Norfolk is the business, financial, educational, cultural and medical hub of Southeastern Virginia, and an international city in every respect. We boast one of the country’s largest and busiest ports, we are home to the world’s largest United States Naval Base; and, we are the North American headquarters for NATO. These and other assets have helped make us a global city in a global economy.
From the banks of the beautiful Elizabeth River to the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay you will find parks, promenades, shops, restaurants and museums. Norfolk is a center for cultural activities, anchored by the nationally-renowned Chrysler Museum of Art, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Opera and the D’Art Center. We offer some of the best shopping in the area at MacArthur Center Mall, which includes Hampton Roads’ only Nordstrom and the region’s flagship Dillard’s department store. For the baseball fan we have our own Norfolk Tides, a minor league team in the Triple-A International League. Since 2007 they have been a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles; prior to that, they had a 38 year affiliation with the New York Mets. Norfolk is also home to the Virginia Zoo which boasts more than 400 animals, from elephants to tree frogs. The Virginia Zoo is a must see for all.
Points of interest for history buffs are Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, which has an array of various science and technology exhibits where people can learn about the economic and naval power of the sea; the Battleship Wisconsin, which earned five battle stars during World War II and is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy; the Hampton Roads Naval Museum inside Nauticus; and the MacArthur Memorial, which is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General Douglas MacArthur. The Memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
We are home to Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Wesleyan College, as well as the Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus. All five of these institutions are members of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium which helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to promote cooperation and collaboration in order to better serve the people of the Hampton Roads. We are very proud of the accomplishments of these institutions, the service they provide to their students, and the enrichment they add to Hampton Roads through their rigorous programs and active civic engagement.
Norfolk also has many great restaurants, not only in the downtown area but throughout our city. Whether you are visiting or a resident of Norfolk, I encourage you to explore all of the wonderful cuisines available in our many unique, delicious, one-of-a-kind restaurants.
If you are planning to visit Norfolk or you live here and are looking for travel options, we have the Norfolk International Airport. It is centrally located just minutes from downtown, nestled next to the beautiful Botanical Garden, and has flights to hundreds of cities daily. Norfolk also has a new Amtrak service that leaves from Harbor Park and will take you all the way to Washington, D.C., New York City and points north. When arriving on Amtrak, you can walk just steps from the train platform to a light rail station of The Tide that will take you to various destinations throughout our city.
While Norfolk embodies the cultural and commercial advantages of a big city, visitors and residents alike become wrapped up in the intimate charm, historic past and friendly atmosphere of our old seaport town where life is celebrated daily.