On your own

Boating and Downtown.
232 E Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Region Hampton Roads
Locality Norfolk City
VisitNorfolk: (757) 622-6664
Melissa Hopper mhopper@visitnorfolktoday.com
VisitNorfolk www.visitnorfolktoday.com

Shop till you drop at MacArthur Center with over 70 retailers anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard's.  Catch a ride on the The Tide to the Chrysler Museum. Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. This museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic and Asian cultures. This museum also offers an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Lunch Catch a ride to Granby Street via the Tide and dine on your own in one of many restaurants downtown Norfolk has to offer. Known to locals as restaurants row, you will definitely find something here to satisfy. Try some small plates and sangria at Bodega or fresh local oysters and grilled tart apple aioli at 456 Fish.

Then take F.R.E.D. (Free Ride Everyday) and venture onto the smooth waters of Norfolk's historical harbor on the Elizabeth River.  Take a dive into rich maritime heritage with an American Rover Tall Ship Cruise. Sail majestically by giant merchant and navy ships, tugs, fishermen, yachts, and all the wonders of our bustling waters. Lend a hand at the sails, take a try at the helm, roam the spacious decks, or relax, as the Captain points out the highlights around you. Live Entertainment available during certain cruises.

Spend the afternoon at Nauticus, a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center, exploring the power of the sea that features more than 150 exhibits, films and exotic aquatic life.

Tour the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Stand beneath her 16-inch guns and feel the excitement of being aboard an historic warship. Also, make sure to stroll through the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and explore 200 years of Naval history in Hampton Roads.

Last Updated: 12/12/2014 1:37 PM