Downtown Norfolk is a vibrant, urban waterfront hub where creative grit and traditional Southern hospitality merge. Visitors will find abundant water activities and an extensive local and international dining scene with eclectic art woven through, all situated among historic attractions, unique museums and sweeping water views. Housing the world’s largest naval base, NATO North American headquarters and an expansive seaport, the city is a melting pot of cultures and ideas that shine through in its diverse people, cuisines, attractions, shopping and entertainment venues – and Downtown Norfolk is where it all culminates to offer an experience like no other.

Quick Facts:

Founded: 1682

VIBE: Nautical, trendy, vibrant 

KNOWN FOR: Waterfront Festivals, Restaurant Row, Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus, American Rover


Discover Downtown Pass

Enjoy downtown eats, attractions and shopping all while earning freebies. You will earn free swag every 5 check ins, no purchase required.


History enthusiasts take note: Norfolk’s downtown is home to some of the oldest, most storied sites in the region with historical landmarks around almost every corner! A journey along the Cannonball Trail, a self-guided historical tour, is a must-do;  just be sure to factor in at least two hours to see it all! On this tour you’ll get a sense of what daily life was once like; and you’ll see historic homes including the Moses Myers House, the Willoughby- Baylor House and the Hunter House Victorian Museum. You’ll see the MacArthur Memorial, the final resting place and museum honoring General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and his wife; the Armed Forces Memorial and the Norfolk Southern Museum.

Best Ways to Get Around


Downtown consists of 12 walkable city blocks and features designated pedestrian...

Rentable Bikes and Scooters

Norfolk has Lime Scooters and Bikes and Pedego Bikes

The Tide

Norfolk's Light Rail system

Car Services

Ride sharing programs and Taxis

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