Spend a group getaway in Prince William and Norfolk learning about and experiencing some of Virginia’s richest military history and attractions. After exploring Prince William’s attractions including the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Manassas National Battlefield Park, come celebrate military history with charm and pageantry at the Virginia International Tattoo held in Norfolk. Experience a true patriotic display of military splendor, with a cast of hundreds of performers from drill teams to pipe and drum corps.
Friday: Prince William, VA
Arrive early afternoon to visit the Quantico National Cemetery where our nation’s veterans are remembered. Have the honor of helping the Missing In America Project, an organization that aims to find, identify and inter unclaimed remains of fallen veterans. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by participating in placing flags at the graves of these previously forgotten heroes.
Travel down the street to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines—past, present, and future. Before calling it a night, step into the quaint town of Historic Occoquan for a memorable dinner. This riverfront community welcomes visitors with Southern hospitality and plenty of dining options to choose from.
Saturday: Prince William, VA
Start the morning with a Civil War guide dressed in his military uniform leading you through Manassas National Battlefield Park. This was the first major land battle of the United States’ Civil War. Afterward, visit a Civil War hospital at the Ben Lomond Historic Site. Soldiers were taken here after the Battle of First Manassas to care for their wounds and left their signatures on the walls to prove it. Learn about 19th century medicine used to care for the injured soldiers.
Enjoy lunch at Virginia Gateway, the premier shopping destination boasting an amazing selection of over 120 regional and local shops and restaurants in a convenient shopper-friendly environment. After lunch, visit Effingham Manor Winery to sample their wines or enjoy craft beer, craft food and live local music at 2 Silos Brewing Company, a place to bring family and friends together.
Before calling it a night, enjoy dinner at Out of the Blue, a neighborhood crab and seafood house serving fresh and diverse seafood with exciting new flavors. Be sure to try their lobster bisque!
Sunday: Prince William to Norfolk, Va
Leave for Norfolk in the morning and arrive by 11:30 a.m. to tour Nauticus, a fun and exciting maritime discovery center. Nauticus is also home to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum introduces over 200 years of naval history in Coastal Virginia, and Battleship Wisconsin is the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Head over to the Scope Arena for the Hullabaloo, an outdoor festival prior to the grand performance. Then experience the Virginia International Tattoo, an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show-stopping drill team maneuvers, international bands and dancers from six to eight countries including the United States of America. Enjoy as the cast of hundreds of performers take center stage in a 120-minute performance.
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO DATES
April 20–23, 2023 (Thursday–Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.)
April 19–21, 2024
For dinner, sail along the Norfolk waterfront on City Cruises Norfolk. Savor freshly prepared cuisine in a nautical setting with professional entertainment.
Monday: Norfolk, Va
Take a two-hour cruise aboard the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise touring Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base, by water. Enjoy lunch and shopping at Norfolk’s Premium Outlets featuring more than 90 designer stores with a waterfront setting. Make a quick stop for ice cream and discover where and how the waffle cone was invented at Doumar’s.
Great food and music doesn’t end just yet! End the night with dinner at Norfolk’s Waterside District, featuring assorted restaurants and entertainment, adjacent to Town Point Park.
Tuesday: Norfolk, VA
Before heading home, discover one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons on the East Coast at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Experience 155 glorious acres of gardens with guided tours via foot, tram or boat.