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Top 8 Places Worth Visiting in Norfolk, VA

Let’s face it. Most “Top Places to Visit” blog posts are a list of items not too many people want to actually visit. Yea it’s something to do, but are they truly worth the time and energy? Take a look at our top 8 places worth visiting in Norfolk, Va. 

Norfolk has become one of my favorite places to take a quick road trip. It is surrounded by tons of fun activities like Virginia Beach, Water Country USA, and a few places in downtown Norfolk. 


Grain

grainnorfolk.com

Norfolk’s newest rooftop beer garden is located at Hilton Norfolk The Main. Beautiful open air patio overlooking the Elizabeth River. Very chill atmosphere, great for Happy Hour, date night, or hanging out with friends. Also, it seems like the service is slacking when trying to order drinks and food. As a result, be sure to keep a look out for your order. 

Their free photo booth and swinging patio benches are a great added touch.

 

Norfolk Botanical Garden 

norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

Walking around a botanical garden isn’t something that typically gets me excited to get out of bed. All that walking and heat actually paid off. Beautiful flowers, peaceful environment, and a colorful backdrop for great pictures. 

 

Waterside District

 watersidedistrict.com

Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District is a central gathering place for local residents and visitors. Waterside District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more.

 

Battleship Wisconsin 

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I had the pleasure of boarding the Battleship Wisconsin while they hosted their ‘Haunted Ship: Aliens Terror’ Halloween event. It was probably the most terrifying haunted “house” I’ve ever been to. Tickets were $10/person. Visit their website for more special events and updates. 

 

Neon District 

downtownnorfolk.org/explore/neon-district

Step your Instagram post up! Best place to take pictures, the Neon District has quirky art murals and decoration everywhere. 

 

Virginia Aquarium 

virginiaaquarium.com

Take a drive down to Virginia’s Aquarium and Marine Science Center where you’ll see everything from huge sea turtles, snakes, sharks, and you can even touch the stingrays. The fun doesn’t stop there. Located in the back of the aquarium is a path leading up with the Adventure Park. Experience nature from new heights by zip lining and experiencing an aerial adventure in the trees above the scenic Owls Creek.

See more of my experience at the aquarium here

 

Virginia Beach

visitvirginiabeach.com

Virginia Beach is located just 25 minutes from downtown Norfolk. Spend your free time swimming in the ocean, walking the boardwalk, and most of all, sampling on delicious food. 

 

EAT!

Norfolk is filled with amazing restaurants with unique and delicious dishes you won’t get anywhere else. Check out our Finger Lickin’ Good: Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va post for all our mouth watering dishes. 

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