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.
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.
The Virginia Zoo has been collecting animals since the beginning of the 20th Century. The zoo houses animals from all over the world, from domestic farm animals to Siberian tigers and white rhinos. In addition to animals, the zoo simultaneously houses a large horticultural collection as well. The zoo can also host birthday parties and other private events, as well as zoo camps, Girl and Cub Scout programs and family programs.
Downtown Norfolk is the real heartbeat of the city. Downtown, visitors will find all kinds of attractions, from museums to theaters, boutiques, restaurants, bars and a beautiful waterfront view. Make sure Downtown is on your list when you visit Norfolk. It's hard to miss!
Spread across an area of 2888 acres, First Landing State Park is a regularly visited destination that entices visitors with its tranquil airs. The park features a recreational space, picnic area and facilities for swimming, boating and fishing. Besides this, the park is also a frequent destination for hikers and bikers. There is a huge campground on-site where cabin rental facilities and modern amenities are available. The First Landing State Park plays host to various local events on a regular basis.
Created in 1974 by compressing layers and layers of solid waste, Mount Trashmore is an exemplary park. Spread over 165 acres (66.77 hectares), the park was initially an abandoned landfill but now comprises of basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas and paths in addition to lakes and two man made mountains. Visitors also have access to a skate park, vending machines and outdoor fitness stations. They can also rent wheelchairs, footballs, frisbees and various other items for free from the park authorities. Open daily, you know where to go if you are looking for a fun day out.
Norfolk State University William 'Dick' Price Stadium is the homeground of Norfolk State Spartans football team. Built in 1997, the stadium can easily accommodate up to 30000 people. The multi-purpose stadium was named in honor of the former Athletic Director Dick Price. The stadium comprises of a natural grass surface and an eight-lane rubberized track. There is also a two storey press box in the stadium.
St. Paul's dates back to 1739, making it one of the oldest original colonial buildings in Norfolk, but the history of the parish goes back even farther than that. Today, visitors to the church can still see a cannonball that was lodged there in 1776. The church also houses some historic grave sites dating back to the 17th Century.
The Legends of Music Walk of Fame, running along Granby Street, is Norfolk's version of the concept Hollywood made famous. The plaques in the sidewalk commemorate the musicians who have called the Hampton Roads region home like Ella Fitzgerald, Ruth Brown and Bruce Hornsby. Take a stroll along Granby and see if you can find them all.
Nestled in downtown Norfolk, the MacArthur Memorial is a series of four buildings commissioned in the 1960s to commemorate the life of one of America's most awarded military heroes, General Douglas MacArthur. In 1964, General MacArthur was laid to rest in the main building. The memorial also pays tribute to the men and women who served alongside the General during both World Wars and the Korean War. The memorial site is complete with a museum, a visitor center and the MacArthur Memorial Theater. The museum, in particular, lends deep insights into the life and times of the valiant man, with the help of original archives, artifacts, displays, myriad murals, mementos and memorabilia. History is frozen in every nook and cranny of this memorial which the city greatly prides itself upon.
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.
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. Savor art in the form of Greco-Roman, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, and African masterpieces. The Impressionism, Sculpture and Photography galleries are sure to enthral you. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House.