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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Engage all your senses as you see and learn at the same time. Who says history is boring”
  • 30 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“The Waterside District offers wonderful restaurants, boating, and tourist attractions. Take a dinner cruise on The Spirit of Norfolk, Escape the Ship on the USS Wisconsin, learn more about our great US Navy on Nauticus, or catch the Ferry over to Portsmouth. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Explore one of the navies oldest ships and take a tour!! Plenty of learning and adventure for the whole family to enjoy ”
  • 38 locals recommend
History Museum
“Interesting place to visit if you're into battleships. Get a free tour of the ship. Don't miss he museum.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Museum
“If you have children the Children's museum of Portsmouth is a must stop. There are many activities that will allow your kids to imagine, explore and discover through playing, toys, and shows. The grocery store and the dental exhibit were our top favorites.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the water and downtown Norfolk. Fantastic atmosphere. Go near sunset to get a good picture!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the East coast's finest small museums. Give yourself plenty of time to see art of all periods, or just drop in for a changing exhibit and have a great lunch. Less than an hour away. Admission is free.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
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“Best breakfast ever! Same block, only 100 ft. So close, it's like a real 'Bed & Breakfast' experience.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“(3.5 mi/ 14 minutes) Highly acclaimed and local. They serve til they run out of their famous sweet potato biscuits. My favorite is the Stevie. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Beautiful abbey restored into restaurant. Delicious food and wonderful service. Reservation recommended for weekend.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Landscaped green space on the river with fountains, picnic areas, seasonal performances & festivals.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Go see the Rocky Horror Picture show. Famous but warning wear old clothes. Fun and old movies are shown here. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a gourmet take on the classic grilled cheese! bring your appetite because these are big sandwiches ! I recommend the Johnny Apple seed! or if you love chocolate go the Big O will satisfy your cravings! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Authentic German Food. Awesome place to eat and very good waitstaff. I have dined here for years and the food is amazing. Well stocked Bar in back. Look for the trees next to Long Boards and its in the lighted tree path. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia, also known as the National Maritime Center.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“(13 min. / 4.3 miles) This is in downtown Ghent. My son's favorite Pizza place. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

General Entertainment
“The Waterside District offers wonderful restaurants, boating, and tourist attractions. Take a dinner cruise on The Spirit of Norfolk, Escape the Ship on the USS Wisconsin, learn more about our great US Navy on Nauticus, or catch the Ferry over to Portsmouth. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the water and downtown Norfolk. Fantastic atmosphere. Go near sunset to get a good picture!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“(3.5 mi/ 14 minutes) Highly acclaimed and local. They serve til they run out of their famous sweet potato biscuits. My favorite is the Stevie. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Beautiful abbey restored into restaurant. Delicious food and wonderful service. Reservation recommended for weekend.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a gourmet take on the classic grilled cheese! bring your appetite because these are big sandwiches ! I recommend the Johnny Apple seed! or if you love chocolate go the Big O will satisfy your cravings! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“Authentic German Food. Awesome place to eat and very good waitstaff. I have dined here for years and the food is amazing. Well stocked Bar in back. Look for the trees next to Long Boards and its in the lighted tree path. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“(13 min. / 4.3 miles) This is in downtown Ghent. My son's favorite Pizza place. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“My go to lunch spot in Norfolk VA! Generous portions of good food, great service and again, locally owned!”
  • 10 locals recommend

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