08 August 2022

Family Getaway to Norfolk, VA

In need of a family-friendly getaway? Look no further. Norfolk is the perfect place for you and the kids to explore, learn, seek adventure and make some unforgettable memories together.

Explore and Inspire

Virginia Zoo

Giraffes, zebras and tigers, oh my! Learn about animals from all over the world as you walk among Australian wallabies and their joeys, spot Africa’s majestic rhinos, lions and cheetahs, admire slithering reptiles, and play with goats at the Zoo Farm. The Virginia Zoo is home to over 700 species, which gives something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus

Spend the day exploring Nauticus, a maritime museum and discovery center. Nauticus is also home to the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Explore the decks and depths of the ship, and don’t forget to take a family photo!

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Norfolk Botanical Garden

There are opportunities to grow and learn at Norfolk Botanical Garden all year round! The World of Wonder (WOW) Children’s Garden offers opportunities for learning and exploration for family members of all ages. Explore edible plants at Discovery Peak, and take a nature walk through Plant Safari habitat gardens. In warmer months, cool off in the world-themed splash fountains. Daily activities include guided and self-guided discovery stations, scavenger hunts, crafts and walking tours.

On the Water

Looking for a way to get out on the bay? Sunset cruises on the American Rover, themed lunch and dinner cruises via City Cruises by Hornblower, sailing lessons through Sail Nauticus and kayaking are all great ways to experience the Chesapeake Bay. For the more educational cruises, check out the Norfolk Naval Base Cruises aboard Victory Rover where they showcase aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and more!

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Beach Day

Spend a day making sand castles, soaking up the sun and spotting dolphins in the distance. Enjoy local seafood while overlooking the Chesapeake Bay at the Ocean View Pier Restaurant. Don’t want to leave the beach? Pack a picnic with food from Taste, they have several locations throughout the city.


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With a diverse cuisine scene in Norfolk, it is easy to please everyone’s palates. Our family-friendly breweries are eager to entertain you. Doumar’s is a great spot to show the kids the world’s first waffle cone machine. For an afternoon snack or treats to take home, head to Bonbonnier for old-fashioned homemade candies! 


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Norfolk is home to the ECHL Norfolk Admirals and the MiLB Norfolk Tides, making a memorable evening no matter what time of year you visit. Foam fingers for the kids and local beer for the adults with buttered popcorn at the Scope Arena and baseball franks at Harbor Park will make these games the perfect family outing!  


When it’s time to unwind, you and your family can relax, watch a movie or perhaps swim in a pool inside one of Norfolk’s conveniently-located hotels. Some hotels offer deals on connecting rooms, free breakfast and more. Check out the deals here.

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