the mermaid mythology and life in Norfolk. Dozens of mermaid statues adorn the city's streets and buildings. See how many you can find! One of them is installed at the famous Nauticus.
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.
Texture is a locally owned boutique selling all kinds of beautiful objects, from jewelry to other accessories, baby gifts, home decor and more. If you're looking for that truly unique piece to complete your outfit, or the perfect gift for .your friend who has it all, you won't go wrong at Texture. The jewelry they sell is considered more like art that you wear than an accessory, so you know that you're getting a one of a kind piece.
Fort Norfolk is the last of the George Washington authorized harbor-front ports. Set on four acres next to the Elizabeth River, the fort had a significant role in the War of 1812. Sites to be seen include the dungeon, ramparts and barracks, most of which date back to 1810. Located in the historic Ghent area, Fort Norfolk is an interesting and educational outing.
This fascinating trail is built on an old railroad right-of-way and it passes through an interesting part of modern Norfolk and some of its heritage sites. Walkers can visit the Norfolk Fort, where several early 19th-century buildings still survive, including a dungeon. The trail winds by the waters of Hampton Roads, giving walkers a chance to see ships and tankers, not to mention various birds and other indigenous wildlife. It's a great walk to do at any time of year and is completely free.