Family-Friendly Fun in Norfolk: 10 Activities and Attractions for Kids
Norfolk, Virginia is a great place to vacation with your family. From its sandy beaches to its bustling urban areas, there's plenty to explore. And if you're traveling with children in tow, you’ll be happy to know that Norfolk is full of activities that will keep everyone entertained. Here are # family-friendly attractions and activities that make Norfolk the perfect place for families of all ages.
- The Children’s Museum of Virginia
Just eight minutes away in nearby Portsmouth (so close that it may as well be in Norfolk!), the Children’s Museum of Virginia is perfect for younger kids who want to explore science, history, art, and technology through hands-on exhibits. Featuring interactive games and even an interactive submarine ride, it’s sure to provide hours of entertainment for both parents and kids.
- Virginia Zoo
Featuring over 500 animals from around the world, The Virginia Zoo has been entertaining visitors since 1900. Explore Serengeti Crossing, the Asian Aviary or take a ride on The Wild Side Express Train before ending your day with ice cream or pizza from the Zootique Café at Zoo Farm.
Located on the city’s waterfront district, Nauticus is a unique maritime museum offering something for everyone in your family. Climb aboard two decommissioned U.S Navy ships for a guided tour, watch marine life up close in the touch tanks, or participate in one of their many educational programs available throughout the year.
- Historic Ghent District
Take a stroll through this neighborhood full of beautiful architecture and rich culture including restaurants, boutique shops and galleries sure to please everyone in your group. While strolling the Historic Ghent District don’t forget to check out Colley Avenue, one of Norfolk’s oldest streets, and take some unique family photos.
- Hermitage Foundation Museum & Gardens
See some of the finest works from French Impressionist masters at the stunning Hermitage Foundation Museum & Gardens, located inside a former estate house. The museum is surrounded by gardens just waiting to be explored by curious minds, and it’s a beautiful spot for young artists to find inspiration or those looking for some peaceful downtime outdoors.
- Norfolk Botanical Garden: If your kids need more than just fresh air while exploring nature outside then head over to Norfolk Botanical Garden. This site features over 30 acres of plants and trees including rare species from around the world brought here through exchange programs between other gardens. Enjoy walking trails, butterfly houses and even boat tours around Lake Whitehurst during warmer months.
- Town Point Park
We’re sure you and your family will enjoy Town Point Park, a great place to enjoy some fresh air and views of the Elizabeth River. Take a picnic lunch or check out one of their many concerts during the summer. You can even do some stargazing here with telescopes provided by the Virginia Living Museum.
- Ocean View Beach Park
Get ready for some fun in the sun at this popular park located along the Chesapeake Bay. Ocean View Beach Park provides an ideal spot for swimming, fishing, crabbing and more. With plenty of space to run around, playgrounds and even a snack bar serving up ice cream and hotdogs, this beach just might become your family’s favorite place to spend sunny afternoons.
- Chrysler Museum of Art
Children are naturally creative, so it’s never too early to introduce them to different types of art. The Chrysler Museum of Art features artwork from all over the world including amazing pieces from some of the best artists of all time like Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh. Their family programs for kids include scavenger hunts, art activities and more.
- USS Wisconsin Battleship
Maritime history buffs will love The Battleship Wisconsin. Here, you can tour the decks of this iconic battleship or even participate in a re-enactment! There’s plenty to explore here and a lot to learn about an important part of Norfolk’s past.
With so much to do in Norfolk, whether you’re a visitor or a local, your family will have plenty to explore here.
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