The secret’s out! Norfolk is offering free 24/7 wifi throughout the city at major education centers including museums, attractions, libraries and recreation centers, like Nauticus which offers inspiring Battleship views and Slover Library which is an architectural dream; their third floor outdoor patio makes for the perfect creative space. So, swap out your makeshift virtual school setups and mundane home office spaces for something far more exciting! Here’s a list of some of the coolest locations worth packing up your briefcase and backpacks for. For a complete list, please visit ConnectNorfolk.
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Share your work space with brilliant artwork and artifacts that date back centuries. The Museum is continuing with their free admission and is open to the public with timed ticketing, allowing for the perfect educational remote working location. Replace the history books with real life artifacts, like ancient Egyptian statues and transform art class into admiration for different mediums.
The Battleship Wisconsin and Elizabeth River are the two best views that accompany Nauticus’s free outdoor wifi. Focus on your studies and projects with the calming sounds of the river as your background music, then study the different types of ships that steam by or hit the deck of the battleship with your reserved ticket (which you can purchase ahead of time online) and learn about the region’s deep rooted naval history. For another added layer of educational fun, grab a cultural lunch at the onsite cafe, Big WISKY Porch which serves up a fusion of Asian American cuisine, which reflects the areas of the world in which the Battleship Wisconsin operated in.
Flourishing flowers, abundant wildlife and Lake Whitehurst breezes accompany the Garden’s free wifi. You would be hard pressed to find a prettier “office”, and with 175 ever-changing acres to discover and seven miles of paved paths throughout there’s always something new to explore, see and learn. The gardens are just as informative as they are pretty; discover the inner-workings of ecosystems, observe butterflies and birds, and even assist scientists in better understanding tree squirrel ecology.
Work an hour, shop an hour, eat an hour - who doesn't love the convenience of free wifi at the Premium Outlets? Wifi is accessible in the food court as well as the outlets' open-space areas, which make for great play time spaces for the kids. Grab a cappuccino, a Poketastic poke bowl and shop for gifts with a little work and study in-between.
The Slover Library blends a feeling of modernism and historicity that creates a dynamic center for learning with leading-edge technology - one of the most advanced libraries in the state of Virginia. Free wifi is accessible in the outdoor cafe area, and free internet access extends throughout the library, as well as inside the Creative Studios (Design, Maker, Production and Sound) which are open and reservation restricted for minimal contact.