What to do when you’re not watching amazing basketball.

Don’t get us wrong – you’ll be watching a lot of thrilling basketball! The MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) men’s and women’s basketball tournament runs Monday through Sunday, March 5-10, at Norfolk Scope Arena and features nearly non-stop action. But there’s plenty of other fun stuff to see and do while you’re here, such as:



You’ll have to eat, right? Luckily, Downtown Norfolk offers an abundance of amazing dining options, many just steps from Scope. In fact, Granby Street – known as “restaurant row” – is just two blocks away. From fast and delicious to creative twists on regional favorites, tapas bars and haute cuisine, there’s something on the menu for every taste and budget. Looking for a fork-full adventure? Check out the city's special culinary tours.



Norfolk’s shopping centers feature everything from popular national retailers at MacArthur Center and The Gallery at Military Circle to trendy specialty shops and antiquing in Ghent. Treat yourself at the newly opened Norfolk Premium Outlets, offering name brand and designer fashion for a fraction of the price. Be sure to check out Selden Market for a distinctly Norfolk shopping experience!



Norfolk becomes a buzz of activity after dark with live shows at the NorVA, Taphouse, Charlie's American Cafe and Waterside District. Or you can see who’s playing at the Attucks Theatre, once known as "The Apollo of the South," sample wines at the Mermaid Winery, or head over to one of Norfolk's seven local breweries. Don't forget Norfolk's growing coffeehouse scene; you might even catch an open mic night.


Tours & Attractions

Norfolk offers historic attractions, world-class museums and fun tours, all within walking distance or a short car or train ride through the downtown waterfront, including: NauticusMacArthur MemorialChrysler Museum of Art & Glass Studio and plenty more!


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