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Visit sheraton.com/norfolk Best rates, guaranteed. Member of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program. There’s plenty to do, see, and experience in Norfolk. Enjoy a harbor cruise along the river or a leisurely walk alongside Waterside Market Place. Worldclass museums, galleries, performing arts, and other attractions dot the city’s downtown waterfront, just minutes away. Or head to one of many nearby sandy beaches.

• Waterside Marketplace .1 mile • MacArthur Memorial .1 mile • Spirit of Norfolk Cruises .1 mile • Norfolk Convention Center .1 mile • Harbor Park (Norfolk Tides) .2 mile • USS Wisconsin Museum .2 mile • MacArthur Center Mall .2 mile • Norfolk Scope/Chrysler Hall .4 mile • The Chrysler Museum of Art .5 mile • Harrison Opera House .6 mile • Mile Marker 0 1 mile • Waterside Marina 1 mile • Virginia Opera House 2 miles • Norfolk State University 2 miles • Old Dominion University 5 miles • Childrens Museum of Virginia 5 miles • Eastern Virginia Medical School 5 miles • Virginia Beach Oceanfront 16 miles • Verizon Virginia Beach Amphitheater 16 miles • Fort Story First Landing 17 miles • Seashore State Park 17 miles • Cape Henry Lighthouse 18 miles • Virginia Marine Science Museum 20 miles • Living Museum 30 miles • Virginia Air And Space Museum 30 miles • Water Country 50 miles • Busch Gardens 50 miles • Jamestown Settlement 52 miles • Williamsburg Pottery Factory 52 miles • Colonial Williamsburg 52 miles • College of William and Mary 52 miles

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Contents

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20 Cruise Norfolk No other port comes close.

Welcome To Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim welcomes you to this attractive seaport.

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Hampton Roads and the surrounding region is brimming over with history, one-of-a-kind experiences, and unique attractions.

Life. Celebrated Daily Read why Norfolk is the perfect place to play anytime of the year.

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A1 Regional Attractions

45 Virginia Arts Festival World-renowned performances grace local venues for one magical month each spring— see what this year’s festival has in store.

What Norfolk Has To Offer The momentum is building... Read about Norfolk’s latest developments and projects.

10 Mermaid Parade

DEPARTMENTS 46 Calendar of Events

Behind Norfolk’s symbol for the arts.

Every season brings a new selection of entertaining events, festivals, shows, concerts and more.

11 Top Sites Learn about some of Norfolk’s best attractions.

49 Dining & Entertainment

14 Norfolk Attractions

A movable feast through Norfolk.

Your guide to museums, historic areas, gardens, cruises, tours and many other exciting local attractions.

18 Performing Arts Norfolk’s vibrant arts scene blossoms on stage.

57 Visitor Services 58 Area Maps 60 Accommodations Directory 62 Sports and Recreation

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WELCOME

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n behalf of the citizens of Norfolk, welcome to our community. We have spent nearly 400 years preparing for your arrival. Whether you have come on business or for pleasure, I am sure you will enjoy your stay in our proud and historic seaport city. While you are here, I hope you have the chance to take in some of our many entertainment options. Take a stroll through Town Point Park and enjoy the beautiful shoreline of the Elizabeth River or follow the Cannonball Trail through the downtown. Whatever your choice, Norfolk has much to offer with its extensive assortment of many fine restaurants and cuisines. And if you like shopping, you have come to the right place. MacArthur Center has it all with over 140 stores anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard’s department stores. Our small town friendliness is complemented well by countless activities and entertainment options for everyone. Make sure you visit the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, Nauticus, our maritime museum, and take time to walk on the city’s greatest floating exhibit, the retired battleship USS Wisconsin. If the arts get your attention, you’re in luck. Norfolk has an impressive offering with the Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Museum of Art, Chrysler Hall, Wells Theater and Attucks Theatre just to name a few. For family fun, make time to visit the Virginia Zoo where you will discover an impressive display of many different types of animals. And try to stop by the 155 acre Norfolk Botanical Garden where you will find some of the most beautiful trees, flowers and walking gardens. We’re happy you chose Norfolk, a place where life is celebrated daily. Please enjoy your stay with us and we hope you will come again soon.

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WELCOME TO NORFOLK

Downtown Waterfront

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here is no doubt about it—Norfolk is officially on the map as one of America’s most attractive seaports to visit and live. In the heart of the mid-Atlantic, Norfolk has a rich history spanning more than 400 years, beginning when John Smith and his crew first cruised past this area on their way to found Jamestown. With its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Norfolk has always been a vital center of commerce and industry, as well as a strategic military location. The area was right in the thick of several Revolutionary and Civil War battles—in 1776, two-thirds of the city was destroyed by the Royal Governor of Virginia, and a cannonball from the siege can still be viewed today lodged in the wall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. During the Civil War, the infamous battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac was fought just off these shores. And today, Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world. Evidence of Norfolk’s storied past is around every It is our pleasure corner, but perhaps even to introduce more noticeable is the city’s forward momentum to you and and progress. Downtown your family Norfolk has undergone a the perfect major renaissance in the last ten years, turning empty place to play city streets into bustling and anytime of vibrant corridors. Downtown is now filled with the year. shops, restaurants, offices, arts venues, loft apartments and more, offering a big city atmosphere without the big city hassles. Perhaps this is why Money Magazine called Norfolk, “The South’s #1 big city to live in.” Adjacent to downtown, the Freemason District is one of the city’s most scenic areas. Charming cobblestone streets, buildings and homes dating back to the 1700s, and original ironwork from the 19th century give passersby the feeling they are walking back in time as they enter the quiet neighborhood from downtown. The Pagoda Garden and Tea House overlooking the waterfront is in striking contrast to the old-world atmosphere, but the restaurant and surrounding garden is one of the city’s true

Life. Celebrated Daily.

The Baltimore Sun called it, “The next gleaming gem of the so-called New South.” The Boston Globe said, “Norfolk has become a shipshape seaport.” And The New York Times proclaimed Norfolk, “A cultural center of note.”

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treasures and a popular gathering space for residents. Cross Brambleton Avenue from downtown and you will enter Ghent, a dynamic community where students, artists and professionals live, work and play. Named after the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, the neighborhood is always a hub of activity, and features hundreds of homes, many built at the turn of the century. The main artery of Ghent is Colley Avenue, where outdoor restaurants and coffee shops mix with quaint boutiques and shops. An independent movie theater, art galleries, small theaters and the renowned Chrysler Museum of Art make Ghent the true arts capital of Hampton Roads. Homecoming Memorial Keep heading away from downtown and you’ll hit the shores of the Chesapeake Bay—this is Ocean View, Norfolk’s own beach community. Find a spot on the sandy beaches and you’ll forget you’re only a few miles away from city life. The low-key beach neighborhood hosts many summertime events and is a popular spot for finding excellent seafood restaurants and recreational opportunities. So meet “Norfolk”: an attractive and historic seaport with state-of-the-art entertainment, shopping and restaurants, and a whole range of exciting areas to visit. Where else can you lay on a beach, visit a world-class art museum, step foot on a battleship, shop in boutiques, and eat a gourmet meal, all in one day? Norfolk is truly one of a kind. It is a place where life demands to be celebrated. So join in—celebrate life in Norfolk, everyday. Enjoy your stay!

LOOK FOR THIS SYMBOL

Norfolk has a long and rich multicultural history, stretching back hundreds of years to when Native Americans first inhabited this land, to the present day as home city for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With historic African-American churches and theaters, gospel cruises and festivals that celebrate everything from Caribbean heritage to the culinary delights of Greek culture, Norfolk is diverse, exciting and worthy of exploration. Want to join Norfolk’s exciting celebration of diversity? Throughout this guide, look for this symbol marking the city’s many multicultural attractions and events.

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What Norfolk has to offer

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Dear Friends, On behalf of the staff at the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau, I’d like to welcome you to Norfolk. Our top priority is to ensure that your visit here is a great experience. Please do not hesitate to stop in one of our Visitors Centers for the information you need to do just that. Norfolk is an old and storied port city, and the mermaids you’ll see around town symbolize its connection to the sea. As you encounter one of these lovely statues, take a moment to consider the beauty and creativity she embodies – much like Norfolk itself. Indeed, Norfolk is home to colorful attractions that are feasts for the eyes. The Norfolk Botanical Garden, for example, has acres upon acres of exquisite gardens to explore. Along the sparkling Elizabeth River, you will find the gorgeous Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, as well as Town Point Park, the Waterside Festival Marketplace, Nauticus, USS Wisconsin and several ships that can take you on a tour of our harbor. Additionally, the inspirational pieces within the Chrysler Museum of Art, the artists at work in d’Art Center and the numerous musicians, dancers and actors who showcase their craft in Norfolk’s theaters will delight you. Other attractions that are must-sees while you are here include the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, MacArthur Memorial, Virginia Zoological Park and, of course, Naval Station Norfolk. And don’t forget our many chef-owned restaurants where you will find the best in local cuisine! We are thrilled to have you in Norfolk and hope you return again soon.

Tony DiFilippo President and CEO Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau

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VALUE OF PUBLIC ART

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ou’ll see them posing gracefully at street corners and storefronts, decorating banners and signs, and showing up in local art shops and galleries—they are Norfolk’s cultural icon, the mermaid. Today, the mermaid is synonymous with civic pride, as it exemplifies Monticello Arcade Norfolk’s dedication to nurture the local arts community and to maintain a rapid pace of cultural and economic growth. Mermaid statues began dotting downtown in 2000, shortly after the city branded the image of a young, free-spirited mermaid as its official city symbol as part of the “Life Celebrated Daily” campaign. The city had been undergoing major revitalization efforts and the mermaid was a method of driving home the fact that a new Norfolk was being born. “We had some issues with the perception of Norfolk, both by those outside and inside,” says Bob Batcher, the city’s manager of public relations. “We needed a new brand.” In November 1999, attorney and well-known Norfolk advocate Peter Decker, Jr. introduced the idea of mermaid statues at a meeting with hundreds of business and civic leaders at Nauticus. Decker credited his wife, Bess, with the Mermaids on Parade idea—she was inspired by the Cows on Parade in Chicago after a recent trip. Starting in the summer of 2000, the street corners, parks and storefronts of Norfolk began filling with mermaids. Business and civic leaders jumped at the opportunity to have their own mermaids, and come fall, there were more than 130 on display. “We just sort of let it go and the public embraced it,” says Batcher. The mermaids are all designed and decorated by local artists, and many of them represent a theme related to their location. There are now mermaid trails, books, jewelry, sculptures, art—anything you can think of, the mermaids have inspired. Most proceeds from the sale of mermaids and their offspring benefit local arts organizations. “The mermaids have really touched lives in a variety of ways,” says Batcher. “And they really show the value of public art.” To learn more about Norfolk’s mermaids and to download a mermaid walking tour map, please visit www.mermaidsonparade.com.

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City Hall

The Story Behind Norfolk’s Public Art Project

Palace Shops

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PASSPORT TO FUN

Chrysler Museum of Art

Enrich Your Afternoon With A Trip To A World-Class Museum

Nationally regarded as one of the best art museums in the country, the Chrysler Museum of Art offers a plethora of premier permanent collections, as well as an ambitious program of traveling collections. This enclave includes in excess of 30,000 original works spanning more than 5,000 years of history. These works are featured in 60 distinct and exuberant galleries. The Chrysler Museum of Art is located near downtown Norfolk and overlooks the Hague Inlet of the Elizabeth River. The New York Times described the scenery as “one of the pleasantest places in the United States to while the day away.” The masterpieces on display in the Chrysler are something “any museum in the world would kill for,” as proclaimed by The New York Times. This testament is supported by the fact that the Chrysler Museum of Art features the Jean Outland Chrysler Library, the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Named after automobile heir and art collector Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., the Chrysler Museum of Art was originally founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. Walter Chrysler presented the city of Norfolk with his collection in 1971, and since then, the museum has continued to grow and expand. The expansive art collection today includes American painting and sculpture, European painting and sculpture,

contemporary art, decorative art, glass, Sculpture on Display and photography. Numerous programs and educational opportunities are offered for adults, families and school field trips. Tours of the galleries and historic houses are also available. And if you build an appetite while visiting, be sure to check out Cuisine & Company. Large groups are welcome. Restaurant hours are Wednesdays through Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sundays 12–3 p.m. For additional information about the restaurant, call 757/428-6700. Art souvenirs can be obtained at the Museum Gift Shop. The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Road in Norfolk. The Museum is open Wednesday 10 a.m.—9 p.m. by voluntary contribution and Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m.; it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on all major holidays. The Moses Myers House and the Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House are open Wednesday–Saturday 10 a.m.—4 p.m. and Sunday noon–4 p.m. They are closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission fees are as follows: $7 for adults, $5 for teachers, seniors, military and VHTA members, and $6 for AAA members. Students with university identification and visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 757/664-6200 or visit www.chrysler.org.

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visit to Nauticus provides a full spectrum of exhilarating hands-on exhibits and activities focused on the immense power of the sea. This maritime science museum, located in Norfolk in a massive 120,000 square foot building downtown, is a definite landmark on the waterfront. Curious to know what a shark’s skin feels like? Then head over to the Shark Touch exhibit where warm-water Nurse sharks are available for public attention and contact. Touch more marine life at the Nauticus Touch Tank, featuring starfish, horseshoe crabs and urchins. Interested in weather? Check out Science on a Sphere, a dynamic Nauticus, the Hampton 6-foot globe that shows 3-D animated images of how the oceans and atmosphere interact to produce Roads Naval Museum, our weather and climate. The Battleship Wisconsin Interested in naval battles and underwater and Half Moone Cruise adventure? Stop at the Aegis Theater, where visitors control the outcome of a full-scale battle simulation, and Celebration Center complete with sound and video effects. Another combine to honor fascinating interactive theater, Design Chamber: Battleship X, pits participants against America’s best maritime science, ship designers on the eve of WWII. The challenge: to history and fun. create the greatest battleship ever. Nauticus’ permanent exhibits include 1907: The Jamestown Exposition and the Launching of the Steel Navy, which was developed and produced in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. It examines the period from 1880, when the Navy began to recover from a post-civil war decline, to 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Great White Fleet around the world as an affirmation of American naval strength.

Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, Battleship Wisconsin, both centrally located at Nauticus

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Another exhibit, Secrets of the Deep, examines the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s underwater parks, aka National Marine Sanctuaries, as well as the highly publicized USS Monitor site. Step inside a submersible called The Clelia and take on the role of a pilot or a NOAA scientist. You and your family can control an actual 9-foot long robotic arm to collect samples and artifacts from the seabed, or operate a remote-controlled camera to explore the wreck site. In addition, the exhibit showcases real artifacts recovered from the wreck of the famous Civil War ironclad. Inside the Nauticus Theater visitors can enjoy a variety of high-definition films, including the Academy Award®-nominated The Living Sea, which focuses on the power, significance, and sheer beauty of the world’s oceans. Another film, Gateway to the World, tracks the course of a single day at the Port of Virginia, with choreographed motions of trains, cranes and container ships revealing the beauty of transportation, where workers harness the power of the gargantuan machinery towering over them. Music by Cirque du Soleil composers make this a film experience you won’t want to miss. The theater features the Christie CP2000 digital High Definition DLP projector, one of only 10 projectors of its kind in use in the United States and the only one in the tri-state area. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the Banana Pier Gift Shop. Food and refreshments are offered at the Iron Whale Café. Make sure to visit the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the second floor. The museum examines more than two centuries of interesting naval activity in and around the Hampton Roads harbor. Adjacent to Nauticus and the Naval Museum is the USS Wisconsin, a 887-foot long Iowa-class battleship. The Wisconsin is the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy and once carried a crew of 2,900 sailors. Purchase your tickets for a two-hour tour of the world’s largest Naval Base at the ticket office located at the center’s front entry dock. The two-hour cruises aboard the Victory Rover are offered from March through December. Norfolk’s newest waterfront addition is the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. This gorgeous, 80,000-square foot facility, adjacent to Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin, is the nation’s newest gateway to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Canada/New England. Nauticus, located at One Waterside Drive in downtown Norfolk. Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the Battleship Wisconsin are open Memorial Day through Labor Day daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The rest of the year, hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission to Nauticus is $10.95 for adults, $9.95 for seniors and $8.00 for children (4-12). Children ages 3 and under are free. Prices are subject to change without notice. There is no charge to visit the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. For more information, call 757/664-1000 or visit www.nauticus.org.

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PASSPORT TO FUN

The Virginia Zoo

Flora, Fauna and Fun

African Village

Eager to escape the city life? Get back to nature at the Virginia Zoo, where tranquil scenery and a kingdom of animals await. Located on 53 acres bordered by the Lafayette River, the Virginia Zoo offers family fun, education and excitement for everyone.

It’s your world—explore it! Discover a world of wild wonderment, from the African plains to your own backyard, right here at the Virginia Zoo. See plants and vegetables from African countries in the African Village Garden or gaze upon the delicate butterflies in the peaceful butterfly gardens. Each unique garden gives you the opportunity to experience nature, learn about new plants, flowers and insects, and even pick up ideas for your own garden. But don’t forget the main attraction—the animals of course! More than 350 wild creatures make their home in the Virginia Zoo—African elephants, eastern bongos, white rhinos, mandrills and more—so there is always something to see. Special exhibits also showcase reptiles and other Red Panda small mammals. If you’re yearning for a more intimate experience, check out the Behind-the-Scenes tours. Though the cost is higher, the experience is definitely worth it. Behind-the-Scenes tours allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Feed a Masai giraffe, paint with the elephants, or stand within mere feet of Siberian Tigers. Plenty of Behind-the-Scenes tours are available- such as giraffe, rhino, elephant, lion or tiger. Prices vary and reservations and prepayment are required. Other attractions include the gift shop and dining areas. At the gift shop, browse shirts, books, stuffed animals, toys, African art, hand carved figurines, children’s backpacks and purses, and lots of other ‘zoo-rific’ items. Dining is available in the African Village restaurant. Here, enjoy a meal or a small snack. The Beastro Café is also open for refreshments and treats. The Virginia Zoo is located at 3500 Granby St. in Norfolk. It is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children (ages 2–11), and $6 for seniors (62+). For more information, call 757/441-2374 or visit www.virginiazoo.org.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

It’s No Secret- This Garden Is Definitely Worth The Trip

Escape into 155 acres of pure serenity—the Norfolk Botanical Garden, features a variety of ways to enjoy the eye-pleasing horticulture and pristine grounds. Take a stroll through the 12 miles of walking paths, ride the tram to seven different locations within the garden, or relax on a boat tour of Lake Whitehurst—but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Dating back to 1938, the Norfolk Botanical Garden has a deep-seeded history that began with a Work Progress Administration (WPA) grant for an Azalea Garden project. A group of more than 200 African-American women and 20 African-American men were assigned to clear 30 acres of dense, native vegetation. The workers then planted 4,000 azaleas, 2,000 rhododendrons, several thousand shrubs and trees and 100 bushels of daffodils. Throughout the years, the garden continued to grow and expand on the workers’ amazing effort, with additions like a Japanese Garden, a Colonial Garden, a Desert Plants Garden, and a Rose Garden, which has sprouted All-American Rose Selection winners. Today, both theme and signature gardens offer breathtaking views in every season. More than 40-years-old, the Japanese Garden offers native Japanese plants like Japanese Holly, Hankow Willow, and Flowering Cherry. The Four Seasons Garden Wildflower Meadow, seeded slightly more than a decade ago, is home to more than 50 species of plants, including poppies, sunflowers and bachelor’s buttons. In this area, guests may observe what insects and birds the plants attract and how they interact with each other. Other theme and signature gardens include Bristow Butterfly Garden, Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden, Enchanted Forest, and Purity Garden.

Families love the new World of Wonders (WOW)— A Children’s Adventure Garden. The three-acre garden has several distinct areas, offering interactive lessons that World of Wonders (WOW) are exciting and enriching, not to mention fun for the kids. From learning about the waterways on Earth with exciting fountains and jet sprays, to telling the time by using your own body as a sundial, the WOW gardens can provide hours of entertainment for everyone in the family. Boat tours are a great way to take a break from the excitement. For 40 minutes, enjoy a tour of the Garden as guides point out the wildlife and the wildflowers. Boat tours are available every day from April to Mid-October and weekends from Mid-October to March. Other features of Norfolk Botanical Garden include summer camps for children, tram tours, walking tours, bike nights, and several education opportunities. More than 20,000 children and adults are reached every year through the programs and classes offered. If you work up an appetite, be sure to stop at the Terrace Café for a quick lunch, coffee or dessert. Boxed lunches are also available for picnics. The Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at 6700 Azalea Road in Norfolk. It is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. from Mid-October to March and from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. from April to Mid-October. The garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Members are admitted free. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $5 for youth (ages 3–18). For more information, call 757/441-5830 or visit www.nbgs.org norfolkcvb.com

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PLACES & TIMES

Norfolk’s

attractions The Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception The parish of this beautifully renovated church dates back to 1791, with the arrival of the Catholic laity and priests, seeking refuge from the French Revolution. In 1961, St. Mary’s church experienced a grand influx of predominantly African American parishioners, inspired by the new hopes and dreams that were sweeping across the country, and today remains a predominantly African American congregation. In 1991, the title of Minor Basilica was bestowed upon the church, making it the only one in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in downtown Norfolk at 232 Chapel Street. Call 757/622-4487. The church is open to the public weekdays Tuesday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mass Schedule: Sat.-5 p.m. Sun.-9 a.m. and 12 noon.

Cannonball Trail

d’ART Center

This walk-it-yourself tour is a heritage trail, which connects historic sites woven among featured attractions in downtown Norfolk. Begin your adventure at the Freemason Street Reception Center, 401 East Freemason Street. Call 757/441-1526.

Carrie B The captain of the Carrie B, a 19th-century Mississippi Riverboat, brings the sights of the Norfolk waterfront to life with his factual, humorous, award-winning commentary. Whether you choose a sightseeing tour or charter the Carrie B for your group, you will enjoy spectacular city skylines and breathtaking sights on the water, including aircraft carriers and cruise ships. Available for Private Charter and Group Reservations. 757/393-4735 or www.carriebcruises.com. Lone Sailor Memorial

Moses Myers House

American Rover Tall Ship Cruises Experience one of America’s oldest seaports the traditional way – aboard the elegant American Rover sailing ship. Based on the design of 19th-century cargo schooners, the American Rover also sports modern amenities important to passengers of the 21st century. Spacious top decks with expansive seating, climate-controlled below-deck cocktail lounges, clean restrooms and a ship’s store full of souvenirs, snacks and your favorite beverages. Narrated harbor tours depart daily from Waterside Marina. Harbor Cruise, 11:30 a.m. (1 1/2 hours) - Mid June thru late August, Wednesday thru Saturday. Adults $14, Children $8. Harbor Cruise, 3 p.m. (2 hours) - Mid April thru late October, Daily (except for Mondays in the spring and fall). Adults $16, Children $10.

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Sunset Cruise (2 hours) - 6:30 p.m. Mid April thru late May, 7p.m. Late May thru Labor Day Weekend, 6 p.m. Early September thru late October. Adults $22, Children $12. Harbor Lights Party Cruise, 10:30 p.m. (1 1/2 hours) - Saturday Nights, mid June thru late August. Adults $12. 757/627-SAIL (7245) or www.americanrover.com

The Armed Forces Memorial Connected to the southeastern corner of Town Point Park by two bridges, the memorial features 20 inscriptions from letters written home by U.S. service people who lost their lives in war. The letters have been cast in thin sheets of bronze and are scattered across the ground as if blown there by the wind. Seats, which face out to the waterway, encourage rest and contemplation of the words from people who never came home. Call 757/664-6620.

Chrysler Museum of Art Home to one of America’s premier permanent collections, the Chrysler Museum of Art possesses more than 30,000 pieces spanning more than 5,000 years of history and offers renowned changing exhibitions as well as significant educational, cultural and art travel programming, including lectures, tours and films. For general information: 757/664-6200 or E-mail: museum@chrysler.org; Website: www.chrysler.org. The Museum is open Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. by voluntary contribution; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Major Holidays.*Students with ID and visitors ages 18 and under are always admitted free of charge!*

City Beaches on the Chesapeake Bay The City of Norfolk maintains 3 beach parks on the Chesapeake Bay. The beaches are lifeguarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All have restroom facilities and some have picnic shelters and showers. Call 757/441-1775.

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Civil War Trails Norfolk is a participant in the Virginia Civil War Trails program that links over 250 sites located throughout the Commonwealth. Visitors can trace Norfolk’s Civil War heritage by visiting sites including Fort Norfolk, the historic Freemason District, and the West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery. Call 757/441-1852 or 1-888/CIVIL WAR. www.civilwartraveler.com.

d’ART Center This unique visual arts facility features 50 resident artists, creating, displaying and selling original fine art. Come meet artists and see how art is made! d’ART offers adult and children’s art classes and workshops. Five sky lit galleries showcase changing art exhibitions. Located in the Selden Arcade on Main Street. Call 757/625-4211 or www.d-artcenter.org. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Free admission.

Doumar’s Abe Doumar, the original owner of this 1950s drive-in on Monticello Avenue created the ice cream cone at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. His restaurant still exists today, and the Doumar family still makes fresh cones on the original cone machine. The restaurant also serves the best barbecue around. 1919 Monticello Avenue, 757/627-4163. Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. - Midnight. Closed Sundays.

First Baptist Church The congregation of this historic church was established in 1800 as an interracial congregation including whites, free blacks and slaves. A registered national landmark, the church also includes a small museum of artifacts. 418 E. Bute Street, 757/622-6701.

Fort Norfolk Fort Norfolk is the last remaining of 19 harborfront forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington. Stepping through the fort’s arched entryway transports visitors to another era. The fort’s four-acre site overlooks the Elizabeth River and includes earthwork embankments, ramparts, a dungeon, officers’ quarters, poder magazine, barracks and guardhouse. The fort played key roles in the War of 1812 and in the Civil War, and is used by the Army Corps of Engineers today. 810 Front Street. Open year-round for self-guided tours during working hours Monday-Friday Photo ID required. www.norfolkhistorical.org.

The Gallery at Military Circle Serving the area for more than 30 years, this single-level shopping mall includes Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, ROSS Dress for Less, and a Doubletree Hotel, along with 125 specialty stores, a 400-seat food court and an 18-screen Cinemark Theater. 880 North Military Highway, 757/461-1940 or www.galleryatmilitarycircle.com. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday Noon- 6 p.m..

Hampton Roads Naval Museum The Hampton Roads Naval Museum introduces guests to over two centuries of naval activity in and around the great harbors of Hampton Roads, Virginia. One of 11 museums in the United States operated by the U.S. Navy, the facility showcases over 50 exhibits including a priceless collection of naval ship models, nineteenth century naval artwork and underwater archaeological finds from the American Civil War. Visitors to the museum encounter the history of the Navy in Hampton Roads beginning with the story of the

common sailor during the Revolutionary War, all the way to life aboard today’s floating city - the modern aircraft carrier. Additionally, a talented staff of historical interpreters and impersonators brings that history to life. For more information call 757-444-8971 or visit www.hrnm.navy.mil. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays from Sept.-May. Extended Summer Hours. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lambert’s Point Golf Course

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

MacArthur Center

Formerly home to the Sloane family, the Hermitage is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate on the shore of the Lafayette River. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the Hermitage is home to the arts. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts School, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community. Contact the Hermitage for information regarding group tours, facility rentals, membership, and volunteer opportunities. 7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, Va 23505 Call 757/423-2052 or www.thfm.org. Tours offered on the hour Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. Admission for adults $5; children ages 6-18 $2; members free; military with identification free.

Historic Ghent Historic Ghent offers boutique and antique shopping in a pedestrian friendly atmosphere between Colley Avenue and 21st Street. www.destinationghent.com, www.palaceshops.com.

HRT Paddlewheel Ferry: Downtown to Olde Towne Offering a panoramic view of the Elizabeth River Harbor, this charming pedestrian ferry operates between The Waterside Festival Marketplace in Norfolk and High Street Landing and North Landing Ferry Docks in Portsmouth. The ferry departs every 30 minutes with 15 minute service at peak times on weekends. Fare: $1, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities $.50. Call 757/222-6100 or www.goHRT.com

Hunter House Victorian Museum In Norfolk in 1894, the Boston architect W. P. Wentworth designed and built a home in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture for the prominent merchant and banker James Wilson Hunter. Rich in architectural detail, the house displays the family’s collection of Victorian furnishings and decorative pieces. Located on 240 W. Freemason Street. Call 757/623-9814 or www.hunterhousemuseum.org. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday and major holidays. General admission: $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $1 children.

Janaf Shopping Center At the intersection of N. Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard, this shopping center features over 60 stores and restaurants including T.J. Maxx, Old Navy, Circuit City, Panera Bread, Logan’s Steakhouse and Wasabi Sushi. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sunday Noon-6 p.m. 757/461-4954.

Lake Wright Golf Course A short drive from one of the eight engineering wonders of the world – the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel- is the Lake Wright Golf Course. Golfers can “stay and play” as the course is adjacent to the Quality Suites & Sleep Inn at Lake Wright Hotel. 6282 Northampton Boulevard, 757/459-2255 or www.hamptonroadsgolf.net.

Lambert’s Point, located on the scenic Elizabeth River, offers Norfolk a new and exciting nine-hole, par 34 golf course and practice facility. This 2,800-yard layout features rollings hills, bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways and fabulous views of the Elizabeth River from every hole. 4301 Powhatan Avenue, 757/489-1677 or www.lambertspointgolf.com.

A three-level shopping, dining and entertainment center located in the heart of downtown Norfolk. Features more than 140 stores, including the region’s first Nordstrom, Dillard’s, over 60 stores you won’t find anywhere else, an 18-screen Regal Cinema megaplex, a 600-seat food court and a variety of restaurants. Take 264 West to Downtown Norfolk, Exit 10–City Hall Avenue. Call 757/627-6000 or www.shopmacarthur.com. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

The MacArthur Memorial The final resting place of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and his wife. Located in downtown Norfolk’s restored 1850 City Hall, the complex contains a museum, theater and special exhibit galleries, gift shop and archives. The MacArthur Memorial’s extensive collection of military and personal artifacts allows visitors to discover the compelling story of this five-star general and the millions of American men and women who served our nation during the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Occupation of Japan, and the Korean War. MacArthur Square, Bank Street and City Hall Avenue. Call 757/441-2965 or e-mail macarthurmemorial@norfolk.gov Open daily, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission.

Mermaids on Parade Mermaids on Parade started in 2000 as a fundraiser for the Public Arts Commission in Norfolk. More than a hundred 10-foot sculptures were created by local artists and sold at auction. The mermaids are proudly displayed throughout the streets of downtown Norfolk and surrounding areas. Follow the Mermaid Heart and Art Walking Trail with a downloadable map available at www.mermaidsonparade.com.

Moses Myers House Built in 1792, the Moses Myers House is the only historic house in the U.S. interpreting traditions of early Jewish immigrants. The furniture and Decorative Arts collections of the Myers House are most unique in that approximately 70 percent of them are original to the family’s first generation. Located on 331 Bank Street. Call 757/441-1526 or email museum@chrysler.org. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nauticus This 120,000-square-foot, maritime-themed science center features hands-on exhibits, theaters with live actors, touch tanks, digital hi-definition films, Battleship Wisconsin exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits and more. Nauticus’ uniqueness is evident throughout its 120,000square foot building. Feel the unique texture of a nurse shark’s skin, touch a tornado, design a battleship, or participate in a simulated naval battle aboard an Aegis-class destroyer. Complementing the maritime experience is the Banana Pier Gift Shop and Iron Whale Café on site. Call 757/664-1000 or visit www.nauticus.org for hours and admission fees.

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Naval Station Norfolk See the world’s largest Navy Base on the 45-minute Naval Station Norfolk Tour. This tour takes you dockside to the home of the Atlantic Fleet for an exciting look at aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and other U.S. Navy vessels protecting our nation everyday. All tours depart from Naval Station Tour Center, 9079 Hampton Boulevard. Call 757/222-6100 or visit www.gohrt.com. Adults: $7.50; Children under 12, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: $5.

Norfolk Admirals Ice Hockey The Admirals play in the American Hockey League (AHL) and are the primary affiliate of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning. Games are played in downtown Norfolk at Scope Arena, with a season that runs from October to April. Individual tickets are only $12, $14 and $17, and are available at the Scope Box Office or through TicketMaster by calling 757/671-8100, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or any TicketMaster outlet. Call 757/640-1212 or log onto www.norfolkadmirals.com.

Norfolk Botanical Garden No matter what the season, we always have wide open spaces, amazing scents, and awe-inspiring serenity. Experience Mother Nature’s delicate touch during spring, spectacular colors in summer, fantastic fall foliage or winter’s blooming best-kept secrets. Norfolk Botanical Garden is a self-supported, non-profit institution. Your admission ticket and other purchases play an essential part in its preservation for future generations. 6700 Azalea Garden Road. Exit 279 from I-64 (adjacent to Norfolk International Airport). Call 757/441-5830 or www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org. The Garden is open in mid-October through March from 9 a.m.5 p.m. and in April through mid-October from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. We are CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission: Members-FREE; Adults $7; Children 3-18 $6; Children 2 & Under FREE. Tram tours are FREE with paid admission. Additional charges apply for boat tours.

Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House The Norfolk History Museum at the newly-refurbished Willoughby-Baylor House (ca. 1794) illuminates the wide range and richness of the history of the entire region by providing engaging thematic offerings and surveys, including the decorative arts of Norfolk, the story of Norfolk at various stages in its long history as an international port and maritime center, the area’s impressive naval and military heritage, and the area’s historic buildings and residences at different periods in history. The grounds have also been restored, including period oyster shell paving. 601 East Freemason Street. Call 757/441-1526 or e-mail museum@chrysler.org. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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Town Point Park

Take me out to the ballgame! Harbor Park is an award-winning scenic ballpark located on the waterfront in downtown Norfolk. The Baltimore Orioles AAA affiliate takes the field from April through September. The stadium seats 12,000 including an upper deck restaurant and luxury boxes. For game schedule visit www.norfolktides.com or call 757/622-2222.

to serve as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Guests of all ages are able to join as guest-crew members aboard Virginia for voyages between visiting ports. Youth Sail Training programs are offered by the schooner Virginia during the summer months. Virginia is also available to host sailing or dockside receptions. The schooner Virginia is operated by the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, 500 E. Main Street, Suite 600. 757/627-7400 or www.schoonervirginia.org.

Ocean View Golf Course

Selden Arcade

Norfolk Tides Baseball Club at Harbor Park

Located one block from the Chesapeake Bay and marina, Ocean View Golf Course is a golfer’s delight. The walls of the clubhouse tell the story of this 1930s Walter Taylor-designed course as well as this Norfolk neighborhood. Visitors will also enjoy many of the area’s local bay side restaurants. 9610 Norfolk Avenue, 757/480-2094 or www.oceanviewgc.com.

Ocean View Station Museum Ocean View Station Museum houses a collection of images, memorabilia, and oral histories documenting past times in the beaches, neighborhoods and commercial districts of Ocean View. 9623 Granby Street. 757/531-0445.

Pagoda Garden Tea House & Gallery The Garden for all seasons is a delight for the senses and features over 125 species of Asian plantings and the largest Koi pond on the East Coast. The Pagoda (a.k.a. Marine Observation Tower) was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia from the Provincial Government of Taiwan of the Republic of China in 1989 to celebrate trading ties. The Friends of the Pagoda & Oriental Garden Foundation and the City of Norfolk dedicated the Garden in October, 2000. Located at 265 West Tazewell St., next to Nauticus. Call 757/623-1949 or visit our website: www.PagodaGarden.org. The Pagoda Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. It may be closed at times for special events.

Rowena’s Jam and Jelly Factory Fruit trees in Rowena’s backyard compelled her to begin manufacturing gourmet foods. Visitors who tour the factory will see where her famous pound cakes, jams and sauces are made. Have a relaxing lunch in the beautiful tearoom, and browse through the gift shop filled with whimsical gifts for all ages. Tearoom is open Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gift Shop open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Factory tours available by reservation. 758 W. 22nd Street. 800/627-8699 or 757/627-8699 or www.rowenas.com.

Schooner Virginia The schooner Virginia is a living symbol of Virginia’s historical maritime past. This wooden hull, two-mast, gaff topsail schooner is a replica of the 1917 Pilot Schooner Virginia. Her home port is in Norfolk, and her mission is

The perfect link between Norfolk’s nightlife and a bustling financial district, the historic Selden Arcade nestled between Plume and Main streets, sits squarely in the center of it all. This magnificent structure is a bustling haven for the arts featuring The Selden Gallery, a cultural concierge service, and lunch time musical performances. Additionally, the Selden is proud to be home to the working community of artists that make-up the d’ART Center, as well as the Norfolk Gift Shop, and an assortment of eateries, including Starbucks, D’egg and Yorgo’s Bageldashery. The Selden originally opened its doors in April of 1931 and was redesigned, refurbished, revitalized and reopened as the city’s cultural arts facility in May of 2005. With 9,000 square feet of common space and soaring ceilings, the Selden Arcade also plays an elegant host to a number of receptions and special events throughout the year. Open daily 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. 208 E. Main St. www.theSelden.com.

Spirit of Norfolk The Spirit of Norfolk offers panoramic views of Norfolk and the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet while cruising on the Elizabeth River. Our lunch and dinner cruises feature an all-you-caneat buffet, DJ for dancing and a musical revue. Open year-round, located in downtown Norfolk. 757/625-FUNN (3866) or www.spiritofnorfolk.com. 757/625-1463 for groups of 20 or more.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church is the only pre-Revolutionary War building remaining in downtown Norfolk. Built in 1739, it was severely damaged during the British bombardment on January 1, 1776 and the subsequent burning of the town by both British troops and the colonial militia. A British cannonball fired from one of Lord Dunmore’s ships remains lodged in the south wall. The churchyard was Norfolk’s first burying ground with graves dating back to the 1600s. The church is open for meditation and for self-guided tours weekdays from 9:30 to 4:30 and for worship services Sunday morning and Wednesday noon. Please call the church office at 757/627-4353 for further information or to arrange for guided tours. Visit our website at www.saintpaulsnorfolk.org.

Town Point Park Norfolk’s seven-acre waterfront park is the downtown site of more than 65 major outdoor concerts, award-winning

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festivals and special events each year. Because specific annual events are set one year in advance, it is possible to make festivals and major events a part of any tour’s itinerary. Norfolk Festevents offers group rates for those events that are ticketed. Other group benefits include: reserved seating for concerts, fireworks and parades of sail and private tours of visiting vessels and tall ships along with guest passes to festival VIP centers. Norfolk Festevents, Ltd., 120 W. Main Street. Call 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org.

Immerse Yourself In

Victorian Era Elegance & Grandeur

Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises Home to the world’s largest naval installation. Visitors can enjoy a fascinating and entertaining commentary aboard the Navy-themed Victory Rover. Two-hour cruises depart daily from The National Maritime Center. Thrill to the sight of aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and all of the other ships that form the world’s most powerful armada. On board, guests will enjoy plenty of comfortable seating, air-conditioned enclosed deck, open-air upper deck, snack bar and souvenir shop. Spring (April 1-May 23) and fall (September 1-October): daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Summer (May 24-August 31): daily 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. March, November and December: 2 p.m. daily except Mondays. Admission: $16.50 adults, $10 children 757/627-7406 or www.navalbasecruises.com.

Virginia Zoo A world of awe and wonder awaits. Come stroll along our towering boardwalk on a walking safari through Africa, where you’ll see animals big and small living in their naturalistic habitat. See the majestic giraffes, magnificent elephants and kingly lions. Keep a look out for rhinos and tigers, too! We have monkeys to delight you, mandrills to amaze you, ostriches and more than 350 other incredible creatures from snakes and sloths to a bongo and a 7-pound lizard named Bobby. The Virginia Zoo is a delightfully pleasant, affordable and, educational treat for visitors young and old. Come and be delighted. The Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $7. Children 2-11, $5. Senior discounts. Visit Virginiazoo.org for more info or call 757-441-2374.

Hunter House Victorian Museum

240 West Freemason St., In Downtown Norfolk Open April - December

(757) 623-9814

www.hunterhousemuseum.org

The Waterside Festival Marketplace Overlooking the Elizabeth River and working harbor in downtown Norfolk, The Waterside is the destination for food, fun and entertainment. The Waterside features great restaurants, exciting night clubs, specialty retailers and an international food court. Boat tours and Portsmouth ferry leave from the premises. Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. Restaurants and clubs remain open later. www.watersidemarketplace.com.

West Point Monument at Elmwood Cemetery Recognized as the South’s only known tribute to AfricanAmerican veterans of the Civil and Spanish American wars. This Virginia Civil War Trail site is marked by a statue of Sergeant Carney, the first black soldier to be killed in a battle during the Civil War. Princess Anne Road, 757/441-2653.

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Windows on History Stroll alongside MacArthur Center on City Hall Avenue and view the portrayal of four centuries of historic people, places and events in Hampton Roads showcased in 16 display windows.

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Performing Arts

Norfolk’s Vibrant Arts Scene Blossoms On Stage

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

40th Street Stage

Chrysler Hall

Granby Theater

757/423-4084 or www.40thstreetstage.com Hosting an array of theater companies, improv groups, children’s theater and adult comedy troupes, the 40th Street Stage is a dynamic performance space that can entertain a wide range of interests. Resident companies include City Arts Theatre Company and the Elizabeth River Theatre Company, among others.

757/664-6464 or www.sevenvenues.com Hosting a diverse array of distinctive performances, concerts, comedians and more, Chrysler Hall is one of the premier performance spaces in the Hampton Roads region. Most notably, the theater hosts several Broadway productions throughout the year, presented by Broadway Across America. This year’s line-up includes The Wedding Singer, Whistle Down the Wind, Rent and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

757/961-7208 or www.granbytheater.com Built circa 1915, this 15,000 square-foot theater venue has been restored and renovated into a multi-entertainment center, nightclub and concert hall, with the theme of “where theater meets nightclub.” The theater includes most of its original architectural features. Visit our website at granbytheater.com for a schedule of events and how to book your own. 421 Granby Street.

The Generic Theater

757/623-1223 or 866/OPERA-VA. www.vaopera.org This 1,632-seat theater is home to the Virginia Opera, official opera company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which presents four productions annually. Once a World War II USO theater, this historic venue was lavishly renovated in 1993. 160 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

The Attucks Theatre 757/622-4763 or www.attuckstheatre.org Commemorating Crispus Attucks, an African American man who was the first American patriot to die in the Boston Massacre of 1770, the Attucks Theatre was built in 1919 as a regional mecca for entertainment and as a cultural center for the minority community. During its heyday, several legends took the stage there, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Mamie Smith. Today, as a state and national landmark, the theater is distinguished as the oldest remaining legitimate theater in the nation that was completely financed, designed, constructed and operated by African Americans. A variety of concerts and performances take place throughout the year.

757/441-2160 or www.generictheater.org Don’t be fooled by the name; the Generic Theater is far from common or basic. Dubbed Hampton Roads’ off-Broadway playhouse, the theater is known for delivering unique, sometimes offbeat performances with rave reviews. With their untraditional approach to performing arts, the Generic Theater is sure to delight. This year’s performances include Moonlight and Magnolias, The Wake of Jamie Foster, and Ain’t Misbehavin’: the Fats Waller Musical Show.

Harrison Opera House

L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center 757/823-2063 or www.nsu.edu Named for a former Virginia Governor, the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center on the Norfolk State

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University campus is the perfect venue for a variety of events. Located at 700 Park Avenue.

The Little Theatre of Norfolk 757/627-8551 or www.ltnonline.org Though they are called the ‘little theatre,’ they definitely have a big impact on the local community. The theatre, established in 1926, has gained much positive attention. The New York Times recently expressed their praise, saying that the establishment is “original and [a] remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath.” This year’s performances include Breaking Legs, The Miracle Worker, and Broadway Bound.

The Norfolk Chamber Consort 757/623-5531 or www.ncconsort.org Celebrating their 40th anniversary season in 2008, the Norfolk Chamber Consort welcomes a new Artistic Director—pianist/composer Andrey Kasporov. The consort offers programs consisting of both classical and modern music. Concerts are held at Old Dominion University’s Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building as well as other locations.

Norfolk Scope Arena 757/664-6464 or www.sevenvenues.com Norfolk Scope Arena is the host to a wide variety of events, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Virginia International Tatoo, conventions, concerts and family shows. Scope is also the home of the Norfolk Admirals AHL hockey team and Arena Racing USA. 201 E. Brambleton Avenue.

The NorVa 757/671-8100 or www.thenorva.com The NorVa was a 1920s movie palace and vaudeville house. This three-floor venue now has a state-of-the-art sound system, holds approximately 1,500 people, and has featured diverse acts in punk, funk, and rock and roll. The NorVa is the #1 music venue on the East Coast. The NorVa has hosted the legends of Prince, Ringo Star, Willie Nelson, and BB King. The NorVa is also the venue for today’s superstars including Justin Timberlake and Kanye West. Located at 317 Monticello Avenue.

The Virginia Ballet Theatre

The Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre

757/622-4822 or www.virginiaballettheatre.com “Without ballet, what’s the pointe?” So notes the tagline for the Virginia Ballet Theatre. Since 1961, the company has been servicing the Hampton Roads community by providing dance education and excellent performances. The Virginia Ballet Theatre is the only one of its kind in the Hampton Roads area and has produced dancers who are now part of notable companies like Dance Theatre of Harlem and Twyla Tharp Dance. Performances take place at Chrysler Hall, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center and the Sandler Center for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach.

757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com Located in downtown Norfolk, the Wells Theatre brings the stage to life with its live stage performances by the Virginia Stage Company. The historic Wells Theatre, which opened in 1913, has been beautifully restored to showcase its importance as an example of Beaux-Arts Classicism; it is now a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy a variety of shows, from comedies and plays to musicals from the region’s only fully professional resident theatre company. This season’s plays include The Piano Lesson, The Poetry of Pizza, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and Lost in the Stars.

Virginia Chorale

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra

757/627-8375 or www.vachorale.org One of the most notable professional choral ensembles in the United States, Virginia Chorale is located right here in Norfolk. Not only do they perform, but they offer educational programs as well. Known for their polished a cappella sounds, the Virginia Chorale has many performances planned for this year, including Vespers, American Delights, and American Legacies: Stage and Screen Classics. Performances take place at the Blessed Sacrement Church in Norfolk and other locations throughout Hampton Roads.

757/892-6366 or www.virginiasymphony.org Critically acclaimed Music Director JoAnn Falletta leads one of the top symphony orchestras in the nation. Under her direction, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has performed at the prestigious New York’s Carnegie Hall and even CD recordings released nationwide. Over the course of a year, the VSO performs roughly 140 classical, pops, family, educational and outreach concerts, including joint performances with the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Ballet. The VSO frequently performs at Chrysler Hall and other locations throughout Hampton Roads.

The Virginia Opera

The Venue at 35th Street

757/627-9545 or www.vaopera.org For more than three decades, the Virginia Opera has been producing shows with rave reviews. Currently under the creative direction of Maestro Peter Mark, the Virginia Opera is the “Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia” and has been so for more than a decade. The Virginia Opera reaches roughly 80,000 guests a year through its performances. This year’s performances include Pirates of Penzance, Eugene Onegin, and Lucia Di Lammermoor. Performances take place at the Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk.

757/469-0337 or www.generictheater.org A cousin of the Generic Theater, the Venue at 35th Street is striving to be an open-minded venue for poetry readings, staged script readings and slam poetry. They have also constructed the city’s first outdoor stage, which will eventually stage larger shows, musical events and more. The theater is in Norfolk’s Park Place neighborhood, and has been stylishly renovated as a classy café-style theater.

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center 757/822-1450 or www.tcc.edu/roper Tidewater Community College’s elegant home for the performing arts is a fully restored 1929 Loew’s movie palace. Live theater, concerts, films and more can be seen every week at the TCC Jeanne & George Roper Performing Arts Center. Located at 340 Granby Street.

Ted Constant Convocation Center 888/3-COXTIX, www.constantcenter.com or www.coxtix.com Located on the campus of Old Dominion University, visitors can enjoy every type of entertainment. Home of the Monarch and Lady Monarch basketball teams, national touring family shows, top-notch entertainers and trade shows. Located at 4320 Hampton Boulevard.

Todd Rosenlieb Dance 757/626-3262 or www.trdance.org Located in downtown Norfolk, Todd Rosenlieb’s TR Dance Center provides dancers, both professional and amateur, the opportunities to take classes, perform, and train. Dancers of all ages are welcome, as are those interested in professional dance careers, and those who simply dance for enjoyment. Under the creative vision of internationally renowned dancer Todd Rosenlieb, a protégé of Erick Hawkins, the TR Dance Center also presents innovative and exciting dance productions, often collaborating with other arts organizations such as the Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

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The Mariners’ Museum . . . .A12 Nauticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A16 Ocean View Pier . . . . . . . . .A17 Virginia Aquarium. . . . . . . .A21

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HARBOR TOURS American Rover . . . . . . . . . . .A5 Victory Rover. . . . . . . . . . . . .A5 Spirit of Norfolk . . . . . . . . .A19

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AMERICAN ROVER TALL SHIP CRUISES This large graceful sailing ship is the ideal way to get a Tall Ship Sailing Experience and to explore the history and sights of Norfolk’s bustling Harbor. Smooth narrated harbor cruises depart from Waterside in Downtown Norfolk mid-April thru late October. Plenty of shade and comfortable seating topside with air-conditioned below deck lounges, snack bar and restrooms. (757) 627-SAIL (7245). www.americanrover.com Celebrating over 20 years of cruising.

Harbor Cruise, 11:30 a.m. (1 1/2 hours) - Mid June thru late August, Wednesday thru Saturday. Adults $14, Children $8. Harbor Cruise, 3 p.m. (2 hours) - Mid April thru late October, Daily (except for Mondays in the spring and fall). Adults $16, Children $10. Sunset Cruise (2 hours) - 6:30 p.m. Mid April thru late May, 7p.m. Late May thru Labor Day Weekend, 6 p.m. Early September thru late October. Adults $22, Children $12. Call for Schedule Harbor Lights Party Cruise, 10:30 p.m. (1 1/2 hours) - Saturday Nights, mid June thru late August. Adults $12.

BUSCH GARDENS AND WATER COUNTRY USA® Discover a world more wonderful – Busch Gardens® Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s a one-of-a-kind journey to where legends are real, castles come alive and you uncover the explorer inside you. And, it’s been voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 17 consecutive years. Here you’ll experience six European countries and countless thrilling adventures. Try to tame Griffon, the world’s newest, tallest dive coaster that’s 205 feet up and 90o straight down with zero floor. Dare to break the Curse of DarKastle, a chilling sleigh ride through a haunted Bavarian castle that’s frozen in time. Then add in spellbinding performances from authentic Irish dancers, swashbuckling pirates and amazing acrobats, along with mouth-watering food and sensational shopping, and

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Big Daddy Falls®. And rise and fall with the tides in Virginia’s largest wave pool, Surfer’s Bay. There’s only one rule at Water Country USA – the wetter, the better. No wonder it’s been voted one of “America’s Best Water Parks” by the Travel Channel. Visit buschgardens.com for more information.

CHESAPEAKE Nestled in the heart of the region, Chesapeake is your “gateway to fun” in Hampton Roads. The city’s bevy of vacation options from the outdoors to the arts complements the variety of activities available throughout the area. Chesapeake’s natural appeal is evident when you explore the wetland and forest habitats of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge or Northwest River Park, each offering hiking, biking, canoeing, birding, fishing and wildlife viewing year ‘round. Or enjoy a visit to the Chesapeake Arboretum inclusive of themed gardens, a fragrance garden, meandering trail system and an 18th-century farmhouse offering horticultural classes. The natural wonders of the heavens can be viewed in the Chesapeake Planetarium which features free themed programs and telescope observations weekly. Put a lock on family fun with an outing to Chesapeake City Park. Its sprawling site includes three-acre Fun Forest, the ultimate children’s playground, imagination center and family adventure area for all ages. Good times keep rolling at Chesapeake Skate Park where a series of ramps, platforms and obstacles keeps

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skateboarders and in-line skaters entertained and challenged. Thanks to Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex, ice skating is not just a winter sport. Open daily, the complex boasts two NHL-standard ice rinks with stadium seating for viewing and also offers daily public skating sessions, Learn to Skate programs and adult/ youth hockey leagues. Finally, consider playing a round at one of the city’s two championship golf courses. The Chesapeake Golf Club and The Isles Golf Links at Cahoon Plantation both test golfers’ skills with challenging layouts. Get a true feel for local artistry and add a little culture to your visit in Portlock Galleries at SoNo. Housed in an historic school building dating to the early 20th century, the gallery features changing displays and special touring exhibits, plus a visitor center and gift shop. Go hands-on in their art education facility with lectures, demonstrations and a selection of classes appealing to all ages and skill levels. Or hunt for treasures in Chesapeake’s “Antique Alley,” home to nearly a dozen antique and collectible shops along a half-mile stretch of road. The eclectic group of stores showcases antique collectibles, furnishings, glassware, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, tools, shabby chic and many more unusual finds. The area also hosts auctions and flea markets throughout the year. If traditional shopping is more your style, Chesapeake includes two malls –Chesapeake Square Mall and Greenbrier Mall with anchors such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney and Target-- as well as a wide selection of distinctive specialty stores. The new TownePlace at Greenbrier also is a great spot for pleasing a variety of tastes at once. The 170,000-square foot lifestyle destination center features family-friendly restaurants, upscale retail shops, accessible pedestrian walkways and a large outdoor entertainment plaza. Centrally located within the region, Chesapeake’s variety of lodging from family suites to extended stay is sure to make you feel at home while providing a home base for all your Hampton Roads adventures. Come make Chesapeake your “gateway to fun.”

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“Your Front Row Seat To The Naval Fleet” The newest and fastest way to tour Norfolk’s Harbor and Naval Base and see the ships of the Atlantic Fleet. Docked at Nauticus by the Battleship Wisconsin. 2 Hour Narrated Cruises Depart Daily

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CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA Described by The New York Times as “one of the most pleasant places in the United States to while the day away,” the Chrysler Museum of Art is home to one of America’s premier permanent collections with 30,000 pieces spanning more than 5,000 years of history. Named one of the top twenty museums in the country by the Wall Street Journal, the Chrysler welcomes thousands of visitors each year from Hampton Roads and beyond offering renowned changing exhibitions, educational, cultural and Art Travel programming, lectures, tours and films. In addition to its Café, Gift Shop and Historic Houses, the Chrysler also encourages patrons to visit the Jean Outland Chrysler Library—recognized as the largest art reference library in the Southeast. The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23510. For general information: Tel: (757) 664-6200 Fax: (757) 664-6201 E-mail: museum@chrysler.org Website: www.chrysler.org. The Museum is open Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. by voluntary contribution; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major Holidays. *Students with ID and visitors ages 18 and under are always admitted free of charge!*

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG America’s oldest and largest live interpretive history experience, Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre Historic Area brings Virginia’s 18th-century capital city to life every day. Visit with patriots and loyalists, tradespeople and merchants, hardy farmers and enslaved Africans. Debate the “issues of the day” with a founding father, take a carriage ride, stroll the streets, visit the shops and taverns where Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and others conceived the ideals of liberty, independence, and personal freedom that influenced the founding of this nation. Spend an afternoon in the Revolutionary City and live through critical moments that signify Williamsburg’s role and relevance to the American Revolution. Beginning in Spring, the streets of the east end of the Historic Area will come alive as the town’s inhabitants move through the day; wagons arriving and being unloaded, food and wares being sold, and heated conversations over horse races and cockfights won and lost. Discover the events that led to the collapse of the royal government one day, then explore the theme of revolutionary citizens at war. Join in the colonists’ rage at Dunmore’s Proclamation. Listen as the newly written Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg. Experience life in a town occupied by British forces. March from the Capitol to the Courthouse as General Washington and his troops begin their journey toward Yorktown and victory. Watch the kids drill with the militia, roll hoops, or discover how it felt to be locked in the stocks. You’ll enjoy shopping and dining in surroundings familiar to the town’s colonial residents. Evening entertainments range from 18th-century music, dance, and theater to critically acclaimed movies. And, save some time to explore our traditional indoor museums. Please check the weekly program guide to learn about activities, exhibitions, and programming during your visit. Centered in the historic triangle, Williamsburg provides a perfect base for exploration. Guests of the official, on-site Colonial Williamsburg Hotels are mere A8 • 2008

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steps away from a wealth of dining, shopping, and recreational options, such as the shops of Merchants Square and the award-winning courses at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Guests of Colonial Williamsburg Hotels enjoy exclusive privileges and the quickest access to the Historic Area. Hotels comprise the world-renowned Williamsburg Inn, Providence Hall, Colonial Houses–Historic Lodging, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites and Governor’s Inn. Ten restaurants, including four Historic Dining Taverns, offer an array of delicious options; from classic casual selections to tavern fare, there is something to satisfy all appetites. Golfers take note, there are more than 17,000 golf courses in America and only eight have received golf ’s two highest awards—the Gold Medal from GOLF Magazine and “5 Stars” from Golf Digest. The Golden Horseshoe proudly holds both. The 26 shops of Colonial Williamsburg and 40 boutiques and stores of Merchants Square are a shopper’s delight. Unique wares include handcrafted fine furnishings, jewelry, clothing, keepsakes, and more.

EDGAR CAYCE VISITORS CENTER The Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. was founded in 1931 to research and make available information on psychic development, dreams, holistic health, meditation, and life after death. Edgar Cayce, the most documented psychic of all time, was the moving force in the establishment of the A.R.E. The visitor’s center building houses more than 14,000 documented Edgar Cayce readings along with one of the most extensive metaphysical libraries in the world. The center hosts thousands of visitors from around the world who come for conferences, free daily lectures and tours, or to browse through the bookstore/gift shop, meditate on the third floor with a view of the ocean, or test their psychic abilities on the ESP machine. Call (757) 428-3588 ext. 7265 to inquire about the daily schedule. Other items of interest include a meditation garden complete with a Japanese bridge and waterfall on the west side of the visitor’s center. This scenic location is an ideal place for quiet contemplation, relaxation, talking with friends, or enjoying nature. In front of the Edgar Cayce hospital building, a registered historical landmark, is a newly renovated, 40-foot stone circular labyrinth with a basalt column fountain in a disappearing pond. The Massage and Day Spa, located on the bottom floor of this building, offers massages and a variety of therapies to the public. The Edgar Cayce Visitors Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday), closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Visit our website at www.edgarcayce.org.

ACTIVITYPACKED HAMPTON PRESENTS FAMILY FUN IN EVERY SEASON There are few U.S. regions offering as many entertaining activities to visitors as the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. In the Center of it All, Hampton presents world-class attractions, entertainment venues, walking and biking tours, and a 400-year history that inextricably traces the history of our nation. Begin your Hampton visit at the Hampton Visitor Center, where you can pick up a free Hampton Day Pass Value Card, good for discounts in Hampton shops and restaurants. Our travel counselors will be delighted to provide information on the Hampton activities that are most appealing to you. You may also want to purchase a Hampton Day Pass Attraction Ticket. The ticket is good for discounted admission to the Virginia Air & Space Center, Riverside IMAX Theater, Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise, Hampton History Museum, and the Hampton Carousel. The visitor center shares its home with the Hampton History Museum. The museum’s ten exciting galleries chronicle Hampton’s 400-year-history from the first settlers’ arrival in 1607 to the training of the first astronauts at NASA Langley. A visit to the museum is an excellent way to get acquainted with Hampton. Virginia Air & Space Center, the visitor center for NASA Langley and Langley Research Center, recently unveiled Space Quest: The Moon, Mars & Beyond, a new

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gallery of hands-on exhibits that takes virtual space-travel to new heights. The interactive displays join a full-size DC-9 aircraft, suspended air and spacecraft, flight simulators, kids play area, and more! You’ll also want to catch a 3D IMAXŽ film on a five-story-high screen in the Riverside Theater. Hampton University Museum, located within walking distance of downtown Hampton, was established in 1868 and is the oldest African-American museum in the United States. The collection of 9,500 objects includes traditional African, Native American and Oceanic art; African American fine arts; and objects relating to the history of the university. The campus is home to six national historic landmarks, including Emancipation Oak, where Abraham Lincoln’s address was read to the citizens of Hampton. The campus is one of several sites in Hampton rich in African American heritage. Hampton also presents visitors a profound military history. Fort Monroe, the largest stone fortress ever built in the U.S. and the only moat-encircled, active-duty Army post, features the Casemate Museum. Here you will experience the cell in which Confederate president Jefferson Davis was imprisoned following the Civil War, and the quarters in which Robert E. Lee and his family were located when he was a young Lieutenant. The island garrison Fort Wool as experienced through professional interpretation

provided by the crew of the Miss Hampton II harbor tour, is also not to be missed. For additional information on the treasures that await you in Hampton, call (800) 800-2202, (757) 727-1102 or visit www.visithampton.com.

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Living-History Museums Tell Story Of Nation’s Beginnings WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – At Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, the story of the nation’s beginnings – from the arrival of English colonists in 1607 to the American Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution and Bill of Rights almost two centuries later – unfolds at the two museums through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in outdoor re-created settings. Daily tours and visitor-participatory demonstrations led by costumed interpreters allow visitors to glimpse everyday lifestyles of people in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. Jamestown Settlement’s gallery exhibits and introductory film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,� chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures, and complement the historical interpretive program at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three English ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and a colonial fort, and a riverfront discovery area. Visitors can board a replica of one of the three ships and explore buildings in the fort and Powhatan village. The riverfront discovery area highlights the role of the James River and other waterways in 17th-century travel, commerce and cultural exchange, reflecting Powhatan Indian, European and African traditions. The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles America’s struggle for independence, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation.

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Thematic gallery exhibits highlight the experiences of ordinary men and women who lived during the Revolutionary era. Outdoors, visitors can muster with troops in a Continental Army encampment to experience a soldier’s life and, on a re-created 1780s farm, help with chores such as weeding the garden and processing flax. Visitor amenities include free parking, gift shops at both museums, the 190-seat Jamestown Settlement Café, and a snack and beverage vending area with patio seating at the Yorktown Victory Center. In 2008, a combination ticket to both museums is $19.25 for adults and $9.25 for youth ages 6 through 12. Jamestown Settlement is $13.50 for adults, $6.25 for youth, and admission to the Yorktown Victory Center is $9.25 for adults and $5.00 for youth. An annual pass to both museums is $35; ages 6-12, $17.50. Both museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. from June 15 through August 15. The museums are closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne and just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown, near Yorktown Battlefield. For more information about the museums and 2008 special programs, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit the Web site, www.historyisfun.org.

THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM The Mariners’ Museum, America’s National Maritime Museum, is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world. For over 75 years, The Mariners’ has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of maritime artifacts, including figureheads, ship models, decorative arts, and small craft from around the world. The remains of one of the most famous ships in history, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, now have a permanent home in The Mariners’ Museum’s USS Monitor Center. The Wall Street Journal calls the new $30 million, 63,500-square-foot facility “An Ironclad Must-See.” Be a part of the action in our high-definition battle theater, walk on the full-scale Monitor replica, see artifacts like the iconic revolving gun turret, experience interactive exhibits and hands-on conservation, and feel the jubilation as the famous ironclad was rescued from the bottom of the ocean. In addition, the Museum sits on a 550-acre park, the nation’s largest privately maintained park. Rolling woodlands, a 167-acre Lake Maury, and five-mile Noland Trail make this a true urban oasis. The Mariners’ Museum is an official site on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and visitors can take advantage of our interactive backpack program to learn about topics ranging from the history of the park, its plants, and animals to environmental concerns. The Mariners’ Museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $11.50 for AAA, military, and senior citizens, $7.25 for children 6-17, and free for children under 5. Take I-64 to exit 258-A. For more information, call (757) 596-2222 or toll free (800) 581-SAIL or visit www.MarinersMuseum.org.

NAUTICUS This 120,000-square-foot, maritime-themed science center features hands-on exhibits, theaters with live actors, touch tanks, digital hi-definition films, Battleship Wisconsin exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits and more. Offering a fun and exciting educational experience for visitors of all ages, Nauticus, located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, features exciting hands-on exhibits that explore the naval, economic, and natural power of the sea. Nauticus’ uniqueness is evident throughout its 120,000-square foot building. Feel the unique texture of a nurse shark’s skin, touch a tornado, design a battleship, or participate in a simulated naval battle aboard an Aegis-class destroyer. Plus, experience a main deck tour of the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and A12 • 2008

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largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. While on-site at Nauticus, be sure to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Resource Center and check out some of NOAA’s engaging exhibits including “Science on a Sphere”—a dynamic six foot globe that displays 3-D animated images of our oceans and atmosphere. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located on Nauticus’ second floor, examines more than two centuries of naval activity in and around the Hampton Roads harbor. The Naval Museum also presents a chronology of the ship’s history in “Wisky Walk: Fifty Years of Service.” Complementing the maritime experience is the Banana Pier Gift Shop and Iron Whale Café on site. Call (757) 664-1000 or visit www.nauticus.org for hours and admission fees.

NEWPORT NEWS  WHERE VACATION MEMORIES BEGIN Minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach is an exciting, vibrant vacation destination with something for everyone. World-class attractions, abundant sports and recreation opportunities, inviting nature walks, personal glimpses of America’s history, exciting entertainment, shopping and dining choices, a year-round calendar of fairs and festivals and good old Southern hospitality await the visitor to Newport News. Learn what life was like aboard the USS Monitor during the Battle of Hampton Roads. Experience Virginia’s wildlife from the mountains to the shore. Explore the wonders of the largest municipal park east of the Mississippi River. Play a round of golf on our challenging championship course. Feel history come alive at our city-owned attractions. Let our knowledgeable travel counselors help you plan the perfect vacation. Ask about our money-saving Combo Ticket and value-packed Coupon Book. Stay with us in Newport News and enjoy all this area of Virginia has to offer – the ocean, the ships, the history and the great outdoors! Newport News Visitor Center, 13560 Jefferson Ave., Exit 250B from I-64 (Newport News Park entrance), (757) 886-7777 or (888) 493-7386. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit us online at www.newport-news.org; www.nnparks.com; www.nngolfclub.com; www.endview.org; www.leehall.org; www.newsomehouse.org and www.warmuseum.org.

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FLY SMART. FLY NEWPORT NEWS. More people are flying smart. They’re flying Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. From business travelers to vacationers alike, more people are taking advantage of the lowest average fares in Virginia, making it affordable to get to hundreds of destinations across the world including non-stop flights to NY-LaGuardia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia and more. Low airfares, convenient flight schedules, and up close parking make it easy and accessible for any traveler. Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport is committed to providing passenger friendly facilities capable of meeting all your travel needs. For additional information, games, a virtual tour and more, visit us on the web at FlyNewportNews.com. It’s the smart way to fly!

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CELEBRATE LIFE IN NORFOLK Centrally located in the heart of Hampton Roads, Norfolk is a true waterfront gem. While this charming Southern seaport has a history dating back 400 years, today’s Norfolk is mainly known for its scenic waterfronts, thriving ports, restaurant renaissance, blossoming arts scene and diverse entertainment opportunities. Recognized as the cultural arts capital of the commonwealth, Norfolk is a city that celebrates its many sides of life on a daily basis. Celebrate Norfolk’s founding place in America’s heritage through a variety of museums and attractions, like Norfolk’s Cannonball and Civil War Trails, The MacArthur Memorial, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or Moses Myers House. Turnof-the-century buildings and cobblestones streets serve as reminders of Norfolk’s role as one of America’s oldest cities. At the forefront of Norfolk’s history and present is the allure of its vibrant waterfront location, offering a pleasant combination of big city amenities and small town Southern charm. Within 10 city blocks, downtown boasts a collection of hotels, convention facilities, dynamic attractions, a restaurant and theater district, and retail merchants. Along the sparkling waterfront, Norfolk’s cruise port sits in the center of downtown and features several harbor and luxury cruises. Consider taking a cruise from Norfolk to Bermuda or the Bahamas, or a harbor cruise past Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world. The newly constructed $36 million 80,000 square-foot Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, the first in the nation to fully comply with Homeland Security standards, sits on the picturesque Elizabeth River. The cruise ship pier is adjacent to Nauticus, a spectacular maritime-themed science center featuring hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquaria, digital high-definition films, and an extensive variety of educational programs.

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It’s also home to the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last battleship built by the U.S Navy. Critically acclaimed artisans, festivals and theatrical productions, as well as nationally recognized museums are only the beginning of Norfolk’s art and entertainment offerings. Norfolk is also home to the Chrysler Museum of Art, which houses a vast collection of art, Tiffany glass and historic treasures. Norfolk also boasts the Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony and Virginia Chorale. Spring heralds the beginning of Norfolk’s festival season. More than 65 public festivals and events, many celebrated right on the sparkling waterfront, give travelers a unique opportunity to experience Norfolk’s many fine qualities—from culture to cuisine to heritage—up close and personal. Of course, after all these events, performances and attractions, you’re bound to work up an appetite. You can enjoy a truly unique culinary experience in Norfolk, where more than 80 chef-owned restaurants dot the downtown district and throughout the city. Many eateries specialize in regional dishes and use Virginiagrown produce and ingredients. Throughout your visit, get around town the smart way with the FREE Norfolk Electric Transit (NET) shuttle and experience the many charms of this vibrant cosmopolitan destination. For a bit of exercise, consider walking the pedestrian friendly streets of downtown or taking a scenic bike ride along the Elizabeth River Trail. No matter how long your visit, you’ll find a variety of great hotels throughout Norfolk, including boutique inns, bed and breakfasts and full-service hotels. Wherever you stay, you’ll rest assured knowing you will never be more than a 15-minute ride from any of the city’s exciting amenities. For more information, visit www.norfolkcvb.com or contact the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 368-3097.

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Follow the P to convenient parking throughout Downtown Norfolk. With more than 19,000 parking spaces located in 14 garages, 14 lots and more than 600 on-street metered spaces; the NET - Norfolk’s free electric bus system; and new parking signs throughout downtown; experiencing Norfolk’s most popular attractions and businesses is easier than ever. Just follow the P! New Meter ParkCards are now available at the Parking Customer Service Center, located at 222 E. Main Street in Downtown Norfolk. These pre-paid debit-type cards can be used as payment for meters, instead of coins. Convenient and re-loadable, these easy-to-use cards make metered parking in Norfolk easier than ever for short-term visitors. Call (757) 664-6222 or visit www.norfolk.gov/parking for more information on Norfolk’s Parking System.

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Overlooking the scenic Chesapeake Bay, the Ocean View Fishing Pier offers complete facilities and equipment for everyone who lives - and loves - to fish. Just off Interstate 64 in Norfolk, Virginia, the Pier stretches out 1690 feet into the Bay onto one of the East Coast’s most bountiful fishing grounds. • Tackle Shop - Rods, reels, hooks, lines and sinkers. • Catered Parties, Receptions and For the patient fisherman, crab pots and minnow traps. Banquets for up to 500 - We’ll guarantee that

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Hang up your Gone Fishinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sign and cruise on over to Ocean View Fishing Pier for a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catch. Or relax on our Upper Deck with music, good company and exquisite panoramas of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful Bay. You might want to bring your camera! Overlooking the scenic Chesapeake Bay, the Ocean View Fishing Pier offers complete facilities and equipment for everyone who lives - and loves - to fish. Just off Interstate 64 in Norfolk, Virginia, the Pier stretches out 1690 feet into the Bay into one of East Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most bountiful fishing grounds. Located on site are a Bait House, a restaurant, a game room and restrooms. It is also equipped for catered parties, receptions and banquets for groups up to 500 people. At Ocean View Fishing Pier the living is easy. And yes, the fish are jumping. Summertime and all the time. Open 24 hours daily in the summer!

Portsmouth is a quaint, historic seaport city located in southeastern Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk. One of the most appealing aspects of the city is its pedestrian-friendly Olde Towne Historic District. Stroll from our waterfront conference center to chef-owned restaurants, trendy shops, art galleries, and the largest collection of architecturally noteworthy homes between Alexandria and Charleston. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an easy stroll to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numerous museums, including the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Virginia. During the summer, make sure you carve out some time to take two of Portsmouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular tours: The Olde Towne Lantern Tour, a walking tour of the historic district with a costumed guide at twilight, coupled with a harbor cruise on board the Carrie B, an exact replica of a 19th-century Mississippi riverboat. Along with narrated commentary, the Carrie B provides visitors with panoramic views of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest shipyard and its first U.S. Naval hospital, both in Portsmouth, and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest naval base in Norfolk. Portsmouthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest attraction is the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Here you can dribble a basketball, toss a football, and pitch a baseball. Visitors can take a virtual treadmill hike through the

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Shenandoah or climb the stadium steps at their favorite college campus. It’s all found at this new museum on High Street. We invite you to see for yourself. Call (800) PORTS-VA or visit www.visitportsva.com to learn more about Portsmouth!

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Come, visit Smithfield, Windsor and Isle of Wight County where residents take pride in their heritage – a history that began with the founding of our nation and continues to shape the region today. Visit and you’ll find a burgeoning arts scene, unique and historic attractions, and eclectic shops. Come relax by the rivers, stroll along friendly streets, enjoy one of the many concerts, plays or special events and talk with new friends over a bottle of wine at one of Smithfield’s tantalizing eateries. Love the outdoors? Boat, sail, canoe, kayak, play tennis or golf or bicycle along scenic trails. There is so much to do. Smithfield and Isle of Wight’s history reach deep into America’s past; Isle of Wight was one of the eight original shires in Virginia and Smithfield is nestled along the banks of the Pagan and James Rivers, a spot that was discovered by Captain John Smith and other early settlers. The area’s heritage is also reflected in the many beautiful homes in Smithfield’s Historic District – there are nearly 60 beautiful and historic Colonial, Federal and Victorian structures, some private residences and businesses, but some transformed into museums, inns, restaurants, and unique antique and specialty shops. Also, nearby, is St. Luke’s Shrine. Built circa 1632, it is the oldest existing church of English foundation in America and this country’s only surviving brick Gothic church. Close too is Fort Boykin, now a county park, built in

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1623 to protect our forbearers from incursions over water by the Spaniards and over land by the Indians. And now visitors can walk in the footsteps of history at one of the best preserved and restored Civil War earthenworks forts in the South-Fort Huger. And don’t forget to taste history – world-famous Smithfield hams come from right here. Whether you are in Smithfield and Isle of Wight for a day, pamper yourself for a weekend or stay for weeks, you’ll enjoy our town…and country on the banks of the Pagan and James Rivers.

SPIRIT OF NORFOLK Get ready for the time of your life. Step aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and come alive for an afternoon or evening of all-out fun. You’ll dine and dance. Applaud star-quality entertainers. And be dazzled by skyline sights and a close-up look at the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Choose from fun-filled luncheons, candlelit dinners, midnight dances and theme cruises. For details and tickets, go to www.spiritofnorfolk.com or call toll free (866) 211-3803.

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March - 2 p.m. Every Day but Monday. Spring (April 1-May 23) - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Every Day. Summer (May 24-August 31) - 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Every Day. Fall (September 1-October) - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Every Day. November and December - 2 p.m. Every Day but Monday. Adults $16.50 and Children $10

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VICTORY ROVER NAVAL BASE CRUISES Experience the fastest and most popular way to see the world’s largest Naval Base and Norfolk’s Harbor. Two-hour cruises depart from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin in Downtown Norfolk. Cruise past the vessels that ensure our freedom - destroyers, cruisers, submarines, aircraft carriers and more. A fascinating, fact and fun filled narration is provided. Call (757) 627-7406. www.navalbasecruises.com.

VISIT THE VIRGINIA AQUARIUM It’s A Life Experience The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center hosts over 700,000 gallons of aquariums and live animal habitats focusing on Virginia’s diverse and unique marine environment. With more than 300 hands-on exhibits,

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a nature trail, two animal touch tanks and the state’s largest 3D IMAX® theater, a visit to the Aquarium is not only exciting and fun, but truly educational. To complete the experience at the Aquarium there are two stores and a café. Seasonal boat trips, which include dolphin and whale watching, ocean collections and cruise the creek cruises, also add a deeper dimension. The Virginia Aquarium is located one mile south of the oceanfront resort area in Virginia Beach at 717 General Booth Blvd. For further information call (757) 385-FISH www.VirginiaAquarium.com.

VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. Touch famous Bay creatures, plus enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to

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view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display an extensive array of native plants. Enter the hidden world of animal habitats in “Animal Secrets” Jan. 26 - May 4. Stomping, roaring, robotic dinosaurs come alive in DINO-MANIA! May 24 - Sept. 1. If you’re wild about wildlife, this museum is the place to go, whatever the weather. Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (I64, exit 258A) (757) 595-1900 www.thevlm.org

VIRGINIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME Be inspired. With two stories of hands-on sports and health exhibits, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates past and present athletes and inspires future ones. At the Hall of Fame, experience speed as you pitch to a radar gun, or drive a NASCAR simulator. Develop your skill at broadcast journalism as “You Make the Call” during an exciting sports moment. Explore careers in health and sports medicine in the Bon Secours Training Room, complete with virtual exercise equipment, food pyramid and a skeleton that rides a bike! Find your role model among the 247 inductees of the Hall of Fame, whose success stories—on and off the field—are portrayed throughout the museum. The Hall of Fame also features exhibits on: Washington Redskins, Virginia

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Olympians, NASCAR, College sports, and “Stars of the Commonwealth” like David Wright and Ronde Barber. Catch a ballgame in the Cox Digital Theater, and before you leave, visit the Final Score Gift Shop for souvenirs for the sports fans in your life. Celebrate the 2008 Summer Olympics with us in August! Visit the museum’s website to learn about upcoming events, kids’ activities, and temporary exhibits. The Hall of Fame is located at 206 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth (I-264 exit 7). Admission $7. Children 2 and under free. Senior and military discounts. Group rates available. For hours and information, visit www.vshfm.com or call (757) 393-8031.

VIRGINIA ZOO These are exciting times at the Virginia Zoo. Our family of more than 350 wondrous creatures (great and small) is growing. Our lion cubs, born here in the summer of 2007, are growing more and more every day. Another summer ’07 baby, a red river hog baby, is romping his way into everybody’s hearts. The Virginia Zoo truly is a place of delight and wonder. Here you can stroll along a towering boardwalk on a walking safari through Africa, where you’ll see majestic giraffe and kingly lions in their natural habitat. Keep a look out for

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white rhinos and elephants, too! We have monkeys to delight you, mandrills to amaze you and 350 more incredible creatures from snakes and sloths to eagles and lovebirds. The zoo is beautifully landscaped and a delightfully pleasant educational treat for visitors young and old. The Virginia Zoo is also one of the most affordable family attractions in the entire region. So, come on an adventure! Come to the zoo. The Virginia Zoo is easy to reach from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Hampton. You’ll find us on Granby Street, one of Norfolk’s main thoroughfares. (If you’re new to the area, visit our website to learn about all the terrific programs we have for children ages 2 to 14.) The Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $7. Children 2-11: $5. Senior discounts. Visit Virginiazoo.org for more information or call (757) 441-2374

CHESAPEAKE CONVENTION & TOURISM BUREAU 3815 Bainbridge Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 502-4898; Toll Free (888) 889-5551

PORTSMOUTH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 505 Crawford St. Suite 2 Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-5327; Toll Free (800) PORTS-VA

HAMPTON CONVENTION & VISITOR BUREAU 1919 Commerce Drive, Suite 290 Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 722-1222; Toll Free (800) 487-8778

SMITHFIELD & ISLE OF WIGHT CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 335 Main Street Smithfield, VA 23431 (757) 357-5182 Toll Free (800) 365-9339

NEWPORT NEWS VISITOR CENTER 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603 (757) 886-7777; Toll Free 888-493-7386

VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 2101 Parks Avenue, Suite 500 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 437-4700; Toll Free (800) 700-7702

NORFOLK CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 232 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-6616; Toll Free (800) 368-3097

WILLIAMSBURG CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 421 North Boundary Street Williamsburg, VA 23187 (757) 253-0192; Toll Free (800) 368-6511

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Virginia Arts Festival For more than a decade, the Virginia Arts Festival has brought great performers from around the world to theaters and concert halls throughout Hampton Roads, making this historic, recreation-rich region a center for culture and the arts. The 2008 Festival promises to be the most exciting yet. In one magical month, in dozens of venues, you’ll find spectacular performances by world-class performers. —The Festival begins with an awe-inspiring display of music and might, the Virginia International Tattoo, gathering military bands, drill teams, even bicycle troops—more than 850 precision performers from eight countries—in Norfolk’s Scope Arena April 18–20. —Set your trip soaring with the legendary and the electrifying Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with works including Virginia International Tattoo Parade the company’s gospel-flavored signature piece, Revelations, at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall, May 2–4, or one of the most exquisite voices in all of opera, soprano Kathleen Battle, at Harrison Opera House on May 1. —Enjoy America’s newest full-time vocal ensemble as they sing with one of the freshest and most engaging sounds in choral music today, Cantus at Christ and St. Luke’s Church in Norfolk, on May 19. —Raise a glass…a stein…a mug to the great art of beer at the 7th Annual Virginia Beer Festival on May 17 at Town Point Park. For connoisseurs, this popular festival favorite brings fine beers from nearly three dozen domestic and international breweries. And for friends seeking a sunlit Saturday full of fun, this beer- and music-filled celebration is the perfect spring celebration. —Musical icon, Kurt Weill created the adaptation Lost in the Stars of Alan Paton’s novel of South Africa, Cry, the Beloved Country, winning instant acclaim: “Here the theatre has come bearing its most memorable gifts: eloquent, deep, dramatic, and beautiful,” said The New York Times. Co-presented with the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Stage Company, Opera Theatre Pittsburgh and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, a new landmark staging of this musical theater classic is created on April 25–27, in premiere performances sure to attract opera lovers and theater buffs alike. The Virginia Arts Festival is brimming with unforgettable experiences to share, so join in April 18–May 26. Imagine, Inspire, Become! For more information about the Virginia Arts Festival, call 1-877-741-ARTS or visit www.vafest.org.

VIRGINIA ARTS FESTIVAL NORFOLK SCHEDULE 4/18–4/20: Virginia International Tattoo 4/22: Black Grace 4/25: Christa Rakich 4/25–4/27: Lost in the Stars 4/26: The Music of Led Zeppelin 4/29: Solo Duo 4/30: Schub, Linn, Hoffman 5/1: Kathleen Battle 5/2–5/4: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 5/17: Virginia Beer Festival 5/19: Cantus 5/21: Living Legacy: A Celebration of Holocaust Composers 5/26: Masterworks in the Making: A Concert of Premieres For a full schedule of events, please visit Virginia Arts Festival Web site at www.vafest.org norfolkcvb.com

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WHEN & WHERE

In depth calendar of arts and entertainment.

EVENTS

Fireworks over Chrysler Museum of Art

CALENDAR

Events subject to change

A Guide to What’s Going on In and Around Norfolk

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

Black History Kids Discovery Cruises February 13

Norfolk Admirals Ice Hockey

“Eugene Onegin” February 8 -17

Interactive, educational lunch cruises include kid-friendly food and fun. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

Join the AHL Norfolk Admirals ice hockey team at Norfolk Scope. The season runs January-April; October-December. 757/640-1212 or www.norfolkadmirals.com

“The Piano Lesson” January 15 – February 3 The late August Wilson was one of the premier dramatists of the American stage and “The Piano Lesson” is the most beautiful and richly drawn of all his plays. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it is the highlight of Wilson’s ten-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the twentieth century. With the Great Depression for a backdrop, a brother and sister struggle over a precious family heirloom, a piano with images of their African ancestors carved by their enslaved grandfather. 757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com

Downtown Norfolk’s Restaurant Week January 20 - 27 Your chance to experience culinary delights at Norfolk’s finest restaurants. 757/623-1757 or www.downtownnorfolk.org

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By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Performed in Russian with English Supertitles. OUR FIRST RUSSIAN OPERA! A young and arrogant Russian aristocrat, “Eugene Onegin” courts tragedy when he refuses the tender love offered by beautiful Tatiana. 866/OPERA-VA or www.vaopera.org

Gospel Early Dinner Cruise Feb. 9, April 26, May 24, June 28, Aug. 16, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 22 Early dinner cruise featuring special entertainment. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

“Whistle Down The Wind” February 12- 17 From Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Whistle Down the Wind” is an uplifting musical about a young Louisiana girl who finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn. While the townspeople are determined to find the escaped felon, she vows to protect him from the outside world. Chrysler Hall. 757/664-6464.

“The Poetry of Pizza” February 26 – March 16 By Deborah Brevoort. A teaching job in Copenhagen for an American university professor skids hilariously off-course when she unexpectedly falls for a charming Kurdish pizza maker who speaks his heart to her through his culinary creations. In this comic and touching new play, the unlikely courtship of two romantics from very different cultures arouses the passions of everyone around them. A comedy of errors of the culinary kind. 757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com

MARCH

The Greening of Ghent March 14 Celebrate everything that is Irish with live music, great food and fun. Historic Ghent’s Colley Avenue. www.destinationghent.com

Big Band Lunch Cruise March 19, April 8, Sept. 3 Easter Bunny Lunch Cruise March 23 Unique lunch and early dinner cruises featuring special entertainment. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

“Lucia di Lammermoor” March 28 - April 6 By Gaetano Donizetti. Performed in Italian with English Supertitles. Sweet Lucia cares nothing for feuds, but even her secret love of Edgardo will fall victim to family rivalry, plunging her into madness in a shocking final act. 866/OPERA-VA or www.vaopera.org

Kids Discovery Cruises March 13, April 15, May 20

APRIL

Interactive, educational lunch cruises include kid-friendly food and fun. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

Norfolk Tides AAA Baseball April-September AAA team for the Baltimore Orioles.

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“Rent” April 1-3 The winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, “Rent” is about being young, learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. “Rent” has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that really resonates and now the smash-hit sensation of “Rent” is coming to you. Chrysler Hall. 757/664-6464.

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” April 1 – 20 By Randal Myler and Mark Harelik. The original country music outlaw, Hank Williams’ meteoric rise and fall are the stuff of music legend. His contributions to popular music in the twentieth century cannot be measured. Follow Williams’ from his humble roots singing gospel music on the Louisiana Hayride, to the storied Grand Ole Opry, and to his eventual self-destruction at age twentynine. Full of foot stompin’, barn burnin’ classics like “Move It on Over”, “Jambalaya,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Hey, Good Lookin”, played by Hank and his band onstage, “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” will have you cheering for more! 757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com

Norfolk’s 55th Annual Azalea Festival April 14-19 A week-long celebration honoring the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Events include The Parade of Nations, Music Festival, Art Exhibitions, and The Queen’s Dinner and Ball. 757/282-2801 or www.azaleafestival.org

Virginia Arts Festival April 18-May 26 The 12th Annual Virginia Arts Festival presents leading artists from around the world in classical music, ballet, modern dance, world music, chamber music, theater, and family entertainment. 877/741-ARTS or www.vafest.com

Virginia International Tattoo April 18-20 More than 850 artists from around the world storm Norfolk Scope for this dynamic show of pageantry and patriotism, action-packed and awe-inspiring. Live music, Celtic dancers, choral groups, marching bands, precision drill teams, surprise guests, and more massed pipes and drums than ever. 877/741-ARTS or www.vafest.com

“Lost In the Stars” April 25-27 By Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson. Weill’s final Broadway score is a passionate voice to this powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. Based on Alan Paton’s novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, the stirring story is of two aging men – a black, country parson and a white, British planter – drawn into friendship by shared grief. 757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com

MAY

and more! Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

food and drink. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

TGIF After-Work Party & Music Series May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

JULY

OCTOBER

Town Point Sundays featuring Lewis McGehee & Friends July 6, 13, 20, 27

Virginia Children’s Festival October 11

The biggest, free after-work party in downtown. Town Point Park. 757/44-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival May 10 Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Mother’s Day Cruises May 11 Unique lunch and early dinner cruises featuring special entertainment. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

Big Bands on the Bay May-August Every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dance to the Big Band Sounds beneath the gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Casual Sunday evening concerts. Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

4th of July Great American Picnic and Fireworks July 4 Spend your 4th of July on Downtown Norfolk’s waterfront and enjoy fun for the entire family. The evening is topped off with world-class fireworks. Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Latino Festival July 12 Latin dancing with live music by local, regional and national Latin recording artists! 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

With more than 50 creative and interactive activities, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experience, arts and crafts and more, this is one of Hampton Roads’ most beloved family festivals! Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival October 18-19 Outdoor-juried art show featuring live music and children’s activities to benefit Hope House Foundation. 757/625-6161 or www.hope-house.org

Town Point Virginia Wine Festival October 18-19

Virginia Beer Festival May 17

T.G.O.V. Beach Music Concert Series Every Friday Night in July and August

Taste handcrafted microbrews and sophisticated beer from all over the world! Co-produced by Festevents/Virginia Arts Festival. Town Point Park. 877/741-ARTS or www.vafest.org

These beach parties are sure to jump-start your weekend with family fun that includes beach music, food, beverages and children’s activities. Ocean View Beach Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Experience the taste of some of Virginia’s finest wines as Town Point Park along the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk hosts one of the states largest outdoor wine festivals. More than 25 of Virginia’s premier wineries offer a sampling of the Commonwealth’s finest wines. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org.

Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival May 17-18

Jazz Festival July 25-26

NOVEMBER

Outdoor-juried art show featuring live music and children’s activities to benefit Hope House Foundation. 757/625-6161 or www.hope-house.org

A mix of jazz and blues at Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

AFR’AM Fest May 26-28

Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival August 21-23

One of the largest family-oriented ethnic cultural celebrations on the East Coast featuring musical entertainment, history, food and children’s activities. 757/216-7518 or www.sevaa.org or www.aframfest.info

JUNE Harborfest June 6-8 Hampton Roads’ largest summertime event featuring a parade of sail, visiting international tall ships, national, regional and local entertainment performing on multiple stages, children’s activities, fireworks and more! Town Point Park. 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org.

Father’s Day Cruises June 16 Unique lunch and early dinner cruises featuring special entertainment. 757/625-1463 or www.spiritofnorfolk.com

Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival June 20-22 Town Point Park is transformed into the Big Bayou for the hottest and spiciest weekend on the riverfront! Featuring live national entertainment, eating contests, children’s activities

AUGUST The Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival is a premier showcase for multicultural and international film and screens films that embody risk-taking, diversity and artistic innovation. MABFF is a juried competition and showcase at the Attucks Theatre for independent filmmakers from all over the world and core program of Crispus Attucks Cultural Center Inc. (CACC) a non-profit cultural arts organization operating year-round at the Attucks Theatre. (757) 622-4763 or www.mabff.org

SEPTEMBER Virginia In-Water Boat Expo September 12-14 The Virginia In-Water Boat Expo will be held at Waterside Marina next to Town Point Park. The show will feature several hundred boats in a wide range of sizes, along with boating accessories and gear. Special features will include boating and fishing seminars and demonstrations. There’s something for everyone! 757/441-2345 or www.festeventsva.org

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival September 27

Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade, Downtown Norfolk November 22 A synchronized community countdown signals the spectacular lighting of the skylines of Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth. The illumination triggers the start of the hour-long 22nd Annual Grand Illumination Parade filled with festive and lighted floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus himself. 757/623-1757 or www.downtownnorfolk.org

Garden of Lights, Norfolk Botanical Garden November 27 – December 31 Norfolk Botanical Garden will be aglow with all the brilliance of the holiday season during the 12th Annual Garden of Lights. This holiday festival includes more than 500,000 twinkling lights along a 2.5-mile route through the Garden. 757/441-5830 or www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

DECEMBER A Christmas Carol December 3-20 Dickens’ classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. Wells Theatre. 757/627-1234 or www.vastage.com

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DINING

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ome folks are surprised by the eclectic collection of eateries in Norfolk—you’ll find everything from traditional Southern cuisine to international offerings, including Cuban, Irish, Indian, Italian, Thai, Brazilian and more. You’ll also find some of our region’s finest ingredients, such as local seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and produce from farms along the Eastern Shore. Norfolk’s gift to visitors and residents alike is a delicious package of culinary presents lining up along Granby Street and surrounding side streets. Chef-owned eateries offering a diverse array of cuisines fill the popular city street, offering visitors and locals one of the best culinary experiences around. From popular lunch spots to upscale gourmet establishments, Norfolk covers the full spectrum of dining choices—you may run out of time or space in your stomach, but you definitely won’t run out of options. Away from downtown, even more dining opportunities await empty stomachs. Dine alfresco on Colley Avenue in Ghent, where the sidewalks are lined with restaurants, hip bars and cafes. Down the road in Ocean View, you’ll find some of the locals’ favorite spots for succulent seafood fresh from the Bay. As for nightlife, the same restaurants offering wonderful cuisine transform into popular hangouts at night, with special late night menus and specialty cocktails. Granby Street becomes a buzz of activity after dark, with late-diners and socialites enjoying the cosmopolitan atmosphere of downtown. Of course, Norfolk is always an exciting place to be— day, evening and night. And no matter what time of day, you can always find something good to eat.

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ocated in a 136 year-old renovated church in the historic Freemason Harbor area of Norfolk. Featuring fresh lobster, pasta, fish, seafood, choice prime rib, sandwiches, salads and light entrees. As well as a full bar to complement your dining pleasure. Open for lunch, dinner, & Sunday brunch.

209 West Freemason Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Call for reservations 757-622-3966

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DINING GUIDE

$=$8 or less, $$=9-13, $$$=14-20, $$$$=21 and up Downtown

AREA CODE FOR ALL PHONE NUMBERS IS 757 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Restaurant

Price Range

219 Restaurant, 219 Granby Street. 627-2896

Military Highway

Ocean View/Wards Corner

Lunch

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties

$$-$$$

M-F

M-Su

International fusion food served with flair

21st Deli, 222 21st Street. 626-0011

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

NY-style subs and sandwiches

456 Fish, 456 Granby Street. 625-4444

$$-$$$$

Nightly

Fine dining restaurant with an eclectic menu featuring seafood

Aberdeen Barn, 5805 Northhampton Boulevard. 464-1580

$$-$$$$

M- Su

Nightly

Steaks and fresh seafood

AJ Gators, 244 Granby Street, 622-5544

$-$$

M-Su

M-Su

Sports food, seafood, American

Amalfi Ristorante, 2010 Colley Avenue. 625-1262

$$-$$$$

Daily

Daily

Brick oven baked pizza, vegetarian and vegan menu

Asian Grill, 411B Granby Street. 625-2222

$$

Daily

Daily

Chinese food and sushi

The Azalea Inn, 2344 E. Little Creek Road. 587-4649

$$-$$$$

Daily

Daily

Casual pizza, subs and more

The Azalea Room Café, 6700 Azalea Garden Road. 855-3176

$

Daily

Azar’s Market & Café, 2000 Colley Avenue. 664-7955

$$

Daily

Daily

Lebanese, Mediterranean and vegetarian

Baker’s Crust, 330 W. 21st Street. 625-3600

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Café. Fresh-baked breads, sandwiches, gourmet groceries

Bangkok Garden, 339 W. 21st Street. 622-5047

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Authentic Thai cuisine

BAR Norfolk, 333 Waterside Drive. 627-2800

$

W-Sa

DJ and dancing nightly

Bardo, 430 W. 21st Street. 622-7362

$$-$$$

M-F

M-Su

Pacific Rim-influenced tapas

Baxters Sports Pub, 500 Granby Street. 622-9837

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Fresh sandwiches, gourmet pizza and half dozen entrees

Ben & Jerry’s, 333 Waterside Drive. 640-0340

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Ice cream

BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, 333 Waterside Drive. 622-1200

$$-$$$

M-Su

M-Su

New York-style Irish pub

Blue Crab, 4521 Pretty Lake Avenue, East Beach Marina. 362-3133

$$-$$$

Brunch Su

Sa-Su

Nightly

Fresh local seafood, steaks, pastas, salads; live acoustic music

Bobbie B’s Deli, 433 Granby Street. 623-7444

$

M-F

M-F

Bobbywood, 435 Monticello Avenue. 961-5417

$$$

T-Su

Creative American

The Boot, 123 W. 21st Street. 627-2668

$$$

Daily

Italian

Bodega, 442 Granby Street. 622-8527

$$

M-Sa

Spanish Mediterranean tapas bar

Borjo, 4416 Monarch Way. 440-5800

$

Daily

Coffee house and café

Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse, 116 Brook Avenue. 222-9191

$$$$

Daily

Serving only USDA prime beef aged on premises

California Pizza Kitchen, MacArthur Center. 622-7190

$$-$$$$

Daily

Daily

Pizza

Captain Groovy’s Raw Bar, 8101 Shore Drive. 965-4667

$$$

Daily

Daily

Seafood

Cheesecake Factory, MacArthur Center. 628-9260 EXT 231

$

Daily

Daily

Cheesecake, sandwiches, light fare

Chili’s Bar and Grill, MacArthur Center. 627-7440

$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Casual atmosphere, American fare

China Garden, 854 N. Military Highway. 455-8868

$$

Daily

Daily

Chinese , Szechuan, Peking and Cantonese fare

Chocollage, 201 College Place. 533-5335

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

M-Sa

Gourmet pastries, espresso, coffee and wine

The City Dock Restaurant, 777 Waterside Drive. 622-2868

$$-$$$$

Daily

Daily

Daily

American

Club Soda, 111 Tazewell Street. 200-7632

$$-$$$$

T-Sa

Regional world

Cogan’s, 1901 Colonial Avenue. 627-6428

$

Daily

Daily

Voted best pizza in Hampton Roads

Colley Cantina, 1316 Colley Avenue. 622-0033

$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Informal, Mexican, seafood and Southwestern menu

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Breakfast

Ghent

Daily

Daily

Daily

Sandwiches and salads

Breakfast, deli sandwiches, soup and salad

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Restaurant

Price Range

Breakfast

Courtyard Café, Courtyard Marriott. 963-6000

$$

Daily

Lunch

Crackers - Little Bar & Bistro, 4226 Granby Sreet. 640-0200 Crema, Dominion Tower. 623-6434

$-$$$

Cuisine & Company, Chrysler Museum of Art. 333-6291

M-F

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties

Daily

American

Nightly

Neoclassical, changing menus

M-F

High-end coffeeshop, soup and sandwiches, salads, wraps

$-$$

W-Su

Upscale lunch café

Dawat Indian Cuisine, 888 N. Military Highway. 455-8080

$$

Daily

d’eGG, 204 E. Main Street. 626-EGGS

$

Del Vecchios, 1080 W. 47th Street. 627-2788

$

Deli Plus, 161 Granby Street. 625-7889

$-$$

Diesel Pizza, Waterside Festival Marketplace. 627-9900

$

The Dining Room, Norfolk Waterside Marriott. 627-4200

$$

Dog-N-Burger, 2001 Manteo Street. 623-1667

Daily

Daily

Daily

Authentic Indian Serving breakfast all day; daily lunch specials

M-Su

M-Su

New York- and Chicago-style pizza, pasta, subs

M-Sa

M-Sa

Deli plus Mediterranean

Daily

Nightly

Pizza

Daily

Daily

Elegant ambience, creative

$

Daily

Daily

Ribs, chicken, hamburgers; delivery

Domo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 273 Granby Street. 628-8282

$$-$$$$

Su-F

Daily

Japanese restaurant and sushi bar

Doumar’s, 20th Street and Monticello Avenue. 627-4163

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Drive-in barbecue, fresh lemonade, ice cream

El Azteca, 1522 E. Little Creek Road. 587-6016

$

Daily

Daily

Mexican

El Rodeo, 5834 Virginia Beach Boulevard. 466-9077

$

Daily

Daily

Mexican

M-Sa

Daily

M-Sa

Located inside the “new” SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Old Dominion University Village Enjoy the game on one of our more than 20 televisions! Ask for your personal “Sound Dog” to hear the game! Dine inside or outside!

MONARCH’S SPORTS GRILL A Recovery Room Restaurant

Monarch’s Sports Grill is THE place to enjoy your favorite burger, appetizer, Panini or libation! Whether it’s before or after the game, or anytime, join us in this upbeat sports environment for casual dining daily from 11:30 am! Here’s a sampling from our menu: PRE GAME MEAL Tour de French Fries: A generous platter of crispy strips of potatoes, deep fried to golden brown, topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, and a dollop of sour cream. Yellow jersey optional. Give me Sumo’: Delicate pockets of noodle stuffed with diced vegetables and lightly pan fried. Served with our own garlic soy dipping sauce. You’ll probably have to wrestle someone for the last one on the plate. Head First Sliders: Three griddle fried mini-burgers, with or without cheese, topped with caramelized onions and fried pickles. Play it safe by ordering them in multiples of three!

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Quarterback Sneak: Start with our jumbo potato roll, top with an 8 oz patty of 100% certified Angus beef, and then load it with your favorite toppings!

Full Court Press: Crispy chicken tenders topped with apple wood bacon, sliced tomato, lettuce and Swiss cheese and honey mustard, served on our jumbo potato roll with a mound of our crispy fries. Soccer To Me!: Combination plate consisting of one griddle fried miniburger, one mini dog, and a heapin’ helpin’ of our own crispy fries.

OVERTIME Icing on the Cake: Rich chocolate cake, infused with hot fudge, nuked to ignite the chocolate volcano and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped topping. Big Blue Pie a la Mode: Fresh pie of the day – served a la mode. Photo Finish: Our chef’s cheesecake creation of the day. Say cheese!

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Breakfast

Restaurant

Price Range

Elliot’s Fairgrounds News & Coffee, 806 Baldwin Avenue. 640-2899

$

Empire Little Bar & Bistro, 245 Granby Street. 626-3100

$$

Daily

Late Night

Tapas

Enrico’s, 4012 Colley Avenue. 423-2700

$-$$

M-F

M-Sa

Italian and Greek

Daliy

Daliy

Brazilian steak house

$

Fahrenheit, 437 Granby Street. 965-8367

$$

Fellini’s, 3901 Colley Avenue. 625-3000

$-$$

Fountainside Café, Holiday Inn Select. 213-2231

$$

Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 169 W. Ocean View Avenue. 531-8100

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties Organic coffee and tea, pastries, light fare

Espeto na Brasa A Brazilian Restaurant, 233 Granby Street. 313-4363 $$

Famous Uncle Al’s, 155 Granby Street. 625-8319

Lunch

$=$8 or less, $$=9-13, $$$=14-20, $$$$=21 and up Ghent Military Highway Ocean View/Wards Corner

M-F

M-F

Hot dogs and more M-Sa

American

Daily

Daily

Gourmet pizza, Caesar and Greek salads, homemade pasta

Daily

Daily

Italian seafood

$$

T-Su

T-Su

Italian

Freemason Abbey, 209 W. Freemason Street. 622-3966

$$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Served in a 129-year-old renovated church

French Bakery and Delicatessen, 4108 Granby Street. 625-4936

$-$$$

M-Sa

German Pantry, 5329 E. Va. Beach Blvd. 461-5100

$-$$$

T-Sa

T-Sa

Authentic German, groceries, candies, beverages

Golden Corral, 6103 N. Military Highway. 855-8170

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Buffet and home cooking

The Gourmet Gang, 440 E. Main Street. 640-1065

$

M-F

M-F

Chefs weekly specials and deli menu, caterers

Grace Street Grille, 217 Grace Street. 625-3001

$-$$

Daily

Daily

American, sandwiches, barbeque

The Green Onion, 1603 Colley Avenue. 963-1200

$-$$

MonSat

Daily

Seafood, steaks and vegetarian

Granby North, 9619 Granby Street. 588-6728

$$

T-Su

T-Su

Chicken, steak, seafood, pastas, salads; weekend brunch

The Grate Steak, 234 N. Military Highway. 461-5501

$$

M-F

Nightly

Beef; choose and grill your own steak

Greater Grinders, 4311A Colley Avenue. 451-4512

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Subs, salads, chips, party subs and catering

Greenies, 196-198 W. Ocean View Avenue. 480-1210

$

Daily

Daily

Seafood and burgers

Guadalajara City Café, 411 Granby Street. 622-2489

$

Daily

Daily

Mexican

Gustos, 271 Granby Street. 626-0005

$$

Daily

Daily

Specialty pizzas, pasta, desserts, salads, catering

M-Su

M-Su

Home cooking

Harry’s Famous Barbecue and Chicken, 117 Tazewell Street. 625-1355 $

Daily

F-Su

Daily

T-Su

M-Su

European-style pastries, custom cakes, famous pastrami sandwich

Havana, 255 Granby Street. 627-5800

$-$$$

M-Su

M-Su

American fare with Cuban twist

Have a Nice Day Café, 333 Waterside Drive. 627-2270

$

Daily

Daily

1970s-themed restaurant and dance club

Hell’s Kitchen, 124 Granby Street. 624-1906

$$-$$$

M-F

Sa-Su

Meat and potatoes with flair

Hits at the Park, Harbor Park, 150 Park Avenue. 624-1048 x 186

$$

During Tides Games

During Tides Games

Dine overlooking Norfolk’s Major League-style baseball park

Hooters, 333 Waterside Drive. 622-9464

$

Daily

Daily

American fare; famous wings

Jillian’s, 333 Waterside Drive. 624-9700

$$-$$$

Daily

Nightly

Entertainment Megaplex! Eat, drink, play!

J.K. Mart, 999 Waterside Drive (Dominion Tower). 622-9434

$-$$

Joe’s Crab Shack, Waterside Festival Marketplace. 625-0655

$-$$$

M-F

Johnny Rockets, 300 Monticello Avenue, MacArthur Center. 622-7330 $

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M-F

Deli shop

Daily

Daily

Seafood, family atmosphere

Daily

Daily

1950s diner with ‘90s flair

Daily

Daily (Sa-Su 10-6)

Gourmet coffee, smoothies, pastries, sandwiches

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Katana, 520 W. 21st Street. 640-8898

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Japanese steakhouse and habachi

Kelly’s Backstage Tavern, 320 Granby Street. 622-5915

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Eclectic American with imagination

Kelly’s Tavern, 1408 Colley Avenue. 623-3216

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Huge hamburgers

Kevins Pub, 700 Monticello Avenue (Radisson). 627-5555

$$-$$$

Daily

Contemporary American

Kin’s Buffet, 1720 Granby Street. 628-8233

$-$$

Daily

Asian buffet

Kin’s Wok, 222 H-1 W. 21st Street. 623-8025

$-$$

Daily

Daily Daily

Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House, 300 Monticello Avenue. 622-8000 $$-$$$ Kotobuki, 721 W. 21st Street. 628-1025

$$

LaGalleria Restaurant, 120 College Place. 623-3939

$$

The Loop, 723 Monticello Avenue. 470-8446

$

Chinese

Daily

Dialy

Seafood and steaks, extensive bar, casual atmosphere

W-M

W-M

Japanese , sushi and noodles

Daily

Northern Italian menu and continental flair

Daily

Breakfast

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Price Range

Luna Maya, 2000 Colonial Avenue. 622-6986

$

Machismo Burrito Bar, 409 W. York Street. 624-2424

$

Magnolia Steak, 749 W. Princess Anne Road. 625-0400

Breakfast

Military Highway

Ocean View/Wards Corner

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties

T-Sa

Authentic Mexican menu

Daily

Daily

Custom-made burritos

$$-$$$

M-F

Daily

Bar and separate pool room; also, formal dining room

Max & Erma’s, 300 Monticello Avenue. 625-7771

$-$$

Daily

Daily

American; casual atmosphere

Max & Erma’s, 1500 N. Military Highway. 466-8000

$-$$

Daily

Daily

American; casual atmosphere

Mi Hogar, 4201 Granby Street. 640-7705

$

Daily

Daily

Mexican

Mo & O’Malley’s, 131 Granby Street. 623-3466

$

T-F

T-Sa

Irish pub food, daily lunch and dinner specials

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 520 W. 21st Street. 624-6637

$

M-Su

M-Su

Southwestern

Mona Lisa’s, 9583 Shore Drive East Beach Shops. 362-0200

$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Italian and pizza

Monarch’s Sports Grill, 4500 Hampton Boulevard. 423-4100

$-$$$

Daily

Daily

American; casual atmosphere

Monastery Restaurant, 443 Granby Mall. 625-8193

$$-$$$

F

T-Su

European

Naas Bakery, 3527 Tidewater Drive. 623-3858

$-$$$$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Specializes in pastries, donuts and homemade birthday cakes

Nauticus - The Iron Whale Cafe, One Waterside Drive. 664-1074

$

M-Su

Nawab, 888 N. Military Highway. 455-8080

$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Indian

Nazef, 2001 Colley Avenue. 622-4500

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Mediterranean

New Belmont, 2117 Colonial Avenue. 623-4477

$$-$$$

M-Su

Modern American

No Frill Bar and Grill, 806 Spotswood Avenue. 627-4262

$-$$

Daily

Daily

American

No. 1 China Buffet, 7635 Granby Street #B. 423-8880

$$

M-Su

M-Su

Chinese food and sushi

Daily

Daily

Casual; soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts

Daily

Lunch

Ghent

Brunch Su

Nordstrom Café, 300 Monticello Avenue, MacArthur Center. 314-1111 x 1610 $-$$

Variety of hot and cold fare on the Elizabeth River

Oasis Cafe & Coffee House, 142 West York Street. 627-6161

$

M-F

M-F

Ocean View Fishing Pier Restaurant, 400 W. Ocean View Avenue. 583-6000

$-$$

Sa-Su

Daily

Daily

Seafood, steaks, soup, salad, pizza and sampler platters

Olive Garden, 5920 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard. 455-5875

$$

Daily

Daily

A taste of Italy

Omar’s Carriage House, 313 W. Bute Street. 622-4990

$-$$

M-F

M-Sa

Eclectic cuisine, Morrocan Mondays

Orapax, 1300 Redgate Avenue. 627-8041

$-$$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Greek specialties; neighborhood atmosphere

O’Sullivan’s Wharf, 4300 Colley Avenue. 423-3746

$$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Fresh seafood and steaks- cut and cooked to order

Outback Steakhouse, 333 Waterside Drive. 622-9101

$$-$$$

Daily

Australian theme, giant steaks

M-Sa

M-Sa

American

Pagoda Garden Teahouse & Gallery, 265 W. Tazewell Street. 622-0506 $$

Brunch Su

Homemade food and daily specials

The Painted Lady, 112 E. 17th Street. 623-8872

$$-$$$$

T-Su

T-Su

Lunch, dinner and afternoon tea; Southern flair

Rajput, 742 W. 21 Street. 625-4634

$$

Daily

Daily

Lamb, goat, seafood, vegan and vegetarian, baked breads

Rama Garden, 441 Granby Street. 616-0533

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Thai

Red Dog Saloon, 1421 Colley Avenue. 625-0259

$$

Regino’s Italian Restaurant, 3816 E. Little Creek Road. 588-4300

$-$$$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Seafood, steak, and traditional Italian

Rom Thai, 7512 Granby Street. 480-7900

$$

Daily

Daily

Authentic Thai

Rowena’s Tea Room, 758 W. 22nd Street. 627-8699

$-$$$

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Price Range

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Sai Gai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 7521 Granby Street. 423-1000

Cuisine & Specialties Traditional Japanese steak house

Sal’s Famous New York Pizza,1207 N. Military Highway. 455-3663

Daily

Daily

Pizza

M-F

M-F

American; ribs, barbecue; Tex-Mex fare

San Antonio Sam’s, 1501 Colley Avenue. 623-0233

$-$$

Schlotzsky’s Deli, 246 E. Main Street. 627-2867

$

Daily

Daily

Homemade bread, salads and fat-free frozen yogurt

Scotty Quixx, 436 Granby Street. 625-0008

$$-$$$

M-Sa

M-Sa

International with a domestic flair

Seasons Bistro, 700 Monticello Avenue. 627-5555

$$-$$$

Daily

Daily

Steak, seafood, American; free parking

Shula’s 347, Norfolk Waterside Marriott. 282-6347

$$-$$$$

Daily

Daily

Gourmet salads, fish and steak

Siam 21, 742-G W. 21 Street. 624-2455

$-$$

Daily

Daily

Thai

Sirena Cucina Italiana, 455 Granby Street. 623-6622

$$-$$$

M-F

M-Sa

Fine dining Italian

Smokey’s Restaurant & Catering, 7528 Granby Street Ste B. 480-6440

$-$$$

M-F

M-Sa

Barbecue

The Southern Star, Waterside. 628-9777

$-$$

Daily

Country atmosphere with food, tunes and large dance floor

Sterlings, 245 Granby Street. 625-3366

$$-$$$$

Tu-Th (5-9) F-Sa (5-10)

Serving Metropolitan style; full bar

Subway, 259 Granby Street. 626-1231

$

M-Su

Fresh sandwiches on homemade bread

TABB’s at RiverView, 4019 Granby Street. 626-0871

$

Daily (4-2AM)

Seafood, family Sunday lunch buffet

Tanners Creek, 5103 Colley Avenue. 423-2430

$$-$$$

Daily

Steaks, seafood, chicken, ribs, pasta

Brunch Sa-Su

Daily

M-F

M-Su

Daily

Hampton Roads Premier Brazilian Steak House Espeto Na Brasa, officially known as a churrascaria (Portuguese for “steakhouse”), follows the long-held tradition of Brazilian barbeque. For a fixed price, customers choose from 15 different types and cuts of meats served on skewers, including top sirloin, rib eye, and skirt steak. Hot and cold Brazilian dishes also available at our salad bar.

Espeto na Brasa A BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT www.espetonabrasa.com

open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week Opening soon in Virginia Beach 233 Granby Street | Norfolk | 757.313.4363 | Reservations Reccommended norfolkcvb.com

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$=$8 or less, $$=9-13, $$$=14-20, $$$$=21 and up Military Highway Ocean View/Wards Corner

Restaurant

Price Range

Taphouse Grill, 931 W. 21st Street. 627-9172

$$

Taste Unlimited, 1619 Colley Avenue. 623-7770

$

The Ten Top, 748 Shirley Avenue. 622-5422

$

Terrace CafĂŠ, 6700 Azalea Garden Road. 852-9999

$

Daily

Daily

The Thirsty Camel, Ocean View Avenue and 4th View Street. 588-9877

$-$$

Sa-Su

Daily

Daily

Steak and seafood, daily specials

Time Lounge, 271 Granby Street. 623-8463

$$

Daily

Daily

Gourmet wraps, specialty dishes and elegant atmosphere

Todd Jurichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro, 150 W. Main Street, Suite 101. 622-3210

$$-$$$

M-F

M-Sa

Contemporary infused with French, Asian and American

Tortilla West, 508 Orapax Street. 440-3777

$$-$$$

Daily

Daily

South and Central American with their own interpretation

Trilogy Bistro, 101 Granby Street. 961-0896

$$$$

Daily

Upscale dining with a cosmopolitan flair

Tropical Smoothie CafĂŠ & Deli, 265 Granby Street. 624-9400

$

Daily

Daily

For healthy people on the go

Uptown Buffet, 1050 N. Military Highway. 893-9293

$-$$

M-Su

M-Su

Chinese buffet style restaurant. Buffet includes seafood and sushi

Vintage Kitchen-Elizabeth River at Mile Marker Zero,

$-$$$

M-Sa

Sa

Seasonal with focus on local ingredients

M-F

Tu-Su

French-influenced

Daily(5-9)

Japanese steakhouse and sushi

M-Su

Tapas

Daily

M-Sa

Lunch

Ghent

Dinner

Cuisine & Specialties

Daily

American; microbrew draft selection and eclectic entrees

M-Sa

M-Sa

Gourmet sandwiches

M-Sa

M-Sa

CafĂŠ; gourmet sandwiches, pastas, soups, vegan selections Soup, salads, sandwiches

Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive. 625-3370 $$

Voila!, 509 Botetourt Street. 640-0343

Wasabi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 5802 E. Va. Beach Blvd, Ste. 140. 459-2386 The Wine House, 626 W. Olney Road. 622-7777

$$$

Yorgos Bageldashery, 2123 Colonial Avenue. 623-6609

$

Daily

Daily

Bagels and bagel sandwiches

Zeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Subs, 319 Granby Street. 640 0226

$

M-Sa

M-Sa

Hot oven baked subs

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Automatic Teller Banking

Liquor-ABC Stores

Downtown Provisions, 200 College Place The Gallery at Military Circle, 880 North Military Highway MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue Ocean View Shopping Center, 179 West Ocean View Avenue Waterside Festival Marketplace, 333 Waterside Drive

2301 Colley Avenue.................................................. 757/683-8325 5900 Virginia Beach Boulevard ................................ 757/455-3832 2350 E. Little Creek Road ........................................ 757/531-2122 159 W. Ocean View Avenue..................................... 757/531-2115 434 Saint Paul’s Boulevard ........................................ 757/683-8578 7525 Tidewater Drive ............................................... 757/531-2008

Currency Exchange Norfolk International Airport................................... 757/855-9785 Bank of America ....................................................... 757/441-4770 BB&T ....................................................................... 757/823-7800 (only offered to BB&T account holders) SunTrust.................................................................... 866/433-7027 Wachovia................................................................... 757/640-5000 (only offered to Wachovia account holders)

Emergency Numbers Ambulance & Rescue, Fire, Police..............................................911 Coast Guard (Emergency Search & Rescue) ............ 757/484-8192 Emergency Operations Center ................................. 757/441-5600 FBI ............................................................................ 757/455-0100 Fire Department non-emergency ............................. 757/441-5610 Physicians Referral Service ........................................ 800/736-8272 Police/Sheriff non-emergency ................................... 757/441-5610 State Police ................................................................ 757/424-6820 (dial #77 on a cellular phone)

Norfolk Visitor Centers Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau

232 East Main Street Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 800/368-3097 www.norfolkcvb.com

Newspaper The Virginian-Pilot................................................... 757/446-2000

Transportation Airline Information & Reservations Norfolk International Airport................................... 757/857-3351 American ................................................................... 800/433-7300 Continental ............................................................... 800/525-0280 Delta.......................................................................... 800/221-1212 Northwest ................................................................. 800/225-2525 Southwest .................................................................. 800/435-9792 United Airlines .......................................................... 800/241-6522 USAirways ................................................................ 800/428-4322

Airport Shuttle Carey VIP Chauffeured Services............................... 800/507-9138 ................................................................................... 757/963-0433 Orange Peel Transportation ...................................... 757/463-7500

Auto Rental Avis ............................................................................ 800/831-2847 Budget ....................................................................... 800/527-0700 Dollar ........................................................................ 800/800-3665 Enterprise .................................................................. 800/736-8227 Hertz ......................................................................... 800/654-3131 National .................................................................... 800/227-7368 Thrifty ....................................................................... 800/367-2277

Limousine Service Carey VIP Chauffeured Services............................... 757/853-5466 Goldstarr Transportation Services ............................. 757/857-4500

OCEAN VIEW VISITOR CENTER 9401 4th View Street, Ocean View Interstate 64 at exit 273 Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757/441-1852 800/368-3097

Buses

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Language Bank

Andy’s Cab ................................................................ 757/461-8880 Black and White ....................................................... 757/855-4444 City Wide Cabs ........................................................ 757/622-2227 Duke Cab.................................................................. 757/583-4079 Norfolk Checker Taxi/ Green and White ................. 757/855-6611 Oceanside Executive Transport ................................. 757/455-5996 Southside Cab ........................................................... 757/735-2198 Yellow Cab of Norfolk .............................................. 757/857-8888

Language Bank.......................................................... 757/440-1111 (American Red Cross)

HRT Paddlewheel Ferry ................800/700-RIDE, 757/222-6100

MacArthur Center First level customer service desk 300 Monticello Avenue

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Greyhound/Trailways................................................ 800/231-2222 Hampton Roads Transit (Local) ............................... 757/222-6100

Train Information Amtrak ...................................................................... 800/872-7245

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LEGEND: I - Pet Friendly, #RMS - Number of Rooms, R - Restaurant, L - Lounge, CB - Continental Breakfast, M - Meeting/ Banquet Rooms, Pool (I/O) - Indoor or Outdoor Pool, S/E/K - Suites/ Efficiency/ Kitchenettes, AAA - AAA Approved, BC - Business Center PROPERTY DOWNTOWN Norfolk Courtyard by Marriott, 520 Plume Street 23510, 757/963-6000, 800/321-2211

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Freemason Inn, Bed & Breakfast, 411 W. York Street 23510, 757/963-7000, 866/388-1897

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Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main Street 23510, 757/627-4200, 800/228-874-9290

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Page House Inn, Bed & Breakfast, 323 Fairfax Avenue 23507, 757/625-5033, 800/599-7659

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The Tazewell Hotel & Suites, 245 Granby Street 23510, 757/623-6200 MILITARY HIGHWAY / AIRPORT America’s Best Value Inn, 235 N. Military Hwy 23502, 757/461-6600, 800/237-5517

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Days Inn Norfolk - Military Circle, 5701 Chambers Street 23502, 757/461-0100, 800/329-7466

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DoubleTree Hotel Norfolk, 880 N. Military Highway 23502, 757/461-9192, 800/222-8733

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Econo Lodge Airport, 3343 N. Military Highway 23518, 757/855-3116, 800/424-6423

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Ramada Norfolk Airport, 1450 N. Military Highway 23502, 757/466-7474, 800/272-6232 Ramada Limited Norfolk Airport, 515 N. Military Highway 23502, 757/461-1880, 800/272-6232 Residence Inn Marriott, 1590 N. Military Highway 23502, 757/333-3000, 800/333-3131

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SPORTS

GET OUTSIDE & PLAY

Boating

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Explore our historic port city by boat! As a 400-year-old port city, Norfolk is a haven not only for commerical and naval vessels, but also for pleasure boaters. And it’s no wonder. The city rests at the mouth of the scenic Chesapeake Bay and is mile marker zero on the Intracoastal Waterway. With a wide array of full-service marinas, some of which even offer high-speed Internet access, boaters get first-rate docking here and access to a host of close-tothe water activities. Some offer boat rental service and charter boats as well. From the athletic club offered at Waterside Marina to the swimming pool at Taylor’s Landing. Norfolk loves making pleasure boaters feel right at home. Special Waterside Marina packages also are available for select events throughout the year. Contact Norfolk Festevents at 757/441-2345 or go to www.festeventsva.org. Bay Point Marina and Little Creek Marina 440 slips for boats up to 150 feet, store, picnic area, wireless Internet, restaurant, pool. 757/362-3600. www.viningsmarine.com

Arena Racing Arena Racing............................................................757/216-4426

Baseball Norfolk Tides ...........................................................757/622-2222 “Hits at the Park” Restaurant Reservations..............757/624-9000

College Athletics Norfolk State University NCAA Division 1 ...............................................757/823-9009 Old Dominion University NCAA Division 1 ...............................................757/683-4444 Virginia Wesleyan College NCAA Division 3 ...............................................757/455-3303

Beaches-Public

Accepts boats up to 55 feet long, pool, showers, picnic areas, restaurant and tiki bar. 757/587-8000. www.taylorslanding.com

Community Beach, 601 E. Ocean View Avenue Ocean View Beach Park, 100 W. Ocean View Avenue Sarah Constant Shrine Beach, 300 W. Ocean View Avenue, Administration Office .........................................757/441-2149 Northside Pool ....................................................757/441-1760

Waterside Marina

Boat Ramps-Public

Taylor’s Landing

20-feet depth, 35 slips for boats up to 200 feet long, athletic club, showers, laundry, grocery van service, ice, and wireless Internet. 757/625-DOCK (3625). www.watersidemarina.com

Willoughby Harbor Marina 271 slips for yachts up to 150 feet on the Chesapeake Bay, beach, showers, wireless Internet and restaurant. 757/583-4150. www.viningsmarine.com

Fishing

Get “hooked” on Norfolk! Don’t forget your fishing gear! You can’t visit Norfolk with its frontage on the Chesapeake Bay without trying out your fishing line. This city’s most popular fishing spot is the Ocean View Fishing Pier with its 1,690-foot pier stretching out into the calm waters of the bay. Or you can head to the end of Willoughby Spit and cast your line from the Willoughby Fishing Pier within view of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. And just what might you catch in Norfolk’s waters? Saltwater delights include croaker, spot, bluefish, flounder, trout and striper. If you prefer some freshwater fare, check out Norfolk’s 673-acre Lake Whitehurst, which is stocked with walleye by Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. You might also catch some largemouth bass, blue gill and white perch.

Lake Whitehurst 7625 Shore Drive. 757/664-6701 Norfolk Department of Utilities will answer

Cobb’s Marina Inc., 4524 Dunning Road ..............757/588-5401 Willoughby Harbor Marina, 1525 Bayville Street...........................................757/583-4150

Bowling AMF, 6820 N. Military Highway............................757/855-3366 AMF Norfolk Lanes, Little Creek & Azalea Road ..............................757/583-1571 Bowlorama, 7641 Sewells Point Road .....................757/587-5261

Norfolk Charter Fishing Boats Taylor’s Landing, 8166 Shore Drive ........................757/587-8000 Willoughby Harbor Marina, 1525 Bayville Street.........................................757/583-4150

Charter Sailing Boats American Rover ...........................................757/627-SAIL (7245)

Fishing Licenses Virginia Marine Resources Commission .................757/247-2200 Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries ...............804/367-1000 Licenses may also be obtained at Kmart or Wal-Mart.

Fishing Piers Lake Whitehurst, 7625 Shore Drive........................757/664-6701 Norfolk Department of Utilities will answer

Willoughby Harbor Marina 1525 Bayville Street............................................757/583-4150 Ocean View Fishing Pier 400 W. Ocean View Avenue ..............................757/583-6000

Ocean View Fishing Pier

Norfolk Marinas

400 W. Ocean View Ave. 757/583-6000

Bay Point Marina, 9500 30th Bay Street.................757/362-3600

Willoughby Fishing Pier

Cobb’s Marina Inc., 4524 Dunning Road ..............757/588-5401 Cutty Sark Marina, 4707 Pretty Lake Avenue.........757/362-2942

1525 Bayville St. 757/583-4150

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Harbor Marine, 4401 Pretty Lake Avenue ..............757/961-9411 Little Creek Marina, 4801 Pretty Lake Avenue .......757/362-3600 Pelicans’ Nest Marina, 4401 Pretty Lake Avenue ....757/362-2541 Rebel Marine Svc., 1553 Bayville Street ..................757/588-6022 Taylor’s Landing Marine Center, 8172 Shore Drive .............................................757/587-8000 Waterside Marina, 333 Waterside Drive..................757/625-3625 Willoughby Harbor Marina, 1525 Bayville Street...........................................757/583-4150

Ice Hockey Norfolk Admirals .....................757/640-1212 (Tickets 671-8100)

Movie Theaters Cinemark, The Gallery at Military Circle Mall, 880 North Military Highway ..................................757/461-8200 Regal Cinemas at MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue ......................................757/623-7500 Main Gate Movies 10, NOB Norfolk.....................757/440-1500 Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Avenue ..........................................757/625-6276

Parks & Recreation Norfolk.....................................................................757/441-2400 Chesapeake...............................................................757/382-6411 Portsmouth ..............................................................757/393-8481 Virginia Beach..........................................................757/385-1100

Public Golf Courses Lake Wright Golf Course, Norfolk..........................757/459-2255 Lamberts Point Golf Course, Norfolk .....................757/489-1677 Ocean View Golf Course, Norfolk..........................757/480-2094

Racquetball Norfolk Family YMCA, 312 West Bute Street........757/622-9622

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