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Museums

Chrysler Museum of Art - In addition to maintaining a distinguished permanent collection, the Chrysler offers a comprehensive program of changing exhibitions and education activities for visitors of all ages. Our goal is to bring people and original works of art together. We believe that a visit to a museum should be both educational, providing visitors with a chance to learn more about themselves and their world, and fun.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-6200 www.chrysler.org

D'art Center - Your Connection With the Visual Arts! 30 studios where artists create & sell fine art.  Art Classes for adults and children.  Changing Exhibits.  Art is for sale & commissions welcome.  Unique place for private events/celebrations.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 625-4211

Nauticus - The National Maritime Center/Battleship Wisconsin - The National Maritime Center located on the downtown waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia. Home to the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus is an exciting 120,000 square-foot science and technology center exploring the power of the sea.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-1000

www.natuicus.org

Hampton Roads Naval Museum - The museum is one of 11 official Navy museums and is subordinate to Commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic. Our mission is to study and interpret the history of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads, Virginia. In partnership with Nauticus: The National Maritime Center, and the Naval Sea Systems Command, the museum is in charge of the day-to-day management and historic interpretation of the Battleship Wisconsin.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 664-1000

Hermitage Museum & Gardens-features a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5000 years, 12 acres of gardens and grounds on the shore of the Lafayette River. Norfolk, VA, (757) 423-2052 www.hermitagemuseum.org

Forts

Fort Norfolk - Fort Norfolk is the last remaining of 19 harbor-front forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington.  Stepping through the fort's arched entryway transports visitors to another era.  Norfolk,  VA, 
Phone: (757) 625-1720.

Fort Story - Fort Story sits on a prominent piece of land. In 1607, colonists first landed here before moving on to settle at Jamestown. At the end of the Revolutionary War, the French Fleet blockaded the bay just offshore from here and prevented the British forces at Yorktown from receiving reinforcements. One of the nation's first lighthouses was built here in 1791.

Historic Homes

Adam Thoroughgood Plantation - The house is one of the oldest houses from early Colonial period and provides insight into the of the kind of lifestyle lived by the gentry in late 1600 Princess Anne County. (757)385-5100.

Moses Myers House - One of the two historic houses administered by the Chrysler, the Myers House is an integral part of the Museum's offerings. With more than 70% of its original holdings intact, its collection draws an exceptionally accurate picture of life in Norfolk at the turn of the 19th century.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 333-6269.

Willoughby-Baylor House - dating from the closing years of the Eighteenth Century, was built on the site of Norfolk's pre-Revolutionary "Mason's Hall." It was originally owned by Captain William Willoughby and later was occupied by several generations of the Baylor family.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 333-1091.

Francis Land House - The Francis Land House is an educational institution that offers tours, exhibits and programs related to the history of Virginia Beach with particular emphasis on the colonial and federal eras.(757) 385-5100.

The Hunter House Victorian Museum- tucked into the historic Freemason District, the house was built in 1894 for the merchant and banker James Wilson Hunter and his family. Norfolk, VA, Phone: (757) 623-9814.

Historic Villages

Colonial Williamsburg - the world�s largest living history museum�the restored 18th-century capital city of Britain�s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution.  Williamsburg,  VA. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center - Experience the story of America's beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Through film, artifact-filled galleries and outdoor living history, these museums engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation's history - from the founding of America's first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. www.history isfun.org

Memorials

Armed Forces Memorial at Town Point Park - Tucked into the southeastern corner of Town Point Park, the Memorial is situated on the Elizabeth River, connected to the park by two bridges. Within the Memorial are 20 inscriptions from letters written home by US service people who lost their lives in war.  

Douglas MacArthur Memorial - The final resting place for General Douglas MacArthur and his wife. Located in Downtown Norfolk's restored 1850 City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries, gift shop, and archives.  Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 441-2965 www.macarthurmemorial.org

Parks

Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge - The Refuge consists of over 107,000 acres, with Lake Drummond, a 3,100 acre natural lake in the center of the Swamp.  Suffolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 986-3705

 

Hampton Carousel - Carousel Park features a wooden carousel from 1920 with 48 horses and two chariots. 
Hampton,  VA, Phone: (757) 727-6381.

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk Botanical Garden provides an educational experience while entertaining visitors of all ages. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures. Norfolk,  VA, Phone: (757) 441-5830  www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

Seashore State Park and Natural Area - Virginia Beach location and has new displays, three indoor aquariums, restrooms, showers and offers water sports rentals. It's Virginia's most popular state park attracting more than a million visitors annually.  Virginia Beach,  VA, Phone: (757) 412-2300.

Waterside Festival Marketplace - The Destination for food, fun, and entertainment...The Waterside is an entirely unique shopping, dining, and entertainment adventure. Poised at the mouth of the Elizabeth River on Norfolk's downtown waterfront, The Waterside offers major restaurants, specialty retail shops, and international food court and exciting nightlife with music, dancing and live entertainment. Boat cruises and ferries depart from The Waterside daily. Covered parking is available in the garage across the street.  Norfolk,  VA. www.festevents.org