City of Norfolk


Located in the heart of Coastal Virginia near the Cheapeake Bay, Norfolk is a city of mermaids anchored by a vibrant downtown and steeped in maritime history. Home to the world’s largest naval base and the North American headquarters for NATO, Norfolk is known for its Navy presence and so much more. The city’s rich and proudly diverse culture flows through its museums, burgeoning performing and virtual arts scenes and fabulous festivals.

With 144 miles of shoreline, Norfolk is perfectly situated for water activities like kayaking, sailing, boating and sprawling on the snad of relaxing beach day. There’s also plenty to do on land, whether exploring the Elizabeth River Trail, wandering among blossoms at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, visiting over 700 species at the Virginia Zoo, cheering on the Norfolk Tides or learning about the city’s fascinating architecture or vivid murals through a walking tour.

The passion and creativity of local chefs, bakers and makers truly shines through Norfolk’s dynamic culinary scene. All within city limits, diners can indulge in plump oysters from nearby estuaries, farm-to-table fare, international eats and delicate pastries, plus exceptional varieties of Virginia wines and beers, craft cocktails and specialty coffees. Equally imaginative is Norfolk’s shopping scene, from antiques and locally crafted wares to the finest fashion and furniture. Whether visiting to learn, work, play or stay, Norfolk welcomes any and all to chart their course and experience as much of this unique city as possible.

Local Events

243rd Battle of the Virginia Capes Commemoration243rd Battle of the Virginia Capes Commemoration
September 07, 2024 - September 07, 2024
City of Norfolk

The Norfolk Chapter of the VASSAR will be celebrating the 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of the Virginia Capes on September 7th this year. This is th... Read More

Sail250 VirginiaSail250 Virginia
June 19, 2026 - June 23, 2026
City of Norfolk

In June 2026, Norfolk, Hampton Roads, and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay region will welcome an international fleet of tall ships, military vessels, and ... Read More


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