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Welcome to Norfolk


Bordered by the grand Elizabeth River and historical Chesapeake Bay, it's no wonder Norfolk became the 'navy capital' of the United States. Largely influenced by its watery environment, visitors to Norfolk will find a smattering of outstanding maritime centres, museums and nautical memorabilia; not to mention its mammoth navy base, the largest in the world. But belying its naval reputation, Norfolk is also home to a vibrant arts community, boasting a variety of dynamic art galleries, including the world-class Chrysler Museum of Art, numerous theatres and a grand opera house.

Norfolk's downtown area has flourished over the years and a stroll through animated Granby Street is testament to this, with a string of lively gourmet restaurants, chic bars and trendy boutique stores. The historic district of Ghent is a good place to visit to get a picture of old-world Norfolk, where traditional wooden houses, tree lined boulevards and old churches dominate the landscape and visitors can browse for treasures in the quirky antique stores or people watch in one of the locally owned cafés. Ghent is a good place to find Norfolk souvenirs, like the iconic mermaid statues.

For a bit of sun, sea and surf head to the beach at Ocean View or take some time out to visit the Waterside Festival Marketplace overlooking the Elizabeth River, where live entertainment, an attractive array of dining options and superb shopping opportunities can be found. From here travellers can embark on a tour of the harbour and surrounding areas on an elegant tall ship or paddlewheel ferry.

Information & Facts

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Nauticus is a valuable attraction for both educational and entertainment purposes. This maritime-themed science centre and museum now stands where Norfolk's banana pieronce was and features exhibits, interactive theatres and touch tanks, as well as a weather station. It is also home to the USS Wisconsin, an additional interest for mariners and vacationers alike.

Originally founded in 1933, the Chrysler Museum of Art is located on the waters of The Hague, in the Ghent district of Norfolk, and is home to the art collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. Over time it has increased its collection significantly and is one of Norfolk's most esteemed attractions. The museum is family-friendly, and kids will love the Daniel Rozin interactive installation.

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