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.
VIBE: Nautical, trendy, vibrant
KNOWN FOR: Waterfront Festivals, Restaurant Row, Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus, American Rover
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.