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,Virginia’s first urban winery 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.
Virginia's Underground Railroad Network, A railroad that ran on water.
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.
Tour Norfolk Naval Base
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. The cost is $10 for adults and $5.00 for children 3-11 and senior citizens over the age of 60. A picture ID is required for all adults.Click here for more info and daily schedule.
Sip and Savor Tour
Get a taste of our local flavor on this self-guided tour of Norfolk’s finest breweries, gastropubs, wine bars and Virginia’s first urban winery. Learn the art and science behind craft beer and urban winemaking, visit tasting rooms and meet the winemakers and brewmasters themselves. Along the way, sample expertly paired local fare at some of the city’s popular gastropubs and cafes. For more information about this tour, click here.
O’Connor Brewing Company Tour
Kevin O’Connor brewed his ales in his backyard in 2009 and his first big batch on St. Patty’s Day 2010. Since then, O’Connor Brewing Company has crafted nearly a dozen beers, and sales on site in their beautiful new tasting room with a 24-tap bar. For more information about this tour, click here.
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.
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