Answers to Norfolk’s most frequently asked questions:


What is Norfolk, VA known for?

In the past Norfolk has been known as a Navy town, featuring the world's largest naval base. But recently its food and art scene has exploded, creating an eclectic, vibrant and urban city along Virginia's waterways.

Does Norfolk, Virginia have a beach?

Yes, we have 7.5 miles of beach in the neighborhood of Ocean View and East Beach.

Are there tours of the Norfolk Navy base?

Yes, you can tour the Navy base by boat or bus. Check out our Naval Base Tour page for more information.

What is the best time to visit Norfolk, VA?

Honestly, there isn't a bad time to visit Norfolk. Warm springs and falls make exploring the outdoors enjoyable, while hot summers make for the perfect beach vacation. Norfolk has mild winters so frost bitten noises are never an option.

What's the weather like in Norfolk, VA?

Most days in Norfolk are warm, with an average annual high temperature of 68 degrees and an average annual low temperature of 51 degrees.

How far is the airport from downtown?

About a 20 min car ride.

Are Norfolk's beaches pet-friendly?

Yes, but they need to be leashed at all times and are not allowed on beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seasonally, beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

How far is Norfolk, VA from DC?

We are only about 200 miles away (3 1/2 hours without traffic) from DC. 

How far is Norfolk, VA from Richmond?

We are only about 100 miles away (2 hours without traffic) from Richmond.

How far is Norfolk, VA from Williamsburg?

We are only about 52 miles away (1 hour without traffic) from Williamsburg.

How far is Norfolk, VA from Virginia Beach?

Downtown Norfolk to the Virginia Beach oceanfront is 18 miles away, about a 20 min drive without traffic.

How far is Norfolk, VA from the Outer Banks?

We are only about 72 miles away (1 1/2 hours without traffic) from the Outer Banks.