Norfolk, Va

Updated on July 25, 2012
L.M. asks from Conneaut, OH
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uh, i guess we might be spending part of our vac here, Dh has this thing for navy stuff and wants to see the Norfolk Naval Base???

I have a 9 yo and a 7 yo. will there be anything interesting for them? Dh is checking? to see if the ships are in or out, i guess, lol. i'm so not into this but want to make hubby happy. But i also don't want to have 2 miserable kids.

What should i expect?

thank you,
( we never travled much when i was young so i don't have a great grasp of travel destinations and geography)

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So What Happened?

i thought williamsburg would be fun. but Dh is not willing to do it at all. he said they are too young and that they couddn't do anything / or that it would cost way too much for what they would get out of it? I don't know, it sounded fun to me.

Busch gadens sounds like fun but we have done 2 amusement parks already this summer and the momma is saying no to that one, lol.

thanks and keep it coming.

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answers from Norfolk on

The Naval Base tour itself is a 45 min bus ride around the base.
You can see the ships at dock from a distance but you don't actually get anywhere near them.
Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin is a museum that's off base in downtown Norfolk and you get to walk all over the ship.
And finally, there's a 2 hr cruise (departs from near Nauticus) that gives a harbor tour and is a better way to view the ships at dock at the base than the bus tour on the base and it's very comfortable.
The kids might really enjoy the whole thing.
It's great seeing things with Dad that he's enthusiastic about.
And on the bus tour, you have a shot at seeing a lot of nice young men in uniform or jogging on base so there's scenery for you to take in even if you are not interested in ships yourself.
Bring binoculars.

There's also the zoo, which is a good way to spend a few hours.
The Botanical Gardens are nice, (Butterfly exhibit and children s area) but some kids do get bored with it.
These are the things to do that are grouped in Norfolk.

If you want to get into Virginia Beach, there is the beach itself
and the Aquarium.

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answers from Cleveland on

The ocean?! It's basically Virginia Beach...

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answers from Tulsa on

If your kids aren't into the Navy stuff, you can always take them to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. It's only about an hour away and it's lots of fun.


answers from Washington DC on

I was going to to say, just go to Va Beach for the day. They have a nice boardwalk. Also Williamsburg is a lot of fun. You don't have to pay anything to just go there to the little historic part and you can get lunch, walk around and see all the cute little shops. You only have to pay if you are going to colonial Williamsburg area where they have the tours and people that are dressed up. But not the rest of the town.



answers from Washington DC on

Your kids aren't too young for Williamsburg, but if they aren't into history, they'll probably be bored.

Norfolk has a small zoo. They do charge for tickets, but its something to do.

Jamestown (first colony) is nearby.
Yorktown is nearby. A friend just went last week. Said they have a little beach, you can see the ships come in. Plus its an old colony so there's a bunch of historical things to do.

VA Beach is about 30 mins past Norfolk. There are tons of things to do along the boardwalk.

Great Wolf Lodge is in Williamsburg, one exit from Busch Gardens. Its a hotel/indoor waterpark. Expensive but fun.


answers from Washington DC on

The kids are not too young for Williamsburg at all. We went over Memorial Day weekend and my kids were 8, 7, and 5 - they loved it! We also did Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. We go yearly.

The beach is right there. If you're military, go to DamNeck and the beach is MUCH less crowded.

Ask the people at your hotel what fun stuff there is to do. I took my kids to Raleigh in March and the girl who checked us in told us of several places to go and now my kids want to move there!!



answers from Miami on

I remember there is a boat ride accross to portsmouth that the kids enjoyed.

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