It is easy to feel restless and anxious during the self-isolation and quarantine that the response to COVID-19 demands. Luckily, Downtown Norfolk has plenty of scenic and safe outdoor space to explore while still adhering to proper social distancing practices. While it is best to stay inside, sometimes you need to get out and connect with nature — whether it is to take the dog on a walk, get the kids some exercise, or just for a breath of fresh air.
If you prefer to stay completely indoors, we also have some ideas on how to stay active from the comfort of your own home.
The Elizabeth River Trail is 10.5 miles long and runs through Downtown Norfolk along the waterfront. While maintaining safe social distancing practices, now could be a great time to stay active while exploring new parts of the trail.
Safety Precautions for trail use from the CDC:
Practice social distancing and maintain 6-10 feet of distance between you and other trail users.
Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people anywhere along the trail.
Wash your hands and apply hand sanitizer frequently.
Hydrate! Increase your water intake and frequency.
Need to cough or sneeze? Please step off of the main trail, face away from others, and use a tissue or the inside of your elbow to reduce the spread of germs.
Avoid touching surfaces like railings and signs along the trail, as these may be contaminated.
Wipe down any shared/public transit modes like scooters prior to use.
Limit bodily contact with others. Waves, smiles and head nods are all friendly ways to say hello safely.
The NEON District is a neighborhood alive with tiny art happenings, large-scale murals, and pops of neon color and light. From works by nationally celebrated visual artists like Esteban del Valle and HENSE, to local heroes like Carl Medley III and Hannah Kirkpatrick, the District is walkable and visually stimulating. As long as you are maintaining appropriate social distancing practices, a walk around the NEON District is sure to be an engaging visit.
Town Point Park provides eight acres of peaceful outdoor space on the riverbanks of the Elizabeth River, right in the heart of Downtown Norfolk, making it a spectacular place to get some fresh air, exercise, and beautiful views. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of public art elements placed throughout the park, including the Armed Forces Memorial, the Homecoming statue, a restored 19th century cannon retrieved from the river, a large Navy anchor, and a new installation of tiled images capturing Norfolk's military and maritime past. We encourage you to maintain appropriate social distancing practices while enjoying this beautiful, waterfront park to keep the community safe and enjoyable for all.
The Pagoda and Garden offers a bit of an oasis with winding walkways and a beautiful landscape of plants, water, stone, and architecture features on over an acre of urban space. While exercising safe social distancing practices, we hope you can enjoy this space of serenity and calm.
Join TRDance for virtual adult classes. Starting on April 2nd, TRDance will offer classes in modern, ballet, Broadway jazz and Pilates mat. Classes are an hour and fee is $10. Click here for class schedules and to register.