Norfolk, VA

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At this attractive waterfront city discover extensive beaches of fine sands and a long and distinguished naval history and heritage.

Norfolk is a place where the water is never too far away. This attractive port city lies on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and is the home of the world's largest naval base. Visit Norfolk to explore maritime heritage, set sail on the water and unwind on attractive beaches.

Go on a guided tour of Naval Station Norfolk and see aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships and other naval craft. Head to the downtown waterfront for Nauticus, a marine-themed science area, and step onboard the USS Wisconsin, a retired battleship. Enjoy a harbor cruise on the three-masted American Rover schooner.

Whether you visit Norfolk with or without children, the Virginia Zoological Park makes for a great day or half-day out. See animals from several continents, including Africa and North America. Follow the Trail of the Tiger, go on a walk through the Australian outback and explore the world of reptiles.

Enjoy more nature at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, a colorful and fragrant wonderland of themed gardens.

Drive approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) east of the city for the white sandy beaches and waterways of Virginia Beach. Sunbathe, take part in water sports and enjoy the views, outdoor restaurants and shops of the 3-mile (5-kilometer) Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

If you can pull yourself away from the oceanfront, travel to some of Norfolk's other attractions. Observe some of the thousands of marine creatures representing more than 300 species at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Breathe in the fresh air as you hike along the trails of First Landing State Park where English colonists landed in 1607. Nearby is Cape Henry Lighthouse; climb up this late 18th-century tower for delightful views of Chesapeake Bay. The newer, 19th-century lighthouse is closed to the public.

For dining options, try the restaurants of the Waterside District, a dining and entertainment complex on the banks of the river.

To get to Norfolk, drive, arrive by train or fly into Norfolk International Airport. Travel to beaches, nautical sites and family-friendly attractions by car or public transportation.

Where to stay in Norfolk

Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
3.5 out of 5
1570 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $131 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Norfolk Premium Outlets. Virginia Wesleyan University ...
4.2/5Excellent! (535 reviews)
"Clean, upscale property for an affordable price. Can always depend on a Marriott property."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Norfolk Airport
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Norfolk Scope and within 3 mi (5 km) of Norfolk State University and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. ...
3.8/5Good! (977 reviews)
"All the staff was friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Hilton Norfolk The Main
4 out of 5
100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA
The price is $204 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located in Downtown Norfolk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of USS Wisconsin BB-64 and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (684 reviews)
"The restaurants and the view"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hilton Norfolk The Main
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Beach Side Studio #5 - Pet Friendly
Beach Side Studio #5 - Pet Friendly
Norfolk, VA
The price is $89 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Nestled on the beach, this Cottage Line apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Ocean View Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sarah Constant Shrine Beach. Norfolk ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
functional, pet-friendly
"The place was functional, clean enough (the bathroom could've used a little more attention), pet-friendly, cheaper than most other options, and there was only one building between it and the beach. I would definitely recommend a new mattress as some of the springs were broken and this made it hard ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Beach Side Studio #5 - Pet Friendly
Home2 Suites by Hilton Norfolk Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Norfolk Airport
3 out of 5
5620 East Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, VA
The price is $110 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lake Taylor Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gallery of Military Circle and Virginia Wesleyan ...
4.3/5Excellent! (41 reviews)
"I was very impressed with everything about the room and the environment."

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Norfolk Airport
Cozy Suite at the Beach
Cozy Suite at the Beach
Norfolk, VA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Nestled on the beach, this Willoughby Spit cottage is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Sarah Constant Shrine Beach and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Ocean View Beach. Outlook Beach ...
4.2/5Excellent! (38 reviews)
Beach getaway!
"This was cute place right next to beach access! Best part was my husband and I could bring our dogs on vacation with us."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Cozy Suite at the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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