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Things to Do in Downtown Norfolk this Summer


Welcome to Downtown Norfolk! 

Downtown Norfolk really comes alive in summer, and everything is within walking distance, so drive on over, park once, and check out everything Downtown Norfolk has to offer. 

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Download VisitNorfolk's Discover Downtown NFK Pass and enjoy the best savings on Downtown eats, attractions and shopping all while earning your way to some Norfolk freebies. You will earn free swag every 5 check ins, no purchase required.

Where to Eat Downtown

Downtown Norfolk is home to Norfolk's best and most popular restaurants. No matter what kind of cuisine you are looking for, you can find something to suit every taste.

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Things to Do Downtown

There are so many things to do in Downtown Norfolk this summer. We've rounded up some of Norfolk's best events, attractions, activities, art, and free fun for you here.

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Downtown Norfolk Nightlife

Norfolk nightlife is the place to be. We have great spots to hang out, from upscale to funky, and you can find live music at a variety of venues.

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Shopping in Downtown Norfolk

Downtown Norfolk shopping is a truly unique experience. Eclectic boutiques, big-name stores, an upscale mall, and Selden Market, featuring locally-owned food and merchandise-- we really have it all (and so can you).

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Family Friendly Fun

Downtown Norfolk is a great place for some family-bonding time this summer! And with such a walkable Downtown district, you only have to park once to see it all.

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So you definitely want to come check out Norfolk, let’s get you here. If you’re coming from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, the easiest thing to do is hop on I-264 West and take it to exit 9, Waterside Drive (this is a left lane exit). That will put you out on Waterside Drive right along the waterfront and running parallel to Granby Street, right into Downtown! You could also take exit 10 (right lane exit) onto City Hall Avenue, which will drop you off in the heart of Downtown (and right in front of the MacArthur Center parking Garage!)

From here, you’ll want to park. Downtown Norfolk has a LOT of public parking, so you’re in luck. There is also metered street parking all around that are priced in 15-minute increments. You can check out all of our parking/travel resources on our website here or check out our interactive Snap Map where you can filter to Parking Garages.