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Naval Station Norfolk

Tour the world’s largest naval complex and see some of the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships.

Get close to destroyers, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault vehicles, submarines and frigates by taking a bus tour of Naval Station Norfolk. Navy personnel narrate details of vessels, their histories and roles, as well as providing a few insights into life at this sprawling military base.

Naval Station Norfolk is spread over 4,300 acres (1,740 hectares) and houses the U.S. Navy’s largest concentration of naval forces. When they are not at sea, more than 70 ships and over 100 aircraft reside here. The base provides sea and air support for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. 

The land on which the base stands was the site of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. This world fair commemorated the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of the English in the Americas. Some of the original buildings survive and are still in use today. They can be seen during the tour. It was during the exposition that naval officers realized that the area would make a good naval base.

Base tours depart from the Naval Tour and Information Center. Bring a camera and binoculars with you for a closer inspection of the vessels. Since this is a secure military base, your guide will tell you where you are allowed to take pictures. The tour also passes one of the busiest airfields in the country, with more than 200 daily flights.

The naval station is located at the tip of the Sewell’s Point peninsula. A Hampton Roads Transit bus stop is a two-minute walk away from the tour and information center. Free car parking is also available.

Tours are given at different times and frequency depending on the time of year. For the most up-to-date information, check Naval Station Norfolk’s website. Group tours can be arranged in advance. You will need to bring photo ID with you.


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Hampton Inn Norfolk Naval Base ¥9,675
Hampton Inn Norfolk Naval Base

Hampton Inn Norfolk Naval Base

8501 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Fleet, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naval Station Norfolk Pass & ID Office and Naval Station Norfolk. Naval Station Norfolk Tour & Information Center and Norfolk NEX are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base ¥9,944
    Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base

    Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base

    8051 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Norfolk hotel is located in Fleet, within 1 mi (2 km) of Naval Station Norfolk Tour & Information Center, Naval Station Norfolk Pass & ID Office, and Virginia Port Authority. Naval Station Norfolk and Camp Allen are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Super 8 by Wyndham Norfolk/Chesapeake Bay ¥4,569
      Super 8 by Wyndham Norfolk/Chesapeake Bay

      Super 8 by Wyndham Norfolk/Chesapeake Bay

      1010 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Willoughby Spit hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sarah Constant Shrine Beach, Ocean View Beach, and Community Beach. Hampton University and The American Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Motel 6 Norfolk - Oceanview ¥5,005
        Motel 6 Norfolk - Oceanview

        Motel 6 Norfolk - Oceanview

        9601 4th View Street, Norfolk, VA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Willoughby Spit, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Sarah Constant Shrine Beach and Ocean View Beach. Community Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

          The Bay Inn ¥6,323
          The Bay Inn

          The Bay Inn

          315 East Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Norfolk, this motel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Naval Station Norfolk, Old Dominion University, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Norfolk State University and Buckroe Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Ocean View Inn ¥5,171
            Ocean View Inn

            Ocean View Inn

            1020 E. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Cottage Line motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Beach and Ocean View Beach. Sarah Constant Shrine Beach is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

              SpringHill Suites Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University ¥12,225
              SpringHill Suites Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University

              SpringHill Suites Marriott Norfolk Old Dominion University

              4500 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ted Constant Convocation Center and Old Dominion University. Chrysler Museum of Art and Moses Myers House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites ¥8,957
                Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites

                Best Western Plus Holiday Sands Inn & Suites

                1330 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cottage Line hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Community Beach and Ocean View Beach. Sarah Constant Shrine Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.