Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base
8051 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505-1001
Phone: (757) 451-0000
Fax: (757) 451-8394
This stunning golf course is only minutes away from downtown Norfolk, making it the perfect place to make your golfing escape. It affords stunning views of the coastline and ocean and has challenging play that is suitable for all levels. The course was designed by Lester George, one of golf's best known course designers; it was initially private, and frequented only by the very rich, until the City of Norfolk restored the course and aimed to raise it to championship level. The course is also situated behind historic Old Dominion University. Call for more details.
Kayak Nature Tours host a great range of water-based tours around Virginia. Intrepid adventurers can get up close to dolphins, or see ospreys and bald eagles in the peaceful surrounds of First Landing State Park. You can choose between single kayaks or two-person kayaks and whilst the trips are seasonal, there is a trip available for most times of the year. Kayaks are also available for individual hire if you fancy exploring the waterways of Virginia independently. Call for more details.
The Virginia Zoo has been collecting animals since the beginning of the 20th Century. The zoo houses animals from all over the world, from domestic farm animals to Siberian tigers and white rhinos. In addition to animals, the zoo simultaneously houses a large horticultural collection as well. The zoo can also host birthday parties and other private events, as well as zoo camps, Girl and Cub Scout programs and family programs.
Rowena's produces more than just jam! For January to October, visitors can tour the factory to see how Rowena's jams and jellies are produced; just be sure to book your tour in advance for just $2. It is also a popular tea room that has full English tea Thursday-Saturday. Choose from a selection of finger sandwiches, treats like pound cake, scones with their special jams or curd, and, of course, a pot of tea of your choice. The on-site gift shop (open Monday-Saturday) sells a variety of Rowena's sweet treats, or if you can't make it into the store, you can always order online and get your baked goods and jams delivered directly to your door.
This fascinating trail is built on an old railroad right-of-way and it passes through an interesting part of modern Norfolk and some of its heritage sites. Walkers can visit the Norfolk Fort, where several early 19th-century buildings still survive, including a dungeon. The trail winds by the waters of Hampton Roads, giving walkers a chance to see ships and tankers, not to mention various birds and other indigenous wildlife. It's a great walk to do at any time of year and is completely free.
This extremely popular tourist walk takes visitors through some of Norfolk's most significant heritage sites. Visitors can experience over 400 years worth of history. Sights include the 1673 Half Moone Fort and the stately St Paul's Church. It's a leisurely, fascinating way to see the best of Norfolk's rich history. Call for more details.
See Norfolk by water as well as by sea on one of the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises. This two hour narrated tour departs from Nauticus and cruises through Hampton Roads Harbor and on the Elizabeth River to give you a glimpse of the Naval Base from this aquatic view point. You will sail past submarines, aircraft carriers and other impressive military vehicles and installations. The interior of the boat is air conditioned and there is also a gift shop and snack bar. Check the website for schedules.
Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.
Located in Downtown Norfolk, on the waterfront, Town Point Park host scores of events throughout the year. Events include the Friday-after-work concert series, Harborfest, Town Point Jazz and Blues Festival, and the ever popular Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival. The park is situated adjacent to the Waterside Festival Marketplace.
The American Rover Tall Ship Cruises offer visitors a unique way to tour the Hampton Roads harbor. Easily visible with its distinctive red sails, tours leave daily, rain or shine, from their dock by Town Point Park. Each tour is narrated and passengers can participate in the ship's operation. See their website for tour times and ticket prices.
The Norfolk Botanical Gardens offer many different signature and theme gardens for guests to stroll around, such as the Virginia Native Plant Garden, the Bristow Butterfly Garden and the Enchanted Forest. In addition to the numerous beautiful gardens, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens also put on special events and exhibits. Among these are bike nights, sculpture exhibits and guided tours of the gardens.
Some of the best sport fishing in the Lower Chesapeake Bay aboard a 35 foot, custom built boat certified for up to 16 passengers is provided through this fishing charter service which offers half and full day charters throughout the summer, winter, spring, and fall.