Norfolk, VA on $50 a Day
For the budget traveler in the Mid-Atlantic looking for an affordable destination, Norfolk provides many cultural and dining opportunities. Situated between Virginia Beach and the Upper Peninsula area of Hampton Roads, Norfolk is a seaport town rich in nautical and early American history, and a growing branch of this metropolitan region. A wonderful day of sightseeing and flavors can be enjoyed in Norfolk for under $50 a day. Here is one suggested itinerary to consider.
Say hello to our four-footed friends! And our winged ones, too…they’re all at the Virginia Zoo (3500 Granby Street). Recent expansions and renovations to this region’s major zoological park have made it one of the top attractions in the city. See the new habitats for the majestic large mammals and primates, and stop by the petting zoo for an up-close encounter. Admission: $7.
Enjoy a treat for lunch! Nationally-known Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue (1919 Monticello Avenue) is the reputed home of the ice cream cone. To this day, over a century after Abe Doumar served up his first frosty treat, the folks at this popular drive-up soda shop bake cones fresh daily. You can enjoy a delicious pork BBQ sandwich and fries with a small homemade limeade and a single dip cone for only $6.50! Just find a good spot to park and let the carhop come to you.
Explore seas and ships! Showcased in downtown Norfolk is the impressive Nauticus maritime museum (One Waterside Drive). Here you’ll find exhibits and high-definition films not only on aquatic life and adventure, but naval history as it relates to the region and around the world. You can also tour the Battleship Wisconsin, which served during World War II and is docked right next to the museum. Admission: $10.95
Dinner in an historic church! Freemason Abbey (209 W Freemason St.) is one of Norfolk’s best loved restaurants, and it’s built in a renovated church! Especially in the early evening, the stained glass windows illuminate with a comforting glow, making for an intimate dining experience. Try an Abbey crab cake with two sides, seafood is their specialty! Cost: $11.95
Window shopping in the heart of the city! As the day winds down, why not walk off dinner through MacArthur Center? Norfolk’s downtown mall is always teeming with locals and tourists come to some of the city’s most exclusive and favorite shops. Stop for a light dessert (a cookie from Mrs. Field’s, or a slice of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory) to top off a wonderful day in Norfolk.