Looking for the perfect spot for a lunch break picnic, a gorgeous place to knock out some recess activities, or just some peaceful space to get a little fresh air? Downtown Norfolk may be the urban center of the city, but there are still plenty of great outdoor spaces to enjoy.
1.) PNC Bank Plaza
The Vibe: Across from City Hall's plaza, a convenient set of tables set up for a quick lunch break with some city views.
The Vibe: Plenty of green space to run around in and shady trees to enjoy a picnic under while enjoying the sights of the Elizabeth River, and a bike repair station to get your trusty ride in tip-top condition.
The Vibe: The Battleship Wisconsin looms overhead as a historical backdrop for these perfectly physically distanced umbrella tables while fun music plays on the outdoor sound system.
Nearby Bites:Big Wisky Porch sits outside of Nauticus and serves delicious food from fish tacos to lumpia to fresh, hot beignets.
The Vibe: The Pagoda is a peaceful oasis just off the Elizabeth River featuring a tranquil garden complete with winding walkways, gorgeous landscape, a peaceful fountain, and plenty of shaded seating. It is a serene and welcome break from the bustling city just a few blocks away.
The Vibe: Art everywhere. The Plot is just down the street from d'Art Center, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Chrysler Museum's Glass Studio, and is surrounded by the NEON District's many murals and other public art pieces. A great spot to have a quick bite while having a culture-filled afternoon.
The Vibe: MacArthur Square offers free wifi for those looking to take an outdoor Zoom meeting or class. It is also a Tide Rail stop, which is easy to hop on to your next destination or enjoy some people watching.
The Vibe: 10.5 miles of beautiful trail perfect for walking, running, biking, and picnicking.
Nearby Bites: The Elizabeth River Trail runs along Freemason District, Town Point Park, and beyond, making Downtown Norfolk a perfect spot to grab a bite. See all of Downtown Norfolk's restaurants here.