Action off the Court
Norfolk becomes a buzz of activity after dark with live shows at the NorVA, Taphouse and Toast, or see who is playing at the Attucks Theatre. Once known as "The Apollo of the South," the Attucks is a National Historic Landmark as well as a year-round music venue featuring all types of music. Sample wines at the Mermaid Winery, taste handcrafted rum at Dead Reckoning Distillery or head over to one of Norfolk's seven local breweries, including O'Connor Brewing Company or Smartmouth Brewing Company. Don't forget Norfolk's growing coffeehouse scene; you might even catch an open mic night!
Take a pub crawl through Norfolk’s local’s brewery and wineries with Taste of Virginia Tours. Sip wine at Virginia’s first urban winery and try several different craft beers at Norfolk breweries.
Find creative twists on regional favorites. Enjoy tapas bars or experience haute cuisine. There’s something on the menu for every taste and budget, including special; culinary tours for foodies. Be sure to browse our online Dining Guide.
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 self at the newly opened Norfolk Premium Outlets. The outlet mall offers name brand and designer fashion for a fraction of the price. Check out Selden Market for a truly local experience.
Norfolk, Virginia is rich with historic attractions, world-class museums, and offers unique and fun shopping and dining adventures, all within walking distance or a short car or train ride through the downtown waterfront. See below for a sample of tours.
Waterways to Freedom Tour
By the 1850s, Norfolk, Virginia had become far more than a strategic seaport along the burgeoning Mid Atlantic coast. It proved to be a vital and critical link along the Underground Railroad, offering a key route to freedom for thousands of daring, heroic Southern slaves Experience this amazing story with an interactive visual and audio tour by clicking here.
Norfolk Naval Base Tour
The 45-minute tour is conducted by Naval personnel. Visitors will have an opportunity to see aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and one of the busiest airfields in the country. The tour also features historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
Haunted Norfolk Tour
Norfolk traces its roots back to the early 17th century, soon after the first English settlers arrived in the new world. Since then, the city has seen its fair share of history: battles, fires, hurricanes and strife, and those come haunting tales that do not allow the past to be forgotten. Take an afternoon and explore some of the most haunted sites on your own, including St. Paul's Espicopal Church, the Well's Theatre, Battleship Wisconsin and more.
With seven locally-owned breweries and an impressive lineup of gastropubs and beer bars, Norfolk is serving up some serious fermented fun. From seasonally-brewed suds to celebrated staples, there's something on tap to quench your thirst. With breweries and bars in close proximity to the heart of the city and easy to navigate routes, it's never been easier to taste your way through the city's craft beer scene. Be sure to take in the full Norfolk craft beer experience as safely as possible.
Taste Virginia Tours
Dedicated to all things local, let Taste Tidewater take you safely from farms to restaurants to wineries and breweries. Choose from our set tours or contact us to put together a custom tour for your group.