Norfolk has always been a Navy town. The world’s largest naval base is located here. But it is also known as a major cultural center, with world-class museums, opera, symphony, ballet and a vibrant arts community. It hosts a growing university, Old Dominion University (ODU) and world renowned hospitals. In the last ten years or so, downtown area has experienced a major resurgence, with gourmet restaurants, shopping and attractions.
Town Point Park is a waterfront park area right downtown that hosts several festivals and events throughout the year such as the renowned Harborfest and the Bayou Boogaloo. A new cruise terminal was just built in 2007 making Norfolk one of the top cruise ports in the country.
Granby Street is the main downtown thoroughfare, lined with restaurants and bars.
Ghent is a historic district adjacent to downtown. Filled with historic homes, tree-lined streets and beautiful old churches, it is a good mix of residential and business. Colley Avenue and 21st Street are the main shopping and dining areas, with dozens of locally-owned boutiques, shops, antique stores, restaurants and bars. The Naro theater on Colley Avenue is the region’s sole movie theater with indie flicks.
Ocean View is Norfolk’s beach community, and features relatively uncrowded beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. During the ’50s and ’60s, Ocean View was in its prime and was a major beach destination for families and sailors. During the following decades, the beach community fell into a bit of a slump, succumbing to crime. The last five years, the city has been turning things around and now Ocean View is on its way to becoming one of the region’s most sought after neighborhoods.
Source and credits: http://wikitravel.org/en/Norfolk_(Virginia)