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The city of Norfolk is strategically located in the southeastern Hampton Roads region at the mouth of one of the nation's fastest-growing ports, allowing you to leave your car ashore and hop aboard one of the many floating attractions Norfolk has to offer.
Why not take the Carrie B across the river from Portsmouth, another walkable city? It was voted the best harbor cruise in Virginia, and since 1959, over one million passengers have cruised on the Carrie B! Perhaps the Spirit of Norfolk would tickle your fancy, providing you with unparalleled cruising fun on the historic Elizabeth River.
Are you a navy history junkie? Then Norfolk's naval attractions are sure to satisfy. Visit the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, where you can explore the world's largest battleship, the USS Wisconsin. Older kids (and their dads) will be intrigued by real Tomahawk missile launchers; the scavenger hunt is also a real treat! Or step inside one of the oldest forts in Hampton Roads, Fort Norfolk, which has been called "the best preserved and most original of 1812 war sites in America."
Make a bee line for MacArthur Center -- a three-story, state-of-the-art retail wonderland with 18 movie screens and comfy leather couches to sit, rest your feet and people watch.
Traveling with pets? Take the dog to Bea Arthur Dog Park to roam the one-acre lawn, paddle the Elizabeth River, or play with toys as you picnic in the shade.
Looking for more excitement? Venture to Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, which features over 150 interactive exhibits, exotic aquaria and touch pools with shark petting!
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