Hampton Roads is the area encompassing the Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News region and includes both land and sea!
One of the world’s largest natural harbors, Hampton Roads incorporates the mouths of the Elizabeth River, the James River and several smaller rivers into the Chesapeake Bay near where it leads to the Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding land, also known as the Tidewater area, is steeped in over 400 years of American history and there are hundreds of historical sites and attractions to visit and explore.
Norfolk Mariner’s Museum and the USS Monitor Center
The Civil War battle of Hampton Roads between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia introduced a new era in naval warfare. The USS Monitor sank in a storm off the North Carolina coast in 1862, where her remains rest to this day. While that area is designated the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary the USS Monitor Center located in Norfolk is an awe inspiring exhibit made up of historical artifacts, webcams of the actual ship’s remains and interactive displays. Then the Norfolk Mariner’s Museum has over 32,000 objects and images documenting the past 3,000 years of mankind’s life on the high seas. Explore the International Small Craft Center, admire the miniature ships of August F. Crabtree, check out the Great Hall of Steam and see up close how our Navy has helped to defend our freedom in the Defending Our Seas gallery.
Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Wander the 150 acres of gardens surrounded by Lake Whitehurst. Man-made canals divide the garden into three sections plus there are numerous water features and fountains adding sound and movement to the miles of trails and millions of blossoms, plants, shrubs, trees, and bushes. There is a Critter Crawler tram offering free narrated tours along with a boat tour. Don’t miss the Japanese garden, the Turner sculpture garden or the huge three and a half acre rose garden with over 430 varieties.
High Tea at the English Rose Tea Room
A family run and operated business, this tea room also prepares daily fresh sweets, savory sandwiches, soups and salads for guests to taste and enjoy. Come in for afternoon tea; make it a late lunch or an early dinner. Find out the pleasure of having afternoon tea.
Nauticus, the National Maritime Museum
This contemporary maritime museum uses the natural beauty of Norfolk’s harbor to showcase both the world’s largest Navy as well as global maritime commerce. It is also home to the battleship Wisconsin, the Schooner Virginia and numerous permanent and ever-changing exhibits, programs and tours.
Dinner and Entertainment at the Boxwood Inn
Constructed around 1896, this two story antebellum mansion has a rich and varied history. It has been the Warwick County Hall of Records, the area’s general store, a post office and also served as a hotel for soldiers during both World Wars. Now an authentic bed and breakfast, the Boxwood Inn offers evening “dinnertainments.” You’ll enjoy a fabulous meal while being entertained by costumed actors, dancers and singers.
Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise
Sail around the Norfolk Harbor while enjoying an amazing buffet creating by award winning chefs. Dance to DJs playing Top 40 hits or sing along as the wait staff belts out show stopping favorites. There are two enclosed decks along with an open-air deck perfect for amazing photo opportunities.
Lunch at the Naval Air Station Officer’s Club
Breezy Point has been a Naval Air Station fixture for over 100 years. This spectacular building includes a large outside deck for al fresco dining when the weather is nice. Choose from an over 30 item lunch buffet or order off the versatile menu.