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Rainy Day Fun in Downtown Norfolk

Don't let the rain ruin a perfectly good day: there are some really fun things to do on a rainy day in Downtown Norfolk!  

  • Light Rail 
  • Art Museums
    • If you're in the mood for a dose of culture, head to the Chrysler Museum of Art, which boasts one of America's top collections of glass art, and so much more - and admission is free!
    • Check out the free noon demos at Chrysler Museum Perry Glass Studio, where you can learn how glass art is made. Consider getting in on the action and creating something yourself at one of their many workshops and classes.
  • Historic Museums
    • Visit the The Hunter House Victorian Museum, a rich example of Victorian decorative arts and architecture. Surround yourself with the opulence of the Victorian Era as you meet the Hunters on a tour of the home, which features the Hunter family's collection of furniture, books, decorative objects, and more.
    • Learn all about a great American hero at the MacArthur Memorial, a museum & research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of Douglas MacArthur. Admission is free!
    • Nauticus, Norfolk's maritime-themed science & technology center inspires and educates visitors about the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. You can also check out the Battleship Wisconsin while you're here, and explore one of the largest and latest battleships built by the U.S. Navy.
  • Shop til You Drop
    • Downtown Norfolk is home to Selden Market, featuring locally-owned shops and including jewelry, Norfolk merchandise, craft coffee, leather goods, vintage clothing, restaurants, and more. Tenants switch up all the time, so you are guaranteed to have a one-of-a kind shopping experience & pick up some great local finds while you're there!
    • MacArthur Center features one million square feet of amazing retail offerings for a more traditional shopping experience.
  • Grab Some Reading Material
    • The Slover is one of the most technologically advanced libraries in Virginia, designed to create a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement. Check out their calendar to see upcoming events.
    • With a selection of children's books and plenty of cozy seating to settle in to a good story, Prince Books is the perfect spot to pick up your next favorite.