The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Norfolk, Virginia

Pagoda at Norfolk Oriental Gardens © m01229/Flickr
Pagoda at Norfolk Oriental Gardens © m01229/Flickr
Photo of Harriet Lawrence
9 February 2017

Norfolk is rich with activities to partake in whilst visiting college campuses or the naval base. Be sure not to miss these 10 activities that can brighten up any dreary day at the Virginian port.

Chrysler Museum of Art | © Gosscj/WikiCommons

Virginia Zoo

Virginia Zoo, though not the biggest in the States, is still a lot of fun. It’s easy to spend 2-3 hours walking around and taking pictures. There’s a variety of animals and you’re able to be up close and personal with an open yard of kangaroos and wallabies. Though make sure you tell your little ones to look but don’t touch.

3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504 +1 757 441 2374

Virginia Stage Company At The Wells Theater

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The Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theater is a local theater group with legendary live performances. The plays are well-written and thoughtful while acted out in a charming and intimate setting. There is a varied amount of drinks and snacks for your perusal and dining pleasure, a comprehensive guide to the theater, and a great view of the stage.

Moses Myers House

The Moses Myers House, built in 1795, was the residence of the first permanent Jewish family in Norfolk. A rare gem, the Myers House is furnished almost completely with items that actually belonged to the family. Knowledgeable gallery hosts take you back in time and help you to walk in the family’s shoes. If you love historical houses, the Myers House is a must see. Go during Halloween for a special spooky tour.

323 East Freemason Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 +1 757 333 1087

Smartmouth Brewery

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Pagoda at Norfolk Oriental Gardens
Pagoda at Norfolk Oriental Gardens | © m01229/Flickr
One of the best local breweries in Virginia, Smartmouth Brewery is located in a more industrial area of Norfolk. The friendly staff is willing to discuss and explain what beers they have on tap. They also offer generous flights for tasting in addition to their seasonal beers not on the tasting menu. There’s a food truck on the premises in case you need sustenance to counteract all the boozy tasters.

Pagoda & Oriental Garden

While the Pagoda & Oriental Garden lives up to it’s name by being a garden, this attraction is also an restaurant. It has a wonderful view from the upper level and a beautiful courtyard and garden surrounding the pagoda. The pricing is moderate and the food is fabulous.

265 W Tazewell St Norfolk, VA 23510 +1 757 622 0506