About Norfolk

Norfolk is a charming and historic, 400 year old coastal city, located on the banks of the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay. Home to the largest naval base in the world, the Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk has a grand history that spans all the way to the birth of our nation and has grown into the second largest city in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. 

Recognized as the #1 Favorite American City by Travel and Leisure, Norfolk is well-known for its ample water views, flourishing arts community, fascinating history and vibrant downtown area. Home to Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, The Chrysler Museum, Harrison Opera House, Virginia Symphony and the Push Comedy Theater, Norfolk is its region’s hub for arts, academia and culture. 

Norfolk is more than its growing industry and long list of entertainment options, it boasts nationally-awarded chefs and restaurants, located in and around many of Norfolk’s quaint and friendly neighborhoods. 

Welcome home to Norfolk, VA – a coastal city that celebrates art, culture and community.

Our communities are surrounded by the area’s best and brightest parks, restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues.

Living in Norfolk means you can play as hard as you work, and all of it just minutes away from your front door: