Local Info

Norfolk, VA Looking for something to do while in town? Visitors to Norfolk may wish to consult the City’s “Visit Norfolk” web site (http://www.visitnorfolktoday.com/visitors) or the “”Visitor’s Guide – Norfolk” information available on the left-hand menu of the Norfolk Waterside Marriott’s web page (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/orfws-norfolk-marriott-waterside/). There is a lot of information at both sites regarding dining places, local activities, and sightseeing opportunities.

Both locals and visitors may be interested in a selection of Downtown Norfolk restaurants.

On the weekend of the conference, visitors to the area (as well as residents!) may want to visit the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival (in the Ghent section of Norfolk, not far from downtown).

Norfolk, Virginia is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with almost 240,000 residents and more than 100 diverse neighborhoods. It is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of Hampton Roads, hosts the world’s  largest naval base, contains the region’s international airport, and is one of the busiest international ports in the United States.

The city has new office, retail, entertainment and hotel construction downtown, new residential development along the rivers and bay front, and revitalization projects in many of its neighborhoods. A light rail route through the heart of downtown is scheduled to open in late 2011.

Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city’s popular logo — an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View — symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move. Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. Officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the local metro area. The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay. It also shares land borders with the independent cities of Chesapeake to its south and Virginia Beach to its east. One of the oldest of the cities of Hampton Roads, Norfolk is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region.

Attractions — such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk’s easily-walked downtown waterfront. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, and walkways.  The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park are a quick drive from downtown (or anywhere in town).

Norfolk is home to the The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Virginia Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, Tides baseball, the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies, and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

Norfolk is locally pronounced as “NAW-fuhk”; also pronounced “NOR-fuhk” or “NOR-fik”.

[Text sources combined from: About Norfolk – The City of Norfolk, VA, http://www.norfolk.gov/About/; Wikipedia, “Norfolk, Virginia” entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk,_Virginia]

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