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A Family Fun Guide for Norfolk, Virginia

by Mary Melnick

May 8, 2023

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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.


Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus

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.


Norfolk Botanical Garden

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.


Virginia Zoo

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.


Get Outside

Families who love spending time outdoors and enjoying nature, Norfolk offers plenty of activities.


City Cruises Norfolk

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.


Norfolk Kayak Rentals

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.


Beach Day

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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