Around Town

 

Within walking distance: 

The Cannonball Trail - This walk-it-yourself tour connects historic sites woven among featured attractions in Downtown Norfolk. The Cannonball Trail becomes a "story telling stage" for interpreting Norfolk's rich and multi-faceted history.  Begin your adventure at VisitNorfolk, 232 East Main Street. 

Nauticus – an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more. - .15 miles

MacArthur Center – Over a million square feet of retail offerings in downtown Norfolk. Includes a wide range of stores and services, a variety of dining options and a movie theater. -  .2 miles

Chrysler Museum of Art & Glass Studio - Enjoy free admission to the Chrysler Museum of Art and explore 5,000 years of civilization through 30,000 objects in our world-class collection, stunning glass galleries, and interpretive programs. Visitors can enjoy an extensive collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; a world-renowned glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture, and works of art from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic, and Asian cultures. - 1 mile

34th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival
Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16, 2016
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
Come early and enjoy a special treat! Hampton Roads' longest running outdoor Jazz Festival returns for two nights along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. On a warm summer evening, chill to the legendary sounds of top national Smooth Jazz and R & B recording artists. This popular festival features a variety of seating and ticket options, fine foods and beverages, plus a festival marketplace with crafts, retail items, and more. Visit the festival website for performer and ticket information. 

Don’t forget that your special PTG hotel rate is good for three days before and three days after convention dates.

Freemason and Ghent Historic Districts
Both these areas are near downtown Norfolk and feature eclectic eateries, unique shops, art galleries and antique stores. Walk, or go by light rail or bus.

 

Day trips:

Virginia Zoo - From the plains of Africa to the jungles of Asia, the Virginia Zoo is a world of discovery. Open year round, the Zoo offers fun, education and excitement for everyone. Meet and greet tigers, kangaroos, red pandas, giraffes and more. Take a ride on the Zoo train or stroll through their gorgeous gardens. 

Norfolk Botanical Garden - Take a fun-filled boat ride at Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore the waterways or stroll through over 30 themed gardens discovering a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. 

Ocean View & East BeachThe city of Norfolk maintains three beach parks on Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy fresh seafood in one of the many restaurants or catch your own off of the 1,690 foot long Ocean View Fishing Pier. The Ocean View Station Museum commemorates the history of the area. About 10 miles north of downtown Norfolk.

Virginia Beach – a three-mile boardwalk connects three beaches. There are plenty of shopping and restaurants when you get tired of the sand and the surf.  Getting there: Max Route 960 drops you off right at the beachfront – $6.50 HRT One Day GoPass or $4.00 for regular bus and light rail. About a half hour by car.

Portsmouth – This historic seaport town is right across the river from downtown Norfolk. You’ll find a wide variety of unique shops and restaurants. Take the HRT Paddlewheel Ferry from downtown Norfolk to Olde Towne Portsmouth. Fare $1.75 one way or use HRT GoPass. - www.visitPortsVA.com, http://www.hrtransit.org/services/ferry/

Colonial Williamsburg - The Revolutionary City - Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Museums, famous homes, beautiful gardens, re-enactments, interactive activities and more.  About 1-1/2 hours via I-64 by car.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg – This European-themed family adventure includes one of best collections of world-class roller coasters, and balanced that with live entertainment for the entire family, kid-friendly rides for youngsters and breathtaking architecture and landscaping for everyone to enjoy.  Water Country USA is next door.  About an hour from Norfolk via I-64 by car.

Norfolk Naval Base Tours – The largest naval complex in the world, Naval Station Norfolk supports the operational readiness of the US Atlantic Fleet, providing facilities and services to enable mission accomplishment.  45-minute tours offered daily. Call the Naval Station Norfolk Tour & Information Center 757-444-7955 for ticket information.