Things to do in Norfolk, VA
Recently voted #4 by Travel + Leisure as one of America's Favorite Cities, Norfolk offers a wide variety of fantastic things to do and experience. There is something for everyone here - from picturesque waterfront to a flourishing downtown district.
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel places many of the area's most popular attractions within your reach. Our hotel is just a short distance away from The Waterside Convention Center, a myriad of upscale dining options, cultural activities, unique shops like the Norfolk Premium Outlets, performing arts venues and much more. Whether you're here for a night, a weekend or longer, you'll have plenty of things to do to keep you entertained.
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Family-Friendly Activities in Norfolk
Traveling to Norfolk with the little ones in tow? There are many family-friendly things to do here, so prepare for fun during your visit! Experience the Virginia Zoo, which has a vast collection of species as well as educational events.
More interested in botany? No worries - make your way to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, which features dozens of vistas and gardens for you to explore. On a rainy day, head to the MacArthur Center, Norfolk's premier shopping destination, located around the corner from our hotel.
Norfolk Art & Culture
Downtown Norfolk's bustling nightlife, excellent restaurants and varied shopping options are steps from your hotel room. Art and culture flourishes throughout the city as well, with art galleries, opera houses and dance companies. With new exhibits and performances cycling through Norfolk often, you're bound to find something that captures your interest.
Slover Library is a state-of-the-art library with a focus on genealogy research, just three blocks from the our hotel. Recently opened, the library is a great place to go whether you're looking for a good book or want to see the unique building design.
Maritime & Waterfront Activities
Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has a long history as a prosperous shipping port and naval base. Learn about the city's maritime history at Nauticus, where you can tour the USS Wisconsin and visit the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. You can also stop by local waterfront hotspots like Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides baseball team, or Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, a popular event venue that sits right on the Elizabeth River.
Norfolk's Downtown Waterfront
Here you’ll enjoy high-energy festivals and events, maritime and military cultural attractions, harbor cruises and sailboat charters, unique dining and lodging establishments, green spaces and tree-shaded benches, historic walking and biking trails and more.
Discover endless ways to wind up or wind down at Norfolk’s Downtown Waterfront, conveniently located at the Intracoastal Waterway’s Zero Mile Mark, just a 10-minute walk from our hotel.