Norfolk, VA

Discover why Virginia is for Lovers®. Experience breathtaking views, uncover America’s rich history, savor Virginia’s best wines, read graffiti left by Civil War soldiers, shop at premier outlet malls and boutique shops, and walk the streets of authentic American towns. The journey starts from Washington, D.C. and gives you the flexibility of multiple options throughout Virginia. Whatever your heart chooses, you will fall in love with these great destinations.

Top Activities

Naval Station Norfolk: Experience the life of a sailor at Naval Station Norfolk. Take a 45 minute bus tour of the world’s largest Naval installation with a knowledgeable, active duty Navy guide who leads you on a tour of the base and explains how our Navy works to protect our country.

Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus: Nauticus is a fun and interactive maritime science and technology center exploring the power of the sea. It features more than 150 exhibits, entertaining films and exotic aquatic life. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside Nauticus, introduces over 200 years of naval history in Coastal Virginia. Located adjacent to Nauticus, discover the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last battleship ever built by the US Navy.

Chrysler Museum of Art: stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.’s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures. The museum also offers an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Douglas MacArthur Memorial: Discover the compelling story of General Douglas MacArthur, a five star General of the Army and the millions of Americans who served our nation through five wars at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Located in downtown Norfolk’s restored 1850s City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries.

Norfolk Botanical Garden: Take a fun-filled boat ride at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore its peaceful waterways or meander through its many beautiful gardens and discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild.

 

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps
  • Trolley Tour of Fredericksburg
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Countless Virginia Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Occoquan – Historic riverfront town
  • James Monroe Museum
  • American Rover Sailing Cruise
  • Lewis Ginter Botanicals Gardens
  • Virginia Culinary Food Tour

Special Events

Chanticleer

Their soaring vocals thrill in ancient madrigals that echo with history and passion, seduce with unforgettable renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook, and rev up crowds with hits like Queen’s Somebody to Love. Close your eyes and you’ll scarcely believe this extraordinary sound comes from just a dozen male voices. “Otherworldly harmonies and aching, unresolved melodies. The adoring throng demanded an encore” (The New York Times).

 


Elementum: The Crop Foundation

Distinguished consumers, foodies, and craft beer enthusiast who are passionate about community, empowering future generations and celebrating visionary students are invited to Elementum – an immersive culinary and fine art experience exploring each of the elements – earth, air, fire and water, on Thursday, May 4 at 6:00pm at Toast. The event will feature fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, specialty cocktails, local brews and free-range art.

Elementum is a collaboration between Dave Hausman and John Porter’s Restaurants (Toast, Field Guide and Handsome Biscuit) and Kip Poole’s The Crop Foundation, a non-profit that provides grants and employment opportunities for students who are driven to study and promote the art, science, and soul of food. Participation in Crop Foundation events is open to ANY student who wishes to pursue and further their culinary career.

Tickets for the May 4th dinner are $45 per person and include multiple courses and food tastings and one drink ticket. For an additional $22, guests can purchase a $67 VIP ticket and enjoy an open bar for the evening. Parties of 6 or more receive 15% off tickets.


TBA Productions presents The Mirrors / Slophouse /Mosquito Cabaret

Join TBA Productions for a night of tunes from Norfolk favs The Mirrors as they host friends from Philly Slophouse and first time seeing locals Mosquito Cabaret at Charlie’s…

Local Transportation

Venture Tours offers a very diverse fleet of motorcoaches with Wi-Fi (cellular service permitting), audio/video equipment, public address system, reclining seats, 110-outlets and clean restrooms.


Fun Tours: luxury coach buses feature a private restroom, comfortable and roomy seating, and comes equipped with WiFi and DVD players. Each includes video monitors, stereo equipment and plenty of overhead storage.


Orange Peel: Private ground transportation, cars and SUV’s.


James River Carey Transportation: Today, the firm is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and features a fleet of more than 80 vehicles including buses, motor-coaches, min-coaches, limousines, executive sedans, vans and SUVs. Now called James River Transportation, the company provides a broad array of transportation solutions to an ever expanding market.


Distance from Major Airports

  • Norfolk International Airport (ORF) to downtown – 11.2 miles

Local Tour Guides

Phillips DMC offers a full range of services for groups of all sizes and types ranging from customized sightseeing tours, transportation logistics and special events to receptive services and cruise ship shore excursions. Phillips DMC will create a personal experience that fits the needs of your group. English spoken. Contact: erin@phillilpsdmc.com

Colonial Connections: provide complete tour planning including air and ground transportation or if you need fewer services, we provide fully licensed and experienced tour escorts and step-on guides and evening programs only. English spoken. Contact: info@colonialconnections.com