For a fun and affordable family vacation, head to Norfolk, Virginia. The destination offers beautiful beaches and rich cultural attractions for every type of traveler to enjoy.
Fun & Educational
For travelers looking for more of a cultural and educational experience, there are lots of opportunities for families to learn.
Spend the day exploring Nauticus, a maritime museum and discovery center. The battleship is one of the last and largest built by the U.S. Navy. The ship served in World War II and the Korean War, but now lives at the museum for visitors to explore.
The World of Wonder Children’s Garden offers opportunities for learning and exploration. Families can try edible plants at Discovery Peak and take a nature walk through the Plant Safari. During summer, cool off in the world-themed splash fountains.
As one of the top attractions for families in Norfolk, Virginia Zoo features more than 500 animals from around the world. The zoo is the perfect place to spend the day seeing animals, from lions and tigers to giraffes and elephants.
Families who love spending time outdoors and enjoying nature, Norfolk offers plenty of activities.
Book a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise for a meal with stunning views. Lunch cruises have a casual yet festive atmosphere, making them ideal for the whole family. During the dinner cruise, travelers can dine, dance and play games in City Cruises lounge spaces. Guests can then go up to the skyline deck for beautiful views of the Navy’s Atlantic fleet.
Paddle your way around Lafayette River on a kayak excursion. Even the smallest members of the family can relax on the water as you row along. Choose from a single or tandem kayak depending on your group’s size. All rentals come with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.
Spend the day playing in the sand and surf at Ocean View Beach Park or take a dip in Chesapeake Bay Beach.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.